Truck consumers are a notably finicky lot, typically demanding the potential to personally spec their automobiles right down to the microscopic degree. Pickups used as instruments might be deployed in a myriad of alternative ways based mostly on buyer wants, so it is sensible for producers to supply them in a dizzying array of trims. Styling tastes have a lot to do with it, too.
With the addition of a Canada-solely Sport mannequin to the 2019 Ram 1500 lineup, the breadth of trims obtainable on FCA’s new pickup rivals solely that discovered at a good buffet restaurant. Take some of this, take some of that, and make up a lunch to fit your particular tastes.
Excepting the Canuck-solely Sport mannequin (which provides monochrome fashion in a number of totally different colours), the 2019 Ram 1500 is obtainable in six totally different trims as a start line. Shifting from prole to premium, one will discover Tradesman, Huge Horn, Laramie, Insurgent, Laramie Longhorn, and Restricted trims. The MSRP ratchets northward with every step up the ladder.
The bottom Tradesman seems in Workaday White, full with blacked-out trimmings and el-cheapo metal wheels. Huge Horn fashions will doubtless be the bread-n-butter of most Ram dealerships, ladling on the chrome however not going overboard with luxurious features like the new 12-inch navigation display.
That’s left to the mid-range Laramie (“mid-range Laramie” are phrases I by no means thought I’d sort), which begins off with a cadre of premium features similar to FCA’s eight.four-inch uConnect system, Alpine stereo, and leather-based thrones. Slotting in simply after this truck is the Insurgent, with its off-street creds (now out there in a cheaper Quad Cab guise), earlier than hitching up its cowboy boots and heading for the Laramie Longhorn mannequin.
These prime two trims, the Laramie Longhorn and Restricted trucks, are simply noticed by their distinctly formed headlights, a element I completely missed throughout their January rollout. Greater than merely making use of a bit of LED mascara, the uber-Rams have peepers of a bodily totally different form than their mundane brethren. That couldn’t have been low cost to software at the manufacturing unit.
Apparently, and in a presumed effort to broaden the truck’s attraction, Ram’s new Off Street Group is obtainable on each trim – even the base Tradesman – assuming the purchaser has chosen a four×four powertrain. That is completely value mentioning and analyzing, as this package deal consists of a vital degree of package.
Included in the group is an E-Locker in the rear axle, HD shock absorbers at each ends, skid plates galore, and beefy LT-rated 18-inch off-street tires. Hill descent management is alongside for the experience, as are a set of tow hooks and a full sized spare. Extra than simply a paint-and-wallpaper package deal, the Off-Street Group truly imbues the truck with greater than a modicum of additional capacity. That it’s obtainable on each single trim (save for the Insurgent which already has these things as standard) is exceptional.
Need a tremendous luxurious Restricted with physique-coloured bumpers and knobby tires? Right here it’s sir, no sweat.
Sport Look Packages present up on Massive Horn and Laramie fashions, slathering most of the chrome trim on shade-keyed paint. The Restricted might be opted with monochrome bumpers however retains its shiny grille. Don’t overlook the Lone Star package deal, which might be layered on prime of the Massive Horn trim in Texas.
In fact, this implies we now reside in a world the place one can formally purchase (in Texas, at the very least) a 2019 Ram 1500 Huge Horn Crew Cab Lone Star Off-Street four×four, more likely to be the longest trim identify in truck historical past — for much longer than even the fabulously-monikered GMC Sierra Gentleman Jim.
For now, solely Quad Cab and Crew Cab bodystyles are talked about by Ram for his or her snazzy new truck. Keep in mind, FCA will proceed to pump out the previous fashion pickup for an additional few months, one whose tooling has lengthy been paid off and can merely produce cash for the firm with each copy bought. There’s a good probability a steadily growing ratio of these machines can be regular cab work trucks, leaving the excessive-greenback (and excessive-revenue) fashions to the zooty new 2019 mannequin.
Your humble writer might be at the media drive of the new 2019 Ram 1500 in March.
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