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Spies Confirm 2019 Ram Body Still Steel

Spies Confirm 2019 Ram Body Still Steel

The clever spy photographers working for LeftLaneNews have managed to confirm the metal of choice on the 2019 Ram 1500. And so far, it appears that Ram won’t be joining Ford in the all-aluminum body era.

The spy photographers used a rather simply method to determine the metal found on the new Ram. They simply ran a magnet over each exterior body panel. The test found that all exterior panels were attracted to the magnet except the hood and tailgate. Of course, this does not automatically mean those two panels are aluminum, but it is highly likely given numerous vehicles on the market utilize aluminum hoods today.

This comes as little surprise as the 2019 Ram is allegedly not on an all-new platform. Instead, the DT Ram will be a heavily redesigned version of today’s truck, which happens to be steel.

In addition to a steel body, the new Ram will likely roll out some new powertrains, including potentially a turbocharged four-cylinder. A hybrid version is also in the cards for the new pickup.

Further details will be released in January when the 2019 Ram 1500 is introduced at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.





 

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  1. nsaporito
    FenwickHockey65
    The cab probably will be aluminum. Spy photographers did the same magnet test with a T1XX IVER and the bed is still high strength steel.

    In any case, I believe the GM trucks right now are already pretty light. There won't be a desperate bid to drop pounds like with the F-series.


    At least part of the bed on the T1XX trucks will be composite. The same material the Ridgeline uses.
    member12
    Andrew_L
    Not talking about the beds I am talking about the body panels.


    Consumers are demanding performance, fuel economy, and durability. They aren't demanding aluminum body panels in particular. Ford and Chevrolet just happen to be delivering additional performance and fuel economy with lighter materials. Ram may be doing something different to achieve those goals, or they could be banking on an extended period of low fuel prices while they focus on other things.

    Remember...the previous generation F150 had a pretty serious weight problem, which put them at a disadvantage when it comes to fuel economy and performance. That's why they aggressively pursued aluminum body panels and beds. It wasn't for the sake of using more expensive materials - it was to provide the performance and fuel economy that consumers are demanding.

    I'm not as familiar with the current Ram or its weight. I do know their sales are very good, and their Ecodiesel engine options makes them the most fuel efficient full sized truck at the moment. Power, performance, and efficiency are where the arms race is in this segment...not material, although material choice can help deliver that.
    Andrew_L
    member12
    Why would they do that? They already brag about having stronger steel beds.


    Not talking about the beds I am talking about the body panels.
    member12
    Andrew_L
    Right that's what I heard as well, either way it's a bragging point to make saying hey we got aluminum body panels while RAM is still using steel.


    Why would they do that? They already brag about having stronger steel beds.

    Andrew_L
    Will put RAM behind the competition if so.


    Not using aluminum won't put them behind the competition. Being too heavy or inefficient will.

    If they are meeting or exceeding the competition's performance, it won't matter. The only qualitative aspect that aluminum provides in of itself to consumers is corrosion resistance, but that might also bring repair costs into the discussion. Even then, the selling point is less corrosion, not necessarily materials. The true benefit of using aluminum is that it makes it easier to shed weight and thus meet the performance goals. Those performance and fuel economy numbers are what will sell trucks.
    Andrew_L
    FenwickHockey65
    The cab probably will be aluminum. Spy photographers did the same magnet test with a T1XX IVER and the bed is still high strength steel.

    In any case, I believe the GM trucks right now are already pretty light. There won't be a desperate bid to drop pounds like with the F-series.


    Right that's what I heard as well, either way it's a bragging point to make saying hey we got aluminum body panels while RAM is still using steel.
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