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Yes, the 2019 Ram 1500 has a smarter, more modern look on the outside and within the cabin. But that glitz is far from the only important change to the pickup truck. Look more closely, and you'll discover that engineers have revamped nearly every single mechanical piece to build a truck that's lighter, stronger, safer, and more capable.
It starts with a big diet. The 2019 Crew Cab is as much as 225 pounds lighter than before thanks to careful weight-loss engineering throughout the truck. An aluminum tailgate, for instance, cuts 15 pounds. Another 100 pounds or so came out thanks to more extensive use of high-strength steels (plus a few bits of aluminum) in the frame; it's now 98 percent high-strength steel. Another 100 pounds or so came out of the cab and box. The majority of the bodywork, however, is still made from various types of steel, not aluminum; Ram is not following the Ford F-Series down the road of all-aluminum bodywork just yet.
"We've left steel where we need to deliver the long-term durability that we believe our owners want," says Jim Morrison, head of the Ram brand.
Another big area of improvement concerns aerodynamic performance, with the truck's drag coefficient falling nine percent to 0.357. Big facilitators of that include the standard active grille shutters, a subtle "Venturi" design at the rear of the cab's roof, higher bed side rails, and the fact that the 2019 Ram 1500 is about an inch lower than before. The truck also has an electrically deployable aero spoiler that, at speeds above 30-35 miles per hour, extends down from the front bumper to reduce drag. It retracts at about 15 miles per hour and is never deployed when the transfer case is in 4-Low; if the spoiler does hit something (e.g. on rough terrain), engineers say it will survive thanks to a one-way clutch linkage. Trucks with air suspension also lower about 0.6 inch at highway speeds, too, for further aero gains.
To complement the reduced weight and improved aero, the Ram 1500 also introduces mild-hybrid powertrains. Standard on the 3.6-liter V6 and optional on the 5.7-liter V8, the "E-Torque" system uses a beefed-up, 48-volt starter-generator to provide extra grunt for low-speed acceleration – similar to the mild-hybrid system on the Jeep Wrangler. A 0.43-kWh lithium-ion battery pack sits in the back wall of the cab, cooled by cabin air.
Ram says the system will offer 90 pound-feet of extra torque during acceleration on the V6 engine, and an extra 130 lb-ft on the V8. The system is said to be able to restart the engine in a third of a second (e.g. after a stop-start situation at a traffic light), and can use the torque assistance to smooth out engine idle. On the V8, it also allows the engine to use its fuel-saving cylinder deactivation mode more frequently by balancing out spikes in engine loading that would otherwise kick the V8 back into eight-cylinder operation.
The V6 engine is rated for 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque (identical to the outgoing model), while the V8 boasts 395 hp and 410 lb-ft. An eight-speed automatic remains the only transmission choice, though it's been updated and now has as many as 40 shift schedules to improve efficiency. At some point after launch, the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine will return to the roster.
That cylinder-deactivation mode, meanwhile, should be a little less noticeable on the 2019 truck. A pair of active dampers mounted on the frame rails vibrate counter-phase to the engine to help quell any shaking that would otherwise be noticed when the V8 runs on four cylinders.
In terms of capability, the Ram 1500's maximum tow rating climbs to 12,700 pounds, while payload is up to 2,300 pounds (from maximums of 10,620 and 1,880, respectively, before).
Other major chassis changes include a switch from five- to six-lug wheel designs, necessitated primarily by the inclusion of larger brakes. The front discs now measure 14.9 inches in diameter while the rears are 14.8 inches, and pad sizes are up 18 percent. Morrison promises that'll deliver "best-in-class braking" performance. An electric parking brake is now standard; cutting all the old mechanical unit's length cable runs saved 20 pounds. In rear-wheel-drive trucks, special coolant lines run to the rear differential to warm up its fluid sooner, thus reducing rolling resistance and marginally boosting fuel efficiency.
Wrapping all that new equipment up is a freshened exterior look that balances modernity with typical Ram truck toughness cues. Aficionados will note that even the Ram logo and font have been changed; the prior logo, in use since 1981 with mild changes, didn't denote the "unbreakable" nature of current trucks, says Joe Dehner, head of Ram Trucks exterior design. The new designs are "much more reflective of where Ram is going."
