The new 2019 RAM 1500, first launched in Detroit in mid-January, is back this week at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show in a modified version thanks to a number of Mopar accessories. Outdoors enthusiasts take note…
The showcased accessories, part of a catalogue that includes over 200 different items, were developed in close partnership with RAM designers and engineers to ensure perfect harmonization.
Visitors to the Chicago show got a look at a Mopar lift kit that adds 2 inches of ground clearance and allows for better accommodation of the enormous 35-inch tires. Those tires are mounted on 18-inch, six-lug off-road beadlock-capable Mopar wheels and sit under black Mopar fender flares. The durable aluminum running boards run the length of the body and feature a skid-resistant top surface.
In back the 5-ft x 7-ft bed benefits from a new Mopar product not yet available, but expected soon: a multi-purpose Ram Rack system, the prototype of which was first seen on the RAM Macho Power Wagon concept at the 2016 SEMA show. Owners will be able to use it to secure various pieces of sporting and leisure gear. The rear rack can slide all the way up to the front rack for added versatility.
Mopar’s new cold-air intake system, called “RAM Airflow”, allows the HEMI V8 to benefit from improved fresh-air flow to help it generate its 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. Like the rack, it will be available to consumers later in 2018. It can be used with all hood applications and will work in tandem with Mopar’s cat-back-style performance exhaust system, which produces a deep exhaust sound.
The cabin is fitted with Katzkin leather seating, in black with the Red logo stitched on the seatbacks. Other notable add-ons include new Mopar all-season floor mats able to retain more water and debris as well as Mopar brushed-aluminum door sill guards featuring the R-A-M text logo.
Chicago is often the setting for the showcasing of modified trucks, and this year the new edition of the RAM 1500 is joined by the Nissan TITAN and TITAN XD equipped with a suspension lift kit as well as the new range of 2019 TRD Pro trucks from Toyota.