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Looking back at our predictions for the 2019 Ram 1500

Here's what we got right and what we didn't

Now that the 2019 Ram 1500 has been launched, the media drives completed and the truck is currently shipping to dealers, I thought it would be fun to look back and see what we correctly and incorrectly predicted.

Overall I think with the help of our sources we did very well. Also not included in this list is this article that I wrote which were also some of my personal predictions. Everything in that article came to fruition with the exception of the fold flat rear seating, tilteable center stack and console shifter which still might be coming on the TRX.

What we got right:

  • Optional 12 inch UConnect screen (Dec 13th 2017)
  • Remote tailgate release from the key fob (Dec 13th 2017)
  • Active park assist and lane keeping system (Dec 13th 2017)
  • 360 Degree Surround view camera (Dec 13th 2017)
  • Panoramic sunroof (Dec 13th 2017)
  • Adaptive cruise control (Dec 13th 2017)
  • Wireless phone charging (Dec 13th 2017)
  • Blind spot monitoring (Dec 13th 2017)
  • LED fog and taillights (Dec 13th 2017)
  • Roomier crew cab (Dec 13th 2017)
  • 275-70-18 Goodyear Duratracs for Rebel (Dec 15th 2017)
  • Rebel Mule on Steel coil suspension as opposed to air suspension (Dec 15th 2017)
  • January start of production with trucks being on lots March-April (Dec 16th 2017)
  • 22 Inch wheel availability (Dec 19th 2017)
  • Laramie Longhorn and above with differently styled front end and adaptive dual LED projector headlights (Dec 19th 2017)
  • 4×4 off road package, as a matter of fact we even nailed it including the features that will be available right down to the tires (Dec 20th 2017)
  • Chrome trim around the side windows on higher trims (Dec 22 2017)
  • Piano black B-pillar trim on higher trims (Dec 22 2017)
  • Power deployable running boards (Dec 22 2017)
  • Limited grille insert modeled after the grille opening (Dec 22 2017)

What we got wrong:

  • Small power bumps for the 3.6 Pentastar and 5.7 Hemi (Dec 13th 2017)
  • All gas engines having Electric Start Stop, this is on eTorque equipped trucks only (Dec 13th 2017)
  • All Ram trucks having LED headlights although we were close with LEDs optional on Big Horn and standard on Rebel and Laramie, with the Longhorn and Limited having the Active LEDs(Dec 15th 2017)
  • We claimed that the rear headrests would be power folding, while you can fold them they are manual folding, not power folding (Dec 22 2017)

What we didn’t see coming:

  • eTorque option standard on Pentastar and optional on Hemi models we thought a “hybrid” Ram would have it’s own powertrain
  • Slide and recline rear seating

What we still don’t know:

  • Whether the rumored “Tornado” turbocharged inline 6 will be available in the future
  • Whether the EcoDiesel will be available in the Rebel

Articles referenced:

2019 Ram information (Dec 13th 2017)

Breaking! 2019 Ram spy photos (Dec 13th 2017)

Where is the 2019 Ram Rebel? (Dec 15th 2017)

2019 Ram Laramie spy video (Dec 16th 2017)

A closer look at the Ram lights (Dec 15th 2017)

2019 Ram Laramie Limited spotted (Dec 19th 2017)

Is a 4×4 off road package coming? (Dec 20th 2017)

What we learned from the 2019 Laramie Limited spy shots (Dec 22 2017)

 

 

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