An all-new Ram 1500 DT will finally land in Australia in Q1 next year, with the model expected to sit above the existing DS model in the local line-up.
That will give Ram in Australia a two-prong attack on vehicles like the Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger, Nissan Navara and Isuzu D-Max, as well as delivering some of the most impressive power, torque and towing numbers seen locally.
The all-new Ram 1500 DT will remain powered by a 5.7-litre V8 petrol engine in Australia, generating 291kW and 556Nm. There's also a third-generation of Ram’s 3.0-litre diesel V6, which is now pumping out some 194kW and 650Nm, which is fed through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The engine we currently get in Australia - the current diesel - is good for 179kW and 569Nm.
Ram reckons the diesel delivers the " highest diesel tow rating in the class" with an impressive towing capacity of 5.7 tonnes. The V8 is listed at 5.2 tonnes.
There's also been a major tech overhaul in the cabin, with select models to get a Head-Up Display, as well as a seriously cool 12.0-inch touchscreen arranged in a portrait style.
Pricing is yet to be confirmed for the new Ram 1500, but we would expect it to land north of the current price list. Ram 1500 pricing in Australia currently starts from around $80, and stretches to $104,450 for the Warlock. There is then a sizeable jump to the Ram 2500 Laramie, which starts at around $140k. And it's this approximately $35k price difference Ram in Australia will likely plug in Australia, with the new 1500 to sit above the 1500 Classic in terms of pricing and specification.
For now, though, watch this space.