Interior Technology Brings 2019 Ram 1500 Up to Speed


Interior updates are a big part of the redesigned 2019 Ram 1500, revealed at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

All cab configurations will offer more interior space and have longer corresponding wheelbases. The most pronounced change will be in the most popular crew-cab configuration, where 4 extra inches have been added, mostly in the form of rear passenger legroom. The rear seats also offer an 8-degree slope with a clever slide-out adjustment to change the seatback angle. Crew-cab seats can slide forward or back several inches depending on what kind of room you need.

The crew cab now offers a flat rear load floor (similar to the current Ford F-150), with an interesting extendable storage area under both sides of the 60/40 split, folding rear seats. Additionally, there is a large center armrest (that can disappear into the rear seatback) that has cupholders and extra storage bins. And depending on which trim level you order, you can have both cooled and heated rear passenger seats.

The front center console is quite ingenious as well, acting more like a monster minivan storage bin (with 12 different storage combinations) than a normal pickup truck console bucket. The console provides wireless charging for cellphones, plug-in ports for electronic devices and space for hiding small items. You can even reconfigure the area into sections or one big, open bin. Additionally, each console houses a three-prong 115-volt household. There's another three-prong plug available in the rear box/bed area if you opt for the RamBox. The crew cab will have a panoramic sunroof that essentially is the size of the roof itself; it opens up half of the glass to the outdoors when desired.

The dashboard display — with choices of Uconnect 3 (5-inch display), Unconnect 4 with or without navigation (8.4-inch display) or the new 12-inch reconfigurable touchscreen Uconnect multimedia system — has been raised and brought closer to the driver for better visibility and ease of use. This fourth-generation Uconnect system has been significantly updated; the screen can be split into two 6-inch screens for multiple displays. The new Uconnect also features SiriusXM 360L, which offers a more personalized listening experience.

The new setup allows for impressive navigation screen quality as well as other subscription-based features such as real-time weather, music apps and a Netflix-like ordering feature that learns what you like over time. Most models also offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity.

Also new on the 2019 Ram is the optional surround-view camera system that gives the driver a bird's-eye view of the truck as well as being able to select any of the four cameras for more details.

For the audiophiles, the new premium sound system is an all-new 900-watt Harmon Kardon with 19 speakers throughout the cabin.

Finally, the new Ram offers standard and advanced safety and warning systems including adaptive cruise control (that allows for stop, go and hold), adaptive front headlights, forward collision warning with brake assists, blind spot sensors, trailer sway damping control, lane departure warning, parking assist, hill start assist and much more.

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