2019 Ram 1500: Here’s What We Know

December 27, 2017 by Ryan ZumMallen, @Zoomy575M

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will debut the 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. The new Ram is expected to feature a roomier cabin, improved technology and increased capability. It will also give FCA a new dog in the fierce fight against the Ford F-150 and the Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup trucks. Here’s everything we know about the 2019 Ram:

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A photoshop rendering of what the 2019 Ram 1500 split tailgate could look like. (Photo: Glenn Paulina/Trucks.com)

  • The 2019 Ram 1500 will increase its wheelbase to add more interior space.
  • The extra space should translate into improved legroom for passengers, especially in Crew Cab versions with seating for five.
  • An aggressive, chiseled hood gives the truck a shrink-wrapped look over its muscular body panels.
  • The Ram will depart from its familiar crosshairs front grille. Instead, a sleek and wide design integrates into the headlights and bumper. A second grille and headlight design may be available to upscale trims such as the Ram 1500 Limited and Laramie.
  • The headlights and taillights sport LED strips. Headlights include jewel-like projectors, and taillights boast a distinct design to set the Ram 1500 apart from its competitors.
  • The Ram could feature a split tailgate on a pickup truck. FCA is testing Ram 1500 prototypes with the innovative feature that features a 60/40 split for better access to the bed.
  • The truck is expected to retain its RamBox cargo storage areas in the sides of the bed.
  • The interior has a modern look and feel with a full-length touchscreen. It is expected to use the latest version of FCA’s UConnect infotainment system, currently featured in the Chrysler Pacifica minivan. Digital display gauges house the tachometer and speedometer, as well as other vehicle information.
  • At least three engine options are expected. The 2019 Ram 1500 should carry over its 5.7-liter HEMI V8 and 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine that are currently available. There may also be a mild-hybrid system attached to a low-displacement, four-cylinder engine for improved fuel economy— similar to the system, called eTorque, in the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.
  • In July, spy photographers saw a Ram 1500 on public roads with the diesel V6 engine, a front air suspension and rear coil suspension with enlarged wheels and tires. The odd assortment of parts could be an early prototype of an upcoming Ram Rebel, the brand’s off-road performance variant — though it wore the “dual nostril” front grille from the luxe Limited trim.
  • The truck is expected to reach dealerships in the first half of 2018.
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(Photo: Glenn Paulina/Trucks.com)

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly said the Ram would be the first truck with a split tailgate. Ford offered but then abandoned the feature in some of its truck models.

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9 Responses

  1. Gregsfc

    According to the EPA, the only Ecodiesels available in a 1/2 ton Ram at this time are 2017 models (not 2018s), and new software employed to make them truly compliant brings down mpg from 21/29/24, to barely beating F150 2.7 TT gas engine at 20/27/23. Compare that to the Blue Ovals best fuel miser at 20/26/22, and what’s the point of the diesel, especially considering the peak performance comparison: 325 hp/ 400 ft- lb @2750 for F150 and 240 hp/420 @2000 for Ram 1500. Maybe the 2019 will improve upon the Ram Ecodiesel, but a turbo 4 gassed sounds like a good option for those who don’t feel the need for a monster truck, and there is rumor of other good ideas in the future for Ram; a turbo straight 6 to replace the Hemi and a 3.5- 4.5 inline diesel to replace the 3.0V6 Ecodiesel. All of this I like, but most of it won’t be right away.

    • Jeff S

      Real world numbers on MPG for the ram diesel and ford turbo still show the diesel is much better.

    • Vern

      Towing & fuel economy. Towing durability & longevity. Real world mileage. Unloaded hwy I haved averaged 30 mpg & gotten over 700 miles on a tank of fuel. 371,000 on it towing smaller @ moderate travel trailers commercially. I couldn’t do that with a gasser and don’t need an HD. That’s the point.

  2. Gregsfc

    I’d like to see a move away from NA V6s for base engines and towards rather large 4 cylinder gas turbos in half- ton trucks. They could give much better truck-like performances, slightly better mpg, and, unless the hybrid system is very low cost, I hope they skip it. I’ve got a Saturn Aura with one of those mild hybrid systems, and while it has been stone reliable, a mid size car with a 4 cylinder and 29.5 mpg average in a rural area is not very impressive. It works seamlessly; I just can’t tell that ut saves fuel, but it was an $800 upgrade over the V6 that was the base in that car.

    The base V6s in half tons are 285- 305 hp, they’re 265- 305 peak ft- lb torque and they don’t peak torque until at or about 4000 RPM. A 2.7 turbo could be tuned for durability and reliability and still generate 275 go and 335 peak torque and could be designed to peak not much over 2500 RPM. That’d be an ideal engine for pick up owners and fleets who don’t tow heavy and often.

  3. Tomski

    “The Ram could feature the first-ever split tailgate on a pickup truck.”

    Not true.

    16 years ago Ford put a split tailgate in their Lincoln Blackwood.

    • Bill

      The difference is the Lincoln two-piece tailgate only opened one way, as a gate. The new Ram gate will open down as a conventional tailgate and also split as a gate. But factually you are correct.


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