With most of today’s pickup trucks being used as family vehicles, Ram Trucks has decided not to build a Regular Cab variant of its fifth-generation Ram 1500 (DT) pickups. For those looking for a Regular Cab offering, if you want a Ram, you have to rely on the much older fourth-generation Ram 1500 Classic (DS). But the idea hasn’t stopped the digital artist community.
Digital artist Jlord8, has come up with a radial look of what a possible Ram 1500 TRX Regular Cab could have looked like.
Cutting the Crew Cab down to a Regular Cab isn’t a simple task, considering we have never seen a Regular Cab DT pickup before. So using some creativity, Jlord8 has used the “kick up” in the rear window of the Crew Cab and integrated it into the Regular Cab side glass. Also, the door lines of the Crew Cab have been shortened to allow it to flow better into the shorter cab design. The box has also been stretched from 5-foot, 7-inches to what appears to be about 6-foot, 4-inches in length.
We can only imagine how a shorter wheelbase TRX would handle on high-speed desert runs or handle rock crawling.
Although there seems to be a lot of interest still for Regular Cab pickups, sales would tell a different story. According to the automotive website MotorBiscuit, Regular Cab pickups only make up about 3% of total sales for the pickup truck in both the United States and Canada. Most of those sales go to commercial truck fleets. It has become rare to see a non-work truck model pickup on lots.
While the Ram 1500 Classic continues to offer a Regular Cab model on its entry-level Tradesman and value-oriented Express trims. For the Heavy Duty option, only the Tradesman and Big Horn models offer a Regular Cab option. So is the Regular Cab dead? Probably within the next few years. But it is cool to see what could have been!