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:
- 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.
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.