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To alarm the 2019 Ram 1500 “important” to the Ram Barter cast would be a all-inclusive understatement. For the aboriginal time in 25 years, this is a actually new Ram auto both central and out, and it arrives at a time breadth trucks and SUVs accept never been added popular.

For abundant of the history of not aloof Ram Barter brand, but the Ram auto itself, the appellation “truck buyer” meant article actually altered than it does now. The canicule breadth the jolts of a stiff-riding auto could be brushed abreast by the allowances of a big engine, endless of torque and abounding bed amplitude are affiliated gone. The bodies accept collapsed in adulation with SUVs. And abounding SUVs now ride like sedans. So why should their pickups, which are added added big-ticket than their SUVs, be any different?

That actuality said, no one’s suggesting that the big engines, burden amplitude and backbone auto trucks aspire to be accepted for be sacrificed for this car-like feel. And this creates actually the addle for automakers as they attack to abide cashing in on the accepted barter craze.

With the 2019 1500, Ram thinks it has absurd the code. Gone is the iconic “Big Rig” exoteric administration that aback 1994 has been alike with the brand, and in its abode is a new, added avant-garde architecture with affiliated ambit and below angled corners. Arch of the Ram Barter cast Jim Morrison said the architecture of the 2019 pickups is heavily afflicted by chump feedback. And the cast is absolute adequate appliance the agreement “luxury” and “pickup” duke in hand.

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“It’s a no accommodation truck,” said Morrison. “…When we talked to our barter and asked them what they appetite as far as a affluence auto barter they aboriginal said ‘I appetite a ride that feels like a car.’ So we affiliated to columnist the engineering gang. We anticipate we had the best benumbed barter already with our braid suspensions and our air suspensions, but they’ve done a abundant job of demography that to the abutting level.

“I can acquaint you that this barter is actually absurd in the way it rides and handles.”

Apart from the ride and attending of the truck, the 2019 1500 pickups now avowal the bigger aggregation cab in America, Morrison said.

“(Customers said) they appetite added size… We’ve done it by abacus 4 inches to the cab,” Morrison said, abacus that the new trucks activity a absolute abounding 45 inches of legroom and abundant amplitude to fit 3 car seats in the aback seat.

“Even if you’re 6’5″, you can fit aback there,” he said. “If you’re three big bodies activity to the jobsite, you fit.”

Beyond aloof actuality bigger, the autogenous has additionally benefited from a agglomeration of new technology (including an alternative and aberrant 12-inch blow display) and some chic improvements that board abounding upgrades in functionality and burden storage.

And that’s aloof the tip of the iceberg. This 2019 calendar additionally actualization new agent options, a redesigned chassis, redesigned advanced and rear suspension, and a new axle. Ram flew myself and several added journalists out to the Arizona arid to absorb a day alive these new trucks. Here’s what I abstruse about the barter maker’s redesigned flagship pickup.

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When I was 9 years old, Dodge abandoned angry my abhorrence for avant-garde car architecture on its head. My dad and uncle anesthetized bottomward a adulation for archetypal cars that fabricated me attending at every agent fabricated in the abbreviate time I had been animate with abundant disappointment. The abandoned cars that aflame my acuteness were cars fabricated in the 1950s and 60s, accurately any Chevrolet fabricated in that time frame.

But there was a candied atom in the mid 90s breadth Daimler Chrysler’s architecture aggregation was alive on all cylinders (no pun intended).

The Dodge Viper and Plymouth Prowler were the aboriginal avant-garde cars I daydreamed about, afraid posters for and fabricated models of. Heck, I alike anticipation the Neon was ambrosial air-conditioned looking. But those all paled in allegory to how I acquainted about the 1994 Dodge Ram.

The aboriginal time I saw the Ram was during an adventure of Walker Texas Ranger. Maybe some of my amore for the barter was based on the actuality that shots of it dispatch bottomward arenaceous Texas highways were interspersed amid watching Chuck Norris bifold bang bad guys into oblivion, but I wasn’t abandoned in affectionate the now-famous “Big Rig” architecture with its low-slung fenders and iconic grille.

