Made “Strong and Reliable”
“The LED headlights are beautifully integrated in the front grille.”
“Legendary Dodge brand is one that builds super performance sports cars and heavy-duty trucks, which have appeared in numerous movies and stunt shows.”
“Very handsome yet rugged truck!”
“If I were to close my eyes and listen to the description of the options and features, I would say I was buying a luxury limousine,” said Hisham.
It’s a clever vehicle that starts you off with one thing and then you end up with a completely different machine—but maintains the same core concept and utility.
I have always known the legendary Dodge brand to be one that builds super performance sports cars and heavy-duty trucks, which have appeared in numerous movies and stunt shows. When Dodge decided that they wanted to build a strong reliable truck that could cope with rough terrain and still be able to attend to your daily commutes; that task wasn’t easy. But, they made it work brilliantly. The RAM 1500 has a massive history that has served millions of people around the world, and it’s still doing so today. I was excited to hear that I am going to test drive the RAM 1500 range to see what the brand will be offering in 2019. Khaled already tested the RAM 1500 Rebel back in the USA, so I am going to tell you more about the Limited.
The top of the range RAM 1500 Limited is the ‘Rolls-Royce’ of trucks. Having said that let me explain to you how. With my first look at the front end, I immediately detected the LED headlights beautifully integrated in the front grill. It is a very handsome, yet rugged truck. The combination is rare in terms of design, and because it is hard to chain classiness to toughness. I must say that the use of chrome is a bit too much for my taste, but that’s a personal preference.
To enter your chariot, an electrically deployable side step (like we see on the top-of-the-line Range Rover Autobiography) comes down giving you an effortless entry to the car. Keyless entry and go functions are available as standard. Getting in the cabin, the first thing I detected was a wildly impressive 12-inch display screen that gathers all the functions of the car. I have seen many striking cockpits on high-end luxury sedans or limousines, but to see it on a truck was something else. The customizable home screen integrates the latest Uconnect 4, built-in navigation with 3D city models and terrain maps. The truck also features wireless charging and has Android and Apple Carplay compatibility. The monitor is clear to read and beautifully integrated in the center console and now all the aforementioned features are in that same area that is at the tip of your fingers. The second thing I saw was the panoramic roof that makes the cabin airy and very easy to live with. Usually when I sit in a truck, the headliner is made by a cheap cloth fabric with plastic going through, but now the evolution is stunning. Seat ventilation is now for front and rear seats, which is a first on anything other than an S-Class, 7 Series or A8. Leg and headroom for the rear passengers is titanic: I can easily sleep in it and watch the stars from my gorgeous panoramic view. A surround-view camera system is optional so I can observe all my surroundings especially when I am loading gear at a ranch or I if I am parked in a tight spot—always keep in mind that I am operating a large vehicle.
The Harman Kardon premium sound system that incorporates 19 speakers and the huge space inside made me feel as if I was out clubbing. The four-wheel drive system has the auto function so as a locking differential option. The truck has an adaptive air suspension where I can adjust the ride height if I am entering a tough terrain with obstacles; I can raise it so I don’t get stuck and at speeds exceeding 100 km/h it lowers itself for better stability. There is also an option where I can configure a button on my key so that when I press it, it lowers the rear end for easier access to the trunk. Furthermore, the tailgate has a hydraulic aid for the opening and closing maneuver.
The 5.7 V8 with its 400 horsepower and 555 Nm of torque will always be the heart of the beast. There will be a V6 engine, but the V8 will continue to be the best there is. This engine has been in production for almost a decade and now is tuned to perfection both in terms of power output and acoustic feedback. It’s a very comfortable and refined vehicle. I will not get into feel and precision because it’s not made with sportiness in mind. The thing I disliked the most is the absence of a manual gear change: I couldn’t select the gear that I wanted and I couldn’t turn the traction control completely off. This will be a problem for those who go off-road or on snowy mountain roads, because it takes away your driving skills and puts it all in the hands of the technology provided by the traction control system.
If I were to close my eyes and listen to a description of the options and features of the car I would say I am buying a luxury limousine. Way to go RAM 1500 limited by raising the bar yet again and benchmarking the truck segment.
Pros: Usefulness, luxurious, aerodynamics, quietness for a large pickup truck
Cons: Huge size, pricing is getting closer to luxury vehicle segment
Rivals: Nissan Titan, Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F150, Toyota Tundra, GMC Sierra
One word: benchmark
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
5.7 L, V8, 395hp @ 5600rpm, 555Nm @ 3950rpm
8-Speed Automatic Gearbox, 4WD with driving modes and locking differentials
0-100Km: 6.9 secs, top speed: 175kph, fuel consumption: 13.8L/ 100 km
Weight: 2,373 kg