When the fifth-generation (DT) Ram first debuted for 2019, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles kept the “old” DS generation going. The later became known as the “Ram Classic”, and we were under the impression it would be a single model year affair. Once FCA ramped up new Ram 1500 production, surely the Ram Classic would roll off into the history books…right?
Clearly not, according to a recent CarsDirect report. Two years after the rebadged truck first emerged off the assembly line, the Ram Classic is still on dealer order books for 2021. The latest Ram Classic will start at $30,145 including destination, or $250 more expensive than the 2020 version. As before, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 if offered as a base engine, while the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is an option.
Compare that to the standard 2021 Ram 1500 Tradesman’s $33,940 price tag, and Classic rings in $3,795 cheaper. Since Ram does not (yet) offer a midsize truck, that does put it at a price advantage, and could be a solid option for those who want a no-frills, more basic truck. Dealers also tend to offer these trucks at steep discounts — up to around $10,000 in some cases.
Of course, we aren’t without precedent for FCA drawing out a platform’s lifespan if it continues to sell. So, the question of whether there will be a Ram Classic for 2022 ultimately depends on whether you buy one of these 2021 models. We’ll have to wait and see how that news develops as we head into next year.
As Ram has not officially turned over its build sites to 2021 models yet, some details are still subject to change.
With the exception of the Big Horn trim, the 2021 Ram Classic should carry on in Tradesman, Express and Warlock variants.