2018 Ram 1500 Mega-Cab, Price
UPDATE Apr 26, 2017 / Because the Ram 1500 is approaching the end of its life, we started to see more development mules lately. Most of these feature some very interesting differences over the ongoing models of the trucks but more on that a bit later. It seems that the new model might be released with the 2018 Ram 1500 which is set to be revealed in late 2018. The truck will likely become available shortly after that to compete with its newly released rivals. The price is still unknown at this point, but we doubt it will change much. In fact, the base version is still going to cost under $30,000 with its top end models going way past that.
One of the largest differences seen on the test mules for the 2018 Ram is the wheel lug pattern. The current model boasts a 5-lug pattern with the new model going for a 6-lug pattern. This is likely because the towing capacity, as well as the overall payload, will increase by a significant margin and the FCA Group is looking to make it easier for their customers to buy aftermarket wheels. On top of that, the brake rotors seem to be larger, especially in the front. The wheelbase also seems to have changed. The double-cab model spied recently had a shorter wheelbase than before. This is more than likely because a brand new cab option will be revealed with this generation in the form of the mega-cab.
What about the Performance?
The 2018 Ram 1500 is set to receive an extensive rework of its chassis and running gear. Beefier axles will be installed but thanks to a part-aluminum body it shouldn’t weigh much more than before. The engines will be similar to those found in the current model. Both the 3.6 liters naturally aspirated V6, and the 3-liter EcoDiesel will be carried over with minimal changes. However, the 5.7 liter V8 is expected to be discontinued together with the larger 6.4 liter V8. In their place, it seems that Ram could offer a twin-turbocharged V6, likely a 3.6-liter unit. This could easily provide more than either of the two V8 engines while also using less fuel. An eight-speed automatic is likely going to remain standard across the range.
2018 Ram 1500
Like before, the new 2018 Ram 1500 is going to use a body on frame design which will offer the durability its customers want. This time around the chassis will be primarily be made out of high strength steel. The body is also expected to use high strength steel in combination with aluminum. The latter is needed in order to make the truck compliant with the latest CAFE regulations.