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2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon

2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon

Go anywhere attitude with a modern approach

With more than seven decades of history to draw on, the Ram Power Wagon is well established as a big, badass, burly mother trucker of an off-roader. Originally based on Dodge’s 3/4-ton military service vehicles from World War II, the modern Power Wagon is far more luxury-laden and tech-heavy than its predecessors, but it keeps the same endlessly capable undercurrent as before with a host of off-road ready gear.

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Why Does the Side Cargo Box on the 2020 Ram 2500 HD Have an Emergency Exit Latch? Who The Hell Would Get Stuck in There?

Why Does the Side Cargo Box on the 2020 Ram 2500 HD Have an Emergency Exit Latch? Who The Hell Would Get Stuck in There?

It’s not a trunk as such but a baby could still probably fit inside

The new Dodge Ram 2500 Heavy Duty comes packed with cutting-edge tech and can tow more than its Ford and Chevy rivals. It also comes with two storage spaces on either side of the cargo bed. It’s not weird that you can lock these storage compartments up but what is weird is that they feature an emergency latch so Dodge thought that somebody could get stuck in there somehow.

Everybody’s been raving about the new Ram HD’s comprehensive offering of onboard safety systems as well as its top-of-the-line Cummins 6.7-liter diesel engine with 1,000 pound-feet of torque on tap. However, for this article, we’ll be looking at two narrow storage compartments placed above the wheels of the new Ram.

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2019 Ram Heavy Duty Looks Menacing, Pumps out 1,000 Pound-Feet!

2019 Ram Heavy Duty Looks Menacing, Pumps out 1,000 Pound-Feet!

Tows more than the Ford Super Duty!

The new Ram Heavy Duty just broke cover at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show with a brand-new, menacing face. It also features a more powerful Cummins engine and regains the best-in-class title for maximum tow rating.

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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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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 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.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ram 1500 Rebel Black Special Edition.

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2015 Ram 1500 Rebel

2015 Ram 1500 Rebel

The current Ram Trucks lineup is filled with no less than nine trim levels, three weight classifications (1500, 2500, 3500), and more than a handful of specialty trucks like the Power Wagon and Outdoorsman. Now a new player enters the game: the 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel.

It’s designed to be a fun-loving, adventurous rig with the heart of an off-roader and the guts to back it up. The truck gets a host of unique upgrades that separate it from the standard Ram 1500 lineup. Most noticeable is that new front grille and bumper. This marks the first time in memorable history Ram has departed from its iconic crosshair grille design. Large block lettering spell out “RAM” on the tailgate for those eating the Rebel’s dust.

Unique wheels and tires, a one-inch suspension lift, and a custom interior set the truck further apart. Offered with the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 or the optional 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, the Rebel comes packing the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission and available four-wheel drive. Sadly Ram does not offer the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel here. And yes, a two-wheel drive version is available when ordered with the Hemi.

Offered only in the Crew Cab configuration with the five-foot, seven-inch bed, the Rebel holds five people and tons of gear. The Ram Box cargo system is optional for those wanting even more space to put stuff.

Ram says the Rebel will go on sale early in the second half of 2015, so expect it in dealers in the late summer.

UPDATE 06/17/2015: The Ram Rebel officially enters production at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan.

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Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE Proves Trucks Can Be Eco Too

Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE Proves Trucks Can Be Eco Too

Ram’s newest trim level for the Ram 1500 eeks another mpg out of the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel, resulting in an impressive 29 mpg highway. The so-called HFE package will hit showrooms this spring.

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2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE

2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE

Ram Trucks has managed to eek out another mile per gallon from the already fuel-efficient Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pickup, proving the Detroit Auto Show wasn’t all about brawny off-road trucks. Ram’s new class-leading numbers are EPA-certified at 21 mpg city, 24 mpg combined, and 29 mpg highway. The upgraded mileage comes thanks to the HFE, or High Fuel Efficiency package. But technically, the Ram HFE is no different than any other Ram EcoDiesel, including its engine, transmission, and gearing specifications. It all comes down to equipment packaging and aerodynamics.

Engineers figured out the low-optioned Tradesman trim level combined with the shorter Quad Cab and six-foot, four-inch bed offers the slipperiest shape of the truck line. Add to that the prior knowledge of the wheel-to-wheel running boards and a tonneau cover’s ability to cut drag, and you’ve got the most aerodynamic Ram yet.

This makes the HFE a full 12 percent more efficient than the next-closest competitor, the 2.7-liter EcoBoost-powered 2015 Ford F-150, rated at 26 mpg highway.

For current Ram EcoDiesel owners, adding the same tri-fold tonneau cover and extended side steps would likely result in improved fuel economy as well. Just don’t expect 29 mpg with a four-wheel-drive, Crew Cab truck.

Thankfully Ram didn’t neuter the Ram of its towing and hauling capabilities with tall gears, skinny tires, or a wimpy ECU tune. The truck is still able to haul 1,614 pounds in the bed and tow 8,050 pounds on the hitch.

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Ram 1500 Rebel Unveiled At the 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Ram 1500 Rebel Unveiled At the 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Ram’s latest pickup has just broke cover at the North American International Auto Show and is ready for adventures off the beaten path. The Ram 1500 Rebel is fitted with a custom front grille, Ram Power Wagon fender fares, a one-inch suspension lift, 33-inch all-terrain tires on unique wheels, and a fully customized interior.

The Rebel is available with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8, both backed by the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive. Sales will begin in second half of 2015.

Head over to the new TopSpeed Trucks page for the full review and detailed run-down.

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2014 Ram 1500 Mossy Oak Edition

2014 Ram 1500 Mossy Oak Edition

The Mossy Oak package will return to Ram lineup, and the truck builder will display it at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show with the special edition 1500 Mossy Oak. After being originally introduced in 2011, the new
Ram 1500 Mossy Oak Edition will go on sale in early 2014 at a base price of $39,985, plus $1,195 destination charge. The model will be displayed next week at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

This Mossy Oak model is available exclusively on the Ram 1500 4x4 Crew Cab model, and for the first time ever, it will be offered with the RamBox cargo management system.

The Mossy Oak model is available in either Black, Black Gold Pearl or Prairie Pearl monotone exterior colors combined with camouflage on the bedcaps and tailgate, and Mossy Oak logos prominently displayed on the rear quarter panels. Buyers can also opt for camouflage decals on the lower cladding too. This combination of paint and camouflage will make it idea for hunting, fishing, camping or any other outside activity that truck owners partake in.

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