Fiat Chrysler Automobiles unveiled a full redesign of its Ram 1500 pickup truck at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday. Trucks.com sat down with Jim Morrison, head of the Ram truck brand. He listed five of the most important changes coming in the 2019 Ram 1500. Here’s an edited version of that conversation.
Stronger, lighter materials
By using advanced, high-strength steels, steel and aluminum in the right places, we have put more strength in the frame in order to provide that reliability and durability that customers are looking for. We have 98 percent high-strength steel in the frame and 54 percent in the body structure to help provide durability. The hood is aluminum, and the tailgate is aluminum and magnesium. The entire weight savings of a Crew Cab 4×4 is 225 pounds.
More power and fuel economy
We have improved performance with the new eTorque technology in our Hemi V8 and in our V6. That provides a blend of great fuel economy and performance. We've increased our payload to 2,300 pounds and trailer tow capability to 12,700 pounds. That’s significant for a light-duty pickup truck. [E-torque is a mild hybrid system that allows the engine to shut down when the truck coasts to a stop and then provides torque upon initial acceleration.]
We are taking the technology to the next level with the next truck. We have a 12-inch touchscreen and SiriusXM 360L on-demand radio. We've got an amazing new sound system with 900 watts and 19 speakers.
It's also an even safer truck with over 100 safety features, everything from the best brakes in the industry to 360-degree cameras and blind-spot and cross-path detection systems. Our blind-spot system even works with our trailers now. The lane-departure alert works with up to a 40-foot trailer.
The new Ram has a best-in-class cargo management system. We've got the biggest bed in the back of our trucks. We have backed that up with the ability to organize storage with the closing and lockable Ram Box. No other truck has that. We also have more than two times the storage inside the cab than any of our competition.