The Ram 1500 is one of the most dependable pickups in the world market under the pickup truck class. But this American-born brand didn’t used to be so independent. In fact, a century and a few decades ago, the Ram trucks we all know today bore the word “Dodge” before its name. In the 1930s, the images of actual rams were already used by Dodge on their trucks. After a few more years, the proud Ram brand now sits besides Jeep, Dodge, Maserati, and Alfa Romeo as one of the brands owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. It was in 2010 when Chrysler decided to group the vehicle types they manufactured and categorize them under the two brands Dodge and Ram. In the end, they decided that minivans and cars would go under the Dodge nameplate. The more muscular pickuo trucks, on the other hand, like the Dodge Dakota and the Dodge Ram were put under the Ram brand. As of now, Chrysler has given the Ram at least eight models. This includes the Ram 1500, the Ram 1500 Classic, the Ram 2500, and the Ram 3500, just to name a few. However, as of now, only the Ram 1500 is only made available in the Philippine market.
The first visit of the Ram 1500 Laramie in the Philippines happened not too long ago. The model reveal took place along with other prestigious car brands that hail from mostly west-based producers. In the prestigious Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) event, two of the brand’s offical distributors were quick to showcase their latest units and models.
Automotive Icon and CATS Motors, Inc. had an array of new vehicles to offer. This includes premium car models from Mercedes-Benz. Jeep and of course, Ram. The Ram 1500 Laramie stood proudly with the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport and Grand Cherokee as they stand their ready to be driven.
For such an extravagant price, you can look forward to mid-level features on this massive pickup. Fog lights accompany the front fascia. These not only make the road more visible for you. It also helps other motorists see you better, even on the rainiest day. The power-adjustable rear mirrors minimize the effort required from the driver for a more convenient drive every time.
A remote fuel lid opener and adjustable headlights further help the Ram 1500 deliver a better driving experience. The mirror integrated turn indicator signals and side stepper not only add a dash of good styling but are highly useful too!
The Ram 1500 Laramie comes with a lot of standard exterior features. But the ones in the interior are also worth noting. First off, air conditioning comes as a standard. You also won’t have to worry about wrist problems when rolling the windows because powered ones are installed for both the front and the rear.
All the seats in the Ram 160 Laramie are comfy and adjustable. Those at the rear also come with good-quality headrests and can be completely folded away when not in use. Rear air conditioning is also available, along with bottle and cup holders at the front seat.
Technology & Safety
If you’re paying Php 3 million for a car, you’d expect a decent amount of technical and safety features. The good news is that the Ram 1500 won’t fail your expectations. It comes with keyless entry, and an engine start and stop button. There’s also a touch screen and onboard computer for your entertainment needs. This is further complemented with Bluetooth connectivity, an auxiliary and USB input, and a CD player for better media options.
For safety, driver and passenger airbags are installed. Occupants are made safer with the side airbags and child lock. Other helpful features include crash sensors, parking sensors, and rear cameras among others.
Platform & Chassis
The Ram 1500 Lamarie comes in a single cab and crew cab body styles. But for the Philippines, only the crew cab is made available. It has a four-passenger seating capacity thanks to the 229-inch vehicle length. This also gives the interior ample legroom reaching up to 41 inches at the front and 40.3 inches at the rear.
The Ram 1500 has a ground clearance of 8.6 inches and 120 inches of wheelbase. Overall, this massive pickup stands at a 78.5-inch height with a 79.4-inch width. It comes with radial type tires in 275/60 R20 size.
Engine & Drivetrain
Ram vehicles have been in the business for literally decades. If they built weak, incapable cars, this wouldn’t be the case. That’s why for the Ram 1500 Lamarie, you can look forward to a 5654 cc 5.7L Hemi V8 power mill.
It provides the Laramie with up to 395 hp and 556 Nm of torque. Then, it is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and an AWD drivetrain to ensure you get where you need to go even if there's rough terrain up ahead.
In terms of fuel efficiency, the Ram 1500 Laramie can travel up to 9.35 kilometers per liter in the city. But on the highway, it can reach up to 13.6 kilometers before needing a refill.