A new nose headlines the changes to the V8-powered dual-cab truck, which has maintained similar pricing to 2019 with some price cuts through the range. The Ram 1500 Laramie is the only truck in its class to offer mild-hybrid assist. Standard on the truck’s 3.6-liter V6 and optional on the 5.7-liter Hemi V8, the 48-volt eTorque motor-generator can offer short bursts of extra power – 130 pound-feet of torque, in fact. Add that to the already healthy 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque from my test truck’s V8 and you’ve got plenty of extra chutzpah for off-the-line acceleration and highway passing, not to mention supplemental power for running car systems at idle.
For the opening act, the 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie is available with two engine options. The 5.7 Hemi V8 returns and produces 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, for the more economically minded buyers, there’s the option of the Pentastar 3.6 V6 that produces 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. Either engine will be fitted with an eight-speed transmission that features the dial-type gear selector. Out back the differential has three gearing options. Depending on the model, buyers will have the choice either a 3.21:1, 3.55:1, or 3.92:1 gear ratio. With the 5.7 Hemi coupled with 3.92 gears and the Mild Hybrid System, the truck can tow up to 12,750 lbs.
While behind the wheel of the 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie, you can look forward to experiencing a great deal of comfort and luxury. There is now even more space for your passengers to stretch out. Boasting a remarkably spacious backseat, the crew cab version is perfect for families. New high-tech features also arrive for 2019. A lot of drivers will be excited by the high-resolution Uconnect 4 infotainment system. It boasts a 12.0-inch touch screen, which is among the largest in the industry. Meanwhile, the available 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system will captivate music lovers. On car headlight, the Ram 1500 Laramie features 9004 led bulbs for high low beams, giving the headlight white lighting color and a new look. The Ram 1500 uses an exclusive multi-link, coil-spring rear suspension and this innovative rear suspension provides improved ride and handling characteristics with no loss of capability. A coil-spring design centralizes and absorbs bumps and impacts while reducing the amount of friction in the spring system and it is some 20 kilos lighter than a leaf-spring configuration.
The 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie comes in a wide variety of trim levels, with two- or four-wheel drive, Quad or Crew cabs and two different bed lengths. Pricing starts as low as $31,795 for a lowest-spec Tradesman model and climbs to $53,240 before options for the range-topping Limited. These relatively simple hybrid systems don’t add much weight. The eTorque system on the V6 Ram adds about 105 pounds to total curb weight or 90 pounds on the V8 Ram. The reason it’s less with the V8 is that the V8 system is bundled with a lighter aluminum spare wheel and a smaller 23-gallon fuel tank. (The standard V8 tank holds 26 gallons; a 33-gallon tank is optional.) Max payload and towing capacities for eTorque-equipped V8 Rams, naturally, drop by a hair compared to regular V8 Rams.
For the 2019 model year, the Ram 1500 Laramie will continue to offer the popular Pentastar V6 and Hemi V8 engines. However, an all-new eTorque mild hybrid system is now available. It’ll give these engines an extra dose of power and efficiency.