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2019 Ram: luxury and gadgets galore

by Michael Volkmann on

We are around four months away from the debut of the next Ram 1500 pickup truck, coded “DT.”  Allpar sources told us that many new features and items are being added to the Ram, to keep it at the front of the class.  Today, we can review the previously reported items and reveal a few more.

DT 2019 Ram 1500

In our first article (July 5, 2017) we discussed new technologies coming to the 2019 Ram 1500, like an option for aimable bi-function LED projector headlights, leapfrogging HIDs.  Other  options (already used by other FCA US cars) include:

  • Adaptive cruise control with full-speed collision warning
  • Blind spot and cross path detection
  • LED fog lamps and tail lights
  • Parallel and perpendicular park assist
  • ParkSense (radar-based distance sensors), front and rear, with stop assist

Allpar then went a step further and confirmed the long-standing rumors that the next Ram will have an option for a mild-hybrid model, using a 48 volt belt-starter-generator (BSG) on selected Hemi trucks.

2019 Ram 1500

In our second article (July 24, 2017), Allpar was able to confirm a major update to the Uconnect system that should please musically-inclined truck buyers:  the SRT High Performance Audio package — using 19 speaker drivers (likely sold under a different name).  Allpar also confirmed that Active Noise Control and acoustic door glass would make the interior even quieter.

What else could be added to the 2019 Ram besides all of that?  Quite a bit!

Let’s start with the interior. We expect the 2019 Ram 1500 to have:

  • Second row in-floor storage bins
  • Four-way front headrests
  • Seven-inch between-gauges display (first seen on the Dart) with turn-by-turn navigation and such
  • Heated and ventilated front and rear seats
  • Accent lighting including the doors, console, and storage areas
  • Bottle holders in the door panels
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with a wireless charging pad

As for electronics, efficiency, and safety, the 2019 Ram 1500 is likely to have (either standard or optional):

  • Locking, dampened tailgate with an optional remote release
  • Surround View (a 360° camera system, currently used in Charger squads)
  • Automatic crash notification
  • Tire fill alert — flashes the lights or honks the horn when filling the tires to their recommended capacity
  • Power folding mirrors
  • Active and fixed front air dams
  • Electric parking brake
  • Electric power steering

Allpar believes the 2019 Ram 1500 will move to (or stay at) the top of the list in terms of luxury, safety, and convenience.  The optional mild-hybrid Hemi and continuing diesel engines should help Ram to stay at the top of the class in the fuel mileage wars.

Stayed tuned; there are a few other game-changing items for the 2019 Ram 1500 that will be revealed as we get closer to its debut in January.

Michael Volkmann, a mechanical engineer in the steel industry, autocrossed and road-raced Neons. Michael has drag raced his 1971 Duster 340, 2009 Challenger R/T, and Neons, of which he’s owned seven — one SRT4, three ACRs, and three Sport Coupes.


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