Spied in Detail: 2019 Ram 1500

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As we get closer to the introduction of the next-generation Ram 1500, more iterations, trim packages and bed designs are making into the streets. Our spy shooters are seeing more versions of the of the street-tested half-ton Rams, and they're getting more detailed photos.

Here's what they just sent us:

"We caught a 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 prototype covered only in a black-and-white graphic wrap instead of the heavy vinyl camouflage obscuring prior Ram 1500 prototypes we've seen. The new photos thoroughly reveal certain pieces of the next-gen Ram's design details for the first time."

2019 Ram Prototype Details

"There are many details on this uncovered prototype that clearly match the heavily shrouded Ram 1500 prototypes that have been caught over the last couple of weeks: First, the placement of the shark-fin antenna is an exact match. Second, the interior A-pillar grab handle is identical in both the covered and uncovered trucks. Third, the trucks are riding on the exact same six-lug wheels. Fourth, the same assembly details are visible under the rear wheel well, telling us that the covered and uncovered trucks are the same animal."

Headlights and Taillights Revealed

"The prototype's headlights and taillights are revealed completely free from disguise. The headlights' new shape is shown in profile in the less disguised photo along with further details revealed in the LED lighting details visible behind the mesh on another camouflaged prototype. The Ram 1500's headlight design will be slimmer and more aggressive than on the current model. The undisguised taillights show LED strips that match perfectly the LED strips visible behind the camouflage mesh."

Crosshair Grille Visually Confirmed

"Although it wasn't captured in photos, we were able to visually confirm that the less camouflaged Ram test truck was still fitted with a variant of Dodge's familiar crosshair grille on this particular trim package."

Maybe Not a Mega Cab After All

"The lightly camo'd prototype gives us our first uncovered look at the 2019 Ram 1500's cab design. We can see a new design treatment with a small uptick in the waistline that leads into the C-pillar, adding a little styling nuance compared to the simplicity of the current Ram's design. The cab's C-pillar looks more like a standard crew cab rather than the Mega Cab design that has been speculated on earlier Ram prototypes.

"There remains a strong possibility that the next-gen Ram's crew cab has simply been enlarged to match the competition instead of a new iteration of the Mega Cab that had been available on prior Ram models. Given that only two types of next-gen Ram mules had been spotted-the enlarged crew cab and the Quad Cab variants-a Mega Cab may not be in the cards after all."

Bed Revealed — No RamBox Sighted Yet

"A Ram 1500 prototype has been caught testing without a tailgate, giving us a nice, detailed look at the cargo bed area of the next-gen truck. Although it appears to have been planned for in the camouflage design, we've had no definitive proof of the RamBox storage on any prototype photographed so far. Nor have we photographed any clear-cut signs of the split tailgate design rumored for the next Ram (and detailed in patent drawings) - likely as an optional feature. We'll continue to search for those details on future Ram 1500 prototypes."

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Comments

hmm, the trailer light plug switched sides on this truck.

lower bumper step pad as well

And yet, no full rear window roll down like the tundra. That can't be patented by toyota is it...

We hope that it's worth the wait!

I'm liking the Charger-like front end design language--less stodgy than the current look. The box design and rear lights seem to be more of an evolution of the current one.

Notice those groves in the bed walls? Hopefully those fit a 2x6. If so there appear to be 4 seperate locations on the bed wall. this is a cheap, inexpensive addition that would help many truck owners out.

@uh huh - That's an excellent question. That is one of the greatest features ever in a pickup truck. I've been shocked no one else has offered it, but it would make sense if Toyota had it locked under patent.

Even in camo this Ram makes Ford look like garbage! Good job Ram.

Nice job RAM - I'm actually a fan of RAM's too as got to try them out several times with rentals.

About 3 weeks ago, I was lucky to drive side-by-side with the exact 1500 prototype w/black-white graphics in CAL. It had two dirt bikes tied upright in the bin so assuming they were testing payload too. It caught my eye immediately in Santa Monica to turn onto PCH North, followed them for about 10 miles until they veered inland somewhere (I was driving a F150 rental). I got my wife to take pics with her IPhone plus a 30 second video.

It was quite funny though as initially the driver through tinted windows gave a thumbs up as it seemed we were the only ones that noticed them amongst the heavy midday traffic. But then I think they realized we were getting too close & tried to get away....LOL

Dear Ram Trucks, L.E.D. lighting with a switch near the cargo light for more bed light would be welcome. Thanks,

Lovin my Ram Prospector. 15 http://www.foxnews.com/auto/2017/02/10/mopar-17-dodge-challenger-celebrates-80-years-mopar-in-two-tone-style.html

I'm liking the Charger-like front end design language--less stodgy than the current look. The box design and rear lights seem to be more of an evolution of the current one.


Posted by: redbloodedxy | Jul 26, 2017 3:08:18 PM

Don't mess with success. Trucks look awesome. Best in class Aero. Need Mopar back in NASCAR.

@Toycrusher, I watched as each fullsize truck release a new redesign and none of the makes incorporated this full roll down rear window.

Come on manufactures... it's ok to copy some features, there's no shame in that. The best truck is the truck that takes all the great innovation and incorporates it into their own.

So how did you not get a shot of the Front end of the truck? Especially with no cover. Talk about a tease. The Cab does look bigger then current trucks so that's a plus. Hope Ram and company come out with a Diesel with better numbers overall. MPG, Horsepower, and Torgue. Can't wait. Very excited. Big fan of Dodge. It's about Damn Time!!!!

