• Is this the Next Generation 2019 Ram 1500 Mega Cab 4×4 EcoDiesel Prototype? [Spied]

    2019 ram 1500 diesel ecodiesel prototype spy mega cab
    2019 Ram 1500 prototype (by Zach M.)

    This camouflaged Ram 1500 prototype was caught in Indiana, but Zach M.  Thank you Zach for sending these images to us!  While this is not the first time this prototype has been seen in the wild, Zach did confirm a distinctive turbo-diesel “EcoDiesel” exhaust sound emanating from this truck.

    According to this article from Allpar, the next generation Ram 1500 (aka. “DT”) will go into production in January of 2018 as a 2019 model. When will the company officially unveil the new truck? We do not have official information on this, but the 2017 State Fair of Texas or the 2017 LA Auto Show are likely venues.

    Many aspects of this prototype are interesting and noteworthy. The camouflage makes it look like the truck has a stretched crew cab, aka. “Mega cab” in Ram speak. Is that really the case, or is the masking specifically designed to exaggerate the size? Ram is obviously switching from the current 5-bolt hubs to a 6-bolt setup. The front hubs on this truck suggest that it’s a 4×4.

    These images do not reveal much about the interior, but it appears the truck is using upscale steering wheel and other components with Chrysler logo and branding. Will Chrysler sell its own version of the Ram 1500 pickup truck? This is unlikely. Also, is that a gigantic (approximately 21-inch or 27-inch) computer monitor near the center of the dash? This truck has a lot of testing equipment attached to it. Don’t expect a 21-inch navigation screen in the production truck.

    Which engine will the “DT” Ram 1500 use? Clearly, Ram is still working on a turbo-diesel version. The gasoline Pentastar V6 is likely to be updated and remain in the lineup. We surely hope that the 5.7L HEMI V8 will stay. There are rumors that it’s going away. This platform may also give rise to the enticing Ram Rebel TRX with a supercharged HEMI V8. If produced, it will be a 2020 or a 2021 model.

    We think that Ram should consider using an eHybrid gasoline/electric system, similar to the one that is currently in the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.

    Here is a Ram 1500 HEMI V8 taking the Ike Gauntlet extreme towing challenge.

    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov
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    35 thoughts on “Is this the Next Generation 2019 Ram 1500 Mega Cab 4×4 EcoDiesel Prototype? [Spied]

    1. Maybe a diesel hybrid? Could you imagine the mpg? Yes, about 35 to 40 mpg, depending on whether they connect the diesel to the wheels or not. On the higher side if they don’t. Its about time we had a pickup as powerful as a dragster like the Tesla SUV, while getting 40 mpg!

      1. Might be too late for the big three. Workhorse is coming out with an electric truck soon as well. And Bollinger motors is claiming they will have best in class torque, HP, utility and ground clearance in an AWD drive pick up truck, all electric for summer of 2017. Hopefully and finally someone will get it right so we can stop bantering over this crap, especially the fruition of diesel, what a joke.

        1. So you think a company with no name recognition, no market penetration, and no experience selling vehicles in large volumes will gain significant market share over the big three? I don’t think so. The best those companies can hope for is an acquisition from one of those big three.

          1. I guess not but we will have to see. From the sounds of it it may set off a chain of events that forces them to build better trucks. What we have now is complete crap

    2. Ram and now Ford are smart getting diesels in their 1500’s. Power and efficiency, it like having your cake and eating it too. Forget an EV truck..They don’t make extension cords long enough. Leave that for city runabout cars. Diesel Hybrid would be awesome.

      1. In early Feb it was reported that a deal which would include a reflash was in the the works. Haven’t heard any updates since, I’d imagine if the power and economy are negatively affected there will be lawsuits to follow.

        1. Hope they work it out with a good outcome for everyone. The more competition the better.

            1. The two guys I work with are hoping buyback. I can see an epa fine. Hopefully we don’t get screwed on the ford release; and gm seems not to have violated epa regs. Depending on new administration the ford diesel may get the most scrutiny or the least.

              Sorry side tracked, saw ram and got to thing.
              Ram is got do some complete engines redesigns and lighten up a bit. They may get ridiculed, but all the cool kids are doing it.

            2. I’m sure the F150 diesel will be under heavy scrutiny, they had better make sure it is right or it will be really bad for small diesels altogether. First VW, the FCA, if Ford messes up it won’t be pretty. I suspect the GM diesel is good so far.

              Trump is looking at the EPA regarding right now but he is just making sure everything goes through the proper channels. I heard today Obama pushed his agenda on MPG without the proper channels so it would be on the books before he left office. MPG regulation and emission regulations are good within reason. It pushes new technologies and ideas.