Up front, the crosshair grille design has been vanquished, and the headlights have been moved upward by 1.5 inches. There are still classic Ram truck cues, like the "drop fender" look beneath the headlights and the power bulge on the hood. But it's a sleeker, more modern nose; slim LED headlights are even available on certain models.
Engine designations, previously spelled out on the front doors, move to the side of the power bulge on the hood, tidying up the profile view: "We moved the paragraph off the doors," Dehner jokes. He also points to the A-line crease that helps break up the long bodysides, the new push-to-open fuel door with capless fueling, and subtler capacitive-touch switches (rather than giant chrome buttons) for the RamBox storage bins – which are, incidentally, more spacious for 2019.
Around back, Ram's signature dual exhaust tips have grown from 4 inches in diameter to 4.5 inches. A fold-out step on the driver's side, to ease loading, will be a dealer-installed option via the Mopar catalog. The top of the bed rails is now 1.5 inches taller than before, which helps both aero performance and improves storage space. And the aluminum tailgate is now damped.
With 15 different wheel designs, six trim levels, and 12 colors, "We've got a flavor for every price class," Dehner promises. He notes just how glitzed-up highly content Rams can look, with full-chrome trim around the daylight opening (many rival trucks only have partial chrome), and wheels up to 22 inches in diameter.
Even more is new inside, with Ryan Nagode, chief interior designer for Ram, promising, "We've changed pretty much 99 percent of the interior." For starters, you get a lot more room for both passengers and cargo. In Crew Cab models, the doors are one inch longer than before and the C-pillar is two inches longer, meaning rear-seat passengers sit four inches farther back.
Storage bins beneath the rear seats are now spacious enough to fit a four-foot level (useful for contractors) or a four-inch drop hitch (handy for anyone who tows regularly). Up front, the center-console bin is far larger than before (38 liters versus 23), able to hold a 15-inch laptop and with sliding cupholders that can be rearranged in three different positions. Ram claims the new 1500 has nearly twice the interior storage-area space of its Chevrolet and Ford rivals.
The overall design is still business-first, with straightforward gauges ahead of the steering wheel, an electronic rotary shifter by the driver's knee, and a new center-stack arrangement that places infotainment screens right up top. At the right, the small secondary glovebox above the primary one now has a cover that slides up, rather than popping forward. The touchscreens (5-, 8.4-, and 12-inch designs) are flanked by various physical controls with bulky designs intended to make for easier use while wearing gloves. The 7-inch color trip computer in the instrument cluster has a different color scheme and font for each of the 1500's various trim levels.
The various trim levels bring even higher levels of luxury, with goodies like rough-hewn real wood trim, cold-to-the-touch anodized metal pieces, or soft leathers, depending on configuration. Other new plush touches include rear seats that can recline by up to eight degrees, heated and cooled rear seats, and a stylish new key fob. In loaded-up models, "Real wood, real metal adorn nearly every surface," says Nagode.
As to connectivity, you'll find five USB ports – four of which include the new Type C standard – as well as two 115-volt power outlets (there's another in the RamBox). Wireless phone charging is optional, as is a CD player. And the back of the center console has cupholders specifically shaped to prop up a tablet for entertainment back-seat passengers. An optional Harmon Kardon sound system features active noise cancellation.
The aforementioned infotainment screens are all the latest versions of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Uconnect system. The newest option is a 12-inch vertical one, which is essentially two of the popular 8.4-inch screens jammed together into one. It allows for a massive full-screen navigation display, for instance, with pinch-to-zoom maps, plus drag-and-drop tile shortcuts. Users can also display Apple CarPlay or Android Auto on only one half of the screen, leaving the other half for built-in functions (which include climate controls).
A wi-fi hotspot is available as an option, and an optional subscription to the SiriusXM Guardian telematics service will allow owners to lock, unlock, remote start, and perform other commands on their truck via a smartphone app (smartwatch integration is coming soon). That hotspot is especially important in Ram models given that truck owners, "use more wi-fi data than any of our other customers," says Mike Novak, Manager of Uconnect Marketing and Consumer Experience.
