The full exterior design of the next-generation 2019 Ram 1500 light-duty pickup truck has been unveiled by an unlikely culprit —the wind.
A perfectly timed gust blew the wraps off this pre-production version of the upcoming Ram 1500 over the weekend, exposing the truck to passing vehicles outside the headquarters of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in Auburn Hills, Mich.
The uncovered Ram provides the first full look at the highly-anticipated truck design, which brings subtle but muscular style to the vehicle. The hood is chiseled and the front fascia is led by a slimmed-down grille with modern LED headlights on either side.
Similar luxury design cues, such as chrome inserts in the door handles and a clean rear tailgate, suggest the Ram 1500 will attempt to capitalize on the image of full-size pickup trucks as modern day luxury vehicles rather than commercial work trucks.
Though the familiar Ram Trucks logo is not visible in the front grille, the truck features new chrome badging above the front fenders that read “1500 5.7L HEMI”—a reference to the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine lying beneath the hood.
The 2019 Ram 1500 will debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this January. It will also feature an updated interior with advanced infotainment and technology, as captured by these spy photos in August.