Although all the changes that are scheduled for the 2018 model year redesign aren’t public yet (and, in fact, the most of it is secret), we know that the 2018 Ram 1500 is going to get numerous improvements in all departments. Since the competitors work hard in order to win a bigger chunk of the market, FCA is going to substantially improve the next-gen Ram 1500.
2018 Ram 1500 Engine Updates
As expected, the half-ton truck will be treated with a range of new powertrains. The most of those engines are already known, so they’re not exactly new, but all the updates make them virtually new. The EcoDiesel V-6 will get numerous changes, but the Pentastar V-6 and the V-8 HEMI are going to be improved, too. Those engineering changes brought new engine parts, more power and efficiency to the aforementioned mills. Therefore, the reasonable expectations are that the 2018 Ram 1500 is going to be powerful and fuel efficient as never before. Needless to say, the big news regarding the powertrain is that the 2018 Ram 1500 is going to get a hybrid setup.
As for the transmission, the 2018 Ram 1500 will probably leave all the six-speed gearboxes behind and embrace all the qualities of the eight-speed transmissions.
2018 Ram 1500 Body Changes
Aside from the powertrain changes, the next generation of the famous truck is going to get an intensive body redesign. The truck will get a new design with a fresh assertive approach – probably more muscular than before – and some really radical changes, such as patented split-door tailgate with electromechanical locks.
Although there were some speculations about utilizing aluminum technology for the 2018 Ram 1500 body, it’s hard to imagine they’re going to abandon their high-strength-steel technology and follow the F-150’s lead. However, in order to clearly state that this is a new generation of the well-known truck, they’re probably going to redesign the truck’s front fascia with a new grille, revised headlights and a redesigned front bumper. The same manner of changes is expected at the rear fascia, too.
2018 Ram 1500 Interior
Inside the cabin of the new truck they will provide more passengers’ space. However, if there’s a need for additional cargo space, the new Ram 1500 will have seats that fold into the floor, making it perfectly flat. Needless to say, the truck is going to get the latest technology regarding the entertainment, connectivity, convenience and safety.
2018 Ram 1500 Price
All the improvements must come with a price. According to some earlier statements, those in charge for the Ram pricing policy stated that they’re not concerned about the 2018 Ram 1500’s high price. Of course, we must wait for the release in order to find out whether the next-gen Ram 1500 is going to cost more than the current generation. Since our estimate is that the price won’t be drastically higher, those who’d like to get a brand new Ram 1500, superior in every way, should probably wait for 2017 and the 2018 model year.
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