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The Big Rig attending accustomed a bright cast character for Ram affiliated afore it was spun off from Dodge and became Ram Truck. And it enjoyed a affiliated run. For 25 years, bearing afterwards bearing of Ram auto mostly looked the same. And the architecture had such abiding ability that this affiliated shelf activity never absolutely seemed like a bad thing.

But for the aftermost few years, Ram tinkered with the advanced end of assertive trim levels to barometer its customers’ animosity about a abeyant across-the-board architecture shift. In 2015 the barter maker launched its off-road enthusiast trim, Ram Rebel, with a new advanced end attending anchored by a new grille with the RAM wordmark in adventurous belletrist in abode of the accustomed Ram’s arch logo. That was followed anon thereafter by a new chrome-heavy front-end architecture on the Laramie Limited.

John Opfer of Ram’s exoteric architecture aggregation says these architecture changes were so agreeably accustomed by barter that “from a architecture standpoint we knew we capital to administer it beyond all our trucks.”

And so, with the 15th generation, they did aloof that. During a presentation accustomed afore our analysis drive of the trucks, Opfer said the assignment of designing a new attending for Ram pickups was not taken agilely and afore designers started accomplishment the attending of the company’s future, they absorbed themselves in the 100 years of barter authoritative acquaintance the Ram cast has abaft it.

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“When we accept that affectionate of history abaft us, we capital to accomplish abiding we reflect that in the DNA of the architecture of our (new) trucks,” Opfer said, abacus that the Big Rig architecture launched in 1994 is “an important allotment of our heritage.”

“That Big Rig attending absolutely accustomed Ram Barter to set ourselves afar in our customers’ minds as able-bodied as adjoin our competitors,” he said. “…We capital to body aloft that ancestry in a modern, alive way.”

Opfer alleged the new architecture “a avant-garde interpretation” of the company’s ancestry and said the bigger calmly barefaced change is the new advanced end design. He acicular out the trucks’ new “split ability dome” architecture on the awning that “cascades bottomward to the bead fender that you’d apprehend from a Ram truck.”

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Opfer says the new advanced end gives every 2019 1500 a “stern visage” acknowledgment to the “brow” that runs the amplitude of the advanced end, amid the new forward-leaning grille from the awning and gives the headlamps, now positioned college to be alike with the top of the grille, a “steely-eyed glint,” as Opfer put it. He acicular out accession absorbing architecture affection aloof below the headlamps breadth the fenders ambit in from the caster able-bodied to accommodated the basal bend of the grille. He said this affection was advised to accompany to apperception the audacity guards of a “warrior’s helmet.”

Speaking of those fenders, Opfer said their D-shaped arches over the auto is a nod to the now-classic 1994 Ram.

Aside from the advanced end, Opfer said abundant of the exoteric architecture team’s efforts went into accepting the accommodation of the 2019 archetypal appropriate aback it’s a beyond truck. “We’ve accustomed all that breadth aback to the chump by abacus 4 inches to the cab,” he said. Acceptable in accepting the proportional attending of the barter appropriate is a apple-pie band that runs bottomward the absolute contour of the truck, from the bed all the way to the advanced end. To accomplish that line, the bed on the 2019 models was aerial 35 millimeters. The change wasn’t aloof aesthetic, it added burden amplitude as well, Opfer said.

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Another new exoteric architecture detail can be begin on the tailgate of the truck. Opfer said the accord architecture at the top of the aboideau matches the countenance on the advanced end and increases the aerodynamics of the truck. Opfer said the architecture additionally provides a adumbration aftereffect and accentuates the absorber architecture in the average of the aboideau breadth the Ram arch logo resides.

The aftereffect of it all is what I acquisition to be the best absorbing barter architecture on the market. I anticipate Opfer and aggregation accept addled the absolute antithesis amid at-a-glance acceptance and “Whoa, that’s new.” The new advanced end retains a advantageous bulk of what fabricated the old Big Rig architecture so characteristic while affective the beheld character of the cast advanced in a adventurous and, added importantly, adorable way, that speaks to Ram’s ambitions to board barter not abandoned with a abundant pickup, but a affluence vehicle.

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Though abandoned the accepted 5.7-liter Hemi V8 will be accessible at launch, the 2019 Ram 1500 calendar will eventually be accessible with three powertrain options: the above Hemi, the Hemi with Ram’s new eTorque balmy amalgam system, and a 3.7-liter V6 with eTorque. All three will be commutual with an eight-speed TorqueFlite transmission.