    3. Six lug wheels may indicate higher payload and towing capabilities to be more competative with Ford and GM. It would be nice if they expanded on engine options and offered not just the 3.0 liter ecodiesel for those wanting great mileage, and then offered the Cummins 5.0 liter diesel for those who tow and haul (remember Nissan does not have exclusive rights to this engine).

      1. That’s because nobody else wants it!

        It’s an underperforming engine both in power and mpg for some reason?

        1. It’s pretty much a failure. The reason is the nutty US regs for diesel emissions.

          You can make a huge, expensive power master, or you can make a smaller, mileage-focused diesel, but splitting the difference – like Nissan and Cummins tried to do with the 5.0 – and making a medium sized diesel that will be able to tow most 5th wheels, medium cattle trailers, and loaded dual axle utility trailers while still getting really good MPG is very, very hard to do. Maybe impossible.

          What you end up with is a diesel that’s about half the torque of the big ones with the same MPG, but is still heavy and still carries a big $ premium as an option – so essentially all of the negatives and none of the positives.

        2. You are very correct. The 5.0L Cummins is a very disappointing engine to me. The mileage is not great and the performance is not good at all either. As much as i like the Nissan, the gas engine seems to be a much better engine choice.

        1. No way. It has no positives. The 3.0 can’t tow much, but as a runabout or light utility vehicle it’s perfect because it has a big mileage benefit. The 5.0 can tow a decent amount but not as much as the bigger Cummins in the 2500 and it doesn’t offer any mileage advantages and is almost as heavy and almost as expensive.

    4. I’d expect any new engines to come from Fiat (and their conglomerates). Maybe a VM Motori 2.8 diesel like the one in the Canyon (yes, that’s really a VM Motori diesel, it’s only a Duramax in name).

      With the current administration’s push to roll back EPA CAFE requirements, I doubt we’ll see the Hemi leaving anytime soon. Plus, they could always up charge it to pay for any gas guzzler tax…it would still sell.

      My ’92 Dakota had six-lug wheels (and I imagine all other Dakotas did, also). I never could figure out why they needed six lugs, and it pizzed me off at the time because it was hard to find aftermarket wheels to fit it back then.

      1. We have a 2007 dodge ram 1500 with a 5.7 hemi, and it’s a mega cab. We love it, not only very comfortable but is also a beast!!

        1. I have had mine since new. It would be nice to have a 2019 Ram 1500 Mega Cab with the 5.7L Hemi, instead of an ecodiesel. If I want a diesel Mega Cab, I will get a 2500 or a 3500.

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    6. You know I red the article again that Andre put out. It just doesn’t seem to be anything I would get excited about this new ram. If ram just up grade to it’s 3 engine line up how can that be exciting? It doesn’t advance technology advancement in half ton segment at all. I read possible a new engine , but where is it coming from? Andre didn’t mention anything about tt v-6. Ram is banking on 3 engines that has to compete against 5 in the Ford f-150. How is ram going to compete against that?

      Andre didn’t mention anything about aluminum.

      Will wait and see what ram does. In this article nothing didn’t show me much.

    7. Ram needs to redesign their cab, the front doors are shorter then say a Ford so if your tall like me and you put the seat all the way back your head is next to the B Pillar and you have to lean forward to see out the door window. Also the floor hump on the passenger side is annoying for passengers.

    8. Why. My F150 screw is already massive in the back to the point where I was pissed because the supercab was too tight and the screw was overkill and they have nothing in the middle. They could cut 6″ off the current supercrews and still have a comfortable rear seat and net a shorter wheelbase for better manuverability.

      1. I actually have the same thoughts. I don’t need a super crew and they are massive back there. I own a super cab and it would be nice to have about 2″ more in leg room in case I want to put someone back there. Oh well, still works well for me.

        1. I actaully went and looked at a supercab the other day thinking I might trade in my 2014 Screw, 6.5′ bed, 3.5 Ecoboost for a supercab, 6.5′, 2.7 ecoboost. The problem is my first kid is on the way and I had just purchased a car seat. When I looked at the supercab I was like no way will that seat fit/not be a PITA to deal with.

          I want the 6.5′ bed, I just dont want the length of an aircraft carrier.

          1. Aircraft carrier ? That isn’t very long. Now if you would’ve have said width I probably have agreed with you Jay s. 😉

    9. The truck is currently sitting at the Hampton INN in Silverthorne Colorado. I just got run off by the guy pulling guard on the truck, lol

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