It’s no secret that RAM’s best-selling 1500 pickup truck is due to be replaced for the 2018 model year. This model has soldiered on since 2008. Rumors about the imminent redesign of the model have been confirmed by several spy images of a test prototype. All available information suggest that the 2018 RAM 1500 will be thoroughly redesigned and offered in a wider variety of styles and configurations than ever before. Although the model was initially expected to hit the North American dealerships in late 2017, the latest reports reveal that the sales are more likely to commence in January 2018.
2018 RAM 1500 Changes
Based on the 2018 RAM 1500 spy shots, expect this popular half-ton truck to grow in size substantially, compared to the outgoing generation. Both the wheelbase and cabin space will be stretched in order to provide larger passenger and cargo capacity. Also, the spied crew cab test mule reveals large door openings and extended rear seat space. Contrary to rumors about the all-new 1500 going full-aluminum like the Ford F-150, RAM will stick to the current steel-based chassis.
However, there will be a number of lightweight materials applied throughout the next-generation model in an attempt to lower its fuel consumption figures. As for the exterior styling, the changes will be mostly subtle. Changes includes a revised front fascia with smaller headlights integrated smartly with the revised chrome grille. Also, the hood will come slightly reshaped. While the rear end gets smaller taillights. The scope of changes inside the cabin is still not clear. However, we know that the new RAM 1500 is due to receive a new flattened center stack, resulting in more storage space available.
The redesigned 2018 RAM 1500 will have three different engines at its disposal. The gasoline-powered options include 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar. The second option is 5.7-liter Hemi V8 units, with the former receiving direct-injection and an optional turbocharger. As for the diesel option, it will come as an improved version of the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6. In an attempt to make the new range more efficient, the automaker plans to introduce belt-start generators as of the 2018 MY.
2018 RAM 1500 Conclusion
The upcoming model will be produced at the company’s Sterling Heights facility in Michigan. The 2018 RAM 1500 won’t follow in the footsteps of the aluminum-intensive Ford F-150. We believe it can pose a great threat to the currently class-leading pickup truck.