Spied: 2018 Ram 1500 Mega Cab

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Our spy shooters are seeing more heavily camouflaged Ram pickup trucks on public roads and that makes sense since Ram is getting ready to freshen its half-ton and heavy-duty lineups. One of our spy shooters sent us some photos of a longer-wheelbase Ram 1500 that looks like it will have one of the largest half-ton cabs around. To date, only the Toyota Tundra offers a plus-size crew cab, the CrewMax. Here's what our photographer had to say.

"This is a mule for the upcoming new 2018 Ram 1500 in Mega Cab configuration; we've nabbed it with its new tailgate. Interestingly, it looks quite different from leaked dealer images we've seen.

"No doubt, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is working overtime to get the next-generation Ram out, predicting a big sales bump for truck-hungry consumers. And we're hearing it will come to market with further innovations and refinements that have helped the current truck stand out.

"The wheelbase on this model gives a preview into a vastly roomier interior for passengers and cargo. FCA is also expected to upgrade the interior, especially on popular top-tier models, with the latest Uconnect system and other technologies previewed in the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan.

"The new Ram could also have an innovative split tailgate as an option, based off the new tailgate seen in our images. Expect to see the 2018 Ram 1500 as early as fall 2017, going on sale in early 2018."

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Comments

Very nice, love the megacab!

kill it with fire.......so ugly.
Please redesign that grill.

@mike, i'm with you, scrap the grill and scrap that tailgate. with that stamped section in the center it looks like they're trying to force the enormous, gaudy RAM lettering on us. why can't they leave well enough alone

Just like putting lip stick on a pig...it's still a fiat

Answers the question that everyone's been asking. How to put 6500 pounds of poop in a six thousand pound bag.

I think their crew crab is plenty roomy. These are nice trucks, but it seems a common complaint is lack of payload in the crew cab / higher trim levels. Unless they are doing something to address that then a mega cab would seem to make for even lower payload ratings...

Based on front and rear legroom, the F-150 crew (which is the same cab as the '17 Super Duty crew) is far and away the roomiest. The Ford crew has 3 more inches of maximum front legroom, and 2.7 more inches of minimum rear legroom than the current Ram cab. Ford's crew even has a fraction more rear legroom than the current Ram MegaCab. The Ford also has roughly 1.5 inches more in both seats than the Tundra CrewMax.

I always thought the mega cab was a good idea who doesn't want a little space behind the back seats especially if you really do often have people in them. I know its expensive and adds to the length, weight, wheel base, turning radius... ect lots of negatives there which is why it probably never sold big in hd market. In the half ton market it may have more appeal. Good luck with it Fiat

Just like putting lip stick on a pig...it's still a fiat

Posted by: Dan | Nov 17, 2016 9:46:03 AM

I agree with the above comment :-)

Meanwhile Ford is working on a replacement V8 for 5.L;

http://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/autos-trucks/report-ford-f-150-getting-next-gen-48l-v-8/ar-AAknuVy?li=BBisPVf&ocid=spartandhp

Must have put a limo frame under it geez it's looooong. Lol give me 30 acres and I'll turn this rig around. Lol

Ford is changing motors again? I think they swap motors more then any other manufacturer. lol

& Gasser V8; that's a good thing (unlike others sticking with ancient outdated pushrod motors :-)...the best never rests!!!

Wonder how this sounded??? The 5.7 is wraping up production and going to be finishing next year I think. Wonder if this is one of those ecoboost motors that FCA has been working on to replace the V8 hemi that they currently use.

Much too big for me to care! But yes there are those 250lbs and above in this country that will like....God help them. Manufacturers should be focusing on smaller length engine compartment, but instead they focus on something else. But of course the big three are the establishment and they know better...

Dimensions organized as: Rear Legroom, Bed length, Overall length (235” std garage):

Ram Quad__34.7"__6'4"__229.0"
Ram Crew__40.3"__6'4"__237.9" Only crew cab with 6’ box that is very close to being garageable.
Colorado___35.8"__6'0"__224.6". (6' 2" at bottom only!)
Tacoma____32.6"__6'1"__221.3". Bed actually 6'1.5".
F150 Crew__43.7"__6'6"__243.7"
F150 Quad__33.5”__6’6”__231.9” (250.5”, 8’ bed)
Silverado___40.9"__6'6"__239.6"
Ridgeline___36.7"_4’11.5”_210.0" (5' 3.6" at bottom only!)
Titan_Crew _38.5”__6’6”__242.8” (38.5” small for 242.8”?)
Titan Quad__38.5”__5’6”__228.7”
Frontier_____33.6”__6”1”__219.4”
TundraQuad_34.7”_ 6’6”__228.9”(247.8”,8’box)Cab forward snub noise. 5” more legroom =234”
Tundra Crew_42.5”__5’6”__228.9” (crew cab with 6’6” not avail?)

Tundra has interesting snub nose Cab forward windshield. Most probably haven't even noticed, but it is probably the most cab forward snub front end I've seen.

@Clint, people in the half-ton market who need 6-passenger room and interior cargo space would buy a full-size SUV, not a MegaCab-style pickup. A Suburban, Yukon XL, or Expedition EL will give the versatility of lockable indoor cargo room, with the floor space available for long cargo when necessary. In a Sub/YXL, it's 8 feet to the back of the front seat, and 5'4" to the back of the second row. That certainly meets the needs of a half-ton customer.

