Preview of the 2019 Ram in Rhode Island at Elmwood CDJR.

We were at the introduction of the 2019 Ram at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and got an up close and personal view of the interior and exterior of what is sure to be one of the hottest new pickups in the US market.

The first thing you notice when looking at the new Ram pickups is the striking design.  You can still tell immediately that it’s a Ram, there’s no mistaking it for anything else, but the exterior has been transformed to be sleeker and more sophisticated.  It still has the brawny look of previous Rams, but with a sculpted, more refined exterior shape overall.  Underneath, it’s got a new frame, which is 98% high strength steel, and the body is 54% high strength steel.  This is one tough truck.  And although it’s stronger than the outgoing model, through select use of aluminum and other weight saving measures, the overall weight of the new RAM is down 225 pounds.

Stepping inside, the interior has been upgraded and includes more cubbies and storage than your wife’s minivan.  There’s places for your whole crew’s coffees, Slurpee’s, Bug Gulps, phones, tablets, laptops, and even hanging files.  And yes, wireless charging is available.  For rear passengers, there’s a tablet holder and cup holders (of course) too.  But the biggest surprise in the interior of the new Ram is the Tesla-like 12-inch touchscreen.  We tried it out, and it’s truly impressive.  Snappy, intuitive and full color, you can access many of the necessary functions with just the touch of a finger.  It can display one function (say for a large map in navigation mode) or can be used in “split screen” mode for mulit-funtions.  For those interested in in-car tech, if there’s one thing that separates the 2019 Rams from the competition (and from previous RAMs) it’s this beautiful touch screen.

 

When it comes to power options in the 2019 Ram, the base engine is the Pentastar 3.6 liter.  When combined with the eTorque mild hybrid (did we mention all 2019 Ram’s are hybrids??) it puts out 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque.  But if you want to be able to answer “Hell Yeah” when you get the inevitable “Does that thing have a Hemi?”, you’ll want to opt for the 5.7 liter V8, which turns up the heat with 395 Horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque.  Combine those with the eight-speed automatic TorqueFlite transmission and variable valve timing and you can expect some pretty impressive fuel economy numbers.  What also helps in that department is that the new body is the most aerodynamic pickup you can currently buy.  It’s even lower than many sedans and coupes and is aided by interesting tricks like Active Grille Shutters that close at higher speeds when you don’t need all that air rushing into your engine compartment and dragging down fuel economy.

The mild hybrid system is a battery just inside the back wall in the passenger compartment.  It adds 90 pound-feet of torque to the Pentastar, and 130 pound-feet of torque to the Hemi.  It’s not meant to increase the top ends of those numbers, but to give in more torque on demand at low revs.  This is especially useful when towing, especially at lower speeds.

There will be three different frame lengths available.  The shortest 140.5 inch version will be paired with the Quad Cab Bong bed Rams.  The next up is 144.6 which will be for Crew Cab Short Bed Versions.  Finally, a 153.5 which will be for Crew Cab Long Beds

These new wheelbase options allow the cab length to be an additional 4 inches, which adds significantly to interior space.

When it comes to payload and durability, the 2019 RAM comes in at 400 pounds higher for payload, now at 2300 lbs, and the tow rating is now a whopping 12,700 pounds, which is up over 2000 pounds from the outgoing model.

 

There will be off-road packages available for every model, which will include a one-inch suspension lift, plus 32 inch on/off road tires on either 18 or 20 inch wheels, and will now include an electronic locking rear differential.

 

The off road package also adds off road shocks, new suspension geometry, multiple skid plates, and of course, tow-hooks.   That way, when you have to pull your unfortunate buddy (who’s driving something other than a Ram) out of the mud, you don’t have to wrap the chain around your bumper.

 

The 2019 RAM Pickups will be available soon at Elmwood Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in East Providence, Rhode Island.  General Sales Manager Dennis Freeman has said that it’s his goal to stock more of the 2019 RAM pickups than any other dealer in Rhode Island as it’s one of Elmwood’s strongest selling vehicles. Freeman said “Business owners in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts depend on their trucks every day. Having the right truck for them, in stock and ready to go is very important”. He added “They need to be productive and not waiting around, so we make the process of buying or leasing a 2019 Ram Pickup an easy one,  with tremendous inventory and low pricing.  In addition, we’ve got an award-winning service department that’ll get your 2019 Ram in and out quickly when you need service.  We know you’re only making money when you’re working, and your truck is a big part of that.”

When people in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts inquire about a 2019 Ram near me, they’ll see Elmwood Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram come up at the top of their search results.

Elmwood Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is our recommended dealer for the 2019 Ram in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts.