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2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star Trim in Dallas

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Miami Lakes Automall 2019 Ram 1500 Lone StarThe 2019 Ram 1500 debuted at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2018, and since then has been making headway with a new announcement every few weeks. Just recently, details and media about the Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn were released. Now, the original “Texas Truck,” the 2019 Ram 1500 has one more job to do – get work done, so say “hello” to the 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star.

Popping up at the 2018 Dallas Auto Show, the new 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star trim received a heart-felt welcome when it debuted. The Ram 1500 Lone Star trim is the brand’s top selling truck in Texas, so it only made sense to make its first stop the heart of Texas. With working hands in mind, the 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star comes with a new look and many options for customizing one’s pickup truck to their wants and need.

To stand out from the rest of the 2019 Ram 1500 lineup, the Ram 1500 Lone Star comes standard with bright front and rear bumpers, chrome door handle centers, a bright grille surround with billet inserts, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and fog lamps for the exterior. Consumers have the option of outfitting the 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star with 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 can be installed when going for the Quad Cab configuration. Consumers also have the ability to choose a 4×4 or 4×4 drivetrain thanks to the new off-road features available on the new 2019 Ram 1500. When the 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star is first made available, it will only be available with the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine, but there is speculation that the 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar engine will be made available at a later date.

When it comes to the interior, consumers have a lot more options to configure the 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star. For one, consumers may choose the choice of a six-passenger bench in the front or the option of installing five-passenger bucket seats. Has that ever been an option on a Ram light duty pickup truck? It sounds like a blend of the Ram 1500 and a Ram ProMaster City cargo van. Of course, the standard seating option will be the usual 60/40 split rear bench seat.

Then there’s a whole lot of package options available with the 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star trim. Many of these include function-specific enhancements to further advance one’s ability to get the job done with the 2019 Ram 1500. Package options include 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. There are also several options to further the ability to configure the Lone Star pickup truck with the class-exclusive Active Level Air Suspension, electric-locking rear axle, Blind-spot Monitoring, and 20-inch aluminum wheels.

Keep in mind, all of these options are available on just the Ram 1500 Lone Star trim. The 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck still offers many great features even in its raw form. The new 2019 Ram 1500 has the strongest frame of any Ram truck to date. The truck’s frame is made of 98 percent high-strength steel, but somehow the truck managed to shed 225 pounds by making greater use of aluminum on various truck components.

Standard on the 5.7L HEMI V8 engine and a 3.6L V6 powertrains is an eTorque system that provides hybrid capabilities and additional power. Without the eTorque system, the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 is capable of generating 410 lb-ft of torque, but with the eTorque system, it gets an additional 130 lb-ft of torque at its disposal.

Don’t forget about all the great tech either. For the first-time ever on a pickup truck, a 12-inch touchscreen is available. The new screen provides access to the Uconnect 4 infotainment system and it is able to display two screens at once with two separate functions or take up the whole screen with navigation. Uconnect on an 8.4-inch touchscreen is of course still available for those that prefer the old cabin setup. The 2019 Ram 1500 will be the first vehicle to host the new Sirius 360L platform, a next-generation Sirius that learns what the user listens to and can be accessed virtually anywhere. Some added safety has also been added, a 360 surround view camera has been added to the truck and it provides the driver with a birds-eye view of the vehicle, and the available blind spot system with trailer coverage helps drivers feel more at ease while on the road.

The 2019 Ram 1500 just keeps getting more exciting. Yee-haw! Tell us what you think about it on Miami Lakes Ram social media.

Mopar and Ram Presentation at 2018 Chicago Auto Show

Friday, February 9th, 2018
Miami Lakes Automall 2018 Chicago Auto Show Ram Mopar Webcast Feature

Miami Lakes Automall 2018 Chicago Auto Show Ram Mopar Webcast Feature

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.

Wrap up

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).

Miami Lakes Automall 2018 Chicago Auto Show Ram Mopar Webcast Jeep Wrangler

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

Miami Lakes Automall 2018 Chicago Auto Show Ram Mopar Webcast

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

 

Ram and Mopar at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show

Thursday, February 8th, 2018
Miami Lakes Automall Ram Mopar 2018 Chicago Auto Show

Miami Lakes Automall Ram Mopar 2018 Chicago Auto Show

Word is, Ram and Mopar will be putting on a product presentation at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show on Friday, February 9th, 2018. Given Mopar’s history, we think we already know what it is. But first, why is this news? Unless getting into the Chicago Auto Show, then does it really matter? Well that’s why this year, Ram and Mopar will be hosting a webcast live from the Chicago Auto Show at 11 am Eastern/10 am Central.

