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2019 Ram 1500

Ram brings a solid fight to GM and Ford

The 2019 Ram 1500 is completely new from the tow hooks to the hitch and wears a new design that departs from the iconic crosshair grille of the last 25 years. It rides on an all-new frame that’s lighter and stronger, boasts a new interior that’s far more user-friendly and luxurious, and has a new mild hybrid system on both its 3.6-liter V-6 and 5.7-liter Hemi V-8.

The truck moves into its fifth generation for 2019 and doubles down on every major selling point in a bid to win market share from Ford and General Motors. Weight has been reduced by 225 pounds, the frame is built from 98 percent high-strength steel for increased payload and towing, and the segment’s first-ever deployable front air dam will work in conjunction with the mild hybrid systems to improve fuel economy. Ram will continue offering its popular 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6, too, but with more power and torque.

The Ram Rebel returns, as well, but with more off-road equipment and twice the attitude. The other familiar trims include the Tradesman, Big Horn, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited.

While pricing hasn’t been announced, the 2019 Ram 1500 will arrive in showrooms by the end of Q1 of 2018. That means we don’t have long to wait.

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10 Best Vehicle and Technology Innovations of 2018

10 Best Vehicle and Technology Innovations of 2018

The future is now

The car industry never sleeps (except in August) and every year it provides us with numerous solutions to new problems, and with innovations that make us want new cars even more. This is a rundown of 10 awesome vehicle and technology innovations for 2018.

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2018 Ram 1500 Big Horn Low Down Concept

2018 Ram 1500 Big Horn Low Down Concept

There’s still a world where this creation can thrive

The 2018 SEMA Auto Show played host to a pair of custom-tuned Ram 1500 pickup trucks, including one that goes by the name “Low Down.” Based on the 1500 Big Horn trim level, the Low Down is what happens when you raid Mopar’s parts bin for equipment that can be used to give the 1500 Big Horn a more “slammed-to-the-streets” styling direction. It doesn’t do anything to emphasize the 1500 Big Horn’s masculinity, but it does give it a new urban look that plays well in the underground street racer culture. All it needs is a little nitro boost — perhaps machine guns, too? — and it’ll fit right into the kind of cars you normally see in the Fast and Furious franchise.

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2019 Ram 1500 Rebel 12

2019 Ram 1500 Rebel 12

It seems like Ram has been rebellious with the Rebel 12

Gone are the days when trucks were designed for one of two things– off-roading or being put to work, both of which meant there were next to no creature comforts whatsoever. Ram has announced the 2019 Ram Rebel 1500 12 edition, and it feels like nothing short of a luxurious truck. Ram has a lot of new technology offerings along with its natural rough-and-tough characteristics. Has Ram hit the bullseye with the new Rebel 12?

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2019 Ram 1500 Off-Road Edition by GME

2019 Ram 1500 Off-Road Edition by GME

An American pickup with German tuning prowess is a sight to see

German Motors & Engineering has released a tuning package for the Ram 1500, called the “Off-Road Edition.” The package gives the American pickup truck a comprehensive overhaul, covering the exterior, engine, and suspension. GME’s objective is to give the RAM 1500 the kind of off-road versatility you normally don’t see in a car in Germany. To that extent, the tuner did as good a job as you’d expect from a company that knows what it’s doing.

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2019 Ram 1500 eTorque

2019 Ram 1500 eTorque

Ram 1500 eTorque is the most fuel-efficient full-size truck in America save for diesels

While I am not convinced that fuel efficiency is the decisive factor when choosing between trucks, RAM did make the biggest step in the fuel efficiency direction with the new 2019 Ram 1500 eTorque. We saw it some time ago, but the EPA wasn’t ready to publish fuel-economy values for the trucks equipped with the new technology. In truth, I can only describe as a mild hybrid.

Now, the EPA has revealed the numbers for the V-6 eTorque and V-8 eTorque Ram 1500 and the numbers are good. With two-wheel drive, a 3.6-liter V-6 engine, and the eTorque system, the 2019 Ram 1500 can return 20 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined. The V-8 powered model, on the other hand, is a bit more thirsty, but still, it will return 17/23/19, respectively. Bear in mind; it uses a big 5.7-liter, V-8.

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2018 Ram 1500 Classic

2018 Ram 1500 Classic

The next-generation Ram 1500 will still have company in the form of the old head

Ram is the latest in a long line of automakers to sell a new generation model alongside the old generation model it just replaced. Don’t get confused, then, if you see the next-generation Ram 1500 sitting alongside the Ram 1500 Classic inside Ram dealerships all over the country. Unlike the next-gen model, the 1500 Classic is being packaged as a no-frills option that would-be customers can opt to get if they’re not willing to pay extra for all the new goodies that are available on the new 1500.

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Mid-year review: The 5 Best Truck and SUV Debuts So Far This Year

Mid-year review: The 5 Best Truck and SUV Debuts So Far This Year

SUVs and trucks practically replaced sedans and wagons. Heck, they are so popular now that some manufacturers make three-door versions of SUVs, something that has never worked well. Nevertheless, this year has seen a fair share of SUV and truck releases, but as with everything else, some are more important than others. I present to you five best and most important truck and SUV debuts so far this year.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Ram 1500

Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Ram 1500

Ram had to keep up with Ford and Chevy, so the time came to give the Ram 1500 a very serious update. And, a serious update is exactly what it got. And, when we say full update, we mean it is all-new with a new frame, new grille, and a completely revised interior, among other things. The fifth-gen model brings together every major selling point the truck has ever had in the best way yet it’s lighter than ever. Even the EcoDiesel V-6 got an update to deliver more power and torque while the truck can even be had with a deployable front air dam and a mild-hybrid drive system. We could talk about the new Ram 1500 all day long, but that’s not why we’re here (you can read our full review for that.) instead, we’re here because we love the look of the new 1500 and decided to make it our wallpaper of the day. Check out our hand-picked favorite or choose from a full gallery of awesome shots.

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Thieves Drive Away With At Least 10 Ram Pickups in Cluster Vehicle Theft From FCA's Warren Lot

Thieves Drive Away With At Least 10 Ram Pickups in Cluster Vehicle Theft From FCA’s Warren Lot

Gone in 60 seconds done right?

FCA is out at least 10 Ram 1500 pickups after a whole band of thieves committed a cluster theft at the company’s Warren lot. It all started with the theft of one pickup truck from a driveway in the area. From there, a whole band of thieves loaded up into the truck bed and drove to the lot. Once there, they cut a hole in the fence, everyone offloaded, and before security even knew what was going on, they were staring at a convoy of brand-new 2018 Ram pickups driving away into the night, never to be seen again (well, so far, anyway)

It sounds a lot like a Gone in 60 Seconds type theft and, as reported by the Detroit Free Press, it’s actually far from being the first of its type. Warren Police Commissioner, Bill Dwyer, said that while it’s not unheard of, it’s very unusual for this kind of theft to include such a high number of vehicles stolen. He said there were likely at least 10 people in the bed of the initially stolen truck. It’s still unknown whether the thieves are targeting various parts of each truck or the trucks themselves, but it’s believed to be part of a mass order with buyers already lined up.

“All these things took days, weeks, months of planning," he said. "Once you get the vehicles, you’ve got to have a buyer. This definitely sounds like an order. Sounds like the kind of theft where they immediately could be taken to a port, put into a container and shipped offshore."

