7 Things About the 2019 Ram 1500
Ram revealed the all-new 1500 during the Detroit Auto Show a few weeks ago, showing a lot of impressive under-the-skin upgrades together with the updated aesthetics. The overhauled truck now hosts a mild-hybrid system to give extra torque when necessary, plus some extra towing and payload capability.
Before it hits the market, here are a few things you need to know.
- The Power
The base engine of this upcoming model is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 which works together with the eTorque mild-hybrid system creating around 269 lb-ft of torque and 305 hp, but there’s also the option to choose the Hemi 5.7-liter V8, allowing both 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. Either version comes with TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmissions. There is variable valve timing for both engines, but the Hemi brings cylinder deactivation which results in fuel economy benefit.
The Ram 1500 is considered a mild hybrid. Both versions of the engine have a motor/generator that influences the automatic stop/ start system, while also providing assistance when needed. A suitcase-sized battery pack found inside the rear wall of the passenger cabin does the trick. It can pack up to 430 watt-hours of energy, allowing more torque for either engine.
The eTorque system activates during low speeds, broadening the torque band instead of working when at maximum velocity. That means it can get torque even during the early stages, helping it to tow things, and that does a lot of wonders when it has to carry heavy loads.
- The Wheelbases
There will be three frame lengths when the Ram 1500 hits the market, namely a 144.6-inch wheelbase for Crew Cab short bed versions, a 140.5-inch wheelbase for Quad Cab long beds, and a 153.5-inch wheelbase on Crew Cab long beds.
“The 2019 Ram 1500’s cab length has increased a total of 4 inches inside,” the company explains. “B- and C-pillars moved an inch rearward, and the rear of the cab is pushed an additional 2 inches. Thus, front and rear doors are now 1 inch larger on Crew Cab configurations, while the rear door is 1 inch shorter on Quad Cab models compared to the previous model.”
- The Interior
With a large interior, it needs a bigger screen as is given by a 12-inch Uconnect touchscreen that allows display of an application at a time, or even two applications via a split screen. To accommodate the screen and bring it closer to the driver, the center console had to be raised, but there are still toggle switches underneath it.
“The reimagined center console is a usable, complex piece of art with more than 12 different storage combinations,” the company states. “Center stage, a wider docking area with optional wireless charging can hold a small tablet or smartphone. A three-position sliding cup holder tray can be stowed under the center armrest to reveal a deep storage tub designed to hold a 15-inch laptop. Lifting the lid of the center armrest also reveals an additional lined storage compartment sized to fit a tablet and/or hang a full-size file. At the rear of the console, there are two additional cup holders, which include a tablet holder for rear passengers.”
- Payload and Weight Savings
The new model is 400 pounds over the outgoing model in terms of maximum payload, as it can carry 2,300 pounds. The towing capacity has increased to 12,700 pounds, which used to be at 10,650.
With the help of aluminum, high-strength steel, and composites, the overall weight of the Ram 1500 is down by 225 pounds. The frame is generally composed of high-strength steel. Other parts of the model, such as the tailgate, front axle suspension crossmember, engine mounts, transmission crossmember, and steering system gear are all aluminum-based. As a result, it is relatively lighter.
- Off-road Capability
The 4x4 Off-road package, which is present in almost every trim level, has an electronic-locking rear differential, a 1-inch suspension lift, and a 32-inch on/ off-road tires. Off-road-biased rear suspension geometry, off-road-calibrated shocks, as well as hill-descent control are all part of the setup. With the addition of skid plates for the steering, gas tank and transfer case, engine, plus some tow hooks, the outdoors will just be a cakewalk.
- Class-leading Aerodynamics
The 2019 Ram 1500 has a drag coefficient of 0.357, allowing it to be a rival of the 2004 Chevy Aveo or a 2006 Honda Fit in terms of aerodynamics. That’s better than the outgoing version by 9 percent.
The engineering team toiled on the wind tunnel, the wind-cheating sheetmetal, active grille shutters, and a lot more to take care of aerodynamics. It blends durability and aerodynamics perfectly.
“Significant time was dedicated to designing the truck bed itself to increase usability and aerodynamics,” Ram explains. “Bed rails are raised by 1.5 inches to reduce drag as does a new spoiler on the new aluminum tailgate. The bed-to-cab execution is sub-flush to reduce disturbance alongside the body. A wheel-to-wheel tubular side-step design offers aerodynamic improvements by allowing air to pass around the truck more smoothly.”