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

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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.

What makes the Ram 1500 Classic special

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Basically, the 1500 Classic, internally known as the “DS” model, will be sold together with the new 1500, internally known as the “DT” model.

It’s weird for a one-year-old model to be christened as a “classic,” but that’s exactly what Ram did with the 2019 1500 pickup truck. With the next-generation Ram 1500 on the horizon, the American automaker decided that having two concurrent body styles is the way to go. And so, here were are. Ram is keeping the “old” head alive by christening it as the Ram 1500 Classic.

Basically, the 1500 Classic, internally known as the “DS” model, will be sold together with the new 1500, internally known as the “DT” model. Whereas the latter will be filled to the brim with the automaker’s latest tech offerings, the former is being prepared as more of a utilitarian model with four simplified trim levels: Tradesman, Express, Big Horn/Lone Star, and SSV for special vehicle services. In addition to these trim levels, the 1500 Classic also gets three cabs and three bed lengths. There’s the Regular Cab that comes with either a 6-ft., 4-in. bed or an 8-ft. bed, a Quad Cab with a 6-ft., 4-inch bed, and a Crew Cab with either a 5-ft.,7-inch or a 6-ft., 4-inch bed.

Cab and bed lengths aside, the 1500 Classic gets a smattering of segment-exclusive features, including a unique link-coil rear suspension system that provides what Ram describes as “class-leading ride and handling.” A RamBox bedside storage hidden bins, and a flat-load floor are all available on the Ram 1500 Classic, as well. Heck, there’s even a “Classic” badge on the fenders of the pickup.

The new-old pickup also benefits from three new packages that prospective buyers can get to spice up their rides. The Chrome Plus package, for example, is available on the 1500 Classic Tradesman. Those who avail this package stand to get chrome bumpers, a body-color upper front fascia, remote keyless entry, carpet floor covering, and a set of 17-inch wheels.

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The 1500 Classic draws its power from a 5.7-liter V-8 engine that produces 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque.

If that package isn’t up to standards, the Tradesman SXT package could be what the doctor ordered. It’s also available on the Tradesman trim of the 1500 Classic, and it comes with chrome bumpers, fog lamps, a dual exhaust on V-8 models, a five-inch radio, and a set of 20-inch chrome wheels. Most of the items included in this package are new to the Tradesman trim, so prospective buyers of that version of the 1500 Classic will at least get something new on the table.

The third and final package is called the Express Black Accent package. It’s offered across the entire range of 1500 Classic Express trim exterior colors, including black badging, black headlight bezels, and a set of black wheels.

The 1500 Classic draws its power from a 5.7-liter V-8 engine that produces 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. The V-8 mill is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels. All told, the 1500 Classic weighs around 5,400 pounds and has a payload of 1,510 pounds and an incredible towing capacity of 10,140 pounds.

Ram has yet to include pricing details surrounding the 1500 Classic. That said, the current version of the pickup starts at $43,995 and could go as high as $57,395. Expect the 1500 Classic to sell closer to its base price.

Further reading

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Press release

What do you call a 2019 Ram 1500? A Classic!

Ram Truck brand executives, with two concurrently selling body styles of its 2019 model-year pickup, have given the legacy edition its own name: Classic.

Ram will offer both the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic, known internally as the “DS” model, and the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 (“DT”) at its North American dealers through the 2018 calendar year.

“As we launch the all-new 2019 Ram 1500, we didn’t want to walk away from a key part of the light-duty truck market,” said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand — FCA. “Ram will continue to produce the 1500 Classic targeted at entry and commercial buyers.”

The Ram 1500 Classic boasts numerous segment-exclusive features in areas most important to truck buyers. Class-leading ride and handling is accomplished via a unique link-coil rear suspension system. Other features, such as RamBox bedside storage, hidden bins and a flat-load floor, offer unique solutions for cargo. New “Classic” badging is located on the fenders.

Offered in four trim levels, Tradesman, Express, Big Horn/Lone Star and SSV (Special Services Vehicle), the Ram 1500 Classic benefits from content specifically designed to match its capability and style. The Ram 1500 Classic also benefits from three new packages:

Chrome Plus is offered on the Tradesman trim that offers bundled value content, which includes chrome bumpers, body-color upper front fascia, 17-inch wheels, remote keyless entry and carpet floor covering
Tradesman SXT is offered on the Tradesman trim that includes chrome bumpers, body-color front fascia, 5-inch radio, fog lamps (new to Tradesman), dual exhaust on V-8 models (new to Tradesman) and 20-inch chrome wheels (new to Tradesman)
Express Black Accent Package is offered on all Express trim exterior colors, which includes Black wheels, Black headlight bezels and Black badging

The 2019 Ram 1500 Classic is available in three cabs and three bed lengths: Regular Cab with 8-ft. bed or 6-ft., 4-in. bed, 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.

Available in 4x2 or 4x4, other powertrain offerings include award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 or optional 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8. The optional 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel will be available at a later date.

The Ram 1500 features a segment-exclusive multi-link rear coil suspension that provides best-in-class ride and handling qualities. 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 pounds less than a leaf-spring configuration.

Ram trucks come with a five-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Truck customers from half-ton to commercial have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to provide high levels of capability.

The 2019 Ram 1500 Classic is built at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant (Warren, Michigan), which has built more than 12.5 million trucks since it started operations in 1938. Regular Cab and some Crew Cab models of the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic are built at the Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Saltillo, Mexico.

Ram 1500 Classic will be available in the fourth quarter of 2018.

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