There is more than a “Classic” badge on the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic that differentiates it from the 2018 model. Recently, TFLtruck was invited to the FCA proving grounds in Chelsea, MI to get some seat time driving the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic (DS). This is a truck that, for at least the next several months, will be built alongside the fifth-generation, all-new 2019 Ram 1500 (DT).
We interviewed Ram 1500 Classic Brand Manager Conner Spence as we drove the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic on the proving grounds. He stated that there was still a demand for the fourth generation Ram and, by building the classic alongside the fifth generation, Ram would have a good selection of entry-level Ram trucks for the consumer. That is to say: the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic will be aimed at the entry-level and commercial buyer.
While many of the models of the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic remain the same, one of the major production differences between the models is that, if you want a regular cab Ram 1500, you must get the Classic. Other design and stylistic differences between the 2018 Ram and 2019 Ram 1500 Classic are minimal.
Currently, engines remain the Pentastar V6 and Hemi 5.7-liter V8. Two and four-wheel drive variants are available as are several cab and bed combinations. It appears that all of the recent special edition Ram 1500 will not be available with the “Classic” badge, at least, not at the time of this writing.
While some automakers are quick to rid themselves of an old model, FCA is feeding a demand with a vehicle that was already out-of-date years ago. It’s a shrewd move because, not only is it super cheap to build a fourth-generation Ram, it also adds to their 2019 sales numbers. Smart.
In this video, Nathan and Tommy get a chance to see the differences between the 2019 Ram 1500 and 2019 Ram 1500 Classic up close. We ran several acceleration runs with each truck, and we noticed something very interesting. The Classic 5.7L HEMI V8 sounds a bit different from the all-new 5.7L HEMI V8, although the engines themselves are unchanged.
Check out the video. Do you also notice the difference in sound? Which one do you prefer?