2019 Ram 1500: Top 10 Things You Need to Know
We’ve been hearing rumors and seeing spy photos for months, but at long last, it’s here: the all-new 2019 Ram 1500.
Arguably, this is the most significant reveal at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. There’s so much to talk about, but here are the 10 most important things to know about this tough truck.
10. There’s All-New Frame Under There
Underneath that handsome bodywork is a brand-new frame that’s 98 percent high-strength steel. It’s the strongest foundation to ever support a Ram 1500. That advanced metallurgy resulted in a tougher backbone but also a lighter one. This frame weighs 100 pounds less than the one underneath today’s version of the truck. Ingeniously splayed front rails – a patent-pending design – help dissipate energy in a wide-range of crashes.
9. It’s Gone on a Diet
All in, this new generation pickup has lost about 225 pounds. Trimming excess fat, the body is about 54 percent high-strength steel, but aluminum was used in strategic areas like the tailgate, engine mounts, forward crossmember, and steering gear arrangement. Additionally, the upper control arms are fabricated from a composite material.
8. Capability is Up
Engineers increased capability by a large amount. The 2019 Ram’s maximum payload is now 2,300 pounds and when properly equipped, its tow-rating has ballooned to 12,700 pounds.