Possible 2021 Ram HD Exposes New Grille: Spied

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With the new half-ton 2019 Ram 1500 set to go on sale this month, Ram engineers have turned their attention to upgrading and redesigning the Ram 2500 and 3500. Our spy shooters have been getting intel and hints at visual changes to some possible future models. Here's what they sent us:

"Camouflaged Ram heavy-duty prototypes have been running for quite a while. With these slips of the front camouflage, we finally get a sense of some key design changes and how they relate to the recently released 2019 Ram 1500.

"Our latest photos reveal some significant changes to the grille shape and detailing on the updated Ram 2500/3500 front end. These prototypes are still wearing the Laramie-style grille (which may or may not continue in production), but the grille frame and its surrounding design elements are thoroughly overhauled.

"The simple outline of the current Ram HD grille has been significantly stylized, with a raised center portion eventually curving to create what appears to be a brow effect over the headlights. The new look brings the HD into harmony with the redesigned 2019 Ram 1500, while still giving the HD its own bolder look. The Ram HD grille frame also appears to have some notched details at the top and bottom — almost like teeth — which enter the grille space.

"The new shape of the grille will likely require a totally new hood design, and may also require revised front fenders to accommodate the grille's wider coverage. As of now, it still appears that the existing Ram HD headlights may carry over, but new units could still be added as testing progresses. If new headlights are part of the redesign, then expect the same shaped housing with new internal elements, instead of totally redesigned units.

"One of our sources snapped a couple rear shots of one of the prototypes wearing the new grille design, and we see some taillight changes compared to current Ram HDs. The new taillights appear to have been lifted from global Rams, which would provide a cheap way to offer some changed rear lighting to the updated Ram HDs. Despite the foreign taillights, the rest of the vehicle has no other global-market cues (non-U.S. side marker lights, etc.) and it's wearing the U.S.-spec third brake light on the top of the cab (red lenses versus the black frame with clear bulbs on global Rams).

"The changes revealed here might serve as a mild refresh to the 2019 Ram HD trucks until full next-generation Ram HDs enter production at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan in late 2020."

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Comments

Its probably gonna look pretty good if they take the cues from the 1/2 ton.

What they need is a 15 piece 8 door tail gate :)

Why does it have to be a 2021 model? Why not a '19 or a '20?

@Vulpine

It makes NO difference. Once upon a time (Before the original Ford Mustang in the Sixties) there was an annual calendar that Detroit, and the US public, cared about.

Every September the car makers trotted out their new models. Now it's 24/7 In my humble opinion it makes no diff.

I think planned from fall 2017 make mold injection redesigned grilles and new thing plan sell in fall 2020?

@papajim
I miss back when the big reveals came in September! That used to be a big deal! Especially in small rural areas like ours, waiting for the cover to come off the showroom car!

We had a dealer do that late in to the "70's!

"I miss back when the big reveals came in September! That used to be a big deal! Especially in small rural areas like ours, waiting for the cover to come off the showroom car!
"We had a dealer do that late in to the "70's!"
---- Posted by: Old GM Guy


Wish they still did it myself; it really tended to generate interest and showroom traffic at reveal time.

"I miss back when the big reveals came in September! That used to be a big deal! Especially in small rural areas like ours, waiting for the cover to come off the showroom car!
"We had a dealer do that late in to the "70's!"
---- Posted by: Old GM Guy


Wish they still did it myself; it really tended to generate interest and showroom traffic at reveal time.

So much of the excitement in today's cars/trucks is about tech features that have a VERY short shelf-life.

Having the latest GPS or the latest touch-screen feature means announcing it months before it's even available in showrooms. It's been happening with so many consumer goods during the last few decades it was only natural that Detroit's marketers would pick up on it too.

Just like the Christmas retail season that begins before Halloween, the new "calendar" for cars/trucks is an unfortunate part of modern marketing.

So much of the excitement in today's cars/trucks is about tech features that have a VERY short shelf-life.

Having the latest GPS or the latest touch-screen feature means announcing it months before it's even available in showrooms. It's been happening with so many consumer goods during the last few decades it was only natural that Detroit's marketers would pick up on it too.

Just like the Christmas retail season that begins before Halloween, the new "calendar" for cars/trucks is an unfortunate part of modern marketing.

If it's anything like the 2019 1500, it will look like the current generation with a Durango style front grille. It is a decent looking truck, but some people act like it's the second coming. I just don't see it.

NOTHING NEW HERE SAME OLD JUNK.

So it's going to have the Pig Nose. Should stick with the cross grill instead of this ugly pig nose

Looks the same as current Ram HD.

"Looks the same as current Ram HD."

Posted by: F150 Ecoboost

That's because it IS the current RAM HD with a few mods. Disappointing for RAM loyalists I'm sure.



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