Ford will remain the only pickup manufacturer to use an aluminum body.
Spies have confirmed the 2019 Ram 1500 lineup will soldier on with a steel body, laying to rest any rumors that FCA's bread-and-butter pickup will follow Ford into the aluminum-body game. That's not to say that the new Ram will be entirely free of lightweight materials. In the course of confirming the new pickup's steel body, spies confirmed that its tailgate and hood will likely be aluminum.
How'd they do that? The tried-and-true magnet method.
We were supplied with a video of the subject applying a magnet to each of the Ram's exterior panels. The body, doors and bedside are obviously made of ferrous material. The tailgate and hood, however, were not magnetic.
This doesn't necessarily confirm the presence of aluminum in those still-camouflaged body panels, however the use of more exotic materials is exceedingly unlikely.
We expect the lighter-weight 2019 Ram to also introduce new engines, perhaps include a turbocharged four-cylinder to be shared with the likes of the new Jeep pickup. The very presence of the Jeep may allow FCA to hedge toward bigger powerplants for the Ram, however, with demand for a more-efficient midsized model taken care of elsewhere.
We're skeptical that diesel will return given FCA's recent run-ins with federal regulators, but we'll have to wait until January (at the earliest) to find out.
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