By on January 15, 2018

2019 Ram 1500

This year at the North American International Auto will surely be known as the “Year of the Pickup,” with Ford introducing it PowerStroke F-150, Chevy hauling the wraps off a new Silverado, and Ram rolling out a new truck for the first time since 2009.

After months of speculation and hundreds of spy photos, the 2019 Ram 1500 has finally arrived. Here’s what you need to know before the jump: weight is down 225 pounds, the ram’s head logo is back, and both V6 and V8 Rams will be available as a mild hybrid. Wait, what?

Yes, dear reader, under the new hood of the 2019 Ram, shoppers will find a mild hybrid system Ram calls “eTorque.” The second-generation 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and hairy-chested 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engines combine a belt-drive motor generator unit with a 48-volt battery pack to enable start/stop function, short-term torque assist, and brake energy regeneration. The small-suitcase-sized, air-cooled battery pack mounts to the rear wall inside the Ram 1500’s cabin.

2019 Ram 1500

It’s interesting how different of an approach each of the Detroit Three are taking to make truck owners eat their vegetables. Ford deploys turbochargers, Chevy now opts for extreme cylinder deactivation (all the way down to one cylinder), and Ram choose electrification. It is an extremely interesting time to be a truck fan.

The Pentastar is rated at 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque on 87 octane. The Hemi puts out a familiar 395 horses and 410 units of twist. Both are hooked to an eight-speed automatic, two fewer cogs than its crosstown rivals. The eTorque V6 and V8 do not currently have an EPA mileage rating; the existing V8 Hemi promises 15 mpg/22 mpg on the city and highway cycles, respectively.

2019 Ram 1500 – 5.7-liter V-8 with eTorque

Weight is down by 225 pounds, according to Ram. The reduction is not credited to SlimFast but rather to a judicious use of high-strength steels, composites, and aluminum. Nearly 100 pounds are shed from the frame alone, yet it continues to be made from 98 percent high-strength steel. In a slight poke at Ford, Ram takes care to point out the frame includes the same impact countermeasures across all configurations.

A few other Lean Cuisine moments are courtesy of a sprinkling of aluminium. The sole exterior panel to be made of the lightweight metal is the power tailgate, but, underneath the new Ram, we find many components deploying the silver-white – including the engine mounts, front centre axle section, crossmembers, and steering system gear.

2019 Ram 1500

“The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 delivers a no-compromise approach to the full-size truck segment with strength, durability, technology and efficiency,” said Mike Manley, head of FCA’s Ram brand. “The Ram 1500 offers truck buyers leading-edge innovation with 225 pounds of weight reduction, 12,750 pounds of towing capability, a stunning Uconnect 12-inch touchscreen display and active systems that improve fuel efficiency and assist drivers.”

Four-by-four systems will be familiar to current Ram owners, with a Part-Time unit available on all models and an On-Demand configuration (4WD Auto) offered on high-zoot trims. The current trio of axle ratios will also remain the same.

2019 Ram 1500

Frequency Response Damping (FRD) technology has found its way into the 2019 Ram 1500 shocks at all four corners. When the shocks experience a slower input, common during cornering and heavy braking, the bypass valve is closed for more aggressive damping, providing additional stability. When driving normally or exposed to faster shock inputs, common on rough roads or at higher speeds, the valve will open to soften the damping. This should make an already good riding truck even better. Naturally, an air suspension remains an option.

Speaking of suspension, Ram now adds a 4×4 Off-road Package for the Ram 1500 on nearly every trim. It includes a one-inch suspension lift, with or without the air suspension, along with an electronic-locking rear diff and 32-inch meats. Hill-descent Control and unique off-road-pair well with robust skid plates on the t-case, steering, engine and gas tank. This, I think, speaks to the popularity of the Rebel trim.

2019 Ram 1500

A trim the company, naturally, has tweaked as well. It’s now available on Quad Cab models and air suspension is no longer standard. This is undoubtedly a play to drop the cost of entry and increase the trim’s appeal. Newly designed Bilstein shocks feature remote reservoirs and Hill Descent Control appears here, too.

