A new addition – or perhaps existing family member – is coming to the Ram truck lineup. A “Classic Badge” is planned and will be sold alongside the all-new 2019 Ram 1500. The truck maker will offer both the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic (known internally as the “DS” model) and the all-new Ram 1500 (internally as “DT”) at its North American dealers through 2018.
“As we launch the all-new 2019 Ram 1500, we didn’t want to walk away from a key part of the light-duty truck market,” explained Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand – FCA. “Ram will continue to produce the 1500 Classic targeted at entry and commercial buyers.”
Ram says the 1500 Classic carries a number of segment-exclusive features in areas “most important to truck buyers.” The truck maker points to their link-coil rear suspension and RamBox bedside storage system that allows for easier cargo hauling. The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 was subjected to an extensive redesign before hitting the market, something we learned about in-depth earlier this year.
The Classic will be available as a Regular Cab with an 8 or 6 foot, 4 inch-bed; Quad Cab with a 6 foot, 4 inch-bed; Crew Cab short bed (5 feet, 7 inches), or a Crew Cab with an optional 6 foot, 4 inch-bed. The Classic comes with three powertrian choices (4×2 or 4×4): the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, 5.7-liter Hemi, and the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel, although Ram says the diesel will not be available until later on.
The Classic has three new packages: Chrome Plus, offered for the Tradesman, which includes chrome bumpers, 17-inch wheels, and keyless entry; the Tradesman SXT, which also includes chrome bumpers, plus a five-inch radio display, fog lamps, dual exhaust for the Hemi models, and 20-inch wheels; finally, the “Express Black Accent Package” for the Express trim adds a number of blacked-out elements, including the wheels, headlight bezels, and badging.
Tradesman, Express, Big Horn/Lone Star, and SSV (Special Services Vehicle) make up the available trim levels.
Manufacturing & Availability
The 2019 Ram 1500 Classic is built at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Warren, Michigan. Since opening in 1938, the facility has produced more than 12.5 million trucks. Regular Cab and some Crew Cab Classic models will be built at the Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Saltillo, Mexico.
Expect the Ram 1500 Classic at Ram dealerships in the fourth quarter of this year.