Topping the Ram 1500 line-up is the Laramie model, which lists from $99,950 plus on-road costs.

The Ram 1500 Laramie 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 $104,450 plus on-road costs.

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The US-made, Australian-converted Ram 1500 ute is powered by a 5.7-litre Hemi V8 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 Laramie models when fitted with a 70mm towball and chosen with the 3.92 rear axle ratio, while the Laramie model with a 3.21 rear axle ratio  is capable of a 3.5-tonne towing capacity (with a 50mm towball). 

The Laramie has the Crew Cab body, allowing more rear-seat space but with a shortened tub spanning 5’7” (1712mm) in length.

Fuel consumption for the Laramie model (3.92 rear axle ratio) is claimed at 12.2L/100km, while the 3.21 rear axle version claims fuel use of just 9.9L/100km. The fuel tank size is 98L for Laramie models.

The 1500 Laramie has more stylish exterior finishes, with chrome details on the grille, mirrors, door handles and wheels, and it also features full-length side steps. 

The Ram 1500 Laramie adds luxury items inside, too, such as leather seat trim, deep-pile carpeting, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, climate control, a heated steering wheel, an 8.4-inch media screen with sat nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (none of which are available on the Express model), and it has a 10-speaker sound system (six speakers in the Express).

Other extras the Laramie adds over the Express include an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, auto wipers, power-adjustable pedal placement, rear seat air-vents, and remote engine start.

There is a reversing camera, but no auto emergency braking (AEB), and no advanced safety equipment. There is no ANCAP safety rating, either.