Spied: 2019 Ram 1500 Quad Cab

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Newer, rather eclectic-looking versions of the next-generation 2019 Ram 1500 have been seen testing in and around the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles headquarters once again. But this time, we're noticing some odd details. Here's the latest report we received from our spy photographers; it looks like there might be a few significant changes coming for the next Ram half ton.

"Until the appearance of these latest test mules, the initial phase of testing for the next-generation Ram 1500 has consisted solely of enlarged crew-cab trucks. It has appeared that the 2019 Ram 1500 would either get a larger crew cab in its redesign or a resurrected version of the MegaCab. Now that tweaked Quad-Cab mules are running around FCA's development centers, it seems clear that the DT Ram program — the current Ram 1500s use the DS code internally — has kicked into a new gear. With the Ford F-150 recently updated and a new Chevrolet Silverado now running around in full production-bodied form, progress on the DT Ram is a necessity to stay competitive.

"Interestingly, the latest Quad-Cab mules have trim bits mixed up, with the grille from the Laramie Longhorn and Laramie Limited models, which don't come in Quad-Cab configurations — only as larger crew cabs. The rear bumper on one of the trucks is designed to take the dual rear-exit exhaust tips; however, the test truck is fitted with a side-exit exhaust. There clearly is lots of experimentation going on underneath the bodywork of these trucks.

"The rear side windows and the back lights are covered in the graphic camouflage, hiding some changes to the rear portion of the truck's cab or rear seating space, but what's being hidden isn't completely clear. On the MegaCab mules, the rear glass and back light are similarly disguised, but those trucks also make use of heavy vinyl camouflage to hide the riveted additions to the bodywork necessary in the upsized cab. These new Quad Cab mules don't have the same heavy outer covering.

"The Quad-Cab mules maintain the six-lug design found on the MegaCab mules. A peek inside one of those earlier mules revealed that the test truck was outfitted with the steering wheel from the new Chrysler Pacifica minivan, pointing to an overhaul to the current Ram's electrical architecture. Our marketing research sources at AutoPacific suggest that this should lead to more driver-assist features such as collision avoidance, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control to keep pace in the truck tech wars.

"Last year, FCA announced that it would be ending production of the Chrysler 200 sedan and embarking on a $1.48 billion overhaul of the Sterling Heights, Mich., assembly plant. The plant will switch to body-on-frame manufacturing to build next-generation Rams. The existing Ram production facility — the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan — will then switch to building Jeeps, once the current-generation Ram's production run ends.

"It is expected that the current-gen DS Ram will continue on for at least a year or two, sold alongside the new DT Ram — serving primarily as a lower-cost fleet vehicle. With that strategy in mind, it makes sense that future investments will be shifted to the next-gen Ram architecture instead of further tweaking the current-generation model."

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Comments

Baby step changes with the Ram.

Grill kills it for me. I won't even give it a second look or a test drive because of that. Life's too short to drive an ugly truck.

Where's the changes? FCA must really be hurting financially. They've done nothing to improve Ram trucks.

I'm thinking this is a test mule--old body over new chassis. Window camo makes no sense.

VW built a small sedan for about 40 years, seems like, and they stuck with the basic look. There seemed to be no embarrassment about it.

This was at a time when American automakers felt very threatened by the likes of VW and Honda and were changing up their own looks every season.

Fast forward to today:

RAM had no reason to make these changes to the original look of the 2009 1500. The competition sure wasn’t doing anything too radical.

It’s not like they were being left behind in the style dept. A well kept 2009 RAM still looks as brawny and tough as the day it left the plant.

I don’t quite get it.

Sounds like minor refresh.

I have said it before, the RAM is a great looking truck. I'm no fan of the grille but that looks like a simple fix with all the aftermarket options. What worries me is that RAM might eventually destroy this "big rig" look that they have enjoyed since basically the mid 90s. I remember when FORD had a good looking truck and then they introduced the redesigned 1980 models. They never recovered from that.

will there be a increase in payload and towing numbers ?
from what iv read that's one the things that turn most people away from the ram along with the crash test ratings

mathew: Good point. A sub-1,000 lb. payload for a full-size pickup is laughable.

Nice looking truck for sure, they may be able to over take chevy in number 2, as chevy continues to falter

I remember when FORD had a good looking truck and then they introduced the redesigned 1980 models. They never recovered from that.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Mar 17, 2017 8:34:42 AM

Anyone remember a time when gmssucksogreat did not bring Ford into every one of his and his alternate user name post. I sure don't. He has Ford permanently stuck in his brain and they have been rent free for years up there.

I remember when FORD had a good looking truck and then they introduced the redesigned 1980 models. They never recovered from that.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Mar 17, 2017 8:34:42 AM

Anyone remember a time when gmssucksogreat did not bring Ford into every one of his and his alternate user name post. I sure don't. He has Ford permanently stuck in his brain and they have been rent free for years up there.


