Diesel for the Ram Classic Will Be An Option for the New 1500 for 2019
The plans for a midsize truck with EcoDiesel fuel is a no, for now. The rumor was that the diesel was an option for the Ram Classic, but instead, it can be an option on the new 1500 later in 2019. No plans have been discussed.
The new Ram half-ton pickup truck is a beautiful machine on the inside as well as the outside. It has the attention of truck buyers, but it hasn’t quite evolved as far as the previous-generation 1500 in terms of drivetrain options. The machine is none other than the 3.0-liter V6 EcoDiesel that was available in the old model, and though rumors have been floating around that the engine was coming to the new Ram, not everyone is happy about that.
At 2019 New York Auto Show, team Autoblog had a chat with Jim Morrison, the head of FCA’s Ram brand. Since Jeep is getting diesel for the Gladiator, it was only fair to ask if it’s also offering a diesel in the full-size Ram and the answer was a resounding yes. No date has been provided, but it’s been reported that the timeframe is for later this year.
The engine is not the same 3.0-liter turbo diesel used in the previous Ram, according to autoblog.com. It’s a redesigned version of the mill that’s in the Gladiator as well. The engine on the supposed truck is said to make 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque.
Autoblog reports that Ram doesn’t have plans –yet – to enter the resurging midsize pickup truck segment. For the longest time, the Dodge Dakota was a stalwart mid-sizer, and it could be attributed with establishing the sector back in the mid-1980s. The Dakota left the segment along with the smaller Ford Ranger in 2011, but unlike the Ranger, it didn’t have an overseas variant to keep it alive. Of course, the Ranger is now back as a midsize truck, but the situation at FCA is a bit more complicated with the Gladiator above, which itself is slotted directly into the midsize segment.
RAM 1500 REVIEW:
The 2019 Ram 1500 has etched scrollwork on its metal trim and belt buckle closure straps for the seat pockets. It has beautifully stitched leather surfaces and barbed wire-style embossing on the floormats. This truck also comes packed with an extensive touchscreen infotainment system, and all the comfort and convenience features you could ask for.
The Ram 1500 is the exclusive truck in its segment that offers a mild-hybrid assist. A 3.6-liter V6 is standard on the truck and a 5.7-liter Hemi V8, the 48-volt e-Torque motor-generator is optional, and it can provide short bursts of extra power — 130 pound-feet of torque. Combine that with the 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque from a truck’s V8, and there’s plenty of extra power for off-the-line acceleration and highway passing and the additional potential for running car systems at idle.
Another benefit of the eTorque powerplant is its efficiency. There isn’t a lot of capabilities. But it’s still good for 19 mpg combined in comparison to the 17 mpg combined rating of the standard, in e-Torque V8.
When appropriately configured, the Ram 1500 can tow up to 12,700 pounds. Other Ram’s have a maximum towing capability of about 8,000 pounds — still, more than most people need. On the road, the truck’s sway damping control and integrated trailer brake make towing easy, even over long distances on the highway.
Fold-out mirrors give extra visibility down the length of the trailer. The Ram’s blind-spot monitoring system accounts for the added range. It gives passengers more peace of mind when they are changing lanes.
Other hauling needs that the Ram 1500 accommodates to has a maximum payload rating of 2,300 pounds; the Laramie Longhorn 4×4 is rated for 1,750. The four spare tires in the bed don’t register on that payload scale, and if in-bed hauling is a frequent occurrence, there’s the new 60/40 split-swing tailgate that’s coming to the Ram 1500 later this year.
The Ram 1500 is the most enjoyable truck for long-distance driving, thanks to its advanced five-link rear suspension structure. The 1500 has the least “trucky” feel than any full-size pickup out there. The eight-speed automatic transmission and the 5.7-liter eTorque V8 work well together as they have delivered lots of power in a smooth fashion.
The lane-keeping assist keeps the Ram straight on the freeway, and its level of assistance that can be toned down if drivers want. In the inside of the Ram, it is a comfortable place to be when traveling long distances; the cabin is nicely appointed and quiet. Rear seat passengers get an upgrade with 3 additional inches of legroom and a seat that can lie up to 8 degrees.
There are plenty of cubbies scattered around the cabin. The center console has enough space to a six-pack of Doctor Peper and a laptop. For more essential items, the rear seats flip up, revealing a flat load floor for hauling taller items.
Ram’s available 12-inch, Uconnect infotainment screen is unlike anything else in the full-size pickup truck segment. Included are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as is a Wi-Fi hotspot. The display reacts quickly to touch inputs, and it’s easy to operate with its crisp graphics and large icons.
The screen allows for two functions to run at once. It lets the driver have access to climate control as well as audio or navigation data. The large navigation map takes up the entire screen layout.
No device should run out of juice when on this vehicle. Thanks in part to the plethora of charging options available. Most vehicles have five USB Type A ports, four USB-C outlets, a wireless charging pad, a 12-volt outlet, and two 115-volt ports. Bring all your smartphones!
If you’re interested in test-driving a 2019 Ram near Fort Myers, make sure to check them out at the Cape Coral Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM dealership.