As a new Ram 1500 arrives in dealerships, the automaker will continue selling the outgoing generation of the popular pickup alongside the new one, adding a Classic badge to the generation that debuted back in 2010. That was the year Ram trucks split from Dodge, as you recall, so the Classic version is the one that kicked off the current lineup of Ram trucks that we've become used to.
The Classic model will be offered in the fourth quarter of 2018 as a 2019 model.
"As we launch the all-new 2019 Ram 1500, we didn’t want to walk away from a key part of the light-duty truck market," explains Mike Manley, head of Ram Brand — FCA. "Ram will continue to produce the 1500 Classic targeted at entry and commercial buyers."
More than just a Classic badge, the legacy 2019 Ram 1500 will offer three new packages as it enters its final year.
First up is Chrome Plus, which will be paired with the Tradesman trim and offer a body color upper front fascia, chrome bumpers, 17-inch wheels, remote keyless entry and carpeted floor covering. Next up is the Tradesman SXT pack, which will pair chrome bumpers, body color front fascia, a 5-inch radio screen, fog lamps, dual exhaust for V8 versions and 20-inch chrome wheels. The fog lamps and the 20-inch wheels will be new to the Tradesman trim. Finally, there will be the Express Black Accent Package that will be offered on all Express trim exterior colors. This pack will include black wheels, black badging and black headlight bezels.
The model itself will be offered in four basic trim levels: Tradesman, Express, Big Horn/Lone Star and SSV.
The Ram Classic will be offered in 4x2 and 4x4 flavors and a choice of three engines: a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 and a 3.0-liter V6 EcoDiesel that will be offered later in the year. There's also a choice of three cabs and three bed lengths, including Regular Cab with an 8-foot bed or a 6-foot-4-inch bed, Quad Cab with a 6-foot-4-inch bed, or a Crew Cab with a shorter 5-foot-7-inch bed. The Crew Cab will also be offered with a 6-foot-4-inch bed.