The 2019 Ram 1500 has been spied by our photographers yet again, and for the second time this week. The new Ram 1500 is no stranger to the camera, and if we didn’t know any better, it’s almost like Ram is baiting us take photos of its new truck. Could it be a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles marketing ploy to muster some hype for the truck’s anticipated debut in January 2018? Probably not.
January isn’t exactly around the corner though, so for now we continue to sit back and speculate. Here’s what we’ve come up with so far. We expect the Ram 1500 to be offered with a 5.7L Hemi V-8 or a 3.6L Pentastar V-6, both mated to eight-speed automatic transmissions. A 3.0L turbodiesel V-6 engine may also be in the cards, pending FCA’s situation with the EPA.
In the video, we see a hand placing a magnet on different parts of the test mule, probing for answers as to whether aluminum will be used for the new 1500, but to no avail. Only the hood and tailgate are suspected to be made of lightweight materials, with the rest of the body, including the cargo box, to be constructed of traditional steel to retain rigidity and toughness.
As for body style options, we’ve spotted pseudo-Mega Cab, Crew Cab, and Quad Cab variants, with photos of the inside of the truck’s cargo box, sans tailgate. A split tailgate has been rumored, but nothing has been explicitly photographed to verify the rumors. We’ve seen the 2019 Ram’s headlight and taillight designs too, which both present a more modern LED look and allude to other FCA offerings. Ram test mules have also been wearing 6-lug wheels, a departure from the typical 5-lug on the current 1500. This could foreshadow a bump in the truck’s towing and payload capacity, but it’s probably just Ram finally joining the rest of the truck market.
Be on the lookout for more 2019 Ram 1500 coverage as we inch closer to the truck’s suspected launch next year at the North American International Auto Show.