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The days of pickup trucks being solely for work, or be relied on as utilitarian workhorses of the automotive world, are long gone. These days, pickup trucks can sometimes rival luxury vehicles thanks to sumptuous interior cabins and cutting-edge technology. Some, like the all-new Ram 1500 TRX, even have the performance muscles to go head-to-head with muscle cars and the added bonus of being a capable off-roader that’s here to shut down the competition in the off-road segment. In short, pickup trucks quickly became the perfect mix of features that run the gamut from practicality to luxury. (more…)
There’s a new-and-exclusive Mopar ‘21 Ram 1500 Special Edition pickup available from Ram Trucks according to Stellantis (Ram’s new parent company). Built with a unique package of Mopar performance parts and accessories, the Mopar ‘21 Ram 1500 Special Edition is an extremely limited affair with only 250 total units assembled. Of those 250 units, the U.S. will receive 210 of them, while our neighbors up north in Canada will receive the other 40 units. Based on the 2021 Ram 1500 Big Horn/Lone Star Crew Cab 4×4 trim and configuration, the new Mopar ‘21 Ram 1500 offers a variety of Mopar accessories that set it apart from the rest and reinforce the automaker’s no-compromise style. Buyers will have a choice of four exterior shades: Flame Red, Billet Silver, Hydro Blue, and Bright White. (more…)
Ram Trucks is all in when it comes to their latest Ram 1500 TRX model. Setting the benchmark for pickup trucks, especially extreme-performance pickup trucks, is nothing new for the truck maker. Now that Ram has the “apex predator” of the pickup world in its lineup, Mopar (the parts, service, and customer care division of parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) is offering over 100 factory-engineered accessories that’ll take the truck to the next level. Whether on the streets or out in the wild, the Ram 1500 TRX is hellbent on outperforming every other single production pickup on the planet. Mopar’s additional accessories are sure to take the Ram 1500 TRX to new heights, breaking the mold for what extreme capability means. (more…)
It’s that time of the year again, the 2019 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show kicks off on November 5th and runs through the 8th. Like every prior year, Mopar will be present to showcase its aftermarket Mopar parts along with other prototype parts and accessories. A total of 14 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) vehicles will be showcased at the event and one of those vehicles is a Ram 1500 Rebel OTG (Off The Grid) overlanding concept. As the premier automotive specialty products trade exhibition worldwide, SEMA is the perfect stage for Mopar and FCA vehicles to shine. (more…)
People aren’t the only ones dressing up for Halloween this year. At the 2018 SEMA auto event, Mopar has “dressed up” two Ram 1500 concept trucks, making one a little taller and one a little shorter. Set to take place from October 30th through November 2nd, Mopar is using SEMA to show off some of their production and prototype parts and accessories to determine which ones should transition from concept to reality.
According to Mopar, the two Ram 1500 truck models that will be modified for the event are the Rebel Concept Ram 1500 and the Big Horn “Low Down” Ram 1500 concept truck. These modified pickup trucks actually only make up a fraction of the 14 customized vehicles that Mopar will show off, but they surely share the spotlight. Both on and off-road models preserve the brands rugged and sturdy spirit while getting a serious facelift with Mopar’s parts and accessories.
“The SEMA Show is truly the greatest stage for our brand to demonstrate what owners and enthusiasts can create with a little imagination and a selection of Mopar parts and accessories,” said Steve Beahm, head of parts & service at Mopar and Passenger Car Brands, FCA – North America. “There is a method to our SEMA madness — we use this show as a venue to gauge enthusiast interest in prototype parts that may become production offerings in the future.”
Beginning with the Ram 1500 Rebel Concept model, that was lifted two-inches by a Mopar lift kit “for enhanced off-road clearance,” was painted in a shade of blue and called the “Rebel Smoke.” Consumers can also take advantage of the black-cast aluminum running boards to alleviate any difficulty when entering the vehicle for the driver and passenger. The Rebel Concept rides on 18-inch x 8-inch cast-aluminum Beadlock wheels wrapped in 35-inch Goodyear DuraTrac tires painted with body-color accents. Furthermore, the custom “Rebel Smoke”-trimmed wheels add traction and tread that is required to tackle those off-road trails.
Aside from giving the Rebel concept a fresh and impressive look, comprised of a new paint job and RAM graphics, Mopar enhanced the nose of the truck with a Mopar conceptual performance hood with “Ram Airflow.” The Ram Airflow system mimics a supercharger, delivering cold air to the engine that, as a result, optimizes horsepower and torque at certain speeds. Meanwhile, the bed of the truck is fitted with five five-inch LED lights that each produces 4,800 lumens and still reserves enough space for a conceptual rear spare tire carrier. The bed also includes a rear bed step and spray-in bed liner to ramp up the functionality of the model.
