Usually when a new model arrives, the previous generation is killed off, but that isn’t always the case – look at the old VW Tiguan Limited. Ram has announced that the last generation Ram 1500 will continue to be sold alongside the all-new Ram 1500 as the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic.
Ram will offer both the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic, known internally as the “DS” model, and the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 (“DT”). Jeep did a similar strategy with the arrival of the Wrangler by keeping the old JK model alive while the new JL model ramped up.
“As we launch the all-new 2019 Ram 1500, we didn’t want to walk away from a key part of the light-duty truck market” said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand — FCA. “Ram will continue to produce the 1500 Classic targeted at entry and commercial buyers.”
The 2019 Ram 1500 Classic will be offered in four trim levels: Tradesman, Express, Big Horn/Lone Star and SSV (Special Services Vehicle). There’s also the Chrome Plus and Tradesman SXT packages for the Tradesman model and an Express Black Accent package for the Express trim level.
The 2019 Ram 1500 Classic is available in three cabs and three bed lengths and with either 4×2 or 4×4. Buyers can choose the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 or 5.7-liter HEMI V-8, while the 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel will be available later.