Posted by: Daddy doe | Mar 17, 2017 10:02:37 AM


@Daddy Doe,

It's pretty embarrassing to read post from the Old Man acting like foolish, wow, 80s huh! Old Man has no shame.

Ford fans get all excited every couple years when FORD introduces a new grille, a new camera, an improved (joking) sync system, meanwhile, GM already developed and testing a new full size twin less than 4 years after a complete clean sheet introduction in mid 2013 and RAM is already testing a new truck after the new 2013 RAM. Friends, that's the true meaning of the best never rest. In all seriousness, how does GM improve on the their current most powerful and most capable and fuel efficient line of trucks offered today and how does RAM improve on their highly rated, longest lasting and most fuel efficient truck in America?

If it aint broke dont fix it. Best looking truck on the road in my opinon. Dont phuck whit it.

Anyone remember a time when gmssucksogreat did not bring Ford into every one of his and his alternate user name post.

Posted by: Daddy doe | Mar 17, 2017 10:02:37 AM

Who's the alternate user name post you speak of?

Nostrils. Huge nostrils is what I think when I see one of these coming the opposite direction...

I don't like the grill, otherwise it's the same awesome truck I bought last fall. love the Hemi.

Don't see much improvement i think the designers and engineers going the wrong way with their design. I will keep 1998 1500 4x4 if that is have to look forward too. Sorry just don't like the look not impressed...

That's probably just a mule with the current body. The pictures at AllPar depict a bigger change and the cross hair grill is rumored to be back full force.

Rearranging the exhaust location and hiding the rear seat area...Stow N Go seating perhaps?

So funny to read comments like
"Looks the same to me"
"Where's the changes at?"
"Don't see much improvement"
when they clearly put the current truck's shell over the new truck's guts!
The truck in that picture is NOT the way the redesigned Ram will look like! Its a powertrain mule!

What's even funnier is when there are heavily camo'd vehicles covered bumper to bumper and people still be like "Looks like a Ford to me" or even say "Looks the same to me"!
I don't have X-Ray vision, so it always baffles me what they see.

@Common Sense Guy, The air is thinner in higher elevations. Plus some states it's legal to smoke weed. It's their opinion its their opinion. You don't have to agree.

They have upgraded to a six lug wheel. Different axles maybe.

They have upgraded to a six lug wheel. Different axles maybe.

Funny how people expect a increase in payload for a half ton truck they are a half ton for a reason, also FCA is not going to follow other manufacturers with high payload numbers and allow themselves to be open for a lawsuit. For what I use my 03 Ram 1500 for it tows my race car or Jeep just fine and can hold what I need for a weekend of wheeling or carry to the track. Granted I'm on the fence of buying a newer truck and it will probably be a 2500 because I want a diesel and really as a FCA tech hate the 3.0 in the 1500, really wish they used the little Cummins that Nissan has now.

Sorry guys that's not a 2019...I have photos and some tooling info and your truck is the current model.

If it aint broke dont fix it. Best looking truck on the road in my opinon. Dont phuck whit it.

Posted by: HEMI V8 | Mar 17, 2017 12:09:53 PM

@ HEMI V8; I'm currently in LA & rented from Alamo a RAM quad 1500 with the hemi; wife was impressed with the ride comfort & I'm impressed with the power & nice gnarling V8 sounds. I also liked the riding height so all in all, a great truck. If not for the reliability reputation of past Ch4rysler/Fiat products I've owned, I would consider buying the next new generation RAM or better still; or maybe a RAM SRT (if Ford doesn't do another Lightning) and with Hellcat or Demon setup...now that will be very interesting :-)

You guys are so busy bashing what you don't have that you don't remember the article where Fiat said they would not be doing a refresh on the Ram line of trucks due to financial problems. Anyway once Fiat finds another company to buy the Ram division, there will be very little changes. So far Gm has turned them down on the proposal, i thing Sterling should pick up the Ram and make it more capable than the weak payload they now offer.

so the rear window is all new? Wow that's fantastic. Ive been waiting for fiat to address the old rear window issue...

Remember, there were some leaked photos of the Next-Generation RAM that came from a Press-Conference late last year, so for those who assume that this is the finished product, that will carry it into the next decade of 2020, we are way off the mark, if RAM is expected to continue it's success in such a heated market of Pick Up trucks today, this mere evolutionary exercise just doesn't cut it anymore as it did in the late 80's through the late 90's. GM, and Toyota soon thereafter, will have major overhauls in their appearance along with increased horsepower and tech upgrades, for RAM to win 2 Motor Trend awards back to back, we would be wise to tell ourselves, there should be plenty more to expect from this!

Keep telling yourselves this is the new 2019 RAM. There will be a complete overhaul of the vehicle..they have not other choice if they want to remain in the top 3 half-ton market.

You honestly think they would be driving an all new re-designed RAM out in the wilderness such as this? I guarantee you there are lot of changes underneath that cab that none of us can see. Cosmetic changes will come last.



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