Fiat Chrysler executives have made it very clear: the next-generation Ram 1500 wants to maneuver away from the styling cues of the previous, irrespective of how onerous the transition can be for model traditionalists — or Ram execs.
We’ve already seen motion on this path. A number of 1500 trims — Insurgent, Laramie Longhorn, Restricted — have already ditched the signature crosshair grille for a brand new design, positioning the Ram identify lifeless heart, flanked by two U-shaped ribs. For those who’re nonetheless not sure of what sort of truck you’re , the 10-foot-high chromed letters adorning the tailgate present a second delicate trace. Hashtag branding.
As seen in these spy photographs, the next-generation 2019 Ram 1500, due for an unveiling on the North American Worldwide Auto Present in Detroit subsequent month, has a face that’s sure to stoke controversy.
Moreover the not too long ago revealed 2018 Jeep Wrangler, no undertaking is extra essential to FCA’s backside line than the Ram 1500 replace. There’s been no scarcity of money ($1.48 billion) thrown on the undertaking. Manufacturing fashions ought to begin rolling out of the retooled Sterling Heights meeting plant in January.
This pre-production mannequin, spied tooling round Michigan, is our most uncamouflaged look but on the subsequent 1500. Brightwork stays cloaked by sticky movie, however there’s no hiding that grille.
Now the form of an elongated hexagon, the grille reveals no vertical crossmember, preferring as an alternative a lot of skinny horizontal ribs and a bigger piece working throughout the middle. Little question we’ll see the Ram badge affixed to the distinct heart part. Above it, a chrome unibrow, thicker within the center, runs atop the headlamps and grille. Under it, the brand new Ram’s bumper rivals Swiss Cheese for holes. There’s openings for tow hooks, foglamps, and a large, skinny, mesh-filled opening for airflow.
It appears the full-figured entrance fenders stay to a point, although they clearly aren’t as apparent as earlier than. Total, the truck’s flanks seem way more extra slab-sided. The roofline is Pure Ram. Wanting on the rear bumper and taillights, that outdated feeling of familiarity begins flooding again. Whereas the taillight form stays the identical, the backup lights have break up into an over/underneath design.
There’s a reasonably thick dropcloth obscuring our view of what must be an earthly a part of the physique: the tailgate. Maybe they don’t need us to see that it’s a couple of piece?
Nothing’s come alongside, engine-wise, to sideline the three.6-liter Pentastar V6 or 5.7-liter Hemi V8 from continued full-size obligation, so anticipate to see these acquainted mills underneath the hood when the 2019 mannequin arrives. There’s additionally discuss of FCA fielding a fuel-sipping turbocharged four-cylinder mannequin. We’ve seen no proof of it as of but.
Considered from the entrance, this is a fairly radical change to what got here earlier than. If this new truck looks like a travesty to you, one thing you wouldn’t set foot in in case your life trusted it, one thing that ruins your recollections of the film Tornado, worry not. The previous-generation 1500 isn’t saying goodbye anytime quickly. The older full-sizer continues in manufacturing for the 2018 and 2019 mannequin years.
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