Ram Trucks Australia’s all-new Ram 1500 DT models are now coming off the production line at the company’s Melbourne manufacturing facility and are on sale at Ram dealers across the country.
The DT version means there are now five models on sale here, the Express Quad, Crew Cab, Warlock II, and now DT versions of LaRamie and Limited.
All Ram Trucks Australia vehicles are international-spec vehicles coded for the Australian market and the local build process.
There are over 400 locally-sourced new parts involved in its transformation from left to right-hand drive.
The Ram 1500 is a full-size pickup truck and is significantly larger than other vehicles in this class.
We’ve borrowed a Ram 1500 DT for a week’s road test and our findings and thoughts are here.
What’s it cost?
The top of the line Ram 1500 Limited 5.7 petrol Crew Cab is priced at $142,950 plus onroads.
Getting in and out of this tall vehicle is far simpler than you would expect, thanks to a very clever trick.
When you open the doors, side-steps flick out from under the vehicle, so instead of just one step up to the cabin — there are sort-of two stairs.
There’s plenty of space in all five seats, with legroom in the rear that owners of other utes can only dream about.
The second row has 60/40 stadium folding and reclining seats that can slope back by up to eight degrees.
There’s stretch out space for two in the back and even the person in the centre rear seat has good space and comfort.
The Ram 1500 has a full-length dual-pane panoRamic sunroof, along with heated and ventilated leather seats.
In the load area, a 1.5 cubic metre tray can be specified with the excellent RamBox Cargo Management System for added usability.
A powered tailgate allows ease of access.
The infotainment screen is as big and bold as the rest of the Ram.
Being a 12.0-inch vertical unit, it provides a huge number of functions and is easy to use — because most of the movements you make on the screen with your fingers are instinctive.
Audio comes from a premium Harman/Kardon system, with 900 watt surround amp and 19 speakers — including a 10-inch subwoofer.
Active noise cancellation further improves the luxurious feeling within the cabin.
The sound quality impressed us and the audio guys have obviously put a lot of effort getting the best from the layout.
Ram 1500 safety systems include forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, ready alert braking and trailer-sway damping control, lane departure warning, park-sense parallel/perpendicular park, hill-start assist and LED intelligent headlights.
What’s it go like?
Every petrol Ram 1500 is powered by a 5.7-litre Hemi pushrod V8 engine with power and torque outputs of 291kW at 5600 rpm and 556Nm at 3950 rpm.
In addition, the 1500 DT LaRamie and Limited models now come with the new eTorque mild hybrid system to improve efficiency and drivability.
This system combines a belt-drive motor generator unit with a 48-volt battery pack to enable start-stop function, short-term torque assist and brake energy regeneration.
Cylinder deactivation when the engine is under very light load is a fuel reduction feature.
Transmission has eight forward speeds and there’s a Borg Warner torque-on-demand transfer case.
You can choose to operate it in two-wheel drive through the rear wheels or four-wheel drive.
There are also high and low ranges – this really is a genuine, hard working off-road vehicle.
This is a big truck and while not exactly filling the Aussie-width lanes on motorways, it does demand that you pay attention to avoid creeping into other lanes.
Similarly, on very narrow country roads the Ram 1500 takes not only its side of the road but pinches a bit from the other side.
So you may have to put the left-side wheels just off the road if something is coming the other way.
Cornering isn’t exactly sport-truck, but it’s safe and predictable.
Overtaking is simple thanks to all the grunt offered by that big V8 with its clever electrical torque.
It has new generation Active-Level Four Corner air suspension that’s adjustable to offer the best combination of ride, handling, off-road capability, load-levelling and entry/exit convenience.