The first full redesign of the Ram 1500 will go into production in January as the brand takes aim at rival Chevrolet Silverado. Ram and the Silverado are in a horse race for second place in the lucrative full-size pickup segment behind the Ford F series this year.
FCA is converting its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant to build the redesigned pickup on the DT platform and will continue to build the previous DS versions for as long as a year, amping available inventory for dealers.
1500: The redesigned 1500 will go into production in January with a larger cab and exterior style changes. Those tweaks include an accentuated raised hood, large chrome grille and smaller front headlights that are more integrated into the grille to give the truck a tougher, more squinty appearance.
A new large air intake above the tow hooks on the front bumper will boost cooling under the hood to accommodate new technologies, such as a belt-start generator, which should improve fuel economy. Most body panels will remain made of steel, allowing for more complex stampings, including a new styling line running just at the top of the wheel wells. Ram has patented a new tailgate design that splits in the middle like a shed door, allowing easier access to the bed. However, it is unclear whether the tailgate design will debut on the redesigned Ram or will be added later.
Inside the cab, a shorter center-console design will change the look, and the company has promised to include a new version of Fiat Chrysler's Uconnect entertainment system.
2500/3500: Ram has opted to freshen its heavy-duty lineup in 2018 on its current DS platform for another half product cycle. A full redesign onto the DT platform is not expected until 2021.
ProMaster: A light freshening of the large van is expected in 2019, based on traditional planning schedules.
ProMaster City: A light freshening of the small van is planned for 2020, based on traditional product cycles.