Improved 2023 Ram 1500 ready to load at Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra – Car News

The looming full-size pickup war is heating up, with Ram upgrading the specs of its 1,500 models ready to take on the Chevrolet Silverado, Ford’s F-150, arriving in Australia in mid-2023, and the Toyota Tundra , slated for a local introduction in the fourth quarter of next year.

The Stellantis updates in the US mark the biggest change with the introduction of a 12.0-inch digital dashboard, offering more than 20 menus, five configurable tiles for quick access to often used information and a choice of digital or analog style gauges. The color screen configuration can also be saved in an individual user profile.

The central 12.0-inch multimedia touchscreen, running the “Uconnect 5” package, has also been modified to include an “Emergency Vehicle Alert System” (EVAS), while retaining screen capability shared, 360 degree camera views, navigation, etc. .

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New 22-inch off-road tires have been made available on the 1500 Laramie and Limited, and all models will be equipped with a “rear seat reminder alert” and an LED hitch light in the tailgate handle.

At the same time, a limited edition Elite 1500 was added to the US Ram lineup, and when asked if this was a possibility for Australian production, Ram Trucks Australia spokesman Oliver Peagam said. declared to CarsGuide“We focus on international spec vehicles, and there are many versions of the 1500 currently offered in the United States that we don’t take. But never say never.

Ram Trucks Australia is the official Ram importer/distributor in Australia and New Zealand, and claims to be the only factory authorized full volume manufacturer of right hand drive Ram products in the world.

“Our guys are working on the 2023 spec right now and (in terms of the spec) we will continue to focus on what the customers want,” Mr Peagam added.

The Ram 1500 Limited Elite features a multi-function locking tailgate, tailgate ajar warning light, bed step, four adjustable cargo tie-down anchors, as well as a bed extender and cargo divider.

Inside, there’s a “jewel” rotary shifter, a unique instrument cluster theme, premium leather front bucket seats, 12-way power heated and ventilated driver and front passenger seats, a suede headliner, heated steering wheel and shiny stainless steel pedal covers. .

Ram achieved its biggest monthly sales in Australia last month, with 552 registrations in August and year-to-date sales approaching 4,000, a whopping 38 per cent increase from the same period in 2021.

The updated 1500 is expected to land in Australia in Q4 2022.

But Mr Peagam said the company was acutely aware of new competition coming in 2023, noting that first-mover advantage has been driving the brand’s current success, while acknowledging the need to scale up what will soon be a hotly contested market segment.

A mighty ace up Ram’s sleeve is the outrageous 1500 TRX powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8, generating 523kW/882Nm, which is enough to propel it from 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds.

At $199,950 before on-road costs in Australia, it’s a US domestic market rival to Ford’s equally rugged 522kW/868Nm F-150 Raptor R (TRX aka T-Rex, trumps Raptor, get it?), and it looks like Ford Australia will go further down the “big truck” route here, with the brand names of the F-150 Tremor hi-po and all-electric F-150 Lightning.

Given that the new Ram 1500 model and equipment upgrades have yet to be 100% confirmed for Australia, any movement on pricing is also unclear.

The current (mainstream) Ram 1500 lineup starts at $82,950, before on-road costs, for the fourth-generation Exceed “Quad-Cab,” going up to $173,500 for the Limited “Crew Cab” from fifth generation.

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