And, the worst part is that even if the trucks aren’t on their way to their illegitimate owners yet, FCA isn’t really working with police to solve the problem. The company obviously has to perform its own internal investigation and can’t even disclose if the keys were stored inside the stolen vehicles. This, in turn, is frustrating police who have yet to hear back from FCA amid the fact that there’s an ongoing investigation.

Warren police are offering up a reward of an undisclosed amount and, if you happen to have any information that can lead to the apprehension of those responsible for the theft, you should call 586-574-4800.

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A 700-Horsepower, Hellcat-Powered Ram Rebel is Coming to put the Ford F-150 Raptor in its Place

A 700-Horsepower, Hellcat-Powered Ram Rebel is Coming to put the Ford F-150 Raptor in its Place

The Rebel could give the F-150 Raptor a run for its money!

It looks like Ram is taking on the trucks segment with ruthless aggression. And why wouldn’t they? People in America have taken a certain liking towards trucks which reflects in the sales figures as well. Sedans are on the verge of extinction and SUV’s are losing their plot to trucks. As reported by 5thGenRams.com, the company is planning to take on the Ford F-150 Raptor head-on with an all-new beast called the Ram Rebel TRX. Read on to know more about it.

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Ram Recalling 228,508 Trucks For Brake-Shifter Interlock Failure

Ram Recalling 228,508 Trucks For Brake-Shifter Interlock Failure

Safety device keeps transmission in park until the brake is applied

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is voluntarily recalling roughly 228,508 Ram 1500 and Heavy Duty pickups due to an issue with the Brake Transmission Shift Interlock on trucks with a column-mounted shifter. The system keeps the shift level from leaving Park without the vehicle’s key in the ignition and the brake pedal depressed.

The problem occurs when the BTSI system overheats, potentially occurring when the brake pedal is held for an extended time while the transmission is in Park. Once overheated, the BTSI system fails to keep the shift lever in Park without the brake depressed and ignition on. This means the at even without the key inserted, the truck could be shifted into gear or neutral, causing an unintentional roll-away.

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How We'd Spec It: 2019 Ram 1500

How We’d Spec It: 2019 Ram 1500

Our idea of a feature-rich, budget-minded build

Ram has made a massive splash in the half-ton pickup segment with its all-new 2019 Ram 1500. It debuted at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show in January and is expected to arrive in showrooms by the end of the first quarter. That’s an impressively quick turn-around time as this processes normally takes six months to a year with most vehicles. Nevertheless, we’re restless to get our hands on the pickup.

In the meantime, we’re left dreaming of the ideal build configuration for an average American. Modern pickups offer literally thousands of possible cab, bed, engine, and trim combinations. Here, we’re shooting for that middle-class family who might tow a small boat to the lake on the weekends, haul sports equipment in the bed, and carry those 2.5 kids to their various extracurricular actives – all while staying within a reasonable budget.

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2019 Ram 1500 By Mopar

2019 Ram 1500 By Mopar

Customize the new Ram 1500 with up to 200 parts and accessories

It’s been just a month since Ram debuted the brand-new 1500 pickup truck at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, and FCA is already offering a wide range of aftermarket parts and accessories. Showcased on a concept truck at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, these new accessories cover everything from the exterior and interior to the drivetrain and the chassis. Most of them will become available in a few months, so you can start planning a Moparized model if you’re not happy with the standard and optional Ram features.

Described as an "outdoor, sport-themed truck," this Mopar-specced vehicle sports a unique, slightly more aggressive exterior, a more upscale interior, and lift kit that turns it into a more capable off-road explorer. The parts and accessories are taken from a list of around 200 items that can be purchased from Mopar via FCA dealerships. That’s quite a big selection, unlike anything you get from the competition. Let’s have a closer look at some of these features in the review below.

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2019 Ram 1500 Sport

2019 Ram 1500 Sport

A sporty edition exclusive to Canada

The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 hasn’t even hit showrooms yet, and Ram is already rolling out the special editions. Just this week saw the new iteration of the Texas-inspired Lone Star edition. But now, it’s Canada’s turn. Ram is launching a Canada-only trim called the Sport.

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Ram-Texas Love Affair Continues with the Texas-Only 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star Edition

Ram-Texas Love Affair Continues with the Texas-Only 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star Edition

The highly successful limited edition 1500 is a certified moneymaker

Back in 2002, Ram introduced the Ram Lone Star Edition as a tribute to Texas. It was described as the first truck designed by Texans and built specifically for Texans. Fast forward 16 years later and the pickup brand is launching another ode to the Lone Star State with a new version of the Ram 1500 Lone Star Edition. The special edition model was introduced at the Dallas Auto Show, and if it lives up to the success of its predecessor, we’re going to be seeing a lot of these Lone Star Editions in the heart of Texas.

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Butthurt Alert: Ram Superbowl Commercial Sparks Outrage

Butthurt Alert: Ram Superbowl Commercial Sparks Outrage

Were the criticisms fair?

As expected, Super Bowl LII had its fair share of commercials. There were some good ones, and there were some bad ones. None of them, though, were as controversial as the Ram commercial that used a portion of Martin Luther King Jr’s speech. To say that it wasn’t well-received would be an understatement. It was panned, criticized, and obliterated for using the speech as a means to sell Ram trucks, a clear misinterpretation of the actual message of King’s speech. But given what we’ve come to know since, was it really a case of insensitivity on Ram’s part or was it all a big misunderstanding of the ad’s real purpose?

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All-New Ram 1500 Gets the Full Mopar Treatment

All-New Ram 1500 Gets the Full Mopar Treatment

You can overdose your 1500 in Mopar parts!

It’s been a busy 2018 for the all-new Ram 1500, hasn’t it? In the six weeks that we’ve had of 2018, we’ve seen the Ram 1500 make its world debut at the Detroit Auto Show, star in the most controversial ad in Super Bowl LII, and get decked out in full Mopar garb. The last of these happenings took place at the Chicago Auto Show where Ram and Mopar showed off the many ways you can customize your Ram 1500. From expected accessories to those that aren’t available on the market yet, there are over 200 Mopar accessories available for the Ram’s new heavy-duty pickup.

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FCA Showcase Mopar Accessories for 2019 Ram 1500 in Chicago

FCA Showcase Mopar Accessories for 2019 Ram 1500 in Chicago

More than 200 dealer-installed parts are offered

The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 pickup hasn’t been debuted more than a month but Mopar already has accessories ready for the truck’s launch into showrooms. The long list includes wheels, tires, side steps, bed-mounted storage racks, and even performance accessories.

Mopar, Chrysler’s famed parts and accessories division that dates back to the 1920s, worked in-house with Ram’s engineers and designers to develop the accessories to work with the truck. Customers can buy the parts alongside their pickup at any Ram dealership and have them installed before final delivery with the price rolled into the vehicle financing. Best of all, the parts and accessories are covered under the Ram’s warranty. And since accessories like the high-flow air intake and cat-back exhaust are designed and installed by Ram, they do not void the truck’s warranty.

Of course, we’ve seen Mopar do this before. The most recent example is the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL. Mopar showcased over 200 parts at the 2017 SEMA show weeks before Jeep officially debut the Wrangler JL.