As for the Big Horn “Low Down” Ram 1500 concept truck, Mopar dropped it by two-inches to give it the ultimate street style instead of trail performance. The exterior is painted in a two-tone color scheme, with the lower two-thirds of the model colored in a silvery “Brassphault” shade, and the top painted with a glossy black finish. The horsepower-increasing conceptual hood by Mopar matches the glossy black finish for a perfect blend of color and functionality.
The body was lowered with a “prototype lowering kit, providing a more aggressive stance and appearance.” The Big Horn rides on 22-inch wheels that include the exterior color scheme and are paired to prototypal wheel flares. The bed stays true to the intended street style, and rather than being equipped with LED lights, is equipped with a shiny black Mopar hard tonneau cover and also finished in gloss black paint. All badging has also finished in gloss black, giving the exterior many blacked-out design cues. In addition to the exterior style, the Low Down concept model includes brushed and polished door sill guards accented with the R-A-M logo, along with Mopar all-weather floor mats. Oh, and it’s not all just aesthetics – the “Low Down” also comes with the Ram Airflow system to charge up the 5.7-liter HEMI engine under the hood.
Isn’t it amazing what a few accessories can do? Interested in test driving the all-new 2019 Ram 1500? Stop by the Miami Lakes Automall, located in Miami Lakes, FL, and check out our entire new car inventory selection. Stay tuned for more SEMA news by following us on social media
While any Ram pickup truck, used for personal or commercial use, offers premium capabilities to take on any job – sometimes hard-working truck owners require additional storage and organizational options. The 2019 Ram 1500 is equipped with a Best-in-Class interior storage volume, in-floor storage, and a RamBox Cargo Management System among other cargo compartments that are available.
RamBox Cargo Management System
Available in either 6-foot-4-inch (quad cab) or 5-foot-7-inch (crew cab) truck beds, the Class-Exclusive RamBox Cargo Management System is a secure storage compartment that can be installed into the side rails of a light-duty or heavy-duty truck. Durable and efficient, the RamBox system allows truck owners to have an additional place to store tools and other items. Not only does the RamBox offer a convenient location for more massive objects, but it can also be locked for additional security by utilizing the remote keyless entry, class-exclusive all-secure central locking system. The RamBox includes cargo box lighting, cargo bed extender and divider, and car bed rails with four adjustable tie-down cleats.
As previously mentioned, the RamBox is available on either 6-foot-4-inch or 5-foot-7-inch truck beds. To give consumers a better idea of just how much the Rambox is capable of, it can hold about 140 standard beverage cans. Furthermore, the maximum cargo bed volume for the 2019 Ram 1500 is 61.5 cubic feet and has the ability to hold a significant amount of 4×8 sheets of plywood.
Hidden Storage Compartments
Along with the RamBox Cargo System, the interior cabin of the 2019 Ram 1500 also includes some hidden storage compartments. Beginning with the rear flat-load floor, this hidden storage compartment, according to Ram, provides additional passenger comfort, usability, and extra cargo storage. The under-seat storage is another concealed cargo compartment. The Class-Exclusive under-storage can be located after folding up the rear bench seat and is capable of storing up to 40 liters using the fold out feature. Lastly, 5.5-inches more extended than the previous Ram models, the Ram Bins can fit up to a 4-inch drop hitch with integrated tie downs for added assistance in securing extra cargo.
The 2019 Ram 1500 also features a class-exclusive reconfigurable center console. Yes, a center console isn’t necessarily hidden, but the amount of storage space is surprising. The center console can charge up to five cell phones, hang file folders, has space for a 15-inch laptop, and also includes Type-C USB high-speed charging ports.
The under-seat storage feature is optional on the Big Horn/Lone Star, Laramie, and Rebel crew cab models only and the floor console is standard only on the Rebel trim.
Mopar Cargo Accessories
For the 2019 Ram model year, the folks at Mopar decided the all-new pickup truck would not be complete without some sweet accessories.
Some of those optional accessories include:
- Class four hitch receiver – tow rating of 12,750 lbs
- Ball mount adapter kit – three drop sizes available
- Pickup box adjustable utility rails
- Cleats that slide along the rail system to secure cargo of just about any size
- Cargo bed divider
- Bed sliding toolbox
- Bed mount cargo carrier
- Ski and snowboard carrier
Along with all the previously named storage options, it’s definitely safe to say that consumers can pack their Ram 1500 in full, stay organized, and not waste any space. Interested in test driving the all-new 2019 Ram 1500? Visit the Miami Lakes Automall located in Miami Lakes, FL or visit our website for more information on our entire new car inventory lineup. Stay updated with all things Ram by following us on social media.
