If you’re a fan, you’re likely interested in what the 2019 model year will bring in terms of the RAM 1500. A restructuring of RAM’s production facilities throughout 2018, allowing for temporary dual-production of truck offerings (and making way for new crossover SUV offerings) creates speculation as to what extent the RAM 1500 will be refreshed. A few ‘spy-shot’ videos can be easily found online, and a wind-storm stripped some of its wrapping showing more than FCA would want to be seen prior to its scheduled first-look. That said, we’ll await its expected unveiling at the Detroit Auto Show rather than make any assumptions.
That said, let’s not turn a blind eye to what’s in front of us. The anticipation of a refresh can imply that the previous model year offering is dated but, as per the norm when it comes to RAM, it doesn’t seem to be the case with the 2018 RAM 1500. Sure it’s one of the most unchanged designs in the segment, but as with all RAM offerings, it knows exactly what it is. Confident in its proverbial skin, it makes no effort to be anything else.
That said, it’s far from uninspired. At the core of the RAM 1500’s appeal, are well-equipped powertrain options and an unparalleled ride quality delivered by its iconic coil-spring rear suspension. Three cab and door styles are further diversified when paired with three-bed lengths, and a staggering eleven trim options make the 1500 one of the configured model year offerings on today’s roads.
Engine options include (i) 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar, (ii) 3.0-liter Eco-Diesel V6, and (iii) a 5.7-liter V8, all of which are paired with eight-speed automatic transmissions. Regardless, of which option you choose, the 1500 isn’t afraid to work; channeling (i) 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque (ii) 240 hp and 420 lb-ft, or (iii) 395 hp and 410 lb-ft. Add-in: capable towing (up to 10,650 LBS when properly equipped) strong payload, and competitive fuel efficiency and the 2018 Ram 1500 is a win, overall.
Want a closer look? Here’s a great showcase of the 2018 Ram 1500, focusing on some of the higher trim levels.