So what is this “mild hybrid” powertrain? Basically, Ram tacks on a belt-drive motor architect to the agent which is affiliated to a briefcase-sized 48-volt array amid abaft the backseat. And rather than acting as the truck’s sole antecedent of ability amid assertive speeds or ambit ranges like added amalgam systems, eTorque’s capital purpose is to accompaniment the agent in adjustment to bland drivetrain transitions.

As Mike Gapski of Ram’s powertrain aggregation put it, while eToruqe additionally accuse the truck’s 12V electrical system, its two primary functions are authoritative the auto agent start/stop activity added able and cancelling out drivetrain “disturbances.”

Gapski says eTorque delivers 130 lb.-ft. of torque (90 lb.-ft. on the V6) and 60 appliance on V8 models in the blink of an eye in adjustment to restart the agent and bear a billow of ability to the barter in below than bisected a second. Afar from a quick attempt of espresso to a sleeping engine, eTorque additionally provides abrupt periods of torque while the agent is alive in adjustment to bland out disruptions in ability commitment and manual shifts.

The eTorque motor generator. Photo: Wayne Grayson

Unfortunately, I can’t yet acquaint you how this translates to real-world alive as Ram did not accomplish an eTorque-equipped barter accessible to journalists at the contempo analysis drive. Instead, anniversary barter we got a adventitious to drive was able with the Hemi, which delivers 395 appliance and 410 lb.-ft. of torque. (Ram fabricated this agent accessible because they feel it will be the best accepted amid the powertrain options.) In accession to the auto start/stop functionality, Ram has additionally broadcast the use of its butt deactivation affection on the Hemi V8. This affection detects alive altitude aback the abounding ability of the agent isn’t all-important and switches the Hemi into a fuel-saving four-cylinder mode.

Since there’s not about as abundant agitative change accident with the Hemi as the blow of the truck, there isn’t abundant to address aback on how the agent performed during the drive. With quick dispatch to freeway speeds and buttery bland alive from that 8-speed gearbox, the Hemi provides added than abounding ability for any artery alive you’ll be doing, and you get all of that big admirable V8 boom and sound.

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Speaking of rumble, admitting Ram says these lighter 1500 pickups now about-face amid eight- and four-cylinder modes added often, you’ll hardly anytime apprehension (unless you’re ecology the agent cachet from the centermost animate display). That’s because of a chic new affection alleged alive tune accumulation modules. Ram has anchored one of these baby canisters on the driver- and passenger-sides of the anatomy in adjustment to abolish out accordance acquired by the Hemi four-cylinder mode.

Ram’s Alive Tune Accumulation Modules abolish out accordance acquired by the Hemi V8’s four-cylinder mode. Photo: Wayne Grayson

“If we did annihilation (the beating acquired by the four-cylinder mode) would be transferred through the bench cantankerous affiliate into the agent and you could faculty it in the attic animate and the seat,” Raymond said. “With the broadcast ambit of the (four-cylinder) operation we said let’s accumulate affluence in apperception and bandy some technology at this. It picks up that arresting and again it inputs the adverse arresting to abolish the beating advancing through the structure.”

Though the Hemi isn’t abundant altered than the V8 in the antecedent bearing of trucks, the new 1500 models accept apparent big all-overs in burden and towing. Burden accommodation is up 22 percent to 2,300 pounds while towing adequacy jumped 20 percent to 12,750 pounds. So how did Ram appear by these big adequacy boosts after a added able engine? The barter maker says the acknowledgment lies in the lighter, redesigned chassis.

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Aside from the advanced end, the anatomy is breadth the majority of big changes accept appear on the 2019 1500 pickups. Ram says it’s the “longest, lightest and best able anatomy in the half-ton segment,” abbreviation the trucks’ weight by 120 pounds, abundantly acceptable in an all-embracing weight abridgement on these trucks of 225 pounds.

The new anatomy actualization a splayed abuse architecture for bigger appulse assimilation forth with taller, absolutely boxed ancillary rails. The anatomy is fabricated of 98 percent high-strength animate and is accessible in three new, best lengths: 144.5 inches on the Aggregation Cab abbreviate bed; 153.5 inches on the Aggregation Cab affiliated beds; and 140.5 inches on the Quad Cab affiliated bed. Acknowledgment to lightweighting and the use of aluminum crossmembers and added aluminum components, the anatomy abandoned adored 100 pounds on these new trucks.

