Ram revealed the 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman model at National Truck Equipment Association's (NTEA) “The Work Truck Show” in Indianapolis, IN. The Ram 1550 Tradesman targets vocational use — small businesses, construction jobsites and commercial fleets.
The 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman is available in two cab styles and two bed lengths: Quad Cab with 6 ft., 4 in. bed, Crew Cab short bed (5 ft., 7 in.) or Crew Cab with optional 6 ft., 4 in. bed. Powertrain offerings include standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 with eTorque mild hybrid system, optional 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 or optional 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 eTorque. The model is available in 4x2 or 4x4.
Through the use of high-strength steel and engineering, the all-new Ram 1500 has reduced its overall weight by 225 lbs. Properly equipped Tradesman models provide work truck capability towing up to 12,750 lbs. and offer up to 2,300 lbs. of payload in a four-door quad cab configuration. All 2019 Ram 1500 models are equipped with 14.9-in. front brakes.
Ram Tradesman is designed to offer greater performance for the price when compared to other work trucks, adding useful features such as a standard Class III trailer hitch and lighted, above-bumper four- and seven-pin trailer wire connectors.
The Ram 1500 features a multi-link rear coil suspension. A coil-spring setup centralizes and absorbs bumps and impacts, while reducing the amount of friction in the spring system. This setup also weighs 40 lbs. less than a leaf-spring configuration. Also available is Ram’s four corner air suspension system to balance any load.
Standard interior features include Uconnect 5.0 with five-inch screen and hands-free calling, one-year of SiriusXM Radio, a 12-volt auxiliary power outlet, three USB ports, one auxiliary port and automatic headlamps.
Buyers can choose vinyl or cloth 40/20/40 split bench seats with six-passenger capability, featuring shoulder and lap belts on all six seats. Interior colors include Black/Diesel Gray with either standard vinyl or carpeted flooring.
Standard equipment includes 160-amp alternator, 3.21 rear axle ratio, 730-amp maintenance-free battery, black grille and black steel bumpers, cargo bed lamp, front and rear Frequency Response Damping (FRD) shock absorbers, rear view camera, tilt and telescoping steering column, halogen headlamps, locking tailgate, power door locks, power windows, remote keyless entry and a theft-deterrent system. A long list of options is available for the Tradesman, including 3.21 or 3.92 rear axle ratios, anti-spin rear differential, rear electric-locking differential, off-road package with factory suspension lift, 180-amp alternator, folding trailer-tow mirrors, rubber floor mats, Mopar chrome side steps and bumper step, spray-in bedliner and trailer brake controller.
Ram 1500 Tradesman pricing starts at $31,695, not including $1,645 destination charge.