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Arguably the most significant debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show is the all-new 2019 Ram 1500.
Completely overhauled from grille to tailgate, the 2019 Ram 1500 rides on a new foundation that features 98-percent high-strength steel. According to the American automaker, it’s the strongest Ram 1500 frame ever made and is 100 pounds lighter than the current platform. But unlike competitors Ford and Chevrolet, Ram didn’t go all aluminum with its 1500, instead using a smart application of advanced materials to shed a total of nearly 225 lbs.
Aluminum is used however, on the truck’s tailgate, engine mounts, front-axle center section, forward crossmember, transmission support, and steering gear arrangement. The front suspension’s upper control arms are also fabricated from a composite material, contributing to the total weight loss.
The 2019 Ram 1500 will be offered with two different powertrains, a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and a 5.7-liter HEMI. Both engines are fitted with a 48-volt electrical system that provides mild-hybrid functionality, along with Ram’s new eTorque system that enables fuel-saving stop-start capability, torque assist during acceleration, and even fuel-saving regenerative braking.
The Pentastar V6 is expected to deliver 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, while the 5.7-liter HEMI will offer 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. Interestingly, an EcoDiesel variant won’t be available at launch, but expect it to arrive at a later date, possibly in 2019.
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