Ram Truck today unveiled the all-new and exclusive-to-Canada 2019 Ram 1500 Sport. Debuting during media day of the Canadian International Autoshow, Ram 1500 Sport is designed specifically for Canadian truck buyers, who have made the Sport trim the country’s most popular Ram light-duty model. The all-new Ram Sport features unique exterior design cues, interior treatments and custom options.
The 2019 Ram 1500 Sport is distinguished foremost by its monochromatic exterior, available in nine colours and set off by a black billet bar grille. The all-new, standard bi-LED headlamps wear black internal bezels and are complemented by LED signature daytime running lamps and LED fog lamps. The hood badging and side window surrounds are also blacked-out. An optional Sport hood is available for customers who crave a more aggressive look. The Pickup rides on standard black 20-inch aluminum wheels, with optional 22-inch Black Noise alloys (available for the first time on 4x4 models).
The 5.7-litre HEMI V8 is standard on Ram 1500 Sport. It combines the muscle of 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque with performance-enhancing and fuel-saving technologies that include variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation.
A new generation of TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission is standard and includes more than 40 individual shift maps to optimize fuel economy, performance and drivability. The 2019 Ram 1500 Sport is offered as a 4x2 or 4x4 with an on-demand transfer case with four operating ranges: Auto, 2HI, 4HI and 4LO. The Auto range optimizes the distribution of torque based on vehicle driving conditions, without driver intervention.
Offered as either a Quad or Crew Cab, the Sport model wears a unique all-new Ram 1500 interior. The all-black cabin with black headliner features an exclusive combination of trim touches, including satin light black chrome highlights, real metal trim and a diamond plate-look on the centre stack borrowed from Ram Rebel. The instrument panel and cluster brow are soft-wrapped and features Diesel grey French accent stitching. The closed upper glove box wears a unique ‘Sport’ badge.
Unique to Canada are power heated sport cloth/premium vinyl seats with a special "hex" insert mesh fabric. Optional leather heated and ventilated seats also feature a unique technical embossed texture reserved only for Canada. The 2019 Ram 1500 Sport comes standard with power adjustable pedals, CD player, heated steering wheel and much more.
Every Sport comes standard with Ram 1500’s new reconfigurable console with space for a 15-inch laptop or hanging files, sliding front cupholders, fixed rear cupholders and large storage bins. A dual-pane sunroof is available on Crew Cab models, which also offer a reclining rear seat and a flat rear floor, plus 12.7 cm (5 inch) larger in-floor Ram bins that can accommodate a 4-inch drop hitch.
The newest generation of the award-winning 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen is standard on the 2019 Ram 1500 Sport, with features including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The standard 7-inch reconfigurable in-cluster display not only features a unique start-up screen with the “Sport” logo, but also deep-diving information, including fuel economy, trailer braking and status on the available air suspension.
The new Pickup offers over 100 standard and available safety and security features, including standard ParkView back-up camera, push-button start, tire fill alert and a comprehensive electronic stability control system that includes brake assist, hill start assist, rainy day braking, ready alert braking, trailer sway control and much more.
2019 Ram 1500 Sport offers advanced, optional safety features, including Blind-spot Monitoring with trailer detection, as well as the Advanced Safety Group that includes adaptive cruise control, Forward Collision Warning with Stop, Lane Departure Warning, Surround View Camera, automatic high beams and ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist. Front and rear park assist is available and sensors are now hidden in the lower portion of the bumper, along with fog lights to improve the aesthetics.
The 2019 Ram 1500 Sport goes on sale in the second quarter of 2018. Pricing and fuel economy will be announced at a later date.
Photos: RAM / FCA Canada
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