The 2019 Ram 1500 truck debuted back in January at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, and since then it’s quickly taken over the spotlight for light duty pickup trucks. More news about the truck and its capabilities have come out, and we’ve seen some new high-end and luxury trims, Mopar and Ram teamed up for the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, and most recently we got the starting MSRP. Yes, the pricing for the 2019 Ram 1500 has been announced, but before we talk about the affordable price range, let’s remember what Ram is bringing to the table.
Power and Capability
The second vehicle to sport it, the 2019 Ram 1500 comes with the option to add the new eTorque system from FCA into its powertrain (standard on the V6 engine). With two engines currently available to the pickup truck, a 305 horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine and a 395 horsepower 5.7-liter V8 HEMI engine, both are able to generate torque at a standstill thanks to the new eTorque system. When revving up, the V6 can deliver 269 lb-ft of torque with an additional 90 lb-ft with the eTorque system. The V8 HEMI on the other hand can generate up to 410 lb-ft of torque, and if opting in for the eTorque system option, the V8 HEMI receives an addition of 120 lb-ft of torque to its threshold.
For the 2019 model year, the Ram 1500 light duty pickup truck has been given a new 4×4 off-road package. Already designed to act as an off-road vehicle thanks to Ram’s four-corner air suspension system and a front and rear stabilizer bar, the 2019 Ram 1500 lineup has even more options. Available on most trims, drivers can now go off-road by opting in for the off-road package that adds a one-inch suspension lift, with or without the available four-corner air suspension, an electronic-locking rear differential, robust skid plate protection (transfer case, steering, engine and gas tank), tow hooks, hill-descent control for added off-road capability, and 32-inch on/off-road tires on (standard) 18- or (available) 20-inch wheels to provide additional grip.
Mopar and Ram
During the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, Mopar and Ram joined together to present Mopar’s all new catalogs for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL and the 2019 Ram 1500. Over 200 parts have been added for each vehicle, giving consumers the ability to further customize their vehicles. Mopar demonstrated this by turning the Ram 1500 work truck into a fun truck, complete with the ability to mount two kayaks onto its roof for the hardcore adventure type.
The new features and capabilities started in the back with an all-new Ram-rack, a fully adjustable system that attaches to rails in the truck bed and can carry oversized cargo that can’t fit with the length of the bed, like two kayaks. Mopar also added their signature 2” lift kit, beadlock capable wheels, BFG KO2 35”tires for additional grip, new truck bed rails, all new off-road running boards tucked up close to the body for maximum ground clearance and covered with spray-on bedliner material for extra grip, Mopar’s Ram air flow cold air intake system under the hood, a Katback exhaust system with black chrome tips, Katzkin leather for the upholstery, stainless steel door sill guards, and bucket style floor mats. A little luxury and more capabilities will now be available with the Mopar Ram catalog.
Two high-end trims have debuted for the 2019 Ram 1500 in the last month. First up was the legendary Laramie Longhorn edition, a true testament to the old west. This theme is captured with premium materials like wood, metal, and leather, iconic features and design cues like traditionally handcrafted, time-tested wares, and a Laramie Longhorn Edition belt-buckle badge. Going a little further, the interior comes with a segment-exclusive, hand-wrapped, 100 percent full-grain leather dashboard with southwestern-inspired designs and a new “Longhorn” branding mark has been burned onto the wood-trimmed upper glove box door. If “branding” doesn’t may one think of the ol’ West, what will?
The 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star trim also made its debut. Only available in Texas, but available as the “Big Horn” trim in the rest of the country, the Ram 1500 Lone Star/Big Horn is almost like a Mopar-enhanced Ram truck with all the configuration options available. Aside from the standard bright front and rear bumpers, chrome door handle centers, bright grille surround with billet inserts, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and fog lamps for the exterior, the Lone Star trim is available in the following configurations – a Crew Cab or Quad Cab, and there’s a 5’7” or 6’4” truck bed available Crew Cab configurations (only a 6’4” truck bed for the Quad Cab configuration), and the ability to choose a 4×4 or 4×4 drivetrain is available. There are also many option packages, such as a Bed Utility Group, a 4×4 Off-road Group, a Protection Group, Trailer Tow Mirrors and Brake Group, Max Towing Package, and Premium Lighting Group.
All of this and more will be available once the 2019 Ram 1500 is released, and it all has a starting MSRP of $31,695 (plus destination fee). The price range goes from $31k – $57k prior to adding optional upgrades and packages. At least this time around, even the 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman (the base trim), is said to get a little bit of a luxury treatment. Stay tuned with us on Miami Lakes Ram social media to learn more.
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