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Ram 1500 Super Bowl LII Ad Takes Subtle Shot at Minnesota Vikings

Ram 1500 Super Bowl LII Ad Takes Subtle Shot at Minnesota Vikings

A brilliant commercial with a brilliant dig and a brilliant tagline

There’s something to be said for a commercial that nails it with the subtlest of hints. I’ll submit this ad for the new 2019 Ram 1500 pickup as a perfect example of that. The theme of the ad centers around a group of Icelandic Vikings who make the trip to Minnesota from Iceland to watch Super Bowl LII, presumably because they thought the Minnesota Vikings were actually playing in it. From there, hilarity — and a fitting closing tagline — ensues.

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FCA Has Filed a Patent for a Three-Screen Dashboard

FCA Has Filed a Patent for a Three-Screen Dashboard

Another innovative leap atop the 2019 Ram’s 12-inch screen

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ interior designers are apparently obsessed with screens. A patent filing was just made public of an innovative dashboard design with three individual screens – one for the gauge cluster, the middle for the infotainment, and the right presumably for co-driving information. This comes after FCA’s recent debut of the 2019 Ram 1500 and its 12-inch, portrait-oriented infotainment screen in higher-end trims. Unfortunately, the three-screen filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office had very little description or information about the dash or its intended use.

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The new Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn is a Cowboy's Dream of Luxury Come True

The new Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn is a Cowboy’s Dream of Luxury Come True

More luxury than you can shake a stick at

After a long day of riding hawses on the range and ropin’ dogies, a cowboy likes to kick his boots off and sit a spell. Well, Ram now has a pretty good place to relax. The new 2019 Ram 1500 is completely new, and with it comes a revised and upgraded version of the Laramie Longhorn trim.

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FCA Almost Debt Free; Aims to Overtake Ford in Earnings!

FCA Almost Debt Free; Aims to Overtake Ford in Earnings!

Marchionne dumps merger ideas as money pours in

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is having a record year. Lead by CEO Sergio Marchionne, the automaker is set to pay off all its debts and bank a projected $4.9 billion in cash by the end of 2018. The solid financial footing will put FCA in a stronger place to compete against General Motors and Ford, perhaps even surpassing them in earnings.

Marchionne told analysts in a recent earnings teleconference that, "There’s a very strong likelihood that we will outperform Ford in terms of operating earnings in 2018. That’s something that if I told any of us in the room here that would’ve been doable five years ago, nobody would have believed it."

FCA’s very positive standing is surprising considering Marchionne was practically begging General Motors for a merger, with CEO Mary Berra reportedly declining multiple offers. Now, Marchionne has completely dropped the idea, saying, "The necessity to find a partner, to try and guarantee our survival, going forward, is put to bed. I mean we’re done."

The automaker’s success is pinned on its truck and SUV sales lead by the Ram 1500, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Jeep Wrangler. Sales forecasts only show growth, too, thanks to an all-new Wrangler for 2018, an all-new Ram 1500 for 2019, a refreshed Jeep Cherokee for 2019, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s new halo model, the Hellcat-powered 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Add to that Jeep’s upcoming Scrambler pickup, three-row Jeep Wagoneer, and the luxury-minded Grand Wagoneer.

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2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Edition

2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Edition

Ram ups its luxury truck game

Ram has introduced the Laramie Longhorn trim level on its all-new 2019 Ram 1500 pickup. Like on the outgoing truck, the Laramie Longhorn is western-themed luxury trim filled with high-end materials. However, thanks to the vast improvements made on the 2019 Ram 1500, the Laramie Longhorn trim sees equally impressive advancements.

Designed to compete against the Ford F-150’s King Ranch and the Chevrolet Silverado’s High Country trims, the Laramie Longhorn goes above and beyond with real barn wood accent trim, full leather seats with contrast piping, brushed-nickel badging and accent trim, and Ram’s new 12-inch Uconnect touchscreen engulfing the dashboard. There is even the Laramie Longhorn badge branded into the wood trim above the glovebox – branded, like with a hot iron. That attention to detail continues through the cabin and onto the exterior.

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Ram's New Emblem Gets Tougher for 2019

Ram’s New Emblem Gets Tougher for 2019

It’s more angular and less bloated

The Ram 1500 is completely new for 2019 and with it comes a revision of the Ram’s Head emblem. The new logo is more angular and sculpted than before, losing its rounded shape. Even the shield behind the Ram’s Head emblem is different, moving from a heptagon to an octagon. Emblazed at the top is the R-A-M name, completely ending any prior associations the Ram’s Head had with Dodge.

The new logo mirrors the design theme of 2019 Ram 1500 pickup. Joe Dehner, Head of Ram Design for FCA, said his team made sure the truck maintained a tough appearance despite its more luxurious interior.

“Regardless of the material it’s made of, whether its glass, plastic, metal, composite, or aluminum, it looks like if it were to take a beating it would survive,” Dehner said. “I jokingly say if you hit it with a sledgehammer, it would break the hammer. We took that to heart and put that into the design of the new Ram, and also into the logo.”

The new logo isn’t found on the 2019 truck’s front grille, however. That’s reserved for the new R-A-M logo. The crosshair grille has been completely phased out. The full Ram’s Head and octagonal shield are only seen on the tailgate. Elsewhere on the truck, the plain Ram’s Head is seen. It’s found on the steering wheel, center caps on the wheels, and several other places.

What do you think of the new Ram’s Head logo and its updated octagonal shield? Let us know in the comments.

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2019 Ram 1500

2019 Ram 1500

Ram brings a solid fight to GM and Ford

The 2019 Ram 1500 is completely new from the tow hooks to the hitch and wears a new design that departs from the iconic crosshair grille of the last 25 years. It rides on an all-new frame that’s lighter and stronger, boasts a new interior that’s far more user-friendly and luxurious, and has a new mild hybrid system on both its 3.6-liter V-6 and 5.7-liter Hemi V-8.

The truck moves into its fifth generation for 2019 and doubles down on every major selling point in a bid to win market share from Ford and General Motors. Weight has been reduced by 225 pounds, the frame is built from 98 percent high-strength steel for increased payload and towing, and the segment’s first-ever deployable front air dam will work in conjunction with the mild hybrid systems to improve fuel economy. Ram will continue offering its popular 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6, too, but with more power and torque.

The Ram Rebel returns, as well, but with more off-road equipment and twice the attitude. The other familiar trims include the Tradesman, Big Horn, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited.

While pricing hasn’t been announced, the 2019 Ram 1500 will arrive in showrooms by the end of Q1 of 2018. That means we don’t have long to wait.

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Should Ram Resurrect The Ramcharger?

Should Ram Resurrect The Ramcharger?

Turning the Ram 1500 into a Suburban and Expedition fighter

The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 is a wonderful improvement over the outgoing generation. Not only is it sleeker and more luxurious, its frame is stronger, its overall weight is down, and its drivetrain has been updated with mild hybrid systems in both the V-6 and V-8 engines. The truck will undoubtedly be very successful in competition with the also-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and the recently revised Ford F-150. But Ram is missing something – a full-size SUV based on its pickup.

Both Chevy and Ford have body-on-frame SUVs based on their half-ton pickups, and both have a long and rich history. In fact, the Chevy Suburban is the oldest automotive nameplate in existence. The Expedition is newer, having debuted in 1997, but over its 20 years, has made quite a name for itself. Ram, on the other hand, hasn’t had a truck-based, full-size SUV since 1993. That vehicle was the Ramcharger. Though only offered in a two-door model, it competed strongly against GM and Ford’s two-door SUVs, the Chevy Blazer and Ford Bronco – both of which were based on their respective half-ton trucks.