About the Mopar Brand

Mopar first started out as a custom auto parts business but soon became the one-stop shop for all things performance. Known for their performance parts catalog, Mopar can exchange the exhaust for the cat-back exhaust for a more aggressive sound and less tension, install a cold air intake system for more horsepower, or even trim the interior upholstery with Katzkin leather interior seating for amazing comfort. They’re also known for several vehicle firsts.

For the first time-ever, automobiles came with vehicle-information apps, apps for smartphones that can let drivers know about the condition of their vehicle, even from afar thanks to Mopar’s innovation. Mopar was also the first to market a new interactive vehicle tracking device that sends owner a text when the vehicle is driven too fast or too far based on pre-set parameters; several products and Chevrolet’s Teen Driver surely got the idea from here. Wi-fi was first made possible to consumers with a wireless hotspot by Mopar, and Mopar also started the paperless owner’s manual trend, introducing them as digital forms that one can view on their smartphone. If owning an FCA vehicle and in need of service, Mopar also developed the wiADVISOR, a tablet-based service lane tool for faster service via dealership service departments.

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10 Ram Truck Terms You Need to Know Before Truck Shopping

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

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Still figuring out which truck to buy? These are 10 truck terms you need to know before making any purchase on a truck. What you end up with comes down to what you’ll use your truck for, but consider all the reasons below when making your choice.

Cummins

Cummins is a engine designer and manufacturer that is well-known for their heavy-duty diesel truck engines. All Ram Heavy Duty trucks and Ram Commercial Duty trucks are available with a 6.7-liter I-6 Cummins Turbo Diesel engine. Depending on the transmission the 6.7L Cummins engine is paired with a Ram truck can produce between 650-930 lb-ft of torque.

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)

Simply put, a vehicle’s GVWR is a weight restriction. The number is accrued from the weight of the vehicle, weight of additional accessories, cargo and as a rule of thumb, you’d not want your vehicle loaded with more weight than the vehicle’s GVWR suggests. If the load is too heavy, problems with the ability to break effectively could arise and straining a vehicle’s suspension or tires is a possibility as well. GVWR is an important factor when deciding on which truck to invest in.

Torque  

When buying a truck, torque is usually more important than horsepower depending on your needs. Torque influences a truck’s towing capabilities more than horsepower. You’ll find that diesel trucks are better for towing due to their bore-to-stroke ratio of diesel engines (long stroke), producing more torque than gas engines of the same size. Diesel engines might have lower horsepower than gas engines, but they provide the power to pull tens of thousands of pounds because torque is the force behind a vehicle’s ability to move forward in the first place.

Horsepower

In comparison to torque, horsepower is responsible for maintaining a truck at high speeds. Measured at higher RPMs, horsepower is important when considering any truck purchase. When you’re in cruise control and maintaining your drive, that’s where horsepower comes into play. If you’re spending most of your time on the road, having higher horsepower is ideal over torque, depending on the job you’re doing.

Dually

Dually is a term for trucks with two wheels on both sides of the rear axle. Dually trucks are primarily used to provide stability when towing large loads. In the event of a tire blowout while carrying large cargo, you’ll likely still be able to tow and get to where you need; great for piece of mind. However, dually trucks are wider, so they can be a little harder to fit in parking lot spaces.

Axle Ratio

Axle Ratios are quite varied amongst automakers, on purpose. An axle ratio is the device that connects the rear axle to the driveshaft and engine. The lower the axle number, the better fuel economy. However, the higher the number the higher a truck’s towing power. In more recent years, half-ton trucks with small V8 engines are able to tow over 10,000 pounds. Drivers who tow more often might want to have a higher axle ratio so they can tow more weight.

Towing Capacity

How much can your vehicle take with you on your drive? The towing capacity is the number that signifies how much your vehicle can tow. If you know what you need to pull on a regular basis, make sure you buy a truck that can get the job done.

Payload Capacity

Payload capacity is the maximum operating weight/mass a truck can safely carry. The figure is provided by the manufacturer. Whether you’re in the market for a light duty or heavy duty truck, an important measure to know is a vehicle’s payload capacity.

Air Suspension

Air Suspension allows trucks greater comfort while driving. Air suspension also creates boosted towing capabilities and drivers can sense firmness in their ability to pull heavier loads. For drivers that want a little bit of luxury to ensure their truck rides like a dream, this is a feature worth test driving to figure out if air suspension is a must.

Chassis Cab

Chassis cabs represent a body style, usually for medium duty truck commercial vehicles without any bed or other body panels. The vehicle is sold with solely chassis rails and a cab. The chassis cab is ideal for businesses or individuals that are going to put machinery ot an upfit in place of truck bed.

If you have any questions about trucks or truck terms, don’t hesitate to ask us! Miami Lakes Ram is a knowledgeable truck dealer and we have a huge selection of Ram trucks. Come by and test drive some models today.