2019 Ram 1500 First Review in Photos

2019 Ram 1500 Rebel and Ram 1500 Limited
2019 Ram 1500 Rebel and Ram 1500 Limited

The new-for-2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck takes the traditional strengths of Ram trucks and builds on them with innovative engineering, evolutionary design and intelligent use of materials. The truck is significantly longer, yet it is lighter by 120 pounds, and it delivers a maximum payload of 2,300 pounds and maximum trailer tow capacity of 12,750 pounds. Each of the three new lengths are longer than before, and that results in the most spacious cab in the segment.

Bold styling combines with aero efficiency

The 2019 Ram 1500’s handsome exterior features a new, non-crosshair grille treatment that spells our RAM in bold caps, and other aspects, like the Ram symbol on the aluminum tailgate seem equally bold. Yet extensive wind-tunnel testing enabled the design and engineering teams to reach class-leading aerodynamics. The Quad Cab 4×2 has a 0.357 coefficient of drag.

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The interior of the Ram 1500 matches the thoughtfulness of the exterior. High-quality upholstery and trim are apparent throughout the truck. The available 12-inch fully configurable touchscreen (one of the largest on any current vehicle) enables you to control a wide variety of operations. For those who value discrete controls for some functions, an eight-inch screen with accompanying buttons and knobs is also available, and in another bow to those who favor dedicated controls an all-new center-mounted switch bank offers toggle switches, a wireless charging dock and up to five USB ports.

Cab is much bigger, more accommodating

The four-inch overall increase in the cab length has a variety of benefits. Most obvious is the substantial added rear legroom, but beyond that the rear seat has been completely reconfigured to provide more comfort. In some models, the rear seat slides forward and offers a reclining backrest. The seat squabs also fold up to provide access to integrated “Ram bins” for convenient storage.

On the safety front the headline news is the addition of available adaptive cruise control with stop, go and hold. This means your feet will get much less exercise during stop-and-go driving, since they won’t have to work brake or accelerator. Also innovative is blind-spot monitoring with trailer-sensing that automatically determines the length of a trailer being towed and extends blind-spot coverage to compensate. Forward Collision Warning-Plus, Ready Alert Braking, Trailer-sway Damping, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning-Plus, ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park and Hill-start Assist are among the electronic driver aids available.

Mild hybrid eTorque system aids efficiency

The powertrain headline is the eTorque mild hybrid system intended to improve performance, fuel economy, payload, towing capability and drivability. The system replaces the traditional alternator with a belt-driven motor-generator unit that works in tandem with a 48-volt battery pack to enable quick start/stop function. The hybrid system also contributes short-duration torque in certain driving situations, and it enables brake energy regeneration, which improves both responsiveness and efficiency.

An upgraded eTorque version of the Pentastar V-6 is the standard engine in most trim levels of the 2019 Ram 1500. It is specifically tuned for truck duty and rated at 305 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque. Also available is the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 delivering 395 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque with variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation for better fuel efficiency.   All engine choices are backed by fully electronic TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmissions with a wide spread of gear ratios.

The photo gallery accompanying this will give you added information on the 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck.

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