- Ram debuted its new full-size pickup in Detroit.
- The new truck contains several innovations, including a large infotainment screen and a new hybrid drivetrain offering.
- It’s set to do battle this year with the Ford F-150 and the Chevy Silverado.
DETROIT – At the 2018 Detroit auto show on Monday, Ram pulled the cover off its new 1500 full-size pickups.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ newest vehicle competes with the refreshed Ford F-150 and the all-new Chevy Silverado.
“The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 delivers a no-compromise approach to the full-size truck segment with strength, durability, technology and efficiency,” Ram chief Mike Manley said in a statement.
He added that the new pickup delivers “leading-edge innovation with 225 pounds of weight reduction, 12,750 pounds of towing capability, a stunning Uconnect 12-inch touchscreen display and active systems that improve fuel efficiency.”
The available big touchscreen is particularly notable, bringing Ram’s pickup into the same league as the Tesla Model S and Model X and the Volvo Senus systems, all of which have large infotainment screens.
Ram also innovated with the drivetrain on the 1500. A new “eTorque system delivers improved fuel efficiency in both V-6 and V-8 configurations,” the company said. The eTorque technology adds hybrid elements to both the 3.6-litre V6 and the 5.7-litre Hemi V8, providing a boost in both torque and fuel-economy. (You can get a V8 without it, however.)
The new 1500 – which is available at six different price levels, depending on trim – was joined in Detroit by the 2019 Rebel, Ram’s high-performance version of the pickup, intended to take on Ford’s F-150 Raptor.
Design is actually more aggressive than the old pickup, which was known for its bold looks. The front fascia is now dominated by a powerful grille, and overall, although the 1500 has shed weight, it’s gained size.
Pricing for the new pickup wasn’t announced, but the outgoing generation started at about $US27,000. The truck goes on sale later this year.
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