Come 2018 there will be plenty of Ram 1500’s to go around for awhile.
Fiat Chrysler is apparently planning to both launch a new redesigned Ram 1500 pickup by early 2018 – and also keep selling the current one alongside it. Well, at least into 2019 according to Automotive News.
So why keep an old truck around when you’ve spent all that time developing a new one? Well, in theory, the current version could be sold as a low-cost option for fleet customers. So during the first year of the truck’s redesign, FCA could add to sales with the old model still in play. So basically FCA is likely keeping it awhile longer for fleet business. While designing a new Ram for the driver who wants the latest technology.
If reports hold up, FCA will continue to build the current pickup at its Warren Truck Assembly in suburban Detroit and in Saltillo, Mexico. Together, those plants would build a planned 265,000 pickups through 2019.
The redesigned body-on-frame Ram 1500 will be built in Sterling Heights Assembly beginning in 2018. The plant will start retooling just after Christmas as it transitions from the unibody Chrysler 200 to the new Ram 1500.
Unlike Ford, Ram isn’t expected to switch to an all-aluminum body. It will reportedly stick to steel for most of the body panels. Under the hood we can expect an improved 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with direct injection and optional turbocharging. It will feature a new large air intake to get more air under the hood as well.
Ram sales are currently up 8.3 percent from the restated sales in the same period of last year.