Ram details 2019 1500 Classic

Ram will sell two variants of the 1500 side by side.

Ram will continue building the last-generation 1500 to satisfy demand from buyers seeking a truck that's cheaper and more basic than the all-new model. The firm has detailed the pickup.

Now called 1500 Classic, the truck looks virtually identical to last year's model with the exception of a Classic emblem below the Ram 1500 script on each door. There are three available option packages; two add chrome trim on both ends while one gives the truck a blacked-out look.

The 1500 Classic line-up is broken down into four trim levels named Tradesman, Express, Big Horn/Lone Star, and SSV (Special Services Vehicle). It's aimed at entry-level and commercial buyers.

The trim selection gets smaller for 2019, but Ram hasn't pared down the palette of available engines. Buyers can select a 3.6-liter V6, a 5.7-liter V8, and, later in the production run, a 3.0-liter turbodiesel. The line-up includes three cab styles and three bed lengths.

The 1500 Classic will be available in the fourth quarter of 2018, though Ram hasn't announced pricing yet. The company states it will sell both variants of the 2019 1500 through the 2018 calendar year. What happens after that largely depends on the reception buyers give it. The Classic could join the Dakota in the pantheon of automotive history, or it could survive for at least one more model year.

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