2019 Ram 1500 Deletes Crosshair
Ram has increased their share of the full-sized market share by 7 percent over the past few years! Ram may have found the winning combination to tackle Ford and Chevy in the extremely tough and competitive full-sized truck market.
No more Cross Hairs
Ram has made a lot of changes to the 2019 Ram 1500. The most notable is that the Ram has removed the old, some say iconic, crosshair grille. Other visible changes included redesigned hood aerodynamics to draw air flow away from the windshield and wiper blades. The bed sides have grown one and a half inches and the tailgate now has a small spoiler in an effort to reduce drag. The interior also has some significant visual changes, mainly as options such as a 12-inch touch screen at the center of the console and a panoramic sunroof that provides that provides an overhead view to both the front and rear seating.
The powertrain lineup for 2019 is similar to 2018 in that the Pentastar 3.6L V-6 (rated at 305 HP) and the Hemi 5.7L V-8 (rated at 395 HP), both mated to 8-speed automatic transmissions, will still be available. Ram is also stating that a V-6 diesel option will be available later in the model year.
Ram is significantly increasing its presence in the Hybrid/Electric scene. Replacing the alternator is a new eTorque system that acts a generator and motor that stores energy in the 48v Li-ion battery. That stored energy is later used to assist the drive train during start/stops, increased torque on initial acceleration, and at cruising speeds. The eTorque system will not be available with the diesel engines.
Lightening the Load
The 2019 Ram 1500 has a new chassis that utilizes a ladder-style frame made from high strength steel. This redesign offers a stronger, but 100 pounds lighter, frame. Other tricks to lighten the load include an electronic parking brake system (sorry, no more drifting) that is 20 pounds lighter, and a slew of lightweight aluminum parts such as engine mounts, tailgate, and suspension components. All of these shed pounds add to a quicker acceleration, more responsive feel, better-towing capability, and less of a pinch at the pump.
Despite being lighter, the Ram 1500 has managed to get bigger (Bigger is better, right?). As previously mentioned, the bed rails are 1.5 inches taller than former years. 2019 crew cab bodies are purported to be about four inches longer and an additional half inch to the width and height of the body. Furthermore, crew cab rear seat legroom increased from 40.3 inches to 45.2 inches.
The 2019 Ram 1500 provides more safety features than previous years. Examples of this include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, automated emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, trailer sensing, automatic high beam headlights, LED headlight and taillight availability on most 1500 models, and a 360 degree camera view on the 8.4 inch or the new 12 inch center screen.
Off Road Capability
It would be a wrong to not mention the 4X4 options for a truck such as the Ram 1500. The 4X4 versions sit one higher than base models thanks to a factory suspension lift. Off-road options and packages include wheel sizes ranging from 18 to 22 inches, available 33 inch tall on/off road tires, skid plates, electronic locking rear differential, hill descent control, and the option for either air spring or coil spring suspension on the 1500 Rebel.
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