Egg shape wheel wells, lets get cracking, Chev colorado headlights,

Ford is updating in 18' and Ram in 19'....... Looks like GM will still be a has been when their "new" 19' model comes out. I love it! Ford #1 selling full size truck, Ram will be #2 and as soon as the Ranger starts production Ford will over take GM and it's 36 different trucks for #1 selling manufacturer. Might be another govn't bailout in the future of GM!! LOLOLOLOLOL

Why are they keep copying ford even with their camouflage? Oh I know why?because they are following the Leader. Hahaha haha lol.

GM coming out with an all new truck in about a year. Ram updating with a pretty extensive make over. Ford is coming out with a new grille. Sounds about right. Ford left behind for another decade chasing down the Duramax and trying to improve on the fake engine sounds being pumped through the entertainment system. HAHAHA! Ford! HAHAHA!

GM coming out with an all new truck in about a year. Ram updating with a pretty extensive make over. Ford is coming out with a new grille. Sounds about right. Ford left behind for another decade chasing down the Duramax and trying to improve on the fake engine sounds being pumped through the entertainment system. HAHAHA! Ford! HAHAHA!

Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Jul 26, 2017 8:39:06 PM


@GMSUCKS, once again yr 10 yr old IQ has Ford dragged into a RAM article. But hey thanks anyway as you've proved my point again;

Ford F-series is the king & reference for all truck makers so it's normal they are compared to the No.2...no not shaky GOVT motors but RAM...HAHAHAHA!!!...Sorry you need to keep defending No. 3...shaky GOVT motors...HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Toyota may have patented the roll down window in a TRUCK. But they didn't have the idea first. I remember a 1960s era Mercury Montclair with a reverse slant window that rolled down.

We hope that it's worth the wait!


Posted by: papajim | Jul 26, 2017 2:47:30 PM

What are u driving?

GM coming out with an all new truck in about a year. Ram updating with a pretty extensive make over. Ford is coming out with a new grille. Sounds about right.
Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Jul 26, 2017 8:39:06 PM


@GMSUCKS, once again yr 10 yr old IQ has Ford dragged into a RAM article. But hey thanks anyway as you've proved my point again;

Ford F-series is the king & reference for all truck makers so it's normal they are compared to the No.2...no not shaky GOVT motors but RAM...HAHAHAHA!!!...Sorry you need to keep defending No. 3...shaky GOVT motors...HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!
Posted by: Lionel | Jul 26, 2017 9:28:44 PM

GM is coming out with new aluminum doors and a new grille in a year. Ford already has #HighStrengthMilitaryGradeAluminumAlloy and new grilles. GM is playing catch up once again. Bam!

Looks like it has a roll formed bed similar to the GM trucks

yup, you can see everyone chasing Ford. Dont worry GMSRGREAT, Gm will come out of the 90's one day.

As with the jist of the overall discussion in this article, these so called "spy" shoots are just marketing propaganda by Ram.

So, why doesn't any fully "nude" pickup photos ever appear?

Now this would be a scoop spy shot. This ain't going to occur because Ram is controlling these so called spy photos.

I mean, even the aviation industry has far better spy shots than what comes out of Detroit.

A joke.

Looks like GM is playing catch up once again Bam!

@Dave Z

Please see this site's Special Reports section and refer to the PUTC 2015 Light Duty Challenge where GM half ton models spanked everybody else. That is all.

GM and it's 36 different trucks for #1 selling manufacturer.

Posted by: 2.7EcoboostRoost | Jul 26, 2017 8:08:07 PM

You know it.

The Ram Box is made in Mexico, no reason to test them in Michigan....hope it comes out with the in-line turbo 6

Notice the led lights in the side of the front bumper. One facing forward and one to the side.

Am I missing something? Why is everybody so desperate for the full roll down window in the rear? Does it serve some special purpose (not related to personal preference or comfort) that the small slider can't fulfill?

Not that I'm arguing against the full roll down window. I'm just curious why everybody else seems to think it's the best thing since sliced bread.

I've been perfectly happy with the slider for nearly 30 years. It's a neat convenience that they are power now, but even if it were still manual, I'd be happy.


hope it comes out with the in-line turbo 6

Posted by: Dave | Jul 27, 2017 9:56:21 AM

THIS!! X 2

@Dave Z

Please see this site's Special Reports section and refer to the PUTC 2015 Light Duty Challenge where GM half ton models spanked everybody else. That is all.
Posted by: papajim | Jul 27, 2017 7:04:38 AM

HAHA. Fake news. That was was a V8 challenge and the Ford V8 is in the low to mid range so that was no spank down to Ford. Ford was never going to win with a 5.0 GM should have at least sent a 5.3 instead of two 6.2 "upper trims" which you know you or I wouldn't buy so it doesn't matter.

Ford did win the 6 qualitative tests however.

GM will soon have and aluminum truck and more V6s and a 10 speed which Ford already all has.... Weight will be down in the Ford range. Ram being resistant to aluminum is going to bite them in the long term. So once again sorry you have to defend the GM twins with old data but thanks for the laugh.

Another take of a close comparison of the HD's & Ford once again kicked everyone's butt;

http://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/autos-trucks/truck-trend’s-1-ton-challenge-the-competitors/ar-AAoSgQz

Toyota may have patented the roll down window in a TRUCK. But they didn't have the idea first. I remember a 1960s era Mercury Montclair with a reverse slant window that rolled down.

Posted by: Don E. | Jul 26, 2017 10:10:02 PM

Yep, also my mom's Holden station wagon in the early '70's (built in Ozzy land) had an electric full tailgate window...very surprised almost 50 yrs later, 40-70 K trucks are not utilizing this old & convenient tech more often....

Ford second to none alright....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cy1UZfzICi4

@Nitro B

Excuse me, was the name Nitro A already taken? Just curious.

Regarding the V8 challenge, why take a knife to a gun fight? Didn't Ford know that GM would send their best powertrain package?

Didn't Ford have a 6.2 V8 of their own a few years ago and they stopped making it available in the F150? Why?



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