The fifth-generation Ram 1500 entered the stage at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show as the 2019 model and the new version is the breakthrough in all aspects. The new model improved the comfort, performance, capability, efficiency, sophistication and design. The model went on the diet while grown in size. The mild-hybrid system was added for better efficiency and performance and engine also comes improved. The new advanced safety tech also arrived with the new generation version and the number of options is again hard to count.
However, despite we still discovering all improvements of the redesigned Ram 1500 the next 2020 Ram 1500 and new model years to come also promise more upgrades. The next model year should come with the availability of the diesel engine and new wheel and color options. Ram will also make the changes in the availability of some equipment. What Ram also promised is the supercharged Hellcat-powered Ram TRX version based on the Rebel TRX Concept model but this version will likely wait for the later model years to appear.
2020 Ram 1500: Design
Ram thoroughly redesigned the new-generation half-ton truck and there is no much room for further improvements in the near future. The 2020 Ram 1500 will continue to live on the recent upgraded for years and changes will be just in details for the several coming years. So, the next model year will likely bring new color and wheel choices and possibly new exterior theme.
The Ram 1500 applied the weight reduction measurements for the new generation version and weights 225 lbs less than the previous iteration while gained additional inches and interior comfort. The model uses 98 percent high-strength steel alloys for its structure but also expanded the use of aluminum to shed some weight.
The styling also changed radically and there won’t be the notable modification for the new model year. The Ram discontinued the crosshair grille style and has the new sleeker grille version and less rugged body shape.
The new-gen, light-duty Ram improved the interior comfort and sophistication and the model also provides more tech features than ever. The changes in dimensions translate to more space for the passenger and the crew-cab version provides almost 5 inches more rear seat legroom. The material quality is also scaled up and the Ram is smarter than ever.
The model will keep the interior intact from the current form and some changes in the equipment organization are likely.
The base model will come with the durable materials, 5-inch screen interface, vinyl and available cloth upholstery, six-speakers, etc. The upper grades will add standard cloth upholstery, 18-inch alloy wheels, an 8.4-inch touchscreen interface, smartphone features, chrome elements and more. The Lariat will improve with the leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, digital gauges, etc. Two top trim versions will do with the 20-inch alloy wheels, premium leather, wood accents, power running boards, premiums sound system, massive 12.0-inch touchscreen, etc.
The light-duty Ram will also rely on the advanced safety systems. The model will provide surround-vision cameras, blind-spot monitoring, lane control, emergency braking, etc.
2020 Ram 1500: Powertrains, Capability
With the weight loss, improved structural rigidity and upgraded suspension, the new generation, half-ton Ram also benefits from the eTorque mild-hybrid system which improves performance and efficiency. The 48-Volt battery placed vertically behind the rear seat row power is the part of the eTorque system with the generator which boosts the start and helps the smooth power delivery.
With the 2020 Ram 1500, the eTorque system will be standard with the base 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine adding 90 lb-ft of torque. The engine makes 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. The 5.7-liter V-8 will provide 395 horsepower and torque of 401 pound-feet. The optional mild-hybrid system will aid with 130 lb-ft of torque in the case of the V-8 engine.
The 3.0-liter EcoDiesl V-6 engine should also be on the list for the 2020 model year. The power should be around 260 hp and torque around 440 lb-ft. The engine should challenge 30 mpg highway of Ford F-150’s diesel. The V-8 will return 17 mpg combined.
The 8-speed automatic transmission will come in the pair with either two- or four-wheel drive with the capable transfer case. The upgraded off-road Rebel version will boost the gear for the off-road ride. The model will have a payload limit of 2, 300 pounds. The V-8 version will tow up to 12, 700 pounds. The diesel tow ratings and performance are not known.
2020 Ram 1500: Arrival, Price
The 2020 Ram 1500 will go to the dealerships in the second part of 2019. The price range will again start from around $27, 500 for the base regular cab, two-wheel drive version. Additional options and upper grades will lift the price quickly.