With the added burden and towing capabilities, Ram redesigned the rear arbor with structural optimizations that save 10 pounds in weight, forth with both the advanced and rear suspension.

The new advanced abeyance actualization failing blended high ascendancy arms, aluminum lower ascendancy accoutrements and has been retuned for bigger admiration and handling. “Probably the bigger affair we did is we took this amplitude bar and we confused it from advanced address to aback knuckle,” Ram Chief Engineer Mike Raymond said. “We basically said alright it’s added able aback there, it accustomed us to go tubular, but one of the things we capital to do was advance cycle stiffness.” The result, Raymond says is below cycle in cornering maneuvers. “What you accept out there is a added accommodating ball amid council ascribe and roll,” he added.

A five-link rear braid abeyance is accepted on the 2019 1500 and Ram says the architecture “provides bigger delivery over obstacles than a blade bounce system” while ensuring a adequate ride from unloaded up to the trucks’ 2,300-pound burden capacity. Raymond says the abeyance is advised to advance through the rings of the abeyance based on how abundant the barter loaded down.

“What we accept is basically a two footfall spring… (with) a cone-shaped diameter. It starts out at the abate bore and it grows as you assignment your way bottomward the coil. The account of it is that aback you’re agilely loaded, it keeps the bendable ring. Aback you bulk the barter up to GVW, you get into those stiffer rings,” he explained. “So it’s no accommodation from a ride standpoint. You could bandy a connected bulk bounce at it and assumption what, aback you’re agilely loaded it’s annealed as hell aback there.”

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Another aspect of the abeyance alms capricious acknowledgment to alteration alive altitude are the Frequency Acknowledgment Damping shocks on all four corners of these new trucks. Ram says FRD shocks automatically acclimatize for the blazon of vertical caster input. During cornering and abundant braking, the bypass valve on the shocks is bankrupt for added advancing damping. During accustomed alive breadth vertical shock inputs activity added frequently, the valve opens to abate damping. As a result, Ram says FRD shocks board “sports-car-like abeyance for administration and a adaptable abeyance on asperous terrain.”

For an added $1,795, you can accouter a 2019 1500 with FRD shocks with air abeyance on all four corners. Beyond accouterment a absorptive ride, the air abeyance can ascertain the bulk on the abeyance from a bivouac or burden and again admission the gas burden in the abeyance until the barter alcove accustomed ride height. It can additionally be manually set to one of bristles acme settings (four on Rebel) through the key fob or the truck’s animate for accessible commuter admission or bed loading.

So how did all these improvements construe to absolute use? Absolutely well. Based on what we’ve heard from Ram aback the actualization of these new trucks, their primary focus has been to bear a barter with the ride of a affluence car. During my day of alive and benumbed in both a 2019 BigHorn and a Laramie LongHorn, Ram has done absolutely that.

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The trucks we were accustomed to booty out were outfitted with a Hemi V8 and air suspension. We spent abundant of the day on arid highways, but additionally spent some time on portions of clay anchorage and traversing some balmy off-road terrain. Through it all, the trucks delivered a consistent, and costly ride not too altered than what you’d apprehend from a crossover. In abounding agency it’s a ride added agreeable than a crossover due to the affluence of the new interior, which I’ll go into greater detail about below.

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What fabricated the bigger consequence on me was aloof how quiet the berth was. Ram says this is the quietest barter its anytime produced with complete levels bottomward to 66 db acknowledgment to a new autogenous alive babble abandoning arrangement that works in accord with the vibration-taming cans on the frame.

Four-wheel drive is a $3,500 advantage on these trucks while the off-road amalgamation is an added $795. The off-road amalgamation is a ambrosial appealing deal, abacus drift plates, 1 inch of added arena approval and an electronically-locking rear differential. This ELocker turns any of the new 1500 pickups into a barter able of any cardinal of balmy to average off-road adventures.

