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New Ram 1500 Aces Crash Test, But Fails To Get Top Safety Pick Rating

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It missed out on the coveted rating because seemingly innocuous oversight.

Make no mistake, the all-new, 2019 Ram 1500 is a very safe pickup truck. It aced nearly all of the Insurance Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s six crashworthiness tests, including the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, passenger-side small overlap, side, roof strength and head restraints tests, whereas the previous generation Ram 1500 received a less impressive marginal rating in the driver-side small overlap front test and the roof strength test.

Unfortunately, it missed out on the coveted Top Safety Pick rating because its best available headlights earned only a marginal rating.

It’s worth noting that the IIHS introduced the passenger-side small overlap test in 2017, and 2019 Ram 1500 is the first pickup to undergo and, thus, ace the test. It’s optional front crash prevention system also earned a superior rating, helping avoid crashes at 12 mph and 25 mph as tested.

Does a marginal rating for the headlights deter you from getting the new RAM 1500? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Fiat Chrysler Unconnect Now Lets You Order Pizza Using Your Car

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Uconnect has consistently been one of the best infotainment system on the market, and Uconnect Market will make it even better.

Not to be outdone by General Motors, which has been a dominant force when it comes to offering in-car commerce, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has has given its Unconnect infotainment system a new Market platform that treats Jeep, RAM, Chrysler, and Dodge owners to most of the same convenience features enjoyed by owners of GM vehicles.

Unconnect Market allows a variety of third-party companies to offer connected buying services directly through the infotainment system. With it, you will be able to order and pay for food, reserve a table at a restaurant, fill your tank at pump-and-pay gas locations, locate and pay for nearby parking, and even schedule service appointments.

Adding a credit card when setting up a Uconnect Market account gives you authorized card-free fuel fill-ups at participating Shell stations.

The Unconnect Market platform rolls out via an over-the-air (OTA) update in the second half of 2019 for current 2019 model year or newer Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles equipped with Fiat Chrysler’s 8.4-inch touchscreen.

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Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Returns For 2020 With A Lot Of Torque

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Prospective RAM 1500 buyers can once again have their new truck with a diesel engine.

Ram has brought back the V6 EcoDiesel to its 1500 pickup truck lineup, available starting in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Like previous EcoDiesel , the new unit is a turbocharged V6 that displaces 3.0L, but engineers made a few enhancements, including a redesigned cylinder head, a new-generation turbocharger, an updated exhaust gas recirculation system, and new fuel injector nozzles.

The end result is 260 horsepower (+8 percent) and 480 lb-ft of torque (+14 percent), representing an improvement of 8 percent and 14 percent, respectively.

The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel can tow up to 12,560 pounds and comes with an air suspension that improves both ride control and fuel economy.

“The new Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is America’s most powerful half-ton diesel pickup, following up on Ram’s Heavy Duty torque leadership and achieving what no other manufacturer has, with up to 480 lb.-ft. of torque in a 3.0-liter engine,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand. “The all-new EcoDiesel engine and our eTorque mild-hybrid powertrain technologies deliver the highest available fuel efficiency for our Ram 1500 customers.”

FCA made the EcoDiesel optional on all models and configurations of the Ram 1500, including the off-road-oriented Ram Rebel (pictured).

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Ram Is Getting Midsize Pickup Truck To Rival Tacoma, Colorado, Ranger

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The RAM 1500 is getting a little brother that’s very different than the Jeep pickup.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles already has a midsize pickup truck in the form of the new Gladiator, but the Jeep targets a narrower group of buyers than what the company believes it can engage with a similarly-sized Ram model.

FCA CEO Mike Manley revealed during an earnings call that a midsize Ram pickup truck is needed to fully compete in the segment, stating that the RAM team is “focused on solving a metric ton midsize truck solution” to fill out the company’s portfolio and drive further growth. However, simply using the same platform as the Wrangler-based Gladiator would be too cost-prohibitive.

“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,” Manley added. “I want that problem solved, frankly, because it’s a clear hole in our portfolio. It will not be filled by Gladiator because Gladiator is a very, very different mission. Trust me, they’re focused on it. We need to get it fixed soon.”

As a spiritual successor to the Dodge Dakota, the midsize Ram pickup truck will more appropriately compete with other midsize pickup trucks like the Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado and Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma in terms of price and specifications. What are you hoping to see?

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