10 Best Vehicle and Technology Innovations of 2018
2018 Ram 1500 Big Horn Low Down Concept
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.
Ram 2500/3500 Longhorn Ram Rodeo Edition
Designed for the hard-working enthusiast that needed a large truck to haul and tow stuff around, the Ram 2500 and 3500 are now offered with enhanced comfort and luxury features in Laramie Longhorn and Limited trims. Ram is now taking things up a notch with the Longhorn Ram Rodeo Edition, which adds a few extra features and technologies.
Based on the Laramie Longhorn trim, the Rodeo edition adds extra equipment you’d usually have to pay for or get as standard on the more expensive Limited trim. These add-ons enhance styling, making the Longhorn look like a Limited version, and add practicality inside the cabin through trailering technology. Engines remain standard, but the air suspension enables self-leveling when carrying goods or hauling a trailer. Find out more about it below.
2019 Ram 1500 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?
2018 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Mojave Sand Edition
Vanity has never been one of Ram’s strong suits, but the hulking pickup brand is making an exception with the launch of the Ram 2500 Power Wagon Mojave Sand Edition. Essentially an aesthetics package, the 2500 Power Wagon Mojave Sand Edition takes advantage of the Mojave Sand beige color, which has become the fastest-selling shade on the Ram Rebel. Now, the color is appearing for the first time on a Ram Heavy Duty model. Only 1,500 units will be built, with each model priced at $54,830.
Ram to Build a Body-on-Frame Midsize Truck; Will be Built at Toledo Jeep Plant
Ram has been serving customers with a big appetite and big pockets. Post discontinuation of the Dakota, the smallest pickup truck in its lineup has been the Ram 1500. Given how the market trend has been changing lately, it is essential for Ram to slot a truck at entry-level to compete against the Ford Ranger and Chevy Colorado and, after a 7-year exile, they have exactly done that. On Friday, FCA announced that a new truck will be entering the lineup below the 1500 by 2022.
2019 Ram 1500 Off-Road Edition by GME
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.
2019 Ram 1500 eTorque
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.
2018 Ram 1500 Classic
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.
The Top 5 Cars We’re Excited To See From FCA in The Next Four Years
It wasn’t that long ago that the late Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne unveiled a massive four-year plan for all the auto brands belonging to the American automaker. There were a lot of announcements involving brands like Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, RAM, and Maserati. Some of the announcements were expected, but there were also some announcements that left a lot of people surprised and excited for what’s to come. All in all, more than 25 new vehicles are being planned over the next four years, including the five models that we’re most excited to see.
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.
Thieves Drive Away With At Least 10 Ram Pickups in Cluster Vehicle Theft From FCA’s Warren Lot
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.
A 700-Horsepower, Hellcat-Powered Ram Rebel is Coming to put the Ford F-150 Raptor in its Place
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.
Ram Recalling 228,508 Trucks For Brake-Shifter Interlock Failure
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
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
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
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
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.
Butthurt Alert: Ram Superbowl Commercial Sparks Outrage
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?
All-New Ram 1500 Gets the Full Mopar Treatment
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.
FCA Showcase Mopar Accessories for 2019 Ram 1500 in Chicago
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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