A new generation Ram 1500 pickup truck will make its debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Sergio Marchionne, chief executive of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, confirmed Thursday.
In a conference call with investment analysts following the release of FCA’s second quarter earnings, Marchionne said the truck will be unveiled at the January auto show and that a redesigned Jeep Wrangler will debut in the U.S. in November.
He did not provide other details.
But Trucks.com has been following the development of the new Ram truck and here’s what we know.
Design of the 2019 Ram 1500 pickup is completed and prototypes are undergoing extensive testing.
Trucks.com spy photographers have snapped shots of the new vehicle on the road. The photos reveal a truck with a wheelbase that provides more cabin space for passengers and cargo. The exterior of the new truck features a raised waistline that swoops into the truck’s C-pillar behind the rear window.
The truck is expected to get better fuel economy than the current generation.
The interior will get an upgrade, especially on the popular, more expensive trims. The new truck will have the automaker’s latest UConnect infotainment systems and other technologies previewed in the FCA’s 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan.
The new Ram 1500 also is expected to offer an innovative split tailgate as an option.
Lighting changes significantly. Our spy photos reveal a thin LED strip lines the lower part of the headlight housing. The new taillights appear to be even more distinct. Dual, horizontal LED strips are located within the taillight housing
The new model debuts even as sales of the current Ram continue to rise. FCA has sold more than 250,000 Ram pickups, including the heavy-duty models, through the first six months of 2017, an increase of 7.4 percent compared with the same period in 2016, according to Autodata Corp.
The Ram is the third best-selling vehicle in the U.S., trailing the Ford F-Series trucks and providing a challenge to the Chevrolet Silverado for second place.
Chevrolet has sold about 262,000 Silverados so far in 2017, down 3.9 percent compared with the same period last year. There’s a chance Ram could steal the second place full-size pickup truck ranking from Chevrolet by the end of this year.