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The US-made, Australian-converted Ram 1500 ute is powered by a 5.7-litre Hemi V8 engine
The US-made, Australian-converted Ram 1500 ute is powered by a 5.7-litre Hemi V8 engine


  • Big V8
  • Huge tray
  • Mega towing


  • Poor safety standard
  • Expensive
  • Unconvincing ownership potential

The Ram 1500 Express 2018 model opens proceedings for the big American pick-up range, with pricing starting from $79,950 drive-away.

The Ram 1500 Express can also be optioned with RamBoxes - a pair of insulated, lockable boxes over the wheel arches that offer secure storage - and the list price for this model is $84,450 plus on-road costs.

The Ram 1500 Express model can also be ordered with a Black Pack, consisting of black exterior highlights, smoked headlights, black badging and a sports exhaust. This version lists at $89,450 plus on-road costs, or $93,950 with RamBoxes.

The US-made, Australian-converted Ram 1500 ute is powered by a 5.7-litre Hemi V8 engine with 291kW of power (at 5600rpm) and 556Nm of torque on offer (at 3950rpm). That’s some serious horsepower.

The engine is teamed to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all Ram 1500 models are four-wheel drive. Towing capability tops out at 4.5 tonnes (braked) for both Express and Laramie models when fitted with a 70mm towball. It has the “Quad Cab” body with a 6’4” (1939mm) tub.

Fuel consumption for the Express model (which has a 3.92 rear axle ratio) is claimed at 12.2L/100km. The fuel tank size is 121L.

The entry-level Express model comes with a 5.0-inch media screen, cloth seat trim, a leather-lined dashboard, colour-coded grille and bumpers, side steps, halogen headlights and fog lamps, a spray-in bed liner, 20-inch wheels and a full towing kit with integrated electric brake control. 

In this specification there is no reversing camera, no auto emergency braking (AEB), and no advanced safety equipment. There is no ANCAP safety rating, either.

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Ram 1500 2018: Express (4X4)

Safety Rating
Engine Type V8, 5.7L
Fuel Type Unleaded Petrol
Fuel Efficiency 12.2L/100km (combined)
Seating 5
Price From $54,890 - $63,030

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Based on 15 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months.

Range and Specs

Vehicle Specs Price*
Express (4X4) BLK PAK W/Rboxes 5.7L, Unleaded Petrol, 8 SPEED AUTOMATIC $64,460 - $74,030
Express (4X4) Black Pack 5.7L, Unleaded Petrol, 8 SPEED AUTOMATIC $61,380 - $70,510
Laramie (4X4) 855KG 5.7L, Unleaded Petrol, 8 SPEED AUTOMATIC $68,530 - $78,760
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*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price
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