Overall weight of the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck has been reduced by 225 lb., with 100 lb. of that coming from the frame alone. But with 98% high-strength steel, deeper box sections and even some aluminum, Ram calls this “the strongest Ram 1500 frame ever produced,” and backs up that claim by raising the truck’s maximum tow rating to 12,750 lb., and payload to 2,300 lb.
The complete redesign of the Ram 1500 platform will offer all-new eTorque mild hybrid systems on the 5.7L HEMI V8 engines and 3.6L Pentastar V6 engines later in 2018. eTorque replaces the alternator with a belt-driven motor generator that charges a 48-volt battery pack to ensure quick and consistent engine start/stop performance, provide short-duration torque addition to the engine crankshaft in certain driving situations and brake energy regeneration. eTorque adds up to 90 lb.-ft. of launch torque to the V6 and up to 130 lb.-ft. to the V8
Efficiency numbers aren’t in yet, but Ram engineers say eTorque engines have been delivering about a 10% improvement in both V6 and V8 configurations.
A conventional Pentastar V6 (305 hp and 269 lb.-ft. of torque) and HEMI V8s (395 hp and 410 lb.-ft.) are also options. And a new EcoDiesel is also coming later in the year.
Ram claims the largest front brakes in the half-ton pickup segment with 14.9 in. rotors (a 12,750 lb. trailer is well more than twice the truck’s weight to stop).
The 2019 Ram 1500 offers new Uconnect 4C available with a 12-in. touchscreen, featuring split-screen capability for dual-application operation (you can show nav and climate controls, at the same time, for example). Surround View offers a bird’s-eye perspective showing everything 360 degrees around the vehicle.
Active safety and security systems include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning capable of automatic braking. Blind-spot monitoring adapts to warn the driver earlier when towing a trailer, and Trailer-sway Damping control improves towing confidence.
LaneSense Lane Departure Warning-Plus alerts the driver and assists with corrective action. ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park and Hill-start Assist use ultrasonic sensors to help the driver perform maneuvers.
The 2019 Ram 1500 truck is longer and wider, including 4 in. more cab length, most added to rear-seat leg room. Second row seats slide to recline eight degrees.
A true flat-load floor with integrated RamBins will accommodate a 4-ft. level or other long items. The new Ram’s 151 liters of interior storage space is nearly twice as much as its closest competitor.
New independent front suspension combines lightweight composite upper control arms, aluminum lower control arms and retuned geometry for improved handling response.
Front stabilizer bar relocated behind the front tires improves roll stiffness by 20%. A new front coil-over shock design is standard equipment on all Ram 1500s regardless of configuration.
The third generation, exclusive rear five-link coil suspension design provides better articulation over obstacles than a leaf spring system, and the new progressive coil springs deliver better ride loaded and unloaded.
Ram now offers a 4x4 Off-road Package for the Ram 1500 on nearly every one of the truck’s trim levels. The package includes a 1-in. suspension lift, with or without the available four-corner air suspension. An electronic-locking rear differential and 32-inch on/off-road tires on 18- or available 20-in. wheels provide additional grip. Hill-descent Control, an off-road-biased rear suspension geometry (Rebel and 4x4 Off-road Package) and unique off-road-calibrated shocks bolster trail capability. The package also includes skid-plate protection (transfer case, steering, engine and gas tank) and tow hooks.