As to active-safety tech, the 2019 Ram 1500 offers a new 360-degree camera, along with blind-spot monitoring (which works with trailers up to 40 feet long), pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keep assist. All the forward camera and radar sensors are mounted at the top of the windshield, rather than in the grille. That's important to ensure that owners can still mount, say, plows or "cow catcher" bars on their trucks without affecting the systems' performance.
To further appease drivers, the 2019 truck is expected to have much improved crash performance, especially in the tough Insurance Institute for HIghway Safety small-overlap test. Ahead of the engine, the frame rails splay outward to absorb more crash forces, and they have an octagonal cross-section intended to crumple and deform in a specific way. There are also "wheel blocker" steel bars behind the front wheel openings to prevent wheel intrusion into the cabin. Ram expects the truck will ace the small overlap test; the outgoing model receives "Marginal," the second-lowest rating. (Among rival pickup trucks, only the Honda Ridgeline and Ford F-150 score "Good" in the challenging test.)
For off-roaders, there will once again be a Rebel variant, with a one-inch suspension lift, 18-inch wheels with 33-inch tires, Bilstein shocks, functional recovery hooks, a locking rear differential, and a specially designed face to offer a dose of visual toughness. Where the old one was offered only with air suspension, the 2019 Rebel will also be available with steel springs, a nod to enthusiasts who want to modify their trucks. Other Ram 1500 variants will be able to enjoy the 4×4 Off-Road package, which brings many of those upgrades to other trim levels.
The next things we need to know, of course, are how much the 2019 Ram 1500 will cost and how impressive its fuel efficiency ratings will be. Ram promises we'll have those details in the coming weeks before the new truck goes on sale in the first quarter of this year.
Source: Ram Live Photos: Patrick Hoey / Jake Holmes / Motor1.com
Gallery: 2019 Ram 1500
All-new 2019 Ram 1500 – No Compromise Truck, Leading in Durability, Technology and Efficiency
- Overall weight reductions totaling nearly 225 pounds net when compared to previous model
- New frame features 98 percent high-strength steel to improve durability, weight and rigidity for improved handling
- Strongest Ram 1500 ever with most efficient frame in the segment – 100 pounds lighter with 98 percent high-strength steel
- Maximum payload increased to 2,300 pounds, and maximum trailer tow to 12,700 pounds
- New Ram 1500 is the segment's most aerodynamic pickup with .357 coefficient of drag and features exclusive active aerodynamics: grille shutters, air dam and air suspension
- All-new Frequency Response Damping (FRD) shocks deliver the best combination of ride, handling and comfort in a pickup
- Next generation, class-exclusive air suspension enhances fuel efficiency, improves ride, and gives greater off-road capability, load-leveling and entry/exit convenience
- Largest front brakes in segment at 14.9 inches and new electric parking brake
- New 4×4 Off-road Package includes suspension with one-inch lift, electronic locking rear axle, tuned shocks and Hill-descent Control
- 2019 Ram 1500 delivers significant gains in fuel efficiency with eTorque mild hybrid system on second generation 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engines – widest use of mild hybrid technology in the segment
- eTorque combines belt-drive motor generator unit with 48-volt battery pack to enable start/stop function, short-term torque assist and brake energy regeneration
- eTorque adds up to 90 lb.-ft. of torque to the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and up to 130 lb.-ft. to the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8
- Frame-mounted active tuned mass modules (ATMM) and Active Noise Cancellation in cabin expand use of Fuel Saving Technology cylinder cutoff on 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 and enable quiet cabin at 67.1 db
- New generation of TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmissions provide improved efficiency with more powerful control computers
- New electronic locking rear differential is standard on 4×4 Off-road Package and Rebel, available on all models
- Heat exchanger system now includes industry-first thermal axle to quickly warm rear axle gear oil, maximizing axle during warm-up
- All-new 2019 Ram 1500 delivers innovative, state-of-the-art technology with award-winning fourth-generation Uconnect system and class-exclusive, 12-inch reconfigurable touchscreen display featuring split-screen capability for dual-application operation
- All-new SiriusXM with 360L personalized listening experience with more variety, smart content, recommendations and thousands of hours of on-demand audio
- Fourth-generation Uconnect system SiriusXM Guardian Connected Services delivers advanced in-vehicle connected services, including 4G Wi-Fi hotspot capability
