Although Ram took a small hit in September sales, dropping less than 2 percent from September 2016 numbers, we're predicting the truckmaker will beat 2016 sales numbers by almost 5 percent by year end. And since the Ram brand is one of only two moneymakers in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' stable lately (the other is Jeep), you can see why there's a lot riding on the new Ram half ton, likely to debut later next year.
It's unclear exactly what existing or new trim level the pictured half-ton pickup truck is sporting or what materials the body is made from, but there are some cues that let us know Ram designers are busy and want to shake things up.
Here's the latest missive from our spy shooter:
"Sometimes it's all about being in the right place at the right time. From what we can see here, a slimmed down version of the Ram's crosshair grille will remain flanked by all-new headlights, giving the 2019 Ram 1500 a more technical look than the current model. The grille gets a new chrome brow that stretches the full width of the front end, with a small notch that continues up into the hood. The Ram's hood is more chiseled than today's model, a theme that continues throughout the rest of the pickup's redesigned bodywork.
"The new Ram's badging represents a complete departure from the normal convention, with a metallic badge boldly displaying the '1500' and 'Hemi 5.7 L' specifications installed into the trailing edge of the hood — just above the front fender.
"The Ram's overall surface development is more chiseled and detailed than the current model, with a lower character line that kicks up at the ends as it reaches the front and rear wheel arches. The smoothness of the current Ram gives way to more carved details and surface sculpting, for a more complex design, making today's truck look a bit slab sided.
"The door handles on this prototype are body colored with chrome inserts, giving it a more upscale appearance.
"The rear tailgate gets clean styling with subtle sculpting. Judging from the mounting holes visible on the tailgate, it appears that prominent Ram badging will be a feature of the rear end. We also caught the next Ram's rear fender completely undisguised at another location, showing further surface development details.
"The taillights are reminiscent of the current Ram lights, but eschew the heavy LED features for a subtler effect with frosted white slits. The taillights appear to have a protruding section that includes the backup lights, and perhaps a sensor array in higher-end trucks.
"We're hearing the 2019 Ram 1500 is reportedly scheduled to make its official debut at Detroit's North American International Auto Show in January."
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