So, now that Ram has its all-new, fifth-generation truck, is it time the automaker resurrected the Ramcharger name? I say yes. Here’s my reasoning.

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All-New 2019 Ram 1500 Steals The Show at Detroit

All-New 2019 Ram 1500 Steals The Show at Detroit

Massive innovations make Ram very competitive

The 2019 Ram 1500 is making big waves at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show thanks to an all-new design that departs from years past, a swanky new interior with the segment’s first 12-inch touchscreen, a completely new frame, revised suspension designs, and a new mild hybrid system on both the 3.6-liter V-6 and 5.7-liter V-8.

Starting with the frame, Ram managed to cut weight by 100 pounds yet make it stronger thanks to its 98-percent composition of high-strength steel. Overall, nearly 225 pounds has been cut from the truck. Aluminum is used extensively in the unseen parts. The transmission crossmember, steering system, front suspension, and even the engine mounts are made from the lightweight yet strong material. The tailgate also uses an aluminum skin.

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Leaked: 2019 Ram 1500 in All its Glory

Leaked: 2019 Ram 1500 in All its Glory

And we’re just days away from the official debut at the Detroit Auto Show

Much has been speculated about the upcoming, all-new 2019 Ram 1500. It’s a huge player in the half-ton pickup segment and a big moneymaker for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Thankfully, the speculation can end, at least concerning the truck’s front-end appearance. This photo was leaked on Reddit. It clearly shows the 2019 Ram 1500 in all its glory as it just rolled off the assembly line.

While this isn’t the first time we’ve seen the Ram’s face, this is by far the clearest shot we’ve seen. The new grille style, the intricate headlights, and the new bumper design are all plainly visible. We’ve also seen spy shots of the Ram’s side badges’ new location on the hood, but again, this is the first time we’re seeing how the truck looks as a whole. The photo also reveals the trim level badge will remain on the door.

Ram’s tilting towing mirrors are present on this particular truck, suggesting it is optioned for heavier towing. The smallish wheels support that theory. We fully expect Ram to keep the 1500’s multi-link coil spring rear suspension, however. The setup has become an endearing trademark of the truck thanks to its softer, less truck-like ride. Ram seems to have no problem letting Ford and GM fight for bragging rights in the half-ton towing battle. It knows the average 1500-series consumer will appreciate the ride more than towing capability.

This unprecedented early glimpse at the 2019 Ram 1500 won’t be important for long. Ram is set to officially debut the truck at next week’s 2018 Detroit Auto Show. At that point, Ram will announce details on the interior, powertrain, and the slew of other updates we’re expecting will be included.

You won’t want to miss the debut, so stick around to TopSpeed.com for that and all the other breaking Detroit Auto Show news and debuts.

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Peek-A-Boo! 2019 Ram 1500 Slips From Under Covers

Peek-A-Boo! 2019 Ram 1500 Slips From Under Covers

The crosshair grille is officially gone

The next-generation Ram 1500 will debut in a few weeks’ time at the Detroit Auto Show on January 15 to much anticipation. Yet ahead of the show, we’re getting a solid look at the half-ton’s new grille and front fascia design. Gone is the iconic crosshair grille design that’s been a mainstay since 1994. It’s replaced by a six-sided grille with the R-A-M logo brazened right in the center.

This is a change Ram has been preparing its customers for over the last few years. Trim levels like the Ram Rebel and Laramie Longhorn have departed from the traditional grille in favor of a nostril-style grille with the R-A-M logo rather than the ram’s head emblem.

The 2019 Ram also features headlights and fog lights are more integrated into the body; the stepped fenders and tall hood are reduced to a barely-noticeable feature on the new truck. Thankfully, the tow hooks are still easily accessible, and the air dam seems to be rather minimal for a better approach angle.

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The 2019 Ram 1500 Is Getting A Split Tailgate!

The 2019 Ram 1500 Is Getting A Split Tailgate!

Finally some big changes innovations with the humble tailgate

The next-generation Ram 1500 will be raising the bar for pickup truck cargo beds when it debuts for the 2019 model year. A spy photographer just caught a 2019 Ram tester with an uncamouflaged tailgate that is clearly split vertically. The tailgate will be able to open like a regular tailgate while also opening sideways like French doors. The Honda Ridgeline’s tailgate opens like this, though as a solid piece without the split.

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2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport

2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport

The last special edition for 2017 targets folks fond of blue

It’s no secret automakers have found big success in special edition versions of conventional models. Nowhere else is that truer than in the pickup market. Ram’s latest special edition is this, the Hydro Blue Sport, and it will be the last special edition of the 2017 calendar year. Then after 2018, the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 will be hitting showrooms. But before that happens, expect Ram to continue offering dolled-up versions of its current pickups in 2018.

Mike Manley, the head of Jeep and Ram brands, says, “The custom look and high-impact colors have been well received in the marketplace and this new Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport will surely stand out on dealers’ lots and in customers’ driveways. Enthusiasts demand that their trucks get noticed and our Ram 1500 Sport lineup delivers a durable, powerful alternative with great visual appeal.”

Naturally, General Motors says the same about its special edition Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks, too. And truth be told, they’re right. We recently spent a week with the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 Midnight Edition and found plenty of people staring and making approving comments. Will the Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport have the same effect? Tell us in the comments after reading all the details down below.

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Spied: 2019 Ram Getting Massive Vertical Screen

Spied: 2019 Ram Getting Massive Vertical Screen

FCA’s Uconnect joins Tesla and Volvo in the big-screen revolution

Ram’s next-generation 1500 pickup is on the verge of debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show ahead of its arrival in showrooms for the 2019 model year, but we’re getting a sneak peak thanks to a spy photographer who captured a detailed look at the 2019 Ram’s interior. The truck features a massive vertically oriented infotainment screen that dominates the center stack. It’s a vastly different design than anything currently seen in the pickup category. In fact, only Tesla and Volvo models have such large screens, followed closely by the Toyota Prius Prime.

Thankfully, it seems Ram engineers have thoughtfully retained hard buttons for the most common controls. These include the radio volume and tuning knobs, buttons for the HVAC fan speed and dual-zone temperatures, and the secondary HVAC system like defrost and recirculation. A bank of toggle switches line the bottom of the screen, controlling features like the optional air ride suspension, traction control, and parking sensors. As for the software, it’s clear Ram is continuing to use the well-loved Uconnect system. Icons along the bottom of the screen offer quick access to menus like the radio, HVAC, apps, navigation, phone, and system settings.

There’s more to see in the photos, so keep reading for more analysis.

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2019 Ram 1500 Departs From Classic ‘Big Rig' Design

2019 Ram 1500 Departs From Classic ‘Big Rig’ Design

The Ram gets an all-new face after nearly a quarter-century.

The next-generation Ram 1500 has been spotted by spy photographers and boy; the differences are huge! Scheduled for the 2019 model year, this half-ton truck departs from the classic Ram “big rig” design that dates back to the second-generation Dodge Ram that debuted for 1994. Gone are the crosshair grille and the big step between the hood and headlights. Ram has also moved the model and engine badge to the hood, leaving the doors free of clutter. But the front isn’t the only change.

