By on December 21, 2017

(Here at TTAC, we occasionally bring you a piece from a sister publication after determining it hits the right note for our readers. Given that these Off-Road.com spy shots contain a 2019 Ram 1500, and the author is none other than Mr. Matthew Guy, how could we pass it up?)

This year, we’ve seen a few spy shots of the upcoming 2019 Ram 1500. Shutterbugs have now captured what seems to be a test mule of the brand’s fancy-pants Limited trim roaming the salty streets of Michigan.

It’s clearer than ever that the new Ram is going to lose its signature mini-Freightliner look in favor of a more streamlined appearance. A trapezoidal grille is framed by a sleek set of headlamps, with the traditional gunsight ditched in favour of a R A M billboard with chrome whiskers.

Viewed directly from the side, this crew cab looks big. Really big. This could be a result of some visual chicanery thanks to the thick vinyl camouflage, but it sure seems like the upcoming Ram 1500 crew cab will offer its biggest rear passenger compartment to date. It’s not quite in Mega Cab territory but it’s certainly approaching that level.

Six-lug hubs are now a certainty, having appeared on just about every test mule we have seen to date. This model sports six-spoke chrome rims and light-duty tires, very much in keeping with luxurious trims such as the Limited.

Another clue as to this mule’s stature in the Ram 1500 lineup are the tail lights. Much like the current model F-150, the centre of the lens seems to incorporate some sort of sensor such as the ones used for blind-spot monitoring or lane-change systems. Ford deployed these units in the tail lights as they don’t work extremely well with certain types of metal. The Blue Oval’s box is, of course, hewn from aluminum.

Making a leap and reading between the lines – and despite many reports to the contrary – the appearance of these units on the upcoming Ram’s tail lights could point toward the brand moving to aluminium as well … at least for the outer skin of the truck box. The inside of the box could remain constructed of steel.

Taking this approach would help Ram save weight on their new truck. It would also solve the perpetual problem of Ram trucks’ tendency to rust like an anchor over the rear wheel wells (the rear arches on the 2010 Ram owned by this author currently resemble Swiss cheese and have  been in such a state for well over a year).

Other details of the Ram 1500 have been firmed up ahead of its debut next year. Coil springs with optional air suspension are likely to continue, as will the RamBox storage solution. New tailgate options could be on the horizon in the form of a 60/40 split unit. A hybrid and turbocharged four-cylinder are possibilities, and a more powerful V8 and Raptor-fighter are also rumored.

Expect the 2019 Ram 1500 to break cover next month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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26 Comments on “Spied: 2019 Ram 1500 Limited, Showing Us a Bit More Face...”


  • avatar
    NoID

    I just realized…

    Raptor-fighter…TRX…T-Rex…

    What is the T-Rex’s track record against raptors in the Jurassic series of movies, anyway?

  • avatar
    TR4

    Is Aston Martin making a truck?

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Pssssssssssss… Sergio. You aren’t going to INCREASE sales by going for a “me too” look.

  • avatar
    brettc

    How are prematurely rusting wheel wells still a problem on recent Chrysler/FCA pickups? Even the Japanese manufacturers (except for Mazda) solved their rust problems years ago.

    • 0 avatar
      gtem

      I’m surprised that some ’11-’14 F150s are already getting rot in the cab corners and rocker panels, even here in somewhat tamer Central Indiana. If I were late-model F150 shopping anywhere in the salt belt, I’d absolutely make it a priority to buy a ’15+ aluminum body truck.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        I’n my part of the world, Ram trucks appear to be the most rust prone. Above the rear wheel well is a common rust through spot. I have yet to notice any F150’s with rotting cab corners. All of the new trucks have chrome bumpers that show spotting.

        • 0 avatar
          gtem

          Lou you’re in BC correct? That’s not really a hotbed of salt use, from what I’ve read/seen online. At work there’s an ’09 or ’10 F150 Supercrew (that ‘tweener gen that got the new body but old powertrains) with totally shot rockers and holes in the cab corners. My coworker’s ’12 Supercrew is also starting to get some bubbling and orange staining in the cab corners. Something most definitely went wrong. And yes some Rams and the earlier GMT900 trucks are starting to get some bubbling above the rear wheel wells. Ironically enough, despite their propensity to rot frames, aside from their bumpers even the 1st gen Tacomas generally are still rot-free (with some neglected trucks starting to rot their beds). Toyota was really on top of their paint/galvanization process at that point, sadly that did not extend to frames. I’ve yet to see an 07+ Tundra with anything more than a tinge of orange on the chrome bumpers (on a really dirty abused looking one). Time will tell how that generation of Tundra holds up as far as frames go.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @gtem – the southern part of BC and Vancouver Island does not get much snow but it does get a large amount of rain. The south central interior tends to be dry all year round so therefore not a lot of snow.
            You move into the northern 1/2 of the province where I live and you get heavy salting. Ironically, milder winters are making the problem worse because de-icing chemicals do not work well in very cold weather.
            BC is a big place. If you want to drive from Vancouver to the northern edge of the province, you will have to put in 3 long days. It is 2 days of driving from the Alberta border west to the Pacific.

    • 0 avatar
      Compaq Deskpro

      It’s a problem on all of them. I recently saw a previous generation Nissan Titan with rust on the rear wheel wells.

  • avatar
    George B

    Nice looking truck, but the front looks like a Ford vehicle. Just add a blue oval in the middle of the grill.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    By George, it looks…like a truck.

  • avatar
    tomLU86

    Front end is reminiscent of a Chevy/GMC

  • avatar
    30-mile fetch

    I like the more reserved look, but it is abandoning a key element of the brand.

    How important is style to truck buyers?

  • avatar
    True_Blue

    Even with the camo on, it looks acres better than the new Silverado.

  • avatar
    Whatnext

    Yawn.
    You think Sergio would have learned his lesson about letting loose generic looking vehicles with the Chrysler 200. Apparently not.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      Except the 200 was praised for its good looks, but criticized for its low rear roof (awkward entry/exit, no headroom) and its 9AT.

      Go look at a 2008 Sebring and tell me the 200 isn’t 100x better looking.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    1st that new Chevy with Ford’ish’ styling cues and now Ram. WTF?

  • avatar
    MrIcky

    I’m not seeing the ford thing. I can see the Tundra thing. I know it’s for aero, but I dislike the bumpers being faced almost to the grille. Unless this thing gets 25+ mpg because of all this aero crap, I’d rather have more distinctive features.

  • avatar
    iNeon

    I’m still convinced this is the Chrysler full-size SUV’s face.

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