What will the next generation 2019 Ram 1500 pickup look like? Will it be a revolution of build materials and design? A recent report by Automotive News points in the direction of an evolutionary upgrade.
First, the important part of the news is that the next generation of Ram trucks will be manufactured at the Sterling Heights plant, which is currently building Chrysler 200 sedans. The sedan is being discontinued at the end of 2016, and the plan is to retool and update the factory to produce body-on-frame Ram pickup trucks. The goal is to start production of the next generation Ram 1500 in early 2018, according to the report.
The report says that the 2019 Ram will use the latest internal combustion engines that include a turbocharged version of the 3.6L Pentastar V6. Is Ram creating a direct competitor to Ford’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6? This is what it sounds like. The engines will also feature automatic start/stop feature, which is becoming common on many trucks and cars these days. The whole idea is to improve performance and efficiency, so the 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 is likely to continue.
The report suggests that the next Ram half-ton will continue to use steel for all or most of the body and bed components. If you were expecting the next Ram to switch to aluminum body, this is highly unlikely.
The exterior and interior designs will be evolutionary in nature. The report suggests that the front-end of the 2019 Ram will have a similar grille design to what you see today, but the headlights will become a little smaller and more integrated into the grille. The interior upgrades will include a redesigned center console with even more storage.
We are looking forward to learning more details about the next generation of the Ram 1500. We will bring you the news as soon as possible. In the meantime, check out this 2016 Ram Rebel and Power Wagon off-road review video.