The spy photos show a completely revised pickup with new metal from bumper to bumper. Even the cab section looks new. The doors certainly have new skin, and the weather stripping around the windows seems thicker, likely to help reduce wind noise. The Ram’s rear features new taillights, a new tailgate skin, and an interesting bumper with a full-length step that should make getting into the bed a bit easier. The bumper-integrated dual exhaust does make the generational jump.

Naturally, Ram hasn’t said a word on its new pickup, but the updates are expected to be more than just skin deep. Expect a strengthened frame, updated suspension components, and maybe even some aluminum body panels to decrease weight in key areas. The RamBox bed should return, along with the multi-link rear suspension an air-ride option.

As for engines, the prototype truck is clearly wearing a badge for the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. We fully expect the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel to return – likely unchanged – along with an updated 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6. The ZF eight-speed automatic will likely be standard equipment across the board. The other badge, though covered by tape, will likely be the R-A-M lettering within the horizontal bar in the new grille.

This is an unprecedented look at the upcoming 2019 Ram 1500, however, we see something missing. Keep reading to find out what.

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Ram Adds Two Special Editions To Its Already-Jumbled Trim Line

Ram Adds Two Special Editions To Its Already-Jumbled Trim Line

More luxury is great, but what’s up with these trim names?

Luxury is the apparent theme of the 2017 Texas State Fair as Ram launches two new special editions to its pickup lines, one of which is a high-end offering. The new Laramie Longhorn Southfork edition brings extra cowboy posh to the Ram 1500 and Heavy Duty pickups, while the Lone Star Silver edition jumps from the 2017 Ram 1500 to now the 2018 HD trucks. The announcement came just hours after Ford debuted the new availability of the Limited trim on the 2018 Super Duty and its $100,000 price tag. But unlike Ford and its easy-to-remember trims, Ram’s new offerings only contribute to a convoluted mess of similarly named trims and more special editions than anyone can keep track of.

Nomenclatures aside, the two special editions bring added luxury and a western flair to the Rams. The Ram’s Laramie Longhorn Southfork features two-tone, full-grain leather seats that are lighter in color than the traditional saddle brown in the Laramie Longhorn. More leather is stitched onto the grab handles, and steering wheel. Suede is used for the headliner and sun visors, and real Walnut and Ash wood is scattered in several places throughout the cabin. Outside, the big R-A-M grille and massive Longhorn badge cap the front and rear of the truck and 26 colors are available, including the recently added RV Match Walnut Brown lower two-tone color.

The Ram Heavy Duty’s new Lone Star Silver edition is basically a copy of the 2017 Ram 1500’s Lone Star Silver edition that debuted at last year’s Texas State Fair. Like the 1500, the HD’s new trim includes a wire-mesh grille with a Lone Star badge in the lower corner, chrome mirror caps and door handles, chrome side steps, 20-inch wheels, and black front tow hooks. Ram didn’t forget to slap another badge on the tailgate to signify this special edition’s tribute to the Lone Star State. Nothing changes inside, however. Seat choices are limited to vinyl or cloth in one of three colors in this mid-grade trim package. Naturally, the Lone Star Silver edition is only available in Texas.

Pricing for the high-end Laramie Longhorn Southfork starts at $52,615 for the 1500 in 2WD. The 2500 Southfork starts at $57,015. The HD’s new Lone Star Silver edition starts at $46,130 in the 2500 series. Of course, those prices are without any added options like 4WD and diesel engines.

What do you think? Will these special editions make customers more likely to buy? Are these names becoming too much to remember? Let us know in the comments below.

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Ram Shows Love For Tractors with Harvest Edition Trucks

Ram Shows Love For Tractors with Harvest Edition Trucks

Built for farm life and painted to match the tractor

Ram recently debuted a new line of special edition trucks at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois called the Harvest Edition. The package is available on the Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 in Quad, Crew, and Mega Cab configurations with all powertrains but the base V-6. Headlining the Harvest Edition are two paint colors: Case IH Red and New Holland Blue. Other upgrades include a one-inch increase in ride height on 1500 models, on/off-road tires, and other farm-ready accessories.

So, what’s the deal with Case and New Holland? Well, both tractor brands are owned by CNH Global – a holding company that also includes Fiat Industrial S.p.A. Ever notice how all the equipment seen in Ram media photos are Case? There’s your answer. (Too bad John Deere isn’t in the mix – that awesome shade of green would look great on a Ram.) Aside from the corporate affiliations and cross-marketing, the Harvest Edition Rams provide a real-life benefit for customers. Not only are the 1500s lifted one inch and come with meaty tires, all models have a specific list of options that cater to daily operations on a farm.

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Next-Generation Ram 1500 Debuting At The 2018 Detroit Auto Show

Next-Generation Ram 1500 Debuting At The 2018 Detroit Auto Show

Production to simultaneously begin in January 2018

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne has confirmed the next-generation Ram 1500 is on-schedule for its debut and production in January 2018. The unveiling festivities will take place at the Detroit Auto Show between January 14 and 16, while production begins that same month at the Ram’s new Sterling Heights assembly plant. And despite its early production, the new Ram will be a 2019 model. The next-generation Ram 2500 and 3500 are expected to debut the following year with similar design and engineering updates.

The 2019 Ram – codenamed DT – is expected to be lighter thanks to an expanded use of aluminum, though its cargo bed will remain steel for durability. Spy shots of a longer Crew Cab version suggest a Mega Cab option for the 1500, as well, setting the Ram apart in its highly competitive segment. A rumored split-tailgate design is also a possibility. Ram’s prior patent drawings detail a tailgate that acts like the Honda Ridgeline’s, but with a vertical split in the middle allowing for added versatility. A new rear bench seat with “Stow-n-Go”-like folding abilities might offer a completely flat load floor, too, as reported by Allpar. Drivetrain options will include a new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 with direct fuel injection and horsepower levels hovering between 310 and 320. An all-new turbocharged inline six-cylinder is expected for 2020, which might replace the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. Rumors of an improved (and EPA-certified) EcoDiesel V-6 with a higher tow rating and a turbocharged four-cylinder have also been rumbling around the Internet. None of this has been confirmed, of course, as Ram has a tight hold on its upcoming pickup. Thankfully, the nitty-gritty details are coming in January.

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Next-Generation Ram 1500 Gets Mega Cab Option, Spy Photos Show

Next-Generation Ram 1500 Gets Mega Cab Option, Spy Photos Show

Photos also show an all-new interior

Spy photos of the 2019 Ram 1500 give a clear indication the Mega Cab option is returning to the half-ton pickup – a feature not seen since its single-year run in 2008. But as pickups become evermore luxurious, Ram is undoubtedly pushing the envelope. As such, we can expect the next-generation truck to offer outstanding levels of luxury – and rear-seat legroom. The crop of spy photos also give a glimpse at the Ram’s all-new dashboard and front grille.

The photos, courtesy of Truck Trend, show the 2019 Ram 1500 in heavy camouflage. However, hints of the grille can be seen. It appears only horizontal bars are present, suggesting the iconic crosshair grille may be gone. It’s also possible Ram is using different grille designs to denote trim levels, just as currently does. Inside, the Ram wears a new dashboard. The design isn’t groundbreaking, but is more modern than the current dash. The Uconnect screen does appear larger than the current 8.4-inch unit. Thankfully, volume and tuning knobs return. Also visible is a conventional, three-knob HVAC controller, a bank of auxiliary switches, and a trailer brake controller. The rotary shift knob returns, too, as does a large TFT screen between analog dials in the gauge cluster. A smaller-diameter, leather-wrapped steering wheel caps off the new cabin.

