By on February 14, 2019

2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock_1

Fiat Chrysler is the master of squeezing every last bit of life out of a vehicle or platform. Witness the Dodge Charger/Challenger and its umpteen permutations that have appeared since it rolled off the ark many moons ago.

The automaker performed the same trick with the old Ram 1500, slathering the thing in bright paint or giving it a natty set of wheels towards the end of its design cycle to create a of special edition or twelve. That truck, still in production with the word “Classic” now appended to its name, has had yet another new trim added to its totem pole — despite being usurped last year by a new Ram 1500.

And its name is a dandy one, harvested from Chrysler’s history vaults.

Based on the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic, this new Warlock package features the grille that once appeared on the last-gen Ram Rebel, complete with a R A M billboard. Its front and rear bumpers are powder-coated for an extra aggro look, plus the truck has had a 1-in. ride height lift installed at the factory. The word “Warlock”’ is plastered on its bedsides as well, naturally.

It can be argued that this truck is an exercise in using up an existing bin of parts that will only fit the old Ram 1500. While it is fun to imagine Reid Bigland staring at a pallet of Rebel grilles and wondering what in the hell to do with them, there is probably more than a kernel of truth in this statement. This is borne out by learning this truck has an odd mix of entry(ish)-level trim combined with features once reserved for high-zoot Rams.

2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock_1

2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock_1

Despite having a cloth bench seat as standard, Warlock also comes standard with LED lighting that used to only appear on more expensive Rams. An overhead console and the snazzy gauge set, which used to cost extra, is now standard. Customers can opt for a heated bench or the buckets shown in the (shadowy, with an annoyingly-canted steering wheel) image above, and can add in items like FCA’s 8.4-inch uConnect system.

As for powertrain, the Warlock package is available in all familiar Ram variations. The 305 hp 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 is available, or one can select the burly 395 hp 5.7-liter Hemi V8. No matter the mill, an eight-speed automatic will be the transmission. Take yer Warlock in 4×2 or 4×4, and there is a choice of Quad Cab or Crew Cab (short bed) body configurations.

2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock_1

The name first appeared on Dodge pickup back in 1976. At that time, the goal of the model was to lure a younger (or different) demographic into the showroom with a factory customized pickup. Fat tires, gold pinstriping, and oak trim matched the gold chains and wide lapels of the day.

Warlock goes on sale next month, with prices starting at $35,345, plus $1695 destination. Stay tuned for more special editions of the new Ram, depending on what pallets of truck parts Reid Bigland finds in the back of a dusty FCA warehouse.

[Images: Matthew Guy/TTAC, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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33 Comments on “Warlock: Ram Conjures Up New Life for an Old Truck...”

  • avatar

    Brougham to the extreme.

    • 0 avatar

      I’ve said several times on here that Ford needs to do this ASAP. I think they need to bring back the Stallion packages for the small CUVs and the great luxury packages for the larger models. Lipstick, Creame and Heritage packages for the Explorer and Edge and the great designer series – Bill Blass, Givenchy and Pucci – on the Navigator, Aviator and Nautilus.

      They would sell like hotcakes. I have no idea what Ford is waiting for.

    • 0 avatar
      Avid Fan

      Bro’ham (fify)

  • avatar

    Forget yesterday’s AoB, this is what I want with the same HEMI + 4×4 requirement.

    Now they just need to find some standard cab short bed classic models to make into “Little Red Express” trucks.

  • avatar

    FCA is a master at breathing new life into old tech. Actually that’s one of the things I like about them

  • avatar

    “The name first appeared on Dodge pickup back in 1976….the goal of the model was to lure a younger (or different) demographic into the showroom”

    D&D was spreading through campuses like ebola back then. Those kids are now coots and biddies with lots of coin and some have even reproduced.

    I think there’s a significant market in this demographic and their Magic: The Gathering family of related species.

    I repeat, they have money.

    • 0 avatar

      D&D was just getting off the ground. I would be shocked if Chrysler even considered D&D when conceiving and marketing the Warlock, and I have a collection of period magazines with the ads. They were selling young couples on dirt-bikes or making out under a sunset, not incel sweat lodges.

  • avatar

    Lil’ Red Express coming back next?

  • avatar
    R Henry

    About $38k out the door, likely…for the V6.

    Nope. I’ll stick with sedans, thank you.

    • 0 avatar

      Have you done an MSRP check on a decent sedan lately?

      The way I would want this optioned would be around $40K and I guarantee that dealers will be advertising them at $35K before you start haggling.

