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“Ram Adventurer” gets new name: Ram Express

by David Zatz on

Dodge has chosen a name for the stripped-down Ram 1500 that was announced shortly after the hot Ram Tradesman. The new truck, dubbed Ram 1500 Express, strips out most options but throws in the Hemi engine as a standard feature.

While the Hemi reportedly costs less to make than the 4.7 V8, it has usually sold at a higher price.

The Express was created after popular acclaim and high interest for the Ram Tradesman, a “stripper” Ram 1500 with standard Hemi. The Ram Express is rated at 20 mpg highway, and priced against competitive V6 models. Mopar has lined up over 300 accessories for the truck.

Standard features include a monochromatic paint scheme — a body-colored grille with black honeycomb inserts, body-colored front fascia and body-colored rear fascia with chrome-tipped dual exhausts Other standard features are fog lamps, 20-inch aluminum wheels with locking lug nuts, locking tailgate, cargo lamp, rear-bumper step pad, 6” x 9” side-view mirrors and rear wheel-well liners.

The truck comes with a 160-amp alternator, 26-gallon fuel tank, 3.55 rear axle ratio, 700-amp maintenance-free battery, four and seven-pin trailer wiring harness, heavy-duty front and rear shock absorbers, front and rear stabilizer bars, power rack-and-pinion steering, halogen headlamps, heavy-duty engine and transmission cooling and a full-size spare tire.

Inside, the 1500 Express will get a heavy-duty vinyl 40/20/40 split-bench seat, and a choice of vinyl or carpeted floor covering. Comfort and convenience items are air conditioning, tachometer, four-spoke tilt steering wheel, six-speaker CD/MP3 player, audio jack, automatic headlamps, behind-the-seat storage bins, assist handles, rear dome lamp, day/night mirror, tinted glass, tip start, and variable intermittent windshield wipers.

Safety features include front curtain and side air bags, anti-lock four-wheel disc brakes, stability control, height-adjust shoulder belts, antitheft system, and tire pressure monitoring warning lamp.

Colors (not all of which may be available at first due to chemical shortages) include Bright Silver Metallic, Bright White, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl; Deep Water Blue Pearl; Flame Red, Hunter Green Pearl and Mineral Gray Metallic.

Factory-installed exterior options include chrome tubular side steps, chrome steel bed rails, folding and heated trailer-tow power mirrors with supplemental signals and courtesy lamps, spray-in bedliner and under-rail bedliner. Inside, buyers can choose a cloth 40/20/40 split-bench seat, Uconnect voice command with Bluetooth, rear-view auto-dim mirror, remote USB port, sliding rear window, cruise control, instrument cluster with vehicle information center display screen, tire pressure monitoring display, power one-touch windows, remote keyless entry, Sirius Satellite Radio and either carpet or rubber floor mats.

There’s also choice of two optional rear-axle ratios (3.21, 3.92), anti-spin differential, engine block heater and trailer brake controller.

Ram 1500 Express comes as a regular cab, short-bed model, with a choice of 4×2 or 4×4 drivetrain. When equipped with an optional Class IV hitch, the new Ram 1500 Express will tow a maximum trailer weight of 10,450 lbs.

List price starts at $23,830, including $975 destination charge. It will arrive in the second quarter.

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