Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has introduced the 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman at The Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Aimed at construction companies and small businesses, the 1500 Tradesman is a work truck which favors practicality over creature comforts. As a result, the model has a relatively basic exterior with a black grille, black steel bumpers and a locking tailgate. The truck will be available exclusively in Quad Cab and Crew Cab configurations with either a 5 foot 7 inch or 6 foot 4 inch long bed.
The work truck theme continues in the cabin as drivers will find 40/20/40 split bench seats which are available in either cloth or vinyl. Other features include power windows / locks, a remote keyless entry system and a Uconnect infotainment system with a five-inch display. The truck also has vinyl flooring, a 12-volt power outlet and a rearview camera.
An assortment of different options will be available including a spray-in bedliner, a trailer brake controller and an off-road package with a factory suspension lift. Buyers can also order an anti-spin or electric-locking rear differential.
While the Tradesman isn’t as luxurious as the Laramie Longhorn, the truck can be equipped with three different engines including a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 developing 305 hp (227 kW) and 269 lb-ft (364 Nm) of torque. Buyers can also order a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 which has 395 hp (294 kW) and 410 lb-ft (555 Nm) of torque. Finally, there’s a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with an eTorque mild hybrid system.
The Ram 1500 Tradesman will be priced from $31,695 excluding a $1,645 destination charge. This is a significant increase as the previous model started at $27,095 and had a destination charge of $1,395.