      • 0 avatar
        R Henry

        “Decent” is so relative. A “decent” (in my mind) sedan, like a midrange Kia Optima or Mazda6 is around $25,000. A decent E-Class, well, that is a different story, I know.

    • 0 avatar

      A lot of sedans still come with 4 cylinders at 38k in this sad automotive world we live in today. And none of them can be haggled as much as this can.

  • avatar

    Awesome name, but without the pinstripes and the “WARLOCK” on the tailgate, it is kind of a weak special edition.

  • avatar

    Last summer I saw an original Warlock at a car show at a local Legion Post. Very unique truck and it was spotless. Great that it surived and didn’t ended up as a beatup work truck and then junked.

    A bit off topic, but not long ago I saw a Daytona verion (from 2005) that had turned into a work truck and was beat to hell. What was once someone’s pride and joy… The rear wing it had originally had, was of course removed.

  • avatar

    For many years I’ve buzzed by Chrysler products (now FCA) because they are damned interesting. I like the current 300, I like the out-going RAM 3500 (I was looking very, very closely at a regular cab 4WD w/Cummins) but just cannot, cannot pull the trigger on any of ’em. And it’s not the recent history of the products. For the last 40 years they’ve had great stuff that I really like but their history of stupid reliability has always warned me off. It’s not the assembly issues that many whine about – even if the assembly is perfect the bean-counted engineering ruins them. I don’t like ever seeing a stealership after purchase but the vast majority of folks I know have needed to develop a “relationship” because of ridiculous problems with the basic operation of the vehicles. I’m not a GM guy but regardless of the stupid problems with electrical gremlins and such these vehicle could still be driven and move around. This is the same history that has dogged Chrysler (now FCA) since my dad, back in the 1950’s, said,” Great cars. Great engineering. Won’t have one ’cause they’re junk after 15k miles”.

    • 0 avatar

      “….since my dad, back in the 1950’s, said,” Great cars. Great engineering. Won’t have one ’cause they’re junk after 15k miles”.”

      With due respect to Pops, this ain’t the 50’s. Before I bought a brand new Hemi Charger (zero problems thus far), I made a point to test drive one that had over 40k (rental!) miles put on it in a year. I know how *I* would treat a Hemi rental, so I doubt it had an easy existence, but that thing was as strong, tight and smooth as my new one is. Just a lot less equipment, otherwise I woulda just bought that one.

  • avatar

    I’m pretty sure the high trim level lights in a lower trim level configuration on the Ram were already possible by way of things like the old Black Express package, if not the Rebel.

    And now I wonder what transfer case this gets. I liked the Rebel in 2017, but my 2017 Ram ultimately was going to be either a Big Horn or Laramie on account of the Rebel having to have three things then which I absolutely did not want:
    1) only Crew Cab, no Quad Cab (addressed on the 2019’s)
    B. bucket seats with space-wasting center console, no 40/20/40 front seat option
    III. transfer case with 2H/4H/4L modes, no auto-4H mode as found in Big Horn and higher

    This addresses two of those three and has much of the Rebel styling, but does subtract the Rebel wheel/tire package that I liked.

    • 0 avatar

      Ram has two 1500 transfer cases, a traditional case and a case with clutches to engage the 4wd. I wouldn’t touch the case with clutches with a 50 ft pole. You want the traditional case if you want something that will actually save your behind in a situation where 4wd is needed. By the time the clutches engage the front wheels the rear wheels are buried.

      • 0 avatar

        I am a fan of the Jeep QuadraDrive 1 system for full-time, road holding AWD, but for real 4×4 capability I prefer the Jeep QuadraTrac I and II systems. IMO, nothing else even comes close.

        Back in the days when my kids and I were involved in Desert Mudding and Desert Track racing, we used the IHC Scout and would weld the planetary gears to the Ring gear in the rear differential for better rear wheel traction.

        Not good for pavement driving though.

  • avatar

    “Despite having a cloth bench seat as standard, Warlock also comes standard with LED lighting that used to only appear on more expensive Rams.”

    Our 2014 Ram 1500 Express (one step above the lowest Tradesman trim) has cloth bench and LED lights, and a Hemi. These special versions are released throughout the product’s cycle.

  • avatar

    Rumor has it there will be a Dodge Journey version of the Warlock.
    I think they will call it “Warthog.”

  • avatar

    why the hate? I waited for the 19 to come out when I wanted a new truck and I ended up choosing an 18. there was simply nothing in the new platform I liked more for the price difference.

  • avatar

    Surprise, surprise – I’m getting an ad for 25% off MSRP on 2019 Rams……..

    Ford has the most to lose in the cheap seats race – FCA has their old trucks, and the GM trucks were obviously designed for “efficiencies”.

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