2019 Ram 1500

Inside, the 2019 Ram has been revamped and is now available with a gonzo 12-inch infotainment screen. The flush reconfigurable touchscreen features different graphics for various Ram models. Personalization is made easy with a split-screen function where one can operate two different applications, such as Apple CarPlay and HVAC controls, or one application, such as navigation across the entire 12-inch touchscreen. Redundant ventilation controls flank the screen. The Ram’s new 360-degree Surround View camera system will look like an IMAX presentation on this thing.

2019 Ram 1500

The cab itself has added a total of four inches more legroom. The second row will have a slide-recline feature and the load floor is now flat. The Crew Cab in-floor RamBins are bigger and can now spacious enough to accommodate a four-inch drop hitch. USB ports and 115-volt plugs pepper the interior. Back seat drivers will be happy to know the rear seats can be opted with heat and ventilation.

In terms of capability, the new Ram has a maximum payload of 2,300 pounds and a maximum trailer tow rating of 12,750 pounds. The popular short bed Hemi 4×4 Crew Cab will be able to tow 11,290 pounds when equipped with 3.92 gears. Selecting an eTorque Hemi will reduce that figure by 100 pounds. RamBoxes make a return, this time with a household power outlet.

2019 Ram 1500

The big question is, of course, styling. Ditching the crosshair grille is a bold move but should be expected, as the R A M billboard treatment has spread across the current Ram lineup like kudzu. What was not expected is the deep-sixing of Ram’s signature mini-Freightliner look, which used to feature aggro headlights dropped low on each side of a towering grille. This new hood is bulging like a strongman’s shirtsleeves and the grille, flanked by a set of sleek upswept headlamps, appears to be canted forward a bit at the top. It is certainly a different look than the one to which Ram buyers are accustomed.

Consumer interest in trucks has never been higher. With new product from GM, Ram, and Ford, customers will be spoiled for choice in 2018.

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55 Comments on “2019 Ram 1500: All the Details You’re Dying For...”


  • avatar
    slavuta

    At first picture I was confused that this was Ford Ranger

  • avatar
    Moparmann

    For some reason, every time I look at this new iteration of the Ram grille w/ the openings on either side of the “Ram”, I am reminded of a pig’s snout! :-)

  • avatar
    Sub-600

    I like it. The interior is nice, typical of Dodge (Ram) products lately. Unconnect is awesome but a 12” screen might take a little getting used to, my 8.4 still seems big. I’m glad they didn’t go with the Chevy “Transformers” grille design. If the start/stop nonsense kills the a/c at red lights, all bets are off though. Otherwise, this should be a winner.

    • 0 avatar
      SSJeep

      That console is the best I have seen on any pickup truck. The 12″ screen looks amazing and paired with uconnect it will be best-in-class. It looks like the 12″ uconnect will support multiple windows as well.

      Current FCA models have the start/stop “off” button on the dash, but it defaults to “on” every time the vehicle is started.

  • avatar
    Jeremiah Mckenna

    Looks nice, but I can’t get over the ever thinning head lights. On the upscale trimmed model, they seem very thin, especially with all of that chrome around them. contract that to the red one with the black grill, the headlights seem a little bigger. Maybe it is an optical illusion, I’ll have to see one in person to know for sure.

    • 0 avatar
      ttacgreg

      Fashion trends. Giant headlights start looking ubiquitous, then squinty ones become trendy, and vice versa.

      What I can’t comprehend is why Dodge abandoned their iconic imitation semi-truck styling language.

      • 0 avatar
        MrIcky

        The hood bulge is still pretty significant, but the designers were really proud of hitting a .345cD so I’m betting that’s a big part of the front. The bed is higher mainly for the cD advantage too

    • 0 avatar
      SSJeep

      I like the headlight design and front end, mostly because it does NOT look like an F150. But it is hard to get perspective from just the pictures.

  • avatar
    Jeremiah Mckenna

    I understand the “start/stop” function, but how exactly does the rest of the ‘belt drive’ system work? Does it spin the fly wheel while driving, or is there an electric motor on the rear wheels?

  • avatar
    ajla

    The V8 lives on!

  • avatar
    derekson

    No regular cab or 8 foot bed options.

    • 0 avatar
      ptschett

      Fastenal stores hardest hit.

    • 0 avatar
      Jeremiah Mckenna

      Why would you say that? None of the configs have been rolled out yet, but since it is a full sized truck, they are still able to build the regular cab with both 6 and 8 foot bed configurations. This article is only going over the big changes.