Good. That 5.0 Ford has now sound ragged when accelerated, like the Modular 4.6 V8 in the Ford Crown Victoria.

Seems like the Mega Cab would make a good sleeper option for 5500 Chassis Cab applications. I wonder if there will be a Quad Cab 8 foot box. I never cared for Mega Cabs as they look awkward overall and cumbersome in tight spaces, but they've got appeal with some folks.

Ford 5L is one of the best sounding engines and so is the 4.6L DOHC. You know nothing.

(unlike others sticking with ancient outdated pushrod motors :-)...
Posted by: Lionel | Nov 17, 2016 3:55:59 PM

Yup them outdated pushrod motors sure do keep embarrassing Ford year after year. The worst never rests in the none stop engine swaps in hopes of one day getting it right, but they never do!!!

Why?.......anyhow. Old school here, love the regular cabs. another useless truck.

When will we see a new Toyota Tundra?

I can't imagine the Ram 1500's payload #'s going any lower than they already are. It'll probably be a good soccer mom car.

That raised spot on the tailgate is the reinforced section for people to put their hands on to push when you break down. That way you dont dent or put a hand through the paper thin sheet metal while pushing

I can't imagine the Ram 1500's payload #'s going any lower than they already are. It'll probably be a good soccer mom car.
Posted by: Ken | Nov 17, 2016 7:26:00 PM

New frame, and axles , with more payload is coming. Multilink with coils, best in class handling stays.
Did you notice 6 lug wheels ? Eh ?

Tailgate would look way better if it said (RAM ) or DODGE across the part that's bubbled out. Other then that she's absolutely beautiful!!!!

The grill looks like the nostrils of a pig, sniffing for an acorn.

Road Trip?
The F-150 crew may have more leg room than the Ram mega cab, BUT the Ram is much-MUCH wider and the leg room is cut back cause the Ram has bigger seats than the F-150

if you're a big fat guy the Ram is a much better fit

New frame, and axles , with more payload is coming. Multilink with coils, best in class handling stays.
Did you notice 6 lug wheels ? Eh ?


Posted by: RAM | Nov 17, 2016 10:05:11 PM

So what you are saying the Ram 1500 will be able to more competitive in towing and payload to the Chevrolet Colorado. Good job Ram, trying to beat out a mid sized truck with a full size truck.

@BankruptinPA, numbers say otherwise - the Ram has less lateral room, not "much-MUCH" more.

Ford crew cab:
rear shoulder room 65.9
rear hip room 64.7

Ram Mega Cab:
rear shoulder room 65.7
rear hip room 63.2

that's a good thing (unlike others sticking with ancient outdated pushrod motors :-)...the best never rests!!!

Why waste money on a new design when the old one is still remaining competitive in the market?

@CHEVYSRGREAT
No, I didn't say that. You did.

FCA definitely needs to either add GVW or somehow lose weight out of these trucks- the payload is dismal. I think a lot of buyers in the upper end of the spectrum would appreciate the bigger cab without going to the tall ride height of a 2500.
On the other end of the spectrum, I'm surprised RAM hasn't offered the Mega Cab on the 5500 Cab-Chassis trucks. That would make for a sweet race/horse puller.

@CHEVYSRGREAT
No, I didn't say that. You did.


Posted by: RAM | Nov 18, 2016 10:02:19 AM

So you are saying the Ram 1500 will remain competitive to the 1980 Chevy Luv? Maybe one day Ram will be able to build a truck as awesome as my 2015 chevy Silverado 1500 with the 6.2L. That is a man truck.

I didn't say that.You did.

Oh I see what you are saying, rather not saying. FCA and Ram cannot compete with GM trucks even a Chevy luv. No wonder Ram is going under. Lawsuits and recalls galore. Ram is losing Cummins in a law suit and has huge fines. Looks great for class leading, technology leading, push rod V8 leading GM.

You people need to remember when Ram was getting the current truck ready they asked owners (and new truck buyers)
what they wanted for a half ton truck and 89% yes 89%! said they don't tow over 6000 pounds, IMO anyone that is and tries to tow 10,000+ NEED a 2500-3500.

Also this is just a front from a limited Ram not the new one
have no idea about that tailgate though.

"...it's still a fiat"
-- Posted by: Dan Nov 17, 2016 9:46:03 AM

Which is a good thing. Fiat products are better than you realize because people are simply too blinded by the brand's 40-years-obsolete reputation.

Which is a good thing. Fiat products are better than you realize because people are simply too blinded by the brand's 40-years-obsolete reputation.

Posted by: Road Whale | Nov 20, 2016 10:11:15 AM

Where do you get such rubbish?! Even in Europe or better still Italy; Fiat is at the bottom of the barrel considered as the cheap car brand for the low income....hey, you get what you pay for! :-)

Meanwhile Ford is working on a replacement V8 for 5.L;

http://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/autos-trucks/report-ford-f-150-getting-next-gen-48l-v-8/ar-AAknuVy?li=BBisPVf&ocid=spartandhp
Posted by: Lionel | Nov 17, 2016 2:19:00 PM

Are they going to put timing chains and phasers that don't wear out just after the warranty is up? That would be a good goal. Maybe solve that annoying engine knock that so many Coyote 5.0's make?

Now add the Panoramic sunroof and we're set!!!



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