By Aaron Bragman
Since the Ram Truck brand separated from Dodge for North America in 2009, there hasn't been too much uniquely new product: mainly redesigned, well-executed versions of its existing pickup truck lineup. That all changed in 2013 when the Ram ProMaster (based off the Fiat Ducato) full-size commercial van debuted. Likewise, the ProMaster City compact van (based off the Fiat Doblo platform and coming later this year as a 2015 model) will dramatically expand Ram Commercial's offerings and reach. Now we know a bit more about the Ram plan for the next five years, thanks to Fiat Chrysler Automobile's Investor Day at the company's Auburn Hills, Mich., headquarters. Here's what to expect from Ram brand, both retail and commercial, through 2018:
- The Tradesman trim package for the Ram Commercial lineup will receive many of the refinements and features that have been introduced into the retail line of Ram pickup trucks.
- The Ram 1500 pickup gets a refresh in 2015, with a major redesign coming in 2017.
- The Ram 2500/3500 pickup gets its minor refresh in 2016, with its major redesign happening in 2018.
- The chassis cab truck platforms gets a minor update in 2016, with a major redesign in 2018, following the 2500/3500 HD pickup plan.