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NowCar 2019 Ram 1500 Detroit Auto Show

Recap of the 2019 Ram 1500 Debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show

Written By, Jordan R.

The 2018 Detroit Auto Show is wrapping up on January 28th, and with nearly two weeks for exhibitors to show the goods, there was plenty to see. Many vehicles won awards, such as the Chevrolet Traverse, 2018 Kia Stinger, 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, and especially the 2019 Ram 1500. Just like the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL, the Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) Group let plenty of spy photos slide during the production and testing of the new Ram light duty pickup truck. Now, we finally got to see it for ourselves, and the new 2019 Ram 1500 is practically a whole new vehicle.


All vehicles, be they pony cars or trucks, are surveyed for their power as well as their comfort and convenience. The new 2019 Ram 1500 light duty pickup truck finally foot the bill and designed a truck not just for getting hard work done. It’s also pretty snazzy.

Two engine options are currently available for the 2019 Ram 1500, starting with the well-known 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, able to deliver 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. This year, FCA is dipping into the hybrid and alternative engine pool. The first adaptation of hybrid tech was with the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL and now the same tech is available with the 2019 Ram 1500. Both, the new Ram 1500 and the Wrangler JL, are accompanied by an eTorque system that offers multiple hybrid capabilities, such as auto stop/start, electric power assist, extended fuel shut-off, transmission shift management, intelligent battery charging, and regenerative braking. This eTorque system also generates an additional 90 lb-ft of torque on the 3.6L engine.

For a little more power, the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 returns to the Ram 1500 lineup, delivering 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. Also designed with the eTorque system in play, 2019 Ram 1500 trucks with this engine will get an additional 130 lb-ft of torque in addition to the available 410 lb-ft the HEMI already generates.

How well a vehicle handles is also a very important part of vehicular performance, and the 2019 Ram 1500 has received plenty of updates to give the driver more control over the power it possesses. Available with two drivetrains, two-wheel drive (2WD) or four-wheel drive (4WD), like Jeep vehicles, the 2019 Ram 1500 comes with one of two Borg Warner transfer cases for part-time 4WD or full-time 4WD, pending on the transfer case, driving conditions, and the driver’s preference.

The 2019 Ram 1500 also has a couple of new off-road components, such as tow hooks in the front to get out of a jam, and a limited slip differential or an electronic locking differential, to support its new off-road package. Complete with a one-inch lift, available with or without air suspension, beefier tires, hill-descent control, a revised rear suspension geometry, and improved skid plates, this package can be applied to most trims for the 2019 model year. If putting a focus more on the Ram truck’s capabilities, the Max Tow package is available, able to raise the towing capacity to 12,750 pounds. This is also thanks to Ram’s five-link coil suspension.


May as well let you know now, the Ram Rebel is returning for the 2019 model year, and yes, it’s as aggressive looking as always, made with 18-inch wheels with 33-inch tires, coil-spring suspension, Bilstein shocks with remote reservoirs, and a one-inch lift. The crazy thing is, even with all these upgrades to the powertrain and drivetrain, Ram engineers managed to shed 225 pounds off of the 2019 Ram 1500 truck’s chassis, and 120 pounds of that weight loss can be attributed to a high-strength steel-aluminum blend making up 98 percent of the frame, small powertrain components, the hood and tailgate.

In spy shots, the front fascia saw some changes with a new “RAM” grille, but there is talk of three options if not satisfied with the default look. For that aggressive style, the drop fender has been lifted for more of a tough look, slanted headlights bring the front fascia together, and with LEDs making up the headlights in top-tier units, this isn’t a truck drivers will want to hold up in the fast lane. There are two more headlight design options, again for a little personalization, and halogen headlights are the standard.

The rear has also gotten some upgrades, mostly with the taillights getting a new look, also available with standard or LED lights. Both, the front and rear bumper are available in body color or chrome, and the 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck can ride on wheels ranging from 18-22 inches with sixteen wheel designs to choose from. The 2019 Ram 1500 will also be available in twelve colors, three of which are two-tone combinations.

Tech and Safety

Technology has definitely been beefed up for the 2019 Ram 1500. In spy shots, a large vertical touchscreen was seen, and it comes out to 12-inches in size. It looks very cool, and is a lot larger than what consumers may be used to with trucks. If not a fan, next-generation Uconnect 4 is also available on an 8.4-inch touchscreen, or Uconnect 3 on a 5.0-inch touchscreen. Along with these options, the media hub now comes with five USB ports, three in the front and two in the back, made up of USB A and USB C to charge up multiple and different devices.

When it comes to safety, parking sensors have been integrated for parking assist, and 100 safety features have been integrated into the 2019 model. When it comes to automatic advanced safety, adaptive cruise control, adaptive front headlights, advance brake assist, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning are all available on the 2019 Ram 1500.

That sure is an upgrade for the Ram 1500! And to think, the starting MSRP is rumored to be in the high $20,000s. Excited about the new 2019 Ram 1500? Let’s talk more about it on NowCar social media.

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