2018 Ram 1500 Diesel Concept, Redesign and Review

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The Ram 1500 is one of the best-selling cars in the United States and the third best selling truck on the North American Market. Even though the current model is starting to get old at this point, it still sells better than ever. In order to keep their customers happy though, an update is going to be released with the upcoming 2018 RAM 1500 ( possibly 2019 MY ). So far the company has been quiet about this new model. Even so, test mules of the truck have been seen numerous times. The latest was seen a few weeks ago, and it was wearing rather light camouflage.

What Will Change?

The biggest change that will happen to the new RAM is going to be the truck’s platform. This is going to use a new high strength steel ladder frame chassis on which a mostly steel body will be installed. This time around it looks like they may also use aluminum in some areas in order to reduce the weight. We can expect aluminum doors, roof, and hood to keep the weight and overall durability of the truck at its best. On top of that, it looks like RAM will finally make a move from 5 to 6 lugs. This likely suggests larger payloads and possibly heavier duty suspension components. Also, it seems that most engines will be carried over from its predecessor with a possible new addition.

2018 Ram 1500 Diesel Overview

The Camouflaged Test Mule – Anything New?

Even though the truck spied a while ago was still wearing quite a bit of camouflage, we were able to see some really interesting details about it. For starters, it looks like in the front the new 2018 RAM 1500 (2019 MY)is going to use a similar design to the previously leaked prototype. Here it looks like it will boast a hexagonal grille, C-shaped LED headlights while maintaining the cross-hair grille the RAM is known for. The bumper also seems to boast a more aerodynamic profile while the fenders seem to be considerably wider than the body. The back sports a twin-exhaust which interestingly enough is integrated into the bumper.

The interior: Luckily we were able to take a quick peek inside the cabin of the future 1500, and things look promising. For starters, the test mule had the same steering wheel as the Pacifica. This could suggest the two are going to share the same infotainment system and a similar setup for the adaptive cruise control system. On top of that, a new rotary gear selector seems to be in use on the truck while the design looks to be slightly more modern than before.

Many vehicles are coming out of FCA’s factories. SUVs, crossovers, cars, and trucks. You name it they make it. Many will come in the near future, and FCA is rapidly working on them. Generally, when automakers plan to bring new, redesigned or only updated model on the market they keep it a secret until they have something substantial to show. Or, up to the moment when some photographer catches test mule with its camera.

2018 Ram 1500 Diesel Redesign, Price and Review

There are many things that people from FCA are good at but keeping new models a secret is not one of them. We recently had leaked photos of 2018 Jeep Wrangler handed to us together with 2019 Jeep Grand Wagoneer, and now we have first leaked pictures of 2018 Ram 1500. The renderings that we now have on our hands, and which were leaked from dealership meeting, depict front and rear fascia of what is to be the next generation of 1500 Ram pickup.

Looking at the front end of the truck, we can see new, more modern, better styled and revised grille. 2019 1500 which now goes under the code name DT also has an extensive vertical bar and a little slimmer horizontal slot. It seems that they will follow fashion that suggests that slimmer is prettier because the headlights will also be thinner and they will also lose some of its square shape. No need to mention that front lights will most likely feature high-end LED tech. Moving onto the lower end of the front fascia, we see empty spaces probably reserved for a new set of fog lights, while the skid place is now off-colored and leaves space for work in progress which 2018 Ram 1500 certainly is. As far as the hood goes, it will continue to be a bit bulky just as the RAM fans love it. Just, this time around it will feature more pyramidal shape instead of an old rectangular.

On the rest of the photos, that show rear end of this truck, we can see that RAM is going to borrow few ideas from its competitors. Most notably from the ongoing Ford F-150. The taillights that from the first look won’t be revised all that much will now have a separate section within them. This part of the rear lights will serve for reverse lights and turn signals. Same as up front at the rear LED lamps will be present probably now as a part of standard equipment.

2018 Ram 1500 Release Date

With all of these leaked and spy photos, we can clearly tell that work on 2018 Ram 1500 is well and truly underway. This prompts the question when it will be released? Most likely, RAM will introduce its new pickup at 2018 Detroit Auto Show or in any other case it will be in early 2018. In correspondence with this, there is a grave possibility that new 1500 is going to come to us as 2019 MY, but this remains to be seen.

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