2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman is Ready to Work
Fiat Chrysler revealed the 2019 Ram 1500 earlier this year at the Detroit auto show, but it only showed off higher trim levels like the Limited, Laramie, and Rebel. Now, the base 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman has made its debut in Indianapolis, Indiana, and it looks ready to work.
The Ram 1500 Tradesman made its debut at the National Truck Equipment Association’s annual “The Work Truck Show.” As we previously reported, the Tradesman will start at $33,340 for a rear-drive, quad-cab model. So far FCA hasn’t announced a single-cab model, but if one is in the pipeline it should bring the starting price down. Just like the last generation, the 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman is designed with small businesses, construction sites, and commercial fleets in mind.
“Ram launched the original Tradesman model in 2011, and our work truck customers have enjoyed Ram’s benchmark durability ever since,” said Ram boss Mike Manley in a statement. “Ram has the highest owner loyalty of any half-ton truck and the Ram 1500 Tradesman model will continue to deliver confidence for hard-working people who rely on it every day.”
For now, there are two cab styles and two bed lengths available: Quad Cab or a Crew Cab with 6-foot, 4-inch bed and a Crew Cab with a short bed that measures 5 feet, 7 inches.
Under the hood, a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 with a 48-volt eTorque mild hybrid system is standard. Optional powertrains include a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine or a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 with eTorque.
Ram claims that the Tradesman Quad cab models can tow up to 12,750 pounds and offer up to 2,300 pounds of payload—its four-corner air suspension system helps to keep loads balanced too.
Standard features include a black grille, and black steel bumpers, cargo bed lamp, front and rear Frequency Response Damping (FRD) shock absorbers, halogen headlamps, and a locking tailgate.
Inside, standard amenities include a choice of cloth or vinyl seats in black or Diesel Gray, Uconnect 5.0 infortainment system with a 5.0-inch screen, a 12-volt auxiliary power outlet, three USB ports, and one auxiliary port.
There’s also a rear view camera, tilt and telescoping steering column, halogen headlamps, locking tailgate, power door locks, power windows, remote keyless entry, and a theft-deterrent system.