Spied: 2019 Ram 1500 Mega Cab

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We've seen a few sets of Ram spy photos in the news lately, but we thought this set was interesting for a few reasons. First, we like that Ram is playing with wheelbase lengths and cab configurations. Others in the half-ton pickup truck class will likely have to follow suit as sales pressure heats up.

Also, this truck does not sport a split rear tailgate, which could mean that the feature is not likely to be offered on anything but upper trim levels. We like the idea of a half-ton Mega Cab with a gas V-6 option, and we're guessing other fleet businesses would, too. Finally, we like that spy shooters are beginning to look more closely under the front and rear axles. For many of us, that's where the big news is likely to be.

Here's their latest report:

"We caught some production-bodied prototypes for the 2019 Ram 1500 Mega Cab, allowing us to get the first look at the next-generation truck's interior, exterior and underbody all at one time.

"Consistent with the first mules we caught last year, this Ram looks to be bringing the Mega-Cab configuration to the light-duty class.

"Inside, the interior shows familiar Ram dashboard traits, with a larger LCD screen and large dials for all the controls. We can confirm that this Ram 1500 prototype retains the transmission selection dial on the dash, instead of a column or console shifter.

"Paperwork inside the Ram was readable, highlighting that this particular pickup is part of the testing for 2019 models. We also noticed in the paperwork that 5.7-liter V-8 Hemis and 3.6-liter V-6 Pentastar engines are being tested.

"We also got a peek at the truck bed of one of the Ram prototypes, which was running without a tonneau cover. Nothing to report there; we couldn't tell if it was steel or aluminum."

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Comments

I wonder if RAM has corrected the odd steering wheel offset to the left that impedes access and egress of the drivers seat?

Ram steering wheel is offset to the left, GM is offset to the right. Quality problems.

Notice that they went from 5 to 6 lugs.

A sharp eye will notice the FCA round ball under the grill. This has been used on many other models for forward radar (adaptive cruise and hopefully alert braking). If so I just hope one could turn off or set the braking to intervals or distances monitored. About time this truck gets these kinds of updates. I imagine in time Congress will mandate all trucks to have blind spot monitoring and rear backup cams.

A sharp eye will notice the FCA round ball under the grill. This has been used on many other models for forward radar (adaptive cruise and hopefully alert braking). If so I just hope one could turn off or set the braking to intervals or distances monitored. About time this truck gets these kinds of updates. I imagine in time Congress will mandate all trucks to have blind spot monitoring and rear backup cams.

I hope they made the doors longer! The current doors exactly match the 2004 Ford F-150.

I hope they made the doors longer! The current doors exactly match the 2004 Ford F-150.

What about a next-gen RAM V8?

The current Hemi has had a great run but the next step should be a big block V8 that offers buyers the choice to avoid variable displacement and other complexties that were tied to the obsolete CAFE and EPA regs.

Am I the only one who wants to see half ton truck buyers have a choice? What about an updated 440?

Didn't look to revolutionary.

A friend had the early 2500 Mega cab.
I don't know who needs this much Cardinal space in the back seat. Seriously, you can put a coffee table in there!
He realized that he was chauffeuring around laborers who didn't need to be spoiled and sold it.

Spy's: It's a new dawn... Carry a magnet when you're on the bite. They can be fun too & cheaper than a Fidget for those hours of sitting, waiting,...watching. More coffee?
I do appreciate your efforts. Keep it up.

Sources are saying that a new I-6 engine with forced induction is being developed to replace the Hemi engines in trucks and Jeeps. It will make better torque, more power, and be more efficient.

I like the overall lines....not overly big in front of, or behind, the cab. Let's hope they fix the grill...change it from the carp mouth to the understated bars from the 80's trucks. I know they have to make it look stupid to attract the kids, but at least give us some good alternate grills.

I doubt we'll see a new V8. I hear that RAM is going to turbo sixes and turbo fours for most engines, with V8s limited to special packages (kinda like Road Warrior, eh?). I like the idea of an inline 6, but dont like the idea of a longer truck. Maybe they could move the radiator to the side and cool it like their race truck wind tunnel air current flow depicted. Then they could keep a short profile with the I-6.

Rumer has it, Ram is working on a midgate somewhat similiar to what the Chevy avalanch had although it will be a smaller pass through and obviosly it will have a door on the bed and the back of the cab combined with rear seats that fold into the floor will make hualing long objects much easier.

I wonder if RAM has corrected the odd steering wheel offset to the left that impedes access and egress of the drivers seat?
Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Jul 3, 2017 8:19:51 AM

I wonder when GM will be calling for tax dollars to bail them out again. I guess we all have the right to wonder. What would be really weird is for GM and Ram to center their steering wheels since they tilt and telescope out of the way.......hmmmm, weird.

Looks like they borrowed the truck cover from the F150..... look at the grill shape and the light shapes

I wonder if they will get rid of the big hump on the passenger floor board. The hump has been thier since 1994

looks to have the proportions of the Tundra Crew Max, I doubt they will offer two different crew cabs. I wish Ram would concintrate on adding more room up in front. The short front doors and hump on the passenger floor board make it feel cramped.

looks to have the proportions of the Tundra Crew Max, I doubt they will offer two different crew cabs. I wish Ram would concintrate on adding more room up in front. The short front doors and hump on the passenger floor board make it feel cramped.

This isn't a mega cab this is the new crew cab,theres no next gen mega cab

I wonder about the passenger floor hump as well. It's annoying.

They need to put more emphasis on work duty. Imho the Ram 1500 is perfect size regular cab. There was an eco diesel reg cab at the parts store. It was really nice! I bet with some heavy springs and quality shocks and a more reliable platform it would be highly desireable at the fleet level. Ram always did one thing right with the regular cab. Out good space behind the seat. Throw a chainsaw or 2 back behind the seat with some other tools and no one knows it's there. Locked up tight if need be. Try that in a Chevy. The seats will either be ruined from smashing a saw or something similar in there or it won't fit. The Chevy is more stout though. I see light duty plows on Chevy 1500 trucks 100-1 in the north east. . the payload capacity on the Chevy is pretty good. If the Ram was the same as it sits now with reliable torquey platform I'd say it wins.

With all technology today it would be nice if the company could supply a jack and spare tire that would actually work on the ram pick up, not all owners have access to roadside assistance, and or have 5-6 hours to wait for the assistance to arrive. Just so the engineers are aware, the tire pressure monitoring system does not monitor when spare tire is on truck which throws on the system warning. This requires the customer to go to dealer to get cleared , which is not covered under warranty so customer I love my Ram. NOT has to pay to have decode machine put on truck to remove code.

@uh huh - the change from 5 to 6 lugs hopefully means a bump in payload. The previous megacab 1500 was just a de-tuned 3/4 ton.



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