2019 Ram 1500 Packs Mild-Hybrid Powertrains Under New Metal

It’s a pickup truck bonanza this week under the roof of Detroit’s Cobo Hall, where GM has introduced the new Chevy Silverado, Ford the new Ranger, and FCA the new Ram 1500.

You can tell the new Ram is new just by looking at it. Gone, for example, is the crosshair grille that carried over from when it was still a line in the Dodge portfolio, and the bodywork looks altogether more modern and muscular. But there’s a lot more going on with the new truck than some fresh sheetmetal.

To start with, it’s lighter than the model it replaces – nearly 225 pounds lighter, which means it can haul more and consume less fuel in the process. The new bodywork is also more aerodynamic, and even incorporates some adaptive aero in the form of a electrically deployable spoiler in the front bumper.

More fuel economy gains will come from under the bulging hood, where the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 now delivers 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 a solid 395 hp and 410 lb-ft. The bigger news is the arrival of an optional new eTorque system – FCA’s term for a 48-volt mild-hybrid assist, contributing an extra 90 lb-ft to the V6 and 130 lb-ft to the V8 (which also features a smoother cylinder deactivation system as well).

The engines come mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Look for details on the EcoDiesel V6 (which Ford’s chasing with its new six-cylinder Power Stroke) to be detailed later. But for now, the 2019 Ram 1500 can haul up to 12,700 pounds on a trailer, or carry up to 2,300 pounds on its back. The brakes are bigger – the largest in the segment at 14.9 inches up front – and an electric parking brake come standard.

The interior is all new as well, with more space, better ergonomics, and upgraded equipment. Available infotainment screens measure up to 12 inches (separate from the 7-inch display in the instrument cluster). There’s more USB ports and power outlets, available onboard wifi, and all the safety systems you could ask for: 360-degree camera, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane-keeping assist… the works.

Of course, this being a full-size pickup, buyers will be able to choose between a staggering array of configurations and specs. There’ll be six trim levels, 12 exterior colors, 15 wheel designs, three cab styles, three bed lengths (which are longer than before). And you can rest assured that FCA has taken the opportunity to load the top trims with ever-more luxurious equipment, like real leather, wood, and metal trim.

The Rebel is back for the rock-crawling set with 33-inch tires, a lifted suspension with Bilstein shocks, and locking rear diff, and there’s a 4×4 Off-Road Package available for other trim levels as well. So whatever you might want to use your truck for, chances are you’ll be able to order a 2019 Ram 1500 just the way you want it, and enjoy all the improvements once you do.

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  • Six Thousand Times

    So, they’re keeping that weird grille on the “hardcore” off-roader? The interior looks terrible, too. Doesn’t seem like Ford or Chevy have anything to sorry about.

    • LJ

      The interior looks far better than the new Silverado’s, which looks like it would be right at home in the mid-2000’s.

      • SteersUright

        Disagree. BOTH are abysmal inside, but at least the Silverado is way easier on the eyes from the outside.

  • Shame about that pig-snout grille but it’s better than the ones in the current-gen Longhorn and Rebel variants. I’m sad to see the nifty RamBox feature go.

  • Justin Spencer

    They finally got the front-end design right and there’s definitely a very attractive upmarket edge. It looks very modern and definitely a future sales success.

    • I hope for people working in the factories, but I desagree. If you like this very classic and boring design, Ford, Chevy and GMC are here for you with great choice. This is not Dodge, sorry RAM identity. Not everybody likes Lexus’s design, but if what you want is a classic looking German Car, you already have the choice. I liked Dodge/Ram trucks for their “in your face” bold design. This chrome grille is just playing it safe no fun. The Rebel, is just awful.

    • donald seymour

      What are your thoughts on the Limited’s interior vs the Rebel’s interior? I’m not sold on the front fascia of the limited yet. The chrome is killing it for me.

  • Mr_Fanta_Pants

    That interior makes my eyes hurt.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      The Tesla pad is genius.

  • Evo45

    Short rear door looks weird at RAM Rebel, or it’s just me that’s used to European pick-ups.

    • MarketAndChurch

      Yeah I just noticed that. It would look a lot better with full doors.

  • DR.FUNK

    I suppose my eyes will adjust to the new sheet metal.But I think the amenities and configs might finally make the Ram competitive in this segment.

    • gary4205

      It’s been highly competitive.

  • MarketAndChurch

    The Rebel looks pretty cool. The regular version looks decent.

  • Bash

    That Tesla type touch screen is cool.
    I have a mixed feelings about the front end, the interior might look better in person imo.

  • Craig

    Interior shown in photo #42 is especially nice!

  • Jweisberg

    Imo, ram could have done better. This design looks average, it does not stand out and lacks the aggressive big rig look the current design has.

  • The chrome grille looks generic but ok, the plastic pig nose is awful… BUT WHO THE HELL SAID YES WE HAVE A GREAT GRILLE AND AN AWESOME LOGO, LET’S MAKE A TRUCK THAT LOOKS LIKE A CHINEESE COPY OF A TUNDRA ! FCA has someone to fire fo that. (And if someone can explain to me why they had to make RAM into a brand then put it on the grille. Why can Ford and Chevy can make trucks and sport cars but Dodge couldn’t? It’s not like trying to make SRT into a seperate brand was a success).

  • Tumbi Mtika

    The regular one looks nice.

    That’s it. It still comes third for me overall, though.

  • LJ

    This would look so much better with the crosshair grille.

    • really?????

      • donald seymour

        Yep.

  • SgtBeavis

    I’ve always hated the mustache grille of the Rebel, but this isn’t nearly as terrible looking. I’d even say it’s the best looking version of this truck. That said, if I were to buy a Rebel, I would still replace the grill with a billet one. The F150 still looks better. The other grilles do nothing to impress me.

    However, that interior! THAT is a very nice improvement. I LOVE the huge touch screen. That’s maybe half the size of a Tesla Model S but DAMN that’s still pretty huge. Interior comfort and design matter a lot to me and THIS is good enough that I would at least give the new RAM a look before pulling the trigger on a new truck. It’s VASTLY better than the Silverado’s dash work.

  • Nordschleife

    I thought those were fake air vents on the side of the red truck with the chrome front ala Buick but that’s just an ugly badge.

  • rodriguez256

    Interior looks far better than what they’ve had in the past finally. For the life of me I just can’t understand why they continue to use that horrid grill design.

  • Shane

    I actually prefer this over the Silverado by a long shot. New Silverado’s​ body is too busy for me. Won’t be long before companies are cranking out a proper grill for this thing and the lights on this look way better than Chevy’s IMO.

  • getoffme

    Generic looking.

  • nauticalone

    To my eyes it looks better than the Chevy….but I still prefer the Ford F-150.

  • SteersUright

    Hideous barely updated exterior, hideous barely updated yester-year interior, and a few powertrain updates. Who is this intended to fool? Outside of historically stupendously cheap lease deals, why would anyone not choose an F150 or Silverado over this heap? And no, taking an old, nasty interior and slapping an iPad in the center does not fool anyone into thinking its all-new.

  • Dennis Scipio

    I guess it was time to change the Ram logo.

  • WITH THE CHROME GRILLE IT LOOKS VERY GOOD. NICE INTEGRATION OF THE HEADLIGHTS/GRILLE. NO IN YOUR FACE FRONT END IS A NICE CHANGE. LOOKS SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE CHEVY WITH IT’S DENTS, WAVES,CREASES AND FAKE AIR VENTS.NICE JOB DODGE…OR RAM.

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