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2019 Ram 1500: Detroit Auto Show

What Is It?

The Ram 1500 is a full-size pickup truck that’s perpetually dueling with the Chevy Silverado and Ford F-150 for buyers; all three are routinely listed among the most popular vehicles on the market. For 2019, the Ram 1500 is redesigned to remain competitive with those rivals, boasting a new look, new features and other updates under the skin.

Changes to the Ram’s exterior are immediately obvious, as the pickup offers revised styling compared to the outgoing model. There’s a huge new grille, the overall lines are modernized, and other updates make it clear the latest Ram is different from the outgoing model — and not just in a small way. Maybe more importantly, the 2019 Ram 1500 features a new interior with a huge new available screen; the standard touchscreen is 8.4 inches, while the optional screen is a whopping 12 inches. Other updates include revised materials, some new interior styling, and several new high-tech features, including adaptive cruise control and automatic forward-collision braking.

Under the hood, the 2019 Ram will offer a standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 (305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque), along with an optional 5.7-liter Hemi V8 with 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. There’s also a mild hybrid to save gas and boost the truck’s torque — though Ram hasn’t yet stated whether the “EcoDiesel” V6 will return in the new model.

How Much?

We don’t yet know pricing, but we’d expect things to stay similar to the current model. Today’s Ram 1500 starts from around $28,000, but there’s a dizzying array of options, trim levels and body styles that can increase that number dramatically.

When Can You Get It?

Early 2018

Add It to Your Shopping List Because…

If you’re looking for a full-size pickup, your shopping list undoubtedly includes the recently updated Ford F-150 and the latest Chevy Silverado, which also debuted here at the Detroit Auto Show. The Ram provides another option, touting brand-new styling, lots of technology and the impressive capabilities the truck is known for.

Other Cars to Consider

Chevy Silverado — The recently redesigned Chevy Silverado boasts new styling that’s more of a full redesign than the latest Ram’s look. It’ll also tout impressive technology and a new diesel powertrain when it goes on sale over the summer.

Ford F-150 — The Ford F-150 was recently facelifted to compete with upcoming redesigns of the Ram and Silverado. Of course, the F-150 is a highly competent truck, with many trim levels and variants to appeal to all shoppers.

Nissan Titan — The latest Nissan Titan boasts a totally new look and improved capabilities compared to the prior model. While it may not come from one of the “Big Three” domestic automakers, the Titan has what it takes to compete with the Ram and its closest rivals.

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  1. Wow, interesting new look.  Not sure if I like it better than the old design (without that optional stupid looking grill), but not bad.  Will have to see it in person.

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