The alternative bifold breadth sunroof lets in a huge bulk of light. Photo: Wayne Grayson

Of the autogenous begin in the 2019 Ram 1500 pickups, Morrison said it’s “one of the best interiors in all of the segments,” and he includes affluence cars in his assessment. “I’ll claiming you to analyze it to annihilation that’s out there.”

He has a point though. You’d be hard-pressed to acquisition a added comfortable, adequate autogenous than the one begin central the 2019 Laramie LongHorn. The seats, cast new in the advanced and back, accept the feel of covering recliners and the bulk of legroom and accumulator amplitude fabricated accessible by the 4 inches added assimilate the new cab is remarkable. The autogenous additionally boasts the aboriginal bifold breadth aerial sunroof in a Ram. It looks amazing.

“The best allotment of this new barter is that we accept a accurate collapsed attic in the back,” said Jon Gaudreau, the architecture administrator for Ram interiors. You ability be tempted to alarm Gaudreau’s affirmation that the attic of this barter is its best autogenous affection an exaggeration, but aback you accessible the aback doors and bend up the aback seats and see the ocean of accumulator amplitude now available, you’d apparently change your tune.

Flat agency flat. Photo: Wayne Grayson

Photo: Wayne Grayson

Photo: Wayne Grayson

In either ancillary of that collapsed attic in the aloof central the rear doors are accumulator boxes that are now 5 inches best than in antecedent trucks. Gaudreau says you can fit a 4-inch bead block in these boxes and you can bundle alcohol cans sideways. Alike the folding rear seats accept a accumulator breadth below them that allows you to affluence altar that run the absolute amplitude of the cab.

The affluence of accumulator extends to the advanced of the cab as able-bodied with a redesigned centermost console. Of aggregate central the cab, this animate is the affair I fiddled with the best because it is so abuse impressive. For starters, the animate boasts a huge 39 liters of accumulator space–nearly bifold that of the animate begin in Chevrolet and Ford trucks, Ram says. But the coolest affair about this animate is how abounding affective genitalia there are in adjustment to let you adapt the accumulator space.

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Directly below the armrest is a felt-covered amplitude for backing and a USB anchorage for charging your phone. Flip that up and you’ll acquisition a cup-holder that slides forth the breadth of the console. Slide it all the way against the advanced of the barter and you actualize a massive abridged in the animate that can board a 15-inch laptop and blind book folders. (A nice touch: below that acquainted covered band of the animate is a artificial slate with a protractor, about-face tables and a ruler. You’ll apparently never use it, but it’s there and is a nice detail and hat tip to those appliance the trucks for absolute work.)

In accession to the charge-only USB anchorage below the armrest, the animate includes four USB ports in the advanced of the cab (2 USB and 2 USB-C) forth with four added in the back. Aloof below the ports in the advanced is a chic buzz holder that can board up to three smartphones and supports wireless charging.

The smartphone holder can authority three phones deeply acknowledgment to a nice catch at the bottom, and will wirelessly allegation your devices. Photo: Wayne Grayson

But the best clear affection of the new Ram 1500 pickups is the alternative and massive 12-inch Uconnect touchscreen affectation that sits in the centermost of the dashboard. Ram is the abandoned automaker currently alms article like this alfresco of the 17-inch touchscreen animate begin in Tesla’s Models S and X and the 15-inch affectation begin in the Archetypal 3.

The new affectation is the home to the fourth bearing of Uconnect and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity forth with a 360-degree beleaguer actualization camera arrangement and SiriusXM with 360L, which was declared as a affectionate of DVR for accessory radio.

Photo: Wayne Grayson

Photo: Wayne Grayson

Photo: Wayne Grayson

The affectation additionally actualization split-screen functionality, acceptance you to affectation one appliance at the top of the screen, like the birds-eye camera or Apple CarPlay, while advancement admission to bench or altitude controls in the basal of the screen. Admitting HVAC controls can be accessed through the affectation itself, Ram has belted it with concrete buttons for altitude control. A set of switches forth the basal of the affectation accept a nice clicky activity to them and acquiesce for adjusting the air abeyance ride acme and added functions.

Photo: Wayne Grayson

Photo: Wayne Grayson

Photo: Wayne Grayson

Photo: Wayne Grayson

Photo: Wayne Grayson

Photo: Wayne Grayson

Here’s how the starting prices on the 2019 Ram 1500 calendar break down:

Key bales and options:

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