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2019 RAM 1500: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - January 16, 2018
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After what seems like forever since the first significant update to the RAM 1500, the 2019 model year will bring in a whole lot of new bits for this pickup. It’ll not only get an all-new look, but it also gets new powertrain options and new tech features that increase capability and comfort.

Visually, the RAM 1500 will be familiar, but the details are all new, like its new grille with chiseled Ram’s head logo and “RAM” lettering. The headlights are also redone and feature available adaptive LED technology. The big change to the RAM 1500, though, is the switch to advanced materials, like high-strength steel, to shave 225 pounds off the pickup’s total weight. On top of this, its payload increases by 2,300 pounds to as much as 12,750 pounds.

While the exterior will see many changes, the interior is seeing updates as well. It will gain lots of new bits, like a massive 12-inch fully customizable touchscreen, an enhanced center console with 12 storage configurations, reclining rear seats, a flat-load rear floor, expandable underseat storage, the fourth-gen Uconnect system, an available 900-watt Harman Kardon audio system, and more.

2019 RAM 1500

RAM wasn’t shy with the under-hood enhancements either. Yes, its 3.6- and 5.7-liter engines will remain with their 305 and 395 horsepower outputs, respectively, but there will a new available eTorque mild hybrid system. This 48-volt system will add up to 90 pound-feet of torque to the V6 and 130 pound-feet to the V8. As standard, the V6 and V8 engines will produce 269 and 410 pound-feet of torque, respectively.

Safety tests in pickups has never been great, but the RAM 1500’s reduced weight and stronger materials should improve this. Plus, it’ll boast a series of new safety features, including available adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, and more.

Pricing & Release Date

The 2019 RAM 1500 begins production in January.

We expect pricing to ring in a bit higher than the current model, which ranges from $28,490 to $55,390 (destination fees included), especially with the eTorque system.

Key competitors will include the same cast of characters as before: Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Ford F-150, and GMC Sierra 1500.

Learn about the current 1500 on sale now »

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2019 RAM 1500

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