The interior of the upcoming 2019 Ram 1500 pickup is going high-tech.
New images show that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has designed a full-length digital touchscreen for its top-selling full-size truck. Spy photographers recently captured the prototype during testing.
The 2019 Ram 1500 will debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this January to compete against Ford’s F-150 and the Chevrolet Silverado, which also is expected to unveil a next-gen model at the show.
Now we know how the full interior controls will look.
Ram has adopted a large vertical screen that is reminiscent of those in the Tesla Model S sedan and Model X SUV.
Unlike the Teslas, however, the Ram 1500 will retain physical buttons along the sides of the screen for climate control and menu options. There are buttons at the top of the screen for safety features like lane-keep assist and parking assist. There also are switches on the bottom of the screen for traction control, parking sensors and other functions.
The screen itself is operated by the latest fourth-generation version of the UConnect 8.4 system in other FCA products such as the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger. It is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The key fob for the new vehicle was also spotted in the vehicle’s center console. It reveals buttons for a power-activated tailgate and remote control of the truck’s air suspension system – potentially making it possible to load items into the pickup bed without turning the vehicle on.
The current Ram 1500 is the only full-size pickup truck that offers air suspension.