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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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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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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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2017 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty Night Package

2017 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty Night Package

Ram rounds out its “custom” truck lineup

Ram has introduced its latest “custom” truck appearance package, and this time, it’s the Ram Heavy Duty trucks getting some love. The new special edition is called the Night Package, and its available for 2500 and 3500 HD Rams with the single rear wheels. The new look includes blacked out exterior trim pieces, black wheels, the massive R-A-M logo on the tailgate, and a murdered out interior with smoked chrome accents.

The Night Package builds of the Sport Appearance Package – an available add-on to the Lone Star, Big Horn, and Laramie trims, which appeals to those wanting a well-equipped, good-looking truck with some unique character. Ram Trucks boss, Mike Manley, put it this way:

“Truck enthusiasts look for ways to stand out from the crowd. The Ram brand understands that it’s important to meet the demands and deliver outstanding, durable products to every type of truck buyer. From the Ram Sport, to the popular Rebel, to the ultimate off-road truck – the Ram Power Wagon – Ram is building the best trucks in the enthusiast segment.”

Of course, those getting a Night Package Ram Heavy Duty will get all the goodies that make the Ram HD one of the most competitive trucks in the segment. This includes three engine options, the segment’s only available manual transmission, available 4WD, a multi-link coil spring suspension on 2500HD models, and the segment’s only solid front axle.

But never mind the standard stuff – let’s dive into what makes the Night Package different.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty Night Package.

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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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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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2017 Ram Power Wagon

2017 Ram Power Wagon

Ram’s go-anywhere HD gets a little Rebelious

The Ram Power Wagon is probably the brawniest truck on the market. It comes built on the Ram 2500 HD Crew Cab and boasts industry-exclusive off-road tech like solid axles, all-terrain tires, a manual transfer case, a disconnecting front sway bar, and a 12,000-pound Warn winch – all from the factory. Now for 2017, Ram is giving the Power Wagon a makeover courtesy of the Ram 1500 Rebel.

The Power Wagon’s front mug now wears a grille first seen on the Rebel, the Ram 1500’s most dedicated off-road trim package. New graphics on the Power Wagon’s sides, tailgate, and interior match the new snout.

While the looks might be different, the Power Wagon’s greasy bits are unchanged. This means the 6.4-liter Hemi V-8, heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission, 4WD system, frame, and suspension carry over from 2016. Of course, no one can complain about that – well, perhaps besides that the Power Wagon doesn’t offer the Cummins turbodiesel as an option. Thanks to the placement of the Warn winch, the Cummins’ intercooler won’t fit behind the bumper. That aside, the Power Wagon’s powertrain lives up to hype, generating impressive horsepower and torque numbers.

Also carrying over unchanged is the Power Wagon Tradesman trim level. The contractor- and feel-oriented truck uses all the same hardware, but foregoes the Rebel grille and showy graphics package. It’s all business with the Tradesman.

So what’s the 2017 Power Wagon all about? Keep reading for the full run-down.

Update 11/10/2016: Ram has released pricing for the 2017 Power Wagon, which goes on sale in the first quarter of 2017. The Tradesman trim starts at $46,995 and the SLT-based trim begins at $51,695. Check out the pricing section below for more details.

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