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2017 Ram Limited Tungsten Edition

2017 Ram Limited Tungsten Edition

A new range-topping trim denoted by another metal

Ram is jumping aboard the metal trim train with Ford and Nissan. But rather than platinum, Ram is going tungsten with the Limited Tungsten Edition. Offered on the 2018 Ram 1500 and HD pickups, this new trim marks the highest available on a Ram. The new Tungsten Edition includes all the luxuries found in the Limited trim, but includes “Natura Plus” leather seats colored in Frost and Indigo, unique exterior trim, and the first-ever suede headliner in a pickup.

Ram’s target customer is an even more affluent truck buyer, one with a discerning taste, yet who still needs the utility offered by a pickup. Ram boss, Mike Manley, says, “The new Tungsten Edition is an example of how Ram directly responds to customer input by offering the industry’s most luxurious pickup. Premium truck buyers will recognize the attention to detail, surrounded by quality materials.” And Ram sure knows how to sell premium pickups. More than 40 percent of Ram 3500s are optioned in one of the three premium trims, which include Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited. The Limited Tungsten Edition is available on the Ram 1500 Crew Cab and both Crew Cab and Mega Cab on HD trucks. The HDs are also offered with short- and long-beds, 2WD and 4WD, single- and dual-rear wheels, and gas and turbodiesel engines, making the Tungsten Edition widely applicable to various needs. Pricing for the 2018 Ram 1500 Limited Tungsten Edition starts at $55,120, which is roughly $2,200 more than the standard Limited trim.

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2017 Ram 1500 Rebel Blue Streak

2017 Ram 1500 Rebel Blue Streak

A no-cost color option for the Rebel

The Ram 1500 Rebel is one of the baddest, most audacious trucks in the half-ton segment thanks to its mean mug, steel bumpers, tall ground clearance, off-road tires, and custom interior. The Rebel package might be a couple years old now, but Ram isn’t slowing down. Just ahead of the ahead of the 2017 New York Auto Show, Ram has released two special edition models for its 1500 pickup – the Sublime Sport and this, the Rebel Blue Streak. This special edition model fittingly comes with Blue Streak paint and can be had with the Rebel Black appearance package and optional two-tone paint scheme.

“The Ram 1500 Sublime Sport and Rebel Blue Streak expand our offerings in factory-custom trucks and give dealers a more extensive color palette to excite customers who are looking for something unique,” said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand.

Basically, the Rebel Blue Streak is a no-cost option on every Ram 1500 Rebel configuration and includes the Blue Streak paint. Customers can make their truck look more one-off with the other optional packages, including the Rebel Black. When optioned, the truck comes with the performance hood with black decals; black wheels; a black grille and lower brush guard; and black badging on the doors and tailgate.

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2017 Ram 1500 Sublime Sport

2017 Ram 1500 Sublime Sport

Is this a case of "Gotta-have-it Green?"

The Ram 1500 might be long in the tooth, but that’s not stopping Ram from injecting fun into its pickup. Ahead of the 2017 New York Auto Show, Ram has released two special edition models for its 1500 pickup – the Rebel Blue Streak and this, the Sublime Sport. This special edition model comes with can’t-miss-it paint, 22-inch wheels, and black accents.

“The Ram 1500 Sublime Sport and Rebel Blue Streak expand our offerings in factory-custom trucks and give dealers a more extensive color palette to excite customers who are looking for something unique,” said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand.

Those familiar with Fiat Chrysler’s lineup shouldn’t be surprised at the bright color. We’ve seen Dodge and Jeep products wearing similarly fluorescent colors. Ram is limiting the Sublime Sport package to roughly 3,000 examples. Only the Ram 1500 Crew Cab with the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 can be ordered with the package.

Of course, there are more details, so keep reading for the full run-down.

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Minor Changes Coming on Ram Rebel & Limited trims for 2017

Minor Changes Coming on Ram Rebel & Limited trims for 2017

Color options, logos, and running boards top the list

Ram is expanding the 1500 Rebel’s color palette by one, along with adding body-colored running boards and R-A-M tailgate badge on the Limited trim level. That’s the news from Houston, Texas were Ram debuted the changes to the truck-loving market. The new color is called Delmonico Red and will be available on 2017 model Rebel trucks at no charge. The color is also available on the Rebel Black, which comes with black wheels and front skid plate.

Ram boss, Mike Manley, said, “Truck buyers are looking for new colors and features that make a statement and allow them to stand out from the crowd. Whether it’s the off-road-enthusiast appeal of the Ram 1500 Rebel or the luxury and sophistication of the Ram Limited, Ram trucks deliver features and durability that are winning over more and more owners.”

Rebel customers can order their truck with a two-tone color scheme with black lower panels, or a standard monotone paint scheme. This includes Delmonico Red, which was already available on other Ram truck models outside the Rebel. Other color choices include Bright Silver Metallic, Bright White, Brilliant Black, Flame Red, Granite Crystal Metallic, and Mojave Sand

Inside, the Rebel continues unchanged, utilizing black and gray colors with the Rebel logo stitched into the front seats’ side bolsters. Anodized aluminum accents the dashboard and center console for a custom look. The Uconnect 8.4-inch screen is standard, as is the full-length center console that separates the front bucket seats. A full bench seat holds three people in back, as the Rebel is only available in the Crew Cab configuration.

As for the range-topping Limited trim, those can now be ordered with monochromatic touches, including body-colored running boards and a body-colored R-A-M badge on the tailgate. This option isn’t confined to the 1500-series, either. Customers can order the monochromatic look on the 2500 and 3500, as well. Body-color running boards will also be offered on the Ram 1500 Night edition.

As for pricing, the Rebel starts at $46,490, including destination. The Delmonico color will start arriving in showrooms this May. The Limited trim starts at $55,660, including destination. And like the Delmonico-colored Rebel, it will begin arriving in May. Those wanting the body-colored running boards and R-A-M tailgate logo options will have to pay $195 for each.

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2017 Ram 1500 Copper Sport

2017 Ram 1500 Copper Sport

A limited edition Ram with a hot new color

Ram is introducing a limited edition truck called the Ram 1500 Copper Sport at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. It combines the Crew Cab, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, large wheels, and a new color Ram appropriately calls Copper Pearl. Only 3,000 of the Copper Sport editions will be built and will begin arriving at dealerships in late February. The Copper Sport joins Ram’s other limited edition model, the 2017 Ram 1500 Ignition Orange.

The Ram 1500 Copper Sport is based on the Crew Cab, short bed Ram 1500 in the Sport trim and includes the venerable 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 with a respectable 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. The ZF eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard, as does rear-wheel drive. Ram’s part-time 4WD system is optional.

“The Ram 1500 Copper Sport builds on the ever-increasing demand for factory-custom trucks,” said Mike Manley, the Head of Ram Brand, FCA Global. “Our customers continue to enjoy the attention to detail and styling our designers put into each trim level, and this new eye-grabbing model will not disappoint.”

So what’s different about the Copper Sport? Keep reading for the full breakdown.

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2017 Ram 1500 Rebel Black Edition

2017 Ram 1500 Rebel Black Edition

A Rebel firmly conformed to the Dark Side

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is no stranger to kicking out special editions of products. We’ve even seen special editions of special editions – and that’s exactly what’s happening here. Introducing the Ram 1500 Rebel Black. This truck builds on the Ram 1500 Rebel by adding several black accent pieces both inside and out. Nothing of the Rebel’s impressive off-road capability is lost, so it continues to be one of the most bodacious option packages available on any full-size pickup.