- The most powerful audio system ever available in a pickup, Harman Kardon audio system with 19 premium speakers, 900-watt surround sound amplifier, 10-inch subwoofer and active noise cancelation
- 360-degree Surround View Camera with bird's-eye perspective of vehicle
- New multifunction USB ports and optional integrated wireless charging pad
- Available navigation system accommodates one-step, voice-controlled destination entry and enhanced 3-D navigation map graphics
- Android Auto and Apple CarPlay enable link with Uconnect 8.4-inch and 12-inch touchscreens
- All-new 2019 Ram 1500 gears up for high-end with innovative design, highest quality materials and class-exclusive technology with "unbreakable interlocking" theme for enhanced appearance and aerodynamics
- The new face of Ram includes a chiseled Ram's head logo and "RAM" grilles
- Most dramatic differentiation between models across six distinct price classes
- All-new full LED Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), including twin bi-functional projector headlamps, fog lamps and tail lamps
- Lighter, longer and wider, including an overall cab length increase of four inches, creating the most spacious interior for additional features and passenger comfort
- Nearly 100 percent more storage capacity versus closest competitor at 151.1 liters
- First FCA application of 12-inch fully configurable touch screen includes tailor-made graphics for various Ram models
- Reimagined center console with 12 different storage configurations offers never-before-seen customization for the most active interior real estate
- Second row includes slide reclining seats to eight degrees, a true flat-load floor with integrated RamBins with tie-down rings and expandable under seat storage
- All-new switch bank with dedicated toggle switches, wireless charging dock and up to five USBs, including four type C/A ports
Safety and Security
- All-new 2019 Ram 1500 offers more than 100 safety and security features
- Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop, Go and Hold
- Forward Collision Warning-Plus warns the driver if impact appears imminent, and assists driver response by deploying brakes
- Ready Alert Braking and Trailer-sway Damping control
- LaneSense Lane Departure Warning-Plus alerts and assist the driver with corrective action
- ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park and Hill-start Assist uses ultrasonic sensors to help the driver perform technical maneuvers
Auburn Hills, Mich., Jan 15, 2018 – The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 becomes the benchmark for durability, technology, efficiency and convenience with features never before offered in a pickup. Engineering Frequency Response Damping (FRD) shocks Tailgate Lightweight materials
- Engine mounts
- Front axle center section
- Front suspension crossmember
- Transmission crossmember
- Steering system gear
Aerodynamics Air suspension Off-road Brake system Electric power steering Powertrain 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6: 305 horsepower plus outstanding fuel economy Legendary HEMI power: 5.7-liter V-8 delivers 395 horsepower TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmissions: The right gear at the right time Thermal management Transfer cases get upgrades Axles Small changes help save fuel Uconnect All-new SiriusXM with 360L Most powerful audio system in a pickup
- Three 3.5-inch and one-inch coaxial speakers located in the instrument panel
- Two 3.5-inch and one-inch coaxial speakers located in the front doors
- Two 6×9-inch speakers located in the front doors
- Two 6×9-inch speakers located in the rear doors
- Two 3.5-inch and one-inch coaxial speakers located in the headliner
- One 10-inch enclosed subwoofer behind the rear seat (passenger side)
- One 12-channel boosted Class-D amplifier
- Four ANC microphones
Compatible device connectivity Exterior Design Interior Design Safety and Security
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop, Go and Hold: Helps maintain a driver-adjustable distance between the vehicle and the one in front of it, and can bring the vehicle to a controlled stop and hold it there. This system works by decreasing the vehicle's pre-set cruise-control speed when closing in on another vehicle in the same lane, or when another vehicle moves into the same lane. ACC will accelerate the vehicle back to the pre-set rate once the vehicle in front speeds up or moves into another lane, including full stop
- Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS): Points headlamps in the planned direction the vehicle is traveling using steering wheel input to point light around turns, driveways and parking lots
- Advance Brake Assist: If inadequate force is applied to brakes in response to signal from Full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus, Advance Brake Assist increases brake force automatically
- Blind-spot Monitoring (BSM): Uses dual ultra-wideband radar sensors to aid the driver when changing lanes or if being passed by or passing unseen vehicles. The system notifies the driver of vehicle(s) in their blind spot via illuminated icons on the side-view mirror. BSM also includes easy-to-use trailer coverage
