While many of us hoped for an all-new model with the 2017 RAM 1500, it seems that their plans are a bit more different. In fact, a new generation of 1500 is only expected after 2018 or 2019, so the 2017 model will most likely be a mild refresh which may offer a couple of new engine choices in order to test them before installing them in the all-new 1500 a few years after that.
The release date for the 2017 model will likely be set for the first quarter of 2017, and the truck should be available for sale a couple of months after that. Summer seems like the best choice for RAM allowing them to prepare upgrades that should secure the highest position in the truck segment.
The price of the upcoming truck is still unknown at this point, but rumors say it will be very close to that of the ongoing model. In fact, the base model could even become a bit cheaper in order to keep its customers who are more willing to get a new F150 or a more refined Silverado. Just like before starting price will be about $26,000 while for the Crew Cab models you will need to give $33,000 and even more when optional equipment is added.
Regarding chassis, the new truck won’t get any major changes, but the design will be slightly updated while the running gear will definitely get a few major improvements in order to become more refined and better to drive than before. Many predicted that RAM will switch to aluminum-based chassis like Ford did but this has been postponed at least for the next generation.
Design wise, the 2017 RAM 1500 is most definitely going to drop the cross-hair grille in the favor of the same grille that can be found now on the Ram Rebel. This uses a nicer and more modern design than before with the added bonus of being more aggressive. The truck’s headlights, on the other hand, will most likely carry over unchanged, but the bumper will get through a few changes in order to provide more air to its new engines. The bed will be just as interesting as before so the truck will continue to be offered with the great external storage spaces as well as with the modular tailgate. With a variety of choices, every customer can be sure that this truck will be optimized for the best option for all daily needs.
2017 RAM 1500 Changes
Inside the cabin, the biggest difference on the new 1500 is going to be its seats. These will be updated with larger side bolsters and new materials for the padding, so while the base shape of the seats will not change all that much, the new ones should be a lot more comfortable than before as well as more supportive. The center stack will likely receive a higher resolution screen while the 7-inch screen is mounted inside the instrument cluster is likely going to get a few more features, and it might even display the navigation screen in the near future.
Engine wise, the truck’s current 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 is likely going to be kept for the 2017 RAM 1500. However, while the engine will be the same one as before, it will receive a few upgrades such as an EGR system, direct injection, variable valve lift as well as new fuel injectors and a new intake system. The compression ratio is expected to increase as well and with the help of lower friction internals; the new engine should develop closer to 320 or 330 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque while using less fuel than the one before it. The current 5.7-liter V8 Hemi is expected to be carried over altogether with the 3.0-liter V6 EcoDiesel with 240 horsepower, and 420 lb-ft of torque should be carried over unchanged.
The engine that might replace the V8 in the near future is expected to be a new generation 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged V6, which will be able to develop north of 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque while providing a similar fuel consumption to that of the current V8. It is not clear if this version would be badged as Hellcat model because true Hellcat should offer supercharged 6.2 liter V8 with 707 hp or something similar. The only transmission of choice will remain the same eight-speed automatic that currently equips the V6 diesel model of the truck.