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See the clear, sharp 2019 Ram video; no crosshairs?

by Robert S. Miller on

We’ve shown numerous spy shots of the 2019 Ram 1500 over the years, but now we have a good, clear, and sharp spy video from the folks at Real Fast Fotography.

Several weeks ago, Allpar posted exclusive pictures of the all-new Ram 1500 (DT) which revealed, for the first time, Ram’s updated styling language. Since then, many more spy photos have surfaced on the web, including shots of the upcoming truck to have had one of the covers blown off. These pictures still had tape over the grille hiding many elements of the new grille design.

rff 2019 ram 1500

With the pre-production launch of Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP) a week and a half ago, trucks that feature limited camouflage that were assembled on the line are hitting the streets, according to Allpar inside sources.

Let’s start off talking about the elephant in the room. Most people have noticed that none of the prototype have featured the crosshair grille design that most Dodge Ram pickups have carried since the mid-1980s, and which dates back to the 1930s.

It looks like the “crosshair” design is a thing of the past. According to our sources, the design element was originally to be carried over to the new trucks; but the Product Design Office has decided to go with a new look. The top part of the grille has a middle indention, which then dips down over the headlights, creating what some have said has the look of the horns from the Ram logo.

2019 Ram grille

These new pictures show us the all-new grille to have still of a crossbar from the headlights to middle of the grille, where the word “RAM” will be feature. The indention of the top of the grille, gives way for the grille pattern below to follow suit giving almost a “crosshair” like appearance on this trim model. Please note the front facing camera underneath the “RAM” text in the grille.

While the exclusive pictures shown on Allpar before showed a different set of headlights that were LEDs, this truck shows us what a majority of the Ram 1500 (DT) models will look like. The headlights will feature white LED running lights that are thick on the bottom and thin on top. Amber LED turn signals are slightly above the thicker part of the running lights.

truck - 2019 Ram 1500 spy shot

Tail lamps will feature “switchback” LED lighting that will turn the red brake light into an amber for the turn signal. What looks like a vertical line in the middle of the lens, closer to the tailgate, is the location of the reverse lights.

The rear of this prototype also shows us a new feature of the rear bumper: it seems to have been shortened in height in the middle to allow a lower step up to get into the back of the truck. GM trucks have used corner steps built into the bumper, but it seems Ram designers have taken that idea to the next step, so to speak.

pickup truck doors

This truck does a good job of hiding the new broader side flares of the new DT pickups, but we can clearly see that the trucks will get black B-pillars on Quad Cab and Crew Cab models. We can also see one element very clearly that Allpar insiders have been saying for the past year is how the new rear window curves at the bottom, compared to the current models — a feature that was on the Ram Rebel TRX Concept.

We can also see that side mirrors get convex mirrors built into them and still have blind spot monitoring. This model had body color door handles with chrome accents in the middle.

With both the public showing of this truck to be in early January in Detroit, and production to start mid-January, the truck looks to continue and build on the success of the (DS) generation of Ram trucks.

It has been almost ten years since a completely new generation of Ram 1500 has launched, and Ram 1500 (DT) does not look to disappoint.

Robert Miller is a long-time Allpar contributor, Mopar enthusiast, and automotive photographer.

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