The all-new Ram 1500 is nearly ready to launch in Australia, with the full-size answer to the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger now expected to hit dealerships in a matter of weeks.
CarsGuide understands the team at Ram Trucks Australia is in the final stages of pre-production for its new truck, with the DT Ram 1500 to be ready to rumble within weeks.
The new model is expected to shift the goal posts in a segment essentially pioneered by the Ateco Group - the brand's importer - debuting a host of new technology, safety and style features.
The brand has already opened the order books for the new truck, with deliveries expected to begin in at the end of March or early in April.
CarsGuide understands the new DT model - which has already launched in the USA - will be a petrol-only affair, and one fitted with the brand's even more powerful 5.7-litre V8 petrol engine, generating 291kW and 556Nm. Stateside, there's also the option of a new EcoDiesel, but that engine is unlikely to arrive.
The DT model will also welcome a major tech overhaul in the cabin, with select models to get a Head-Up Display, as well as 12.0-inch touchscreen arranged in a portrait style.
As previously reported, the arrival of the DT gives Ram a two-prong strategy in Australia, as it seeks to steal sales from traditional utes like the Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger, Nissan Navara and Isuzu D-Max. The 1500 currently on sale will continue to be sold here, with the DT to act as a halo trim for the range.
Pricing is yet to be confirmed for the new Ram 1500.