      • 0 avatar
        derekson

        “There are two available bed lengths: a 67.4-inch short box that’s exclusive to the crew cab and a 76.3-inch box that’s available with any cab configuration. (Ram isn’t talking about a regular-cab version or an eight-foot bed at this point.) The covered and lockable RamBox bedside storage areas return but now with lids that are better integrated into the bedsides and an AC power outlet in the driver’s-side compartment. RamBox is available exclusively with the shorter bed.”

        https://www.caranddriver.com/news/2019-ram-1500-revealed-detailed-news

    • 0 avatar
      danio3834

      For now, reg cabs will remain the available with the DS trucks. Eventually there will be a new version of the reg cab.

  • avatar
    ptschett

    I’d have had a much harder time deciding what to buy a year ago if the Quad Cab spring-suspension Rebel had existed then. Oh well, my Big Horn still works fine.

  • avatar
    Jeremiah Mckenna

    “This new hood is bulging like a strongman’s shirtsleeves and the grille, flanked by a set of sleek upswept headlamps, appears to be canted forward a bit at the top. It is certainly a different look than the one to which Ram buyers are accustomed.”

    New canted forward grill? The grill on the Dodge Ram has been canted forward on the top for years now.
    http://gtcarlot.com/data/Dodge/Ram+3500+HD/2012/53063460/Exterior-71789562.html

    https://www.autogespot.com/dodge-ram-srt-10-yellow-fever-edition/2006/09/08

    https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/2017-Ram-3500-Pictures-c26080#pictureId=39780223

    Even in ’92 they were canted forward at the top… https://www.autolist.com/dodge-ram+250#vin=1B7KE26C5NS595947

  • avatar
    Cactuar

    Is the front bumper made of chromed plastic or actual metal? (sorry I’m not around trucks much)

  • avatar

    Well it looks better then most of the spy shots. But still hate the grille shape looks way too much like the Ranger-Tundra etc. The should have done straight side on the grille just vertical.

    Looking at the pics it appears the headlights are bigger on the Rebel then the other trims.I like the Rebel lights better but still to much sheetmetal/filler area between the headlights and the bumper.

    Other then the front end the rest of the truck seems great.

  • avatar
    Dan

    Not much meat here. A 4″ stretch for the crew cab that it didn’t really need. A bunch of mileage tweaks that only the EPA would care about. Carryover powertrains, more interior gimmicks for the $60,000 trims.

    I like the new styling more than I thought I would, the pig snout almost works here, but there’s nothing to get me out for a test drive.

    Where’s the 392?

  • avatar
    30-mile fetch

    The first picture isn’t doing it for me; it looks like it is retaining water and has a terminal case of Hyperchromititus. The greyed-out fascia on the Rebel suits the styling much better. Very nice looking interior, but that’s probably a $60K truck so it should be.

    The 5.7L Hemi hasn’t seen much of an output change in the last decade or so, is it still a competitive engine?

    • 0 avatar
      EBFlex

      Why wouldn’t 410 foot pounds of torque be competitive?

    • 0 avatar
      ahintofpepperjack

      The hemi puts out similar numbers to the chevy 5.3 in which it competes with.

      And it does so without direct injection. It’s a proven and reliable engine.

    • 0 avatar
      MrIcky

      It got a 40ish hp bump in 2012ish. The total is about right for the class and alot of truck buyers like “proven” powertrains.

      • 0 avatar
        PrincipalDan

        Plus, honestly if V8 power is one of your requirements in a 1/2 ton truck the a Hemi powered RAM is likely to have one of the lowest transaction prices.

      • 0 avatar
        Dan

        The 04-08 trucks had the first gen Hemi with 345 hp, 09+ have the current 390 hp version. IIRC they bumped the rating a smidge for 2013 when some of the belt driven accessories (steering?) were switched to electric power but the motor itself didn’t change.

        It’s more than competitive with Ford and GM’s mid level motors but not with Ford’s 3.5 or GM’s 6.2.

    • 0 avatar
      30-mile fetch

      Thanks, pepperjack and MrIcky (I love screen names). I can understand the appeal of proven engines (4Runner 4.0 V6 owner here) but was curious how full size buyers see it given Ford’s full-on push to introduce engines that can challenge a BMW 330 down the onramp.

