The current iteration of Ram’s half-ton pickup has been around since 2008 and its successor has been anticipated to go on sale for the 2018 model year. Speculations have recently been confirmed thanks to several spy images of a test mule that announces the all-new Ram 1500. According to available information, the next generation of this capable truck will offer more styles and variations than ever before. It will also be redesigned from the ground up, bringing all sorts of substantial improvements. Although the 2018 Ram 1500 is not likely to switch to a full-aluminum platform like the Ford F-150, some of the latest insider reports suggest that it might employ more lightweight materials in order to meet strict CAFE regulations.
2018 Ram 1500 Dimensions and Design
The aforementioned spy shots reveal that the 2018 Ram 1500 will be considerably more spacious than the outgoing model. It seems that the cab design will be larger and the wheelbase longer, providing the all-new 1500 with more interior space and a bigger cargo bed. As for the crew cab version, it is expected to feature a larger door opening as well as more rear-seat cargo space.
When it comes to the shape of the sheet metal, the changes will be mostly evolutionary. Compared to the current model, the upcoming 1500 truck will sport smaller headlights that are better integrated into the chrome grille. Also, the shape of the front grille and hood will be slightly revised, while the rear end is expected to feature smaller taillights new vertical back-up lights. When it comes to the interior design, the test mule didn’t reveal too much. One of the most prominent changes comes with a new flattened center console design that should make room for more storage space.
2018 Ram 1500 Engine
As for the mechanical department, the 2018 Ram 1500 will likely be offered with a choice of three different powertrains. Alongside an enhanced version of the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6, the engine range will include 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engines. Now, the Pentastar unit is likely to come with direct injection and an optional turbocharger. As part of the effort to improve fuel economy, Ram plans to apply belt-start generators in the next generation of this popular truck.
2018 Ram 1500 Release Date
Although it was originally intended to hit the market in late 2017, Ram’s new half-ton pickup truck is now more likely to go on sale in January 2018. The 2018 Ram 1500 will be built in Sterling Heights, Michigan.