- Brake assist: In an emergency brake situation, the system applies maximum braking power, minimizing the stopping distance
- Brake-throttle override: Allows driver to stop the vehicle when throttle and brake inputs occur simultaneously; electronic throttle control reduces engine-power output until vehicle stops or pedal inputs cease
- Electric parking brake (EPB): Utilizes parking brake switch mounted in the instrument panel, a motor on caliper (MOC) at each rear wheel and an electronic control module. Four modes of operation: static apply and release, dynamic apply, drive away release and safe hold
- Electronic brake-force distribution: Assists the driver to optimize stopping distances and control under all vehicle loading conditions by regulating braking pressure front-to-rear
- Forward Collision Warning-Plus: Utilizes radar and video sensors to detect whether the Ram 1500 is approaching another vehicle or large obstacle in its path too rapidly, and warns or assists the driver in avoiding/mitigating the incident
- Frequency Response Damping: New shock design features a two-valve system to properly adjust wheel movement depending on road input, with two valves, additional tuning helps keep tires to the ground on rough surfaces
- LaneSense Lane Departure Warning-Plus: Leverages electronic power steering (EPS) to deliver a torque input to alert and assist the driver with corrective action
- Largest brakes in segment: The all-new Ram 1500 features the largest available front brakes at 14.9 inches for superb stopping distance
- ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist: Ultrasonic parking sensors on bumper guide the driver into the parking space. The system automatically controls steering-wheel angle, while the driver controls gear position, brake and accelerator. Parallel parking is possible on either side of vehicle by selecting the direction with the turn signal; for perpendicular parking, vehicle backs itself into space
- ParkSense park assist with reverse stop: The system utilizes ultrasonic sensors at low speeds in reverse to detect stationary objects. The system provides haptic feedback to the driver, with an application of the brake before releasing if a collision is imminent. At speeds below 4 miles per hour, the system will bring the vehicle to a stop before releasing. The forward system utilizes ultrasonic sensors at low speeds to detect stationary objects in front of the vehicle
- Rear Cross Path (RCP) detection: In parking lot situations, this system warns drivers backing out of parking spaces of traffic moving toward their vehicle. It activates any time the vehicle is in Reverse. The driver is notified of vehicle(s) crossing behind the vehicle via illuminated icons on the side-view mirror and with an audible chime
- Surround View Camera: Uses four cameras positioned around the vehicle to provide
- a bird's-eye perspective of the vehicle and its immediate surroundings. Driver can also select other views, including front or rear cross path
- Tire blockers: Frame-mounted high-strength steel tire blockers are placed at front cab location to redirect the tire outbound in a front-offset impact
- Most advanced frame in the segment with exclusive splayed frame rail: All Ram 1500 frames feature 98 percent high strength steel and technology (patent pending) that creates a highly efficient energy absorbing front frame rail structure for frontal impact modes
- 9-1-1 Call/Assist Call: Mirror-mounted buttons for emergency services, roadside assistance, Uconnect Customer Care and non-collision related emergencies
- SiriusXM Traffic: Works with the vehicle's navigation system to display traffic speed and flow information, along with accident information to assist drivers in routing around congested areas
- SiriusXM Travel Link: Real-time local fuel prices, weather conditions, sports scores and movie locations and times all featured in this subscription-based system provided by SiriusXM Radio
- Tailgate power release and Passive Entry: Allows the operator to release the tailgate using the key fob or unlock automatically with combination of key fob presence and hand motion under tailgate handle
- Tailgate ajar notification: Notifies the operator the tailgate is not fully closed with a warning light in the gauge cluster
- Tilt-and-telescoping steering column: Allows steering column to tilt and move toward or away from the driver to achieve a safe and comfortable distance from the advanced multi-stage front driver air bag, if deployed
- Tire-fill alert: When adding air pressure to tires, a new tire-fill alert system chirps the horn once you have reached the recommended pressure
- Uconnect Access voice-to-text: Enables cloud-based text-message dictation via compatible Bluetooth-enabled cell phones; available to registered Uconnect Access subscribers
- Uconnect Drag and Drop menu bar: Drivers can drag key usage buttons and move them to their Uconnect system's main menu bar for easier access
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