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2020 RAM 1500: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - September 18, 2018
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Model Preview

In 2019, the RAM 1500 went through a significant redesign that also brought in upgrades in technology and powertrain departments. Going into just its second model year since the new-generation model debuted, we expect no notable changes to the 2020 RAM 1500.

Visually, the new-generation RAM 1500 gave up its biggest styling cue: the semi-truck-like front end. In place of this is a new, more aerodynamic nose that draws inspiration from the Dodge Durango. It still features a bold grille, but RAM toned it down in favor of better wind tunnel numbers and dropped the crosshair design. We expect the 2020 RAM 1500’s exterior to carry on with all the same design cues.

Inside, the new-generation RAM 1500 has a myriad of options, including two cab and seating options and tons of features ranging from basic to luxurious. In this new generation, RAM paid a little more attention to the base Tradesman trim, giving is small glimmers of upscale features like some soft-touch materials and splashes of color, but the real luxury comes when you move up to the range-topping Laramie Longhorn trim. The current RAM 1500’s interior styling is tidy but still truck-like with its upright dashboard, blocky air vents, and chunky buttons and knobs. We expect this all to remain the same in the 2020 RAM 1500.

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We also expect all the 2020 RAM 1500’s standard features to remain the same as the current model. If this is accurate, it will come standard with the Uconnect 3 infotainment system with a 5-inch touchscreen, keyless entry, power locks and windows, an electric parking brake, a USB port, a six-speaker audio system, vinyl floor coverings, 18-inch steel wheels, and black bumpers and grille.

Under the skin, we expect the same lineup of powertrains to carry over. This would include a standard 3.6-liter V6 engine paired to a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that combine for 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. Buyers can opt for a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 with 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. Buyers can also add the mild-hybrid system to the V8, but its output remains unchanged. We also expect the eight-speed automatic transmission to remain the only available gearbox in 2020.

The IIHS has not tested the new-generation RAM 1500 for safety yet, so we are uncertain what the 2020 model’s ratings will be. The current RAM 1500’s standard safety features are basic and include six airbags, anti-lock brakes, and a rearview camera. Buyers can add optional advanced safety features like surround-view camera, blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, and lane-keep assist.

Pricing and Release Date

The 2020 RAM 1500’s official release date is not available yet, but check back often for updates.

With no changes in the works, we expect the 2020 RAM 1500’s pricing to remain close to the 2019 models MSRP range of $33,390 to $59,385 (destination fees included).

The 2020 RAM 1500 will battle the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado 1500, and GMC Sierra 1500.

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Pictured: 2019 1500

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