It is the best time of the year for all truck enthusiasts, and that is because of the Detroit Auto Show! Ram has finally decided to unveil the all-new 2019 Ram 1500. One of the biggest surprises is this beast has lost 225 pounds, and this was made possible by the use of high-strength steel in the frame and a few other component updates. A few of the other upgrades include the logo update, tailgate material update, and the addition of an eTorque mild-hybrid boost.
We know you are probably wondering what’s under the hood, and this vehicle won’t disappoint. The base version of the Ram 1500 will utilize the 3.6L Pentastar V6 at 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. The new eTorque mild-hybrid tech comes standard on the V6 models. This new feature replaces the usual starter and alternator with a 48-volt motor. The motor will take care of starting your engine, charging when you need it, and a little extra torque when you need it most. This is a benefit for customers whose primary location will be in the city. Ram plans on offering the new 1500 in Tradesman, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, Limited, Bighorn, and Rebel trims.
Hemi’s aren’t going anywhere and will be available both with and without the eTorque system. With 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque, the 5.7L Hemi will make quite the impression on the task at hand. Did we mention the eTorque motor can get up to a 130 lb-ft boost? Whether you go with the 5.7L or the 3.6L, both include a new eight-speed automatic transmission with over 40 shift maps. In addition to upgrading power and torque, the 2019 Ram 1500 was redesigned with aerodynamics in mind. You will notice this when you first see the new air splitter at the truck’s nose and the new grille shutters.
You may have noticed the huge 14.9-inch front rotors in the images above. The smallest wheel size available on the new 2019 Ram 1500 is 18 inches. Even if you are towing 12,000 lbs. you won’t have to worry about braking. In addition to the massive rotors, there’s also the addition of a new electronic parking brake, as well as electric power steering.
When you first hop inside the newly refreshed pickup, you may be surprised at the available 12-inch touchscreen display. Standard issue Ram 1500’s will come with an 8.4 inch display. Also available is an optional 360 degree view camera, 900 watt stereo system, and 5 standard USB ports. There are additional convenience features for your safety, such as adaptive cruise control, a lane departure system, and forward collision mitigation.
Although the new 2019 Ram 1500 is as luxurious as ever, there’s no need to worry about performance. Throw 2,300 lbs. of whatever you want in the bed or haul 12,700 lbs. wherever you need it. Need extra storage? The RamBins are back on the new model, and they received a 5.5 inch increase in length. That means more storage for all your needs. With a fully packed truck, you are probably expecting to hear some road noise. Not with the new side frame mounted active tuned mass modules, which are electronically controlled shake weights that help reduce vibrations from the road. Also available is the self-leveling air suspension feature for an additional cost.