Who said the Ram trucks can’t handle going off-road? If they missed the off-road feature capabilities, and the new off-road package for the 2019 Ram 1500 light duty pickup truck, and our piece on “Three Amazing Off-Road Ram Trucks”, then here’s a little more evidence for the naysayers in one word – Mopar. Does anyone remember the off-road Ram Runner concept image that Mopar showed off several years ago at the 2010 Moab Jeep Safari event? Sadly, the kit is no longer available, but off-road enthusiasts need not worry. Take a look at how the new off-road package matches up with the kit by Mopar.
Mopar Ram Runner Kit
As noted, back in 2010, Mopar showed up with the “Mopar Ram Runner Kit”. Developed in conjunction with Baja off-road racer Kent Kroeker, the kit had a number of components, including an additional Pre-Runner Stage II Lift Kit, off-road front bumper, off-road front and rear fenders, off-road rear-tire carrier, sport performance hood and cat-back exhaust. For people interested in more ground clearance, there was also the Pre-Runner Stage II LIft Kit. It included the following: a 5-link coil-spring rear suspension, 4130 chromoly lower control arms, upper control arms rebuildable high-angle ball joints, and forged steel, high-angle tie rods. This kit added fourteen inches of suspension travel in the front and rear, and provided 13 inches of ground clearance in the front and 16 inches of ground clearance at the rocker panels.
2019 Ram 1500 Off-Road Package
The Ram 1500 has always had off-road capability available, but nothing like the capability with the 2019 1500. A new off-road package has been added for the next-generation pickup truck, and it may match up with the old Mopar Ram Runner kit. The package adds a one-inch suspension lift, with or without available four-corner air suspension, an electronic-locking rear differential, and 32-inch on/off-road tires on (standard) 18- or (available) 20-inch wheels to provide additional grip. Denoted by rear-fender decals equipped with the 4×4 Off-road Package, any 2019 Ram 1500 modded with this package will be unmistakable from the rest. The transfer cases have also been upgraded with BorgWarner 48-12 for part-time 4WD operation with Hi and Low ranges and the BorgWarner 48-11 for on-demand 4WD.
Mudding and water-fording are terms known mainly by Jeepers. Vehicles like the Jeep® Renegade, Jeep Wrangler, and even the Jeep Compass are made to go off-road, and they are able to handle varying terrain or the occasional rock crawling. Now that the 2019 Ram 1500 has been unveiled and it has new off-roading features, the light duty Ram truck can also play in the mud and get a little dirty. But first, there are some modifications one should look into before turning their pickup truck into a mud monster.
When going mudding, it’s a good move to make sure one’s vehicle can handle deep mud or water. The 2019 Ram 1500 is available with several wheel options, and they range from 18 to 22 inches, but when it comes to off-roading, tires matter more than the size of the wheels. To really improve the mudding or off-roading experience, make sure the truck is fitted with tires that match the activity, such as multi-terrain or all-terrain tires made for rocky terrain and going off-road, or swamper tires made for getting out of a nasty mess.
To keep those wheels turning, beadlocks are also a good addition. Beadlocks help keep the tires in check when going off-road and mudding, and although some drivers lower the air pressure in their tires for better traction and sidewall flexibility, beadlock wheels mechanically lock the tire bead to the rim. This takes the decrease of tire pressure for better traction out of the equation and helps ensure that the tires remain in place no matter how wild one may maneuver their Ram truck while out on the trail.
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.
During the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, Ram and Mopar teamed up for an all-new product presentation. Many thought Mopar was going to announce a Mopar ‘18 Ram 1500, but as it turns out, they’ve done something completely different. Instead of creating a whole new Mopar-ized Ram 1500, Mopar has actually gone a pure accessory route, opening a whole new catalog like the ones they have for Jeep and Dodge.
Let’s take a quick look at Mopar over the years. Having hit its 80 Years Anniversary in 2017, a lot of celebrations took place throughout the year. What started out as an automotive products and accessory store, Mopar was simply a combination of “MOtor” and “PARts”. As time went on and technology opened all sorts of new possibilities, Mopar grew and expanded into other industries. Soon enough, Mopar went from a parts and accessories store to a shop that specializes in customizing and modifying automobiles.
