2018 Ram 1500 – The current Ram 1500 is the oldest among its rivals and that is quite obvious when looking at its sales numbers. While a new model has not been confirmed by Ram so far, we just caught the first glimpse of it in the form of a camouflaged development mule. This is still using the same body as the older Ram but with quite a few modifications which we are going to talk about next. For starters, Ram announced a while ago that their new truck will be revealed in 2018. This will make it nearly four years late but it should give them an advantage over Ford and GM which will only offer small updates of their trucks then.
PRICE, CHASSIS AND RUNNING GEAR
Like before, the new 2018 Ram 1500 is going to use a body on frame design which will offer the durability its customers want. This time around the chassis will be primarily be made out of high strength steel. The body is also expected to use high strength steel in combination with aluminum. The latter is needed in order to make the truck compliant with the latest CAFE regulations. However, unlike Ford which has a full aluminum body, the Ram is expected to only offer a few body panels like the fenders, doors and likely the hood and roof. Its price is still unknown at this point but we do expect it to be quite similarly priced to the older model, around $28,000.
So far we can’t say much about the 2018 Ram 1500’s design mostly because Ram hasn’t given us any concept in a while. However, we can say that the new 1500 will be bigger than the older truck. The development mule has its entire mid-section camouflaged, right after the A-pillars and up until the middle of the bed. On the roof of the truck, we can see rivets which mean that Ram used them in order to add to the length. The truck also seems to be slightly wider than the regular 1500 as well. While the length will most likely be added to a special edition with a new cabin, the width should be present across the range.
There shouldn’t be all that many differences between the upcoming model and what is currently available. In its cabin, we will likely see an evolution which should allow people to get to know the truck faster. We do know that it will very likely use an all-new infotainment system. Also, the longer truck is definitely going to offer quite a bit more room on the rear seats which will also benefit from larger rear doors as well.
2018 RAM 1500 ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION
We are quite sure that the upcoming 2018 Ram 1500 is going to be offered with a single choice in terms of gearboxes, an eight-speed automatic which was previously used on the diesel. Its engines won’t be all that impressive either. While we still hope for the Ram 1500 to feature a twin-turbocharged V6, we are quite sure that the new model will be similar to the current version. This means that the base truck might still offer the same 3.6 liter V6 as before but with minor upgrades. The 3 liter turbocharged EcoDiesel is also here to stay. This is likely going to still make 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque which with the lower weight should feel quite a bit better than before. The 5.7 liter V8 Hemi is also a real possibility even though it will be discontinued in their cars. Some people also suggested that the Ram could also receive a hybrid version. This is still just a rumor at this point but it would allow Ram to get in front of Ford and GM in terms of technology and fuel efficiency.