  • avatar
    deanst

    A nice looking truck, but the other advances are minimal, at best. In all seriousness, are there really people who think the Chevy interior looks better than Ram? ( asking as a non-truck guy – to me, the Chevy truck interior still looks playskool.).

    • 0 avatar
      danio3834

      Whenever I get into a late model GM truck I think the same. It’s like a signature GM thing. The Ram Longhorn trim uses a nice grade leather, real wood and metal trim bits, while the High Country Chevy has the interior from a 2006 Impala.

    • 0 avatar
      Middle-Aged Miata Man

      +1. I can’t believe Chevy went with a largely unchanged interior treatment in the 2019s. It looks utterly awful.

  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    Looks like a FIAT

  • avatar
    Flipper35

    The first pic looks like an older F450 with smaller headlights.

    I do like the looks of the Rebel where I hadn’t as much on the previous gen platform. Overall they really just toned down the big rig look. It would be much better still with the real grill instead of this new one. I think the grill is the only place they really dropped the ball.

  • avatar
    denster2u

    Looks like the offspring of a Toyota Tundra and GMC Sierra mating.

    • 0 avatar
      30-mile fetch

      There are two societal advances I hope to witness in my lifetime:

      1) A cure for cancer
      2) An end to the “this looks like X boinked Y!” trope on automotive sites.

  • avatar
    arach

    No mention of color offerings? THAT is the most important question!

  • avatar
    Mike-NB

    Ummm… this is a truck, therefore I’m not interested in ANY details. The title is misleading.

    I will continue to hold this position until they take my sedan from my cold, dead hands. (Though realistically, the way the sedan is going these days my hands will still be warm and very much alive when the last sedan heads to that great car lot in the sky.)

  • avatar
    MrIcky

    Watching some of the youtube footage of the off campus intro, the hood is still significantly raised in the center but the styling doesn’t emphasize it as much.

    The grill I liked most is the new style but with an all black center insert.

    They were making a lot of the adjustments they made for aero and the frame. Overall I like it a lot more than the spy photos and the darker coolers look great. I’m not big on the chrome unibrow

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    Count me as a fan. It’s a much more sophisticated look than any RAM of yore.

  • avatar
    Middle-Aged Miata Man

    What a difference a quarter-century can make…

    1994: Dodge puts the contemporary full-size pickup market on its ear with macho “Peterbilt” styling that is marked difference from its boxy and thoroughly conventional competitors.

    2019: Dodge – er, “Ram” – puts the full-size pickup market on its ear with thoroughly conventional styling that is marked difference from its gaudily “macho” competitors.

  • avatar
    Justice_Gustine

    2nd and 4th pictures looks like someone might be on the hunt for a tornado to chase…

  • avatar
    SC5door

    Few items missing out of the article:

    Active aero by using an air dam that drops down at around 35 MPH.

    Mast antenna has been ditched for the shark fin on the roof. So it’s not a case of RAM marketing removing the antenna for beauty shots.

    The current model “DS” regular cab will continue forward until they debut its replacement.

  • avatar
    JDG1980

    I like the new look. For years now, trucks have tried way too hard to look macho, and this Ram design is a much-needed dialing-back of that trend.

  • avatar
    cdotson

    Change to flat rear floor is pretty huge, and about time. Not shots or mention of the rear seat. Did they make the front lip of the rear bottom cushion straight across, or did they keep the stupid shorty section in the center?

  • avatar
    JEFFSHADOW

    Is there an in-dash CD player yet?

  • avatar
    tankinbeans

    I Like that it doesn’t scream at you anymore with RAM in 900 point font, but I don’t need a truck and that’s as far as I go with truck assessment. I don’t know much about the GM twins and find the F250 and above to be quite noxious, even as somebody with a general preference for Ford (at least if talking about the Detroit 2.5).

    Also, did I read that right; GM offers cylinder deactivation to the tune of only 1 active cylinder? How would that even work mechanically and can that push that monster through the air with anything resembling ease?

  • avatar
    OzCop

    I like it…My fear was it was going to be too Ford/Chevy-esque…I don’t see that at all…I still see a unique design, readily identifiable Ram…

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