The Rebel Black shares its bones with the standard Ram 1500 Rebel. That means it comes with the bold R-A-M grille with its unique snout, stamped steel bumper, fender flares, sport hood, Rebel-specific wheels, and huge R-A-M lettering across the tailgate.

The special edition package is only offered with the Ram Crew Cab powered by the venerable 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 or the respectable 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6. Both engine choices come backed by the TorqFlite 8 eight-speed automatic transmission. Despite its off-road theme, the Ram Rebel can be had in RWD or 4WD.

Regardless of engine or drivetrain choice, the Rebel’s claims to fame remain. They include the mild factory lift kit with air ride, 33-inch all-terrain tires, Bilstein shocks, underbody skid plates, front tow hooks, and limited slip rear differential.

“Adding the Rebel Black package to an already aggressive off-road truck will continue feeding the momentum Rebel is creating for the Ram Truck brand,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand and Ram Brand, FCA Global. “The Ram Rebel is unique in the full-size truck segment.”

So let’s explore what makes the Ram 1500 Rebel Black so different.

Updated 01/23/2017: We added a series of photos taken during the car’s official debut at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

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NHTSA Investigating 1 Million Ram Pickups, Dodge SUVs for Rollaway Risk

NHTSA Investigating 1 Million Ram Pickups, Dodge SUVs for Rollaway Risk

More problems with electronics shifters, this time with the rotary dial

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investing nearly a million Ram pickup trucks and Dodge Durango crossovers over complaints registered against the rotary dial transmission shifter. The complaints allege vehicles roll away after being parked and point to the rotary electronic shifter as the culprit.

The news comes from Automotive News, which says FCA is cooperating with the NHTSA over the concerns. The NHTSA says it has reports of 25 crashes and nine injuries from owners claiming their vehicles rolled away after being parked. No deaths have been reported in relation to the rotary shifter issue. That is in contrast to FCA’s previous electronic shifter issues. Most notably, “Star Trek” actor Anton Yelchin was killed when his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled down his steep driveway, pinning the 27-year-old against a brick pillar of his security fence in June of 2016.

Unlike the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Charger, and Chrysler 300, the Ram trucks and Dodge Durango in question uses the rotary dial rather than the joystick-like gear shifter. However, this now puts both versions of FCA’s electronic shifter into question.

The NHTSA is specifically investigating the 2013 through 2016 Ram 1500 pickup and 2014 through 2016 Dodge Durango. Both vehicles are equipped with the ZF-scoured, eight-speed automatic transmission that requires an electronic shifting mechanism. The rotary shift knob was designed by FCA.

Jaguar Land Rover also uses the same transmission with a similar rotary knob. The NHTSA is including roughly 39,000 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque and Jaguar XF vehicles within its investigation after seven reports of rollaway crashes. Four injuries were associated with the reports. The affected model years include the 2012 through 2014 JLR products.

FCA is urging owners of these vehicles to set the parking brake before exiting the vehicle. We’ll bring you more information as we have it.

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Jeep Grand Wagoneer “Placed on Hold,” Sources Say

Jeep Grand Wagoneer “Placed on Hold,” Sources Say

At least FCA has not canceled its Range Rover competitor… Yet.

News about the future Jeep Grand Wagoneer has gone from promising to problem-ridden over the last month. Reports have suggested Jeep is canceling the high-end SUV for good, while others suggest nothing is wrong. Well, word has just surfaced from two different third-party parts suppliers that Jeep in putting the Grand Wagoneer project on hold.

The news comes from Larry Vellequette, a reporter with Automotive News whose dedicated beat for the last decade has been Chrysler and now FCA. He reports the luxo-Jeep isn’t officially dead, but it isn’t alive and well. The major problem, according to Vellequette, is FCA’s very limited cash reserves. FCA is currently funding a company-wide game of musical chairs and retooling with its assembly plants. Vehicles are being moved around, plans are getting refurbished, and this is eating into cash reserves.

Also a major factor is the limited size of vehicle that’s capable of being produced at FCA’s Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit. It currently builds the Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango, but anything larger, say like a three-row Range Rover competitor, simply wouldn’t fit down the assembly line.

Vellequette makes an interesting observation though. Why retool Jefferson at great expense for a low-volume SUV rather than build a high-volume, body-on-frame SUV that competes with the Chevrolet Suburban and Ford Expedition? Why not base that SUV on the upcoming refreshed Ram 1500? It’s certainly an idea worth exploring.

Ram has never made a three-row SUV based on its pickup despite GM and Ford having outstand success with the concept. Should Jeep choose to pursue this, the Grand Wagoneer name would likely drop the “Grand” portion, recalling the more utilitarian Jeep Wagoneer of 1974 through 1983.

Should Jeep go this route, it could even create a heavy-duty version, competing where the Suburban 2500 and Ford Excursion once did. What’s more, it could even create a Rubicon or Trailhawk version based on the Ram 2500 Power Wagon. Best of all, FCA would need far less cash to pull this off. The Ram’s Warren Truck Assembly Plant could accommodate the 1500-series Wagoneer, while FCA’s Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Mexico could accommodate the heavy-duty and Power Wagon versions.

Of course, this is pure speculation on our part based on speculation by Vellequette. One thing is for sure though – Jeep will not be getting its Grand Wagoneer by 2018 or 2019.

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Does Your Hemi-Powered Ram Feel Underpowered? It Might be a V-6!

Does Your Hemi-Powered Ram Feel Underpowered? It Might be a V-6!

Ram issues TSB for wrongly badged Ram 1500s

Ram Trucks has issued a Technical Service Bulletin for an undisclosed number of 2017 Ram 1500 special edition pickups that left the factory with “Hemi 5.7-liter” badges mounted to their fenders, when in reality, the trucks were equipped with the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6.

According to Automotive News, TSB number 23-053-16 calls for FCA dealerships to remove the Hemi badges whenever an affected truck comes in for service. The TSB reads: "If the vehicle has Hemi emblems installed and the vehicle does not have a Hemi engine, the emblem will need to be removed." Owners will likely be notified of the issue, at least by the dealership completing the TSB at the time of service.

It’s unknown if the affected trucks also came with the $1,150 up-charge that corresponds with the Hemi V-8 option. If so, owners will surely see a refund check coming their way.

What’s worse, unwitting customers could feel duped by FCA or their local dealership. The potential for false advertisement lawsuits is real possibility. Hopefully Ram and dealership management will be able to quell customer concerns before legal action ensues. Perhaps these customers will get a great deal on a (truly) Hemi-powered Ram in a trade negotiation. We’d hope so, at least.

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Did You See Ram's Thanksgiving Day Commercial?

Did You See Ram’s Thanksgiving Day Commercial?

Ram goes poetic again, appeals to blue-collar crowd

Ram Trucks aired a deep, thought-provoking commercial on Thanksgiving Day, honoring the unsung heroes of the blue-collar class. Called “Praise,” the 90-second TV spot mentions things hard-working folks commonly be thankful for – and some things that aren’t generally though of. One string of poetry reads, “Praise the line worker and the line, praise the foreman and the floor, praise the second shift early Saturday, praise the candle lit at both ends…”

The commercial aired during NFL football games on CBS and FOX on Thursday, November 24, 2016. It combined with Ram’s heavy appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade earlier that day. For two years now, Ram has been the official truck of the Macy’s Parade where 25 Ram trucks pulled the floats down the crowded streets of New York City.

