Since RAM debuted as its own lineup in 2011, the 1500 model has remained essentially the same, save for a few nips, tucks, and a new diesel engine. For 2018, things will, again, remain mostly the same, but there will be some feature shuffling and a new luxury trim.
On the outside, the standard 2018 RAM 1500 will be virtually indistinguishable from the previous model. On Sport models, however, RAM will update the 1500’s appearance, though the truck manufacturer has yet to announce the changes. Another big change will be the new Limited Tungsten trim, which will add exterior upgrades like a Tungsten Chrome grille, a sport hood, body-color mirrors, door handles and running boards, black headlight surrounds, Tungsten Chrome accents and badging, and satin-painted Limited wheels.
Inside, the base models will remain pretty much the same, but there will be a few updates of note on other versions. The bigger changes include optional leather on the Rebel model and revised 8.4-inch infotainment systems. Like the exterior, the Limited Tungsten trim will make big changes inside, like a Light Greystone suede headliner, “Natura Plus” Frost and Indigo-colored premium leather, real wood trim, and more.
Under its hood, everything will remain the same. The base engine will be a 3.6-liter V6 with 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. Optionally, buyers can go with the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 with 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. For those looking for a little thriftiness, the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 will remain an option with its 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque.
Safety will remain a bit of a struggle for the 2018 RAM 1500, as there are no changes in store to fix the 2017 model’s abysmal ratings. It received “Marginal” ratings in the small-overlap and roof-strength crash tests and “Good” ratings in the other crash tests. In the headlight test, it again received a “Marginal” rating. Making matters worse was its lack of automatic emergency braking. These ratings will carry into 2018 unchanged.