Although some speculations about the next-gen 2018 Ram 1500 virtually claim that the truck is going to follow the competitor’s weight-loss recipe, utilizing vast quantities of aluminum, there are some other speculations that say this isn’t going to be a case. We tried to discover whether they’re going to make the 2018 Ram 1500 an aluminum truck or not.
Official Statements About Aluminum-Bodied 2018 Ram 1500
Back in 2014, just a couple of months after he was appointed as President and CEO Ram Truck Brand, Robert Hegbloom said to PickupTrucks that they aren’t focused on developing an aluminum truck. They will rely on technology in order to achieve stiff fuel economy regulations. He also said that it’s going to be hard to reach those targets without employing hybrid technology, but not impossible. From this standpoint, it’s clear that they’ve been thinking about a hybrid Ram 1500 all this time.
Also, after a business plan presentation in May 2014, Sergio Marchionne, FCA CEO, said that, although the new Jeep Wrangler is going to get an aluminum-intensive diet, this won’t be a case with the new Ram 1500.
On the other hand, Hard Working Truck reported in May 2014 that Mr. Marchionne, when asked about a possible development of an aluminum-intensive pickup, said that they have the necessary technology, that they can “do aluminum” in 2017 and that they’re going to make a deadline.
Market Role of Aluminum Technology
It’s really hard to deduce whether they’re going to even entertain a though about using the aluminum technology for the 2018 Ram 1500. At the same time, it’s possible that they surprise us all and offer a light-as-a-feather truck that can establish dominance over the Ford F-150 even in its distinctive field. It would certainly be a breakthrough in the segment. The F-150 might be considered an isolated incident, but if the 2018 Ram 1500 comes as an aluminum-bodied pickup truck, it could be the cornerstone technology for every future vehicle within the segment.
Would 2018 Wrangler Let 2018 Ram 1500 Use Its Aluminum Technology?
The fact that they’re developing hybrid powertrain systems for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler – systems that are going to be used for the 2018 Ram 1500, too – tells that they aren’t thinking about one model or brand at a time. Their engine lineup update will also be utilized for a number of vehicles, so what’s going to make us think that they won’t use their aluminum technology, dedicated to the new Wrangler, for the new generation of the Ram 1500 as well?
At this moment, all we can do is be patient and wait for some leaks or hints that would help us discover more about the 2018 Ram 1500 body.
Photos: 2016 Ram 1500 | FCA US LLC