“Praise” isn’t the first poetic commercial Ram has produced that targets blue-collars. Ram debuted “Farmer” during the 2013 Super Bowl – an iconic and picturesque two-minute piece with moving images of farmers hard at work mixed with the original reading of famed radio host Paul Harvey’s “And God made a Farmer” speech.

Ram also appealed to women in its 2015 TV commercial, “Courage.” The spot contained motivational words about harnessing inner strength and prevailing against the odds, with imagines of conquering the elements of Mother Nature and the inner demons of self-doubt.

Don’t count of “Praise” being the last heart-felt commercial we see from Ram. These spots seem to be garnering tons of attention and acclaim. Let up know what you think in the comments below.

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2017 Ram 1500 Ignition Orange Sport

2017 Ram 1500 Ignition Orange Sport

Ram goes sporty and vibrant with this limited edition

Launched side-by-side with the 2017 Ram 1500 Rebel Mojave Sand package at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show, the 2017 Ram 1500 Ignition Orange Sport model is a limited-edition truck with tons of bright colors, decals, black accents, and a surprisingly customized interior meant to appeal to the more “expressive” truck buyer. This thing ain’t quite – that’s for sure.

The Ignition Orange Sport is based on the Ram 1500 Crew Cab with the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 and eight-speed automatic in either 2WD or 4WD.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the Ignition Orange package before, though. Ram introduced the special edition for the 2015 model year. That truck had many of the same features that’s on the 2017 model, including the bright orange paint, the matte black hood graphics, blacked out badges, and orange accents throughout the interior. For 2017 though, Ram dumped the bright aluminum wheels in favor of glossy black 20-inch rollers that match the other black accents around the exterior.

The Ignition Orange Sport also lives up to its “limited edition” branding. Ram will only produce 1,500 examples. Prices are not terrible, however, with the Ignition Orange 1500 starting at $43,740. That includes the Crew Cab truck, the Hemi V-8, and all the bespoke Ignition Orange parts. What’s more, that’s actually $70 less expensive that the 2015 Ignition Orange model.

There’s more information about the truck further down, so keep reading for an in-depth look into Ram’s 2017 Ignition Orange Sport package.

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Ram 1500 Ignition Orange Sport Shows Its Orange Side In LA

Ram 1500 Ignition Orange Sport Shows Its Orange Side In LA

It’s sporty and its bright. What else could you ask for?

Ram has went to the trouble of putting together a couple of nice, limited-edition models of its 1500 lineup for the L.A. Auto Show. The first example was designed from the Ram Rebel and featured an exclusive Mojave Sand exterior finish. Then there’s the model you see here that is called the Ram 1500 Ignition Orange Sport, a model that is bright as it could possibly be on the outside with a heavy contrast of black in all the right places. The whole package is based on the 1500 Crew Cab Sport with a Hemi and will command a price of $43,740. But, before you start thinking about the cost, let’s take a better look at what the package presents in terms of uniqueness and aesthetic pleasure.

If you’re a fan of Orange, you’re probably having a continuous eyegasm right now, and that’s okay. As you can see, this 1500 is layered in one of the brightest orange’s we’ve ever seen called Ignition Orange. But, there’s also some pretty serious contrast going on, including the black decals on the Sport performance hood, the black Ram’s head bad on the radiator grille, a black tailgate badge, and black badges on the sides as well. The other major selling point of this limited edition is the body-colored grille surround that is normally either contrasting the body color or finished in chrome on most models (Ram 1500 Express and 1500 Sport both have body-color grilles as well.)

Inside, you’ll find a healthy dose of Copperhead accent stitching to go with Sport embroidery on the seats, Ram’s head embroidery on the seat headrests, and colored sport mesh wrapped around the seat inserts. There are also anodized orange-painted spears and trim rings to round off the interior package. Needless to say, the truck actually looks pretty amazing, but it doesn’t exactly come cheap. Assuming this model is two-wheel drive, that $43,740 price tag is a little hefty, considering the standard Sport model with two-wheel drive, Hemi power, and a six-foot box goes for a total of $37,215. That means this limited-edition comes at a premium of $6,525. This limited-edition model, along with the Rebel-based Mojave Sand 1500 is already making its way into dealerships, but if you want one, you better hurry; there will only be 1500 examples created for this limited run.

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2017 Ram 1500 Rebel Mojave Sand

2017 Ram 1500 Rebel Mojave Sand

The Ram Rebel gets some exclusive paint and a few other goodies with this limited-edition model

When Dodge converted the Ram name into its own brand, there was a period of uncertainty as to what would happen with the line of pickup trucks. But, the new brand really didn’t disappoint, developing some of the nicest trucks there are on the market that just look outright sexy. On top of that, each trim level is different in its own way, making the choice to purchase any given trim a very personal decision. When it comes to the Ram 1500 lineup, there are a total of nine different trims ranging from the classic-looking (by classic I mean circa 2004) Big Horn, all the way up to the range-topping Ram limited that is powered by a 5.7-liter Hemi as standard and could quite possible end a marriage with its $52,000 price tag. But, the Ram 1500 range is growing a little bit with the introduction of some special edition models like the one you see here, the Ram 1500 Rebel Mohave Sand.

Based on the Ram Rebel, the Mojave Sand package brings an exclusive exterior finish to go with a special hood and roof decal and a very sleek and carefully appointed interior. It should start hitting dealerships in December of 2016, but if you like what you see, you need to move quickly as only 1,500 examples will be produced before the Ram calls it quits with this package. If you don’t get to the dealer in time to get one of these models, not all is lost as there is also a Ram 1500 Ignition Orange Sport Package that could suit your special-edition.

But, before I get too far ahead of myself, let’s take a look at the Rebel Mojave Sand Limited Edition and look at all the sandy details.

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America Invades Germany: Ram Trucks Drive the Nürburgring Setting World Record

America Invades Germany: Ram Trucks Drive the Nürburgring Setting World Record

Who knew Ram trucks were so popular in Europe?

Apparently there’s a lot of Ram Truck fans in Europe. On November 5, 2016, a parade of more than 1,000 Ram pickups drove along the Nürburgring in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record. A Facebook Live video captured more than 45 minutes of passing Rams of various years, many of which dressed up with modifications like LED lights, bumpers, and roll bars.

According to the club that sanctioned the event, Ram World Record, there were 1,152 Ram trucks that participated in the parade. RWR set out to beat Ram’s previous record of 451 trucks set back in April 2015 in Texas.

The parade’s record-breaking numbers seems to be contested, though, as Guinness World Records has not updated its website with the event. What’s more, it seems odd that Ram was only able to muster 451 trucks for its record-breaking parade in Texas – Texas. That’s the same state where you’d be able to find at least that many Ram trucks parked at an airport parking garage. Perhaps these European Ram owners are a bit more engaged into the brand.

We reached out to Ram for official word, but until we hear back, take a look at this video. It was shot by Dale Lomas from Bridge To Gantry, a site dedicated to all things Nürburgring. Though he was only a spectator, his video shows (in unofficial detail) the vast number of Ram trucks slowly making their way down the rain-soaked ‘Ring.

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