SPIED: 2019 Ram 1500 Mega Cab Interior, Exterior, and Cargo Box
Upcoming Fullsize Truck to Keep 3.6L, 5.7L Engines
Today, we got our best look yet at the 2019 Ram 1500, spotted testing in roomy, spacious Mega Cab configuration that’s slated to make its return when the 1/2-ton truck is redesigned.
Sporting a long wheelbase, 6-foot bed, and extra-long rear doors, the mules seen in these photos portend the return of the light-duty version of the Mega Cab, which was last available in 2008 (although the Ram Heavy Duty is currently available with the limousine-spacious cab option). However, unlike the old Ram 1500 Mega Cab, which borrowed its big brother’s eight-lug hubs, the 2019 version will be a true light-duty pickup, designed more for comfort and space than heavy-hauling capability.
Two different trim levels were spotted testing, and our spy photographer was even so bold as to snap a few interior shots of one of them, likely a Laramie or Limited model, based on its stitched dash cover and substantially larger center touchscreen. Also evident is the current Ram’s rotary gear-select knob, which replaced the conventional shifter for the 2013 model year (some of us at Truck Trend just want a column-shift back). Luckily, we see physical volume and tuning knobs for the radio and an intuitive three-dial climate control system under the screen, and this particular tester also features a trailer-brake controller. The overall design is fresh, but familiar.
Of particular note is the grille on the test mule wearing smallish five-spoke alloy wheels. Those rollers suggest the vehicle is probably a midlevel-spec Ram 1500, yet the grille features the horizontal bars found in the current Ram 1500 Limited. Could that spell the end of the company’s longtime-signature crosshairs grille? We're not positive, particularly since leaked images from a dealer's meeting seemed to suggest the crosshairs would stick around. Time will tell.
What’s behind that possibly new grille will still be familiar to current truck owners. According to a test log seen in plain view in the interior, Ram is currently evaluating mules powered by either a 5.7L Hemi V-8 or a 3.6L Pentastar V-6, both mated to eight-speed automatic transmissions. We wouldn’t be surprised to see both engines see an uptick in both power and fuel economy, with the Pentastar offering around 325 hp and up to 27 mpg on the highway, while the Hemi should put out around 420 hp and snag up to 23 mpg on the highway.
While we don’t know a lot about Ram’s upcoming bread-and-butter pickup, we’re excited to see the brand committed to legendary Hemi engines, attractive interiors, and expanded cab options. Today’s photos show there’s a lot to learn about the new 1500, but we like what we see so far.
Source: KGP Photography