Ram has announced a special version of its all-new, 2019 RAM 1500 full-size pickup truck exclusively for Canada.
The so-called RAM 1500 Sport comes with nine exterior color options, an available ‘sport hood’, a black billet grille with large RAM lettering, black headlight bezels, LED daytime running lights and fog lights, blacked-out the emblems on the hood and window trim. The standard 20-inch and optional 22-inch alloy wheels are — you guessed it! — finished in black.
You better like black because the monochrome color palette extends to the interior, where one finds a black headliner, black cloth / vinyl upholstery and black bezels around the gauges. The Diesel Grey stitching on the dashboard help break things up a bit.
Power is provided by a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine that produces 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque, sent to the rear or all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Available as a Quad or a Crew Cab, the 2019 Ram 1500 Sport goes on sale across Canada in the second quarter of 2018.
New, 2019 RAM 1500 Debuts With Massive Touchscreen, Hybrid Tech
Hot on the heel of the new Silverado’s unveiling, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles took the wraps off the all-new, 2019 RAM 1500 at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, ushering in a new generation of the truck wars.
Like Chevy’s half-tonne pickup, the new is an improvement over its predecessor in virtually every way, shape or form. It is larger and roomier yet lighter and more fuel-efficient, more luxurious and high-tech, more versatile, and — if you were to ask us — more attractive inside and out. It also tows more.
A nearly four-inch longer length gives it more interior volume, while the increased use of high-strength steel and aluminum components, including high-strength steel frame, an aluminum tailgate and hood, and composite upper control arms, make it 225 pounds lighter.
A new ‘eTorque’ mild hybrid system centered around a 48-volt battery and a belt-drive motor generator unit improves both fuel efficiency and output, adding up to 90 pound-feet of torque for the 3.6-liter V6 and up to 130 pound-feet for the 5.7-liter HEMI V8.
The Pentastar V6 now produces 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, while the HEMI V8 is rated higher at 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
A diesel engine will eventually be added and possibly even a turbocharged four-cylinder.
The redesigned RAM 1500 is lower and wider, giving it a more refined and slightly sportier appearance. Unlike the Silverado, the overall styling doesn’t deviate too much from before, though RAM’s designers ditched some of the blunt, big-rig character that defined the previous generations for a handsomer and even classier look. The trademark crosshair grille is gone as a result.
The smoother proportions along with a .357 drag coefficient and active grille shutters enhance the truck’s aerodynamic efficiency, which FCA claims is .
One of the biggest highlights and likely a major selling-point of the new RAM 1500 is the optional 12-inch Uconnect touchscreen that spans the entire center stack, providing a large spread for the 360-degree camera and split-screen views. Rear seat passengers benefit from more legroom in the full four-door crew cab version, while Air suspension contributes to a cozier on-road ride as well as load leveling and off-road capabilities.
Overall material quality is up, and naturally, a broad range of safety and convenience technology is available.
Is the new, 2019 RAM 1500 refreshing or revolting, and how do you think it compares to the latest Chevrolet Silverado and Ford F-150? Share you thoughts in the comments below.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Will Be Chinese-Owned?
The Chinese are hunting for an American automaker, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is a prime target.
FCA has already refused offers from a Chinese car brand, but that appears to have resulted in even more bids from other entities. The company has been looking an industrial and financial partner for over five years, a search that might soon come to an end.
Intense government pressure to go global is forcing China’s biggest car manufacturers to buy foreign automakers. Geely is now the owner of Volvo and the London Taxi Company and has a controlling stake in Malaysia’s Proton. ChemChina’s purchase of Italian tire maker Pirelli is yet another example.
Sources familiar with the negotiations told that a major Chinese brand recently offered to buy FCA at “a small premium over its market value,” but that the offer was rejected because it was too low.
Other sources claim other large Chinese automakers are reviewing a potential purchase of FCA, with some of their officials meeting with the company’s executives.
The trusted trade journal reports the sale would include the Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, and Ram brands, with Maserati and Alfa Romeo getting spun off, much like Ferrari was in 2015.
Will Chinese ownership be a good thing for FCA and each of its individual parts? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Looking at The RAM Tradesman Up Close
The new 2017 Dodge Ram Tradesman is in stock and, for the practical man, it’s a beauty.
Critics have pegged the Ram 1500 Tradesman as having one of the smoothest rides you’ll ever experience in a light-duty truck. The V-8 gas engine or V-6 turbo diesel along with the rear suspension coil spring enables it to tow and haul pretty much whatever you want and still provide you with an effortless silky smooth cruise on the highway.
The cabin is always quiet (unless a teenager is in the passenger seat controlling the radio) and the off-road package that is available gives you additional abilities in rough terrain. The powerful and fluid shifting eight-speed automatic transmission is the only option for the Tradesman, no matter what other available equipment you choose – and everyone is thrilled about it.
The Dodge Ram Tradesman Quad Cab has four doors, seats up to six passengers and comes with a 6-foot-4 bed. The Crew Cab also has four doors, but it offers two bed sizes, one 6-foot-4 and the other 5-foot-7.
The Tradesman comes with 17-inch wheels, a class IV hitch with a seven-pin harness wire, locking tailgate, air-conditioning, vinyl floor covering, automatic headlights, a 40/20/40 split front seat bench, tilt steering wheel, cruise control, USB port and a six-speaker sound system. The Tradesman also has two 12 volt Interior power outlets and ParkSense Parking Assist.
The Dodge Ram trucks have always been top of the line hard working trucks. These trucks are tough as a Ram and they are as accommodating as a limousine (for a truck) as far as comfort and ease of driving. The Dodge Ram 1500 has traditionally been one of the most popular trucks in the United States and Canada, able to (namely the Ford F150 and Chevrolet Silverado) and come out on top.
The Tradesman is the basic trim level of the 2017 Ram truck lineup but you can drive off the lot knowing that you are in one of the best trucks in the world.
In the real world, where people drive trucks as part of their lifestyle, the Dodge Ram is an easy fit for a family because it is a durable hard worker. Take look at the Tradesman and other great vehicles at and the numerous other Dodge Chrysler and Jeep dealers scattered across North America. If you can’t make it down to the showroom in person stop by their website: