Not long ago, Ram said they had no plans to offer a midsize pickup to compete with the Ford Ranger. They said the 1500 was as low as they would go and that was that. Then, news that Ram were indeed planning a midsize truck broke. I have waited a little while for more confirmation and for Ram to change their mind again but they haven’t.
The automaker is still far from having something ready though so it won’t be anytime soon. Apparently they are struggling to come up with a platform for the truck.
Mike Manley, FCA CEO said ‘Being able to find a cost-effective platform in a region where we can build it with low cost and it still being applicable in the market is what they're struggling with at the moment. I want that problem solved, frankly, because it's a clear hole in our portfolio.’
That’s about as clear as it gets for now. Manley said the company was working hard to come up with a design that could deliver all the stated goals while remaining cost effective and could compete with the Ranger. That’s a tough ask for anyone!
In the meantime, the Ram 1500 is still a top truck for almost any use.
2019 Ram 1500
The 2019 Ram 1500 remains one of the best trucks to live with. It’s spacious, well designed, very well built and has an interior that no other truck can match. Add some seriously reliable engines and a solid transmission and you have every reason to consider a 1500, whatever you want it to do.
The design has been refined to be less truck-like if that’s at all possible. It is hard to camouflage its shape and dimensions but the modern look is more rounded and more acceptable to a much wider audience. The shape, size and look just work.
Inside, the typical Ram build quality and equipment levels remain. Materials are top class, finishing is superb and there is even more legroom in back this time round. With varying levels of luxury as you go up the trim levels, you will genuinely want for nothing when you own one.
The standard 3.6-litre V6 is a workhorse and generates 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque and can use the new eTorque system. There is also a 5.7-litre V8 with 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. Both use the accomplished automatic transmission to deliver steady power and smooth shifts. eTorque is optional on the V8 too.
With excellent road manners, decent load space and the ability to tow, this really is a truck for all seasons and for all reasons. Visit Unique Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, 915 Walkers Line, Burlington, ON L7N 3V8 to try it yourself!