Mopar was the first to…
– Develop vehicle-information apps for smartphones that let drivers know about the condition of their vehicle remotely
– Design a new interactive vehicle tracking device that could monitor a vehicle’s speed and location, much like the many copycat products out there today
– Put Wi-fi wireless hotspots in vehicles
– Go paperless with owner’s manuals, introducing a new age of digital forms that one can view on their smartphone
– Create the wiADVISOR, a tablet-based service lane tool for faster automotive service for FCA vehicles via dealership service departments
With all that under their belt, Mopar decided to take one of its most loved car brands and modify it as much as they could for their 80th anniversary. In 2017, Mopar designed and produced two Dodge Challengers with custom two-tone paint jobs done by hand, added on a Mopar 392 logo, 20-inch aluminum wheels, Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat black exhaust tips, put a 6.4-liter 392 HEMI under the hood, boosted performance with a cold air intake system, modified strut tower braces and caps for increased rigidity and handling, four-piston Brembo brakes to provide exceptional stopping power, trimmed seats in tungsten leather, and more. Only 80 units were made and all 80 were sold out before the year’s end.
Following this, Mopar opened three new parts distribution centers, two of which were built in the U.S., to provide better service and availability to their many customers. In conjunction with this, Mopar opened their 1300th Mopar Express Lane to provide quick service for consumers of FCA vehicles. Mopar also developed a protection plan, known as the Mopar 360 Protection Plan, and have sold 3.5 million plans in total since its conception.
Over the past 80 years, Mopar has customized over 300,000 vehicles in Mopar Custom Auto Shops. They do this because they know how much it means for people to be able to customize their vehicles. Not only does it add support and add value to automotive brands, but it creates an emotional connection between car and driver. So when their 80th Anniversary rolled around, they went with the most customized vehicle in the Mopar portfolio – a Dodge Challenger. On average, customers have been known to spend over $1k in mods or accessories when customizing their Dodge Challenger muscle car.
On a global scale, the most customized vehicle is the Jeep Wrangler, named the hottest 4×4 SUV at SEMA for the past 8 years. 98% of Jeep Wranglers are customized with at least one Mopar accessory, and recently, Mopar launched a new portfolio with 200 accessories for the Jeep Wrangler. Many of those accessories showed up on the Wrangler at the Chicago Auto Show (seen below).
What’s Ram Have to Do with It?
By the end of 2017, Ram had its best year ever, in sales and market share. When the 2019 came out, Ram had changed how truck buyers look at strength, performance, efficiency, technology, and luxury. The 2019 Ram 1500:
– Has the strongest frame of any Ram truck before, made with 98% high-strength steel for maximum durability
– Implemented the eTorque system in the V6 and HEMI V8 engines, able to add another 130 lb-ft of torque to the already 410 lb-ft of torque generated by the HEMI V8
– Developed and installed new technology – (1) a 360 surround view camera, and (2) a blind spot system with trailer coverage, able to detect how long and wide one’s trailer is while on the road and around turns
– Installed the 12-inch touchscreen, a first for trucks everywhere, coupled with Sirius 360L on-demand technology that learns what people listen to and makes Sirius available virtually anywhere
– Uses new luxury materials in the interior, specifically for the 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn and Limited trims, made with an extensive use of authentic wood, leather, and metal materials. The interior was said to be the “Best in the Detroit Auto Show”, but no awards showed up for that one
– Has extra wheel base space with 4” added to the cab and more space in the rear. The increased interior cabin space not only improves ride quality, but Ram also added a reclining rear seat in the cab for more leg room
– Is capable of hauling a 2300 lbs payload and/or towing 12,750 lbs when powered by the HEMI V8
– Has a total of six trims in the new 2019 lineup, all of which vary in personality and (optional) looks
Mopar and Ram
Following its debut, Mopar opened a new catalog featuring 200 plus accessories produced specifically for the Ram 1500. Between the catalog for the Wrangler and the Ram 1500, 200,000 hours were invested into the design, testing, and validation of those 200 new parts. 80,000 hours of the 200,000 was dedicated to the Ram 1500. Going forward, consumers will have over 200 pieces for customizing the new 2019 Ram 1500 to make them unique for different wants, needs, and lifestyles.
To showcase this, Mopar made a 2019 Ram 1500 with an active outdoorsy lifestyle. The new features and capabilities start 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. Mopar also added:
– A Mopar 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, covered with spray-on bedliner material for extra grip
– Mopar’s Ram airflow cold air intake system under the hood of the 2019 Ram 1500
– A Katback exhaust system with black chrome tips
– Katzkin leather for the upholstery
– Stainless steel door sill guards
– and Bucket style floor mats
That’s all we learned from the webcast this morning, but we’re sure more information will be released as the Chicago Auto Show continues and 2018 keeps chugging along. What do you think of all the new goodness Mopar offers? Let us know on Miami Lakes Automall social media. Interested in getting a new Ram 1500? They’ll be going into production and showing up in our inventory soon enough.
Photo Source/Copyright: Mopar Press Conference/livestream; Shutterstock.com/Steve Lagreca