SPIED: 2017 Ram 1500 Mega Cab
Updated Interior, Massive Rear Seat on Full Display
Ram Truck Division may be booking the 1500 Mega Cab pickup for a second performance, if recent spy shots are any indication. The Mega Cab configuration is currently only available in Ram 2500 and 3500 configurations, but the previous-generation Dodge Ram offered it as a 1500, albeit one built on a 2500’s frame.
In a departure from that first long-cabin 1500, the new Mega Cab looks like it’s based on the smallest Ram pickup. Backing up that claim are six-lug wheels and light-duty suspension components—the previous Ram 1500 Mega Cab sported eight lugs and suspension bits from its big brothers. However, other Mega Cab bits remain, including a massive interior and slightly unusual exterior proportions.
The Mega Cab shown here was most likely built using the wheelbase of the Ram 1500 crew cab with the 6-foot 4-inch cargo box, the Mega Cab looks to sub in a 5-foot 7-inch box in exchange for significantly more cab space. On the 2500 and 3500, the Mega Cab features an added 3 inches of legroom compared to the crew cab, and there’s voluminous storage available behind the rear seats for added cargo versatility. Those extras would make the 1500 Mega Cab a more efficient freeway machine for families who like trucks more than vans.
Also evident on this tester is an updated interior. This particular pickup sports a Chrysler-branded steering wheel, which we think indicates Ram is testing out parts-bin options to give its pickup a more luxurious feel. Speaking of luxury, a Limited grille is affixed to the front end of this Ram, but the interior looks like it features two-tone leather and low-gloss wood trim, indicating the Laramie Longhorn. That leads us to believe Ram’s twin-nostril grille could be proliferating the lineup, replacing the crosshairs that have been a Ram signature since 1991.
The prospect of a luxed-up long-cab Ram 1500 powered by an EcoDiesel V-6 is tempting, as it would give Ram buyers a very freeway-friendly option for those who don’t need a Heavy Duty. We expect the truck in time for the 1500 lineup’s cosmetic refresh for the 2017 model year.
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