Ram 1500 Charges Into 2021 With New Tech Options

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Same awesome exterior now packed with more goodness inside.

While a majority of the attention right now is being directed at the wonderfully insane Ram 1500 TRX, what about the rest of the Ram 1500 lineup? The 2021 Ram 1500 Limited Longhorn (formerly Laramie Longhorn) also debuted last month but now the entire lineup is here. For 2021, the Ram 1500 is receiving some updates directly from the TRX. Styling-wise, the 2021 model looks identical to last year's truck.

Ram also decided that its full-size pickup (not the still in-demand Ram 1500 Classic) needed a dose of TRX tech, specifically the full-color head-up display and digital rear-view mirror, both of which are optional. The HUD unit can show up to five different "content areas" at once. It's even customizable through the also optional Uconnect 4C 12-inch touchscreen. Lane Departure, Lane Keep Assistance, adaptive cruise control, and the truck's current speed and gear can all be viewed on this display.

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The 9.2-inch digital mirror provides drivers with real-time video courtesy of a rear-facing camera that can easily be changed back to a traditional reflective mirror. Also new for 2021 is Trailer Reverse Steering Control. Part of the optional Trailer Package, it gives drivers the ability to guide the truck and trailer when reversing by way of a dial. Just turn the dial left or right in the direction you need the trailer to go and the system will control the steering wheel as well.

Other new tech items include optional power-folding trailer mirrors and pedestrian detection (though the truck must have adaptive cruise control). A full-speed collision warning is now standard on all trims except for Tradesman and Bighorn.

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Lastly, those who live in a region with harsh winters will be thrilled with the new Snow Plow Prep option. This features a 220-amp alternator, a truck-side plow wiring harness and a rear power-sliding window with a must-have defroster.

The same batch of engines from last year have been carried over, including the 3.6-liter eTorque V6 with 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, 3.0-liter EcoDiesel with 260 hp and 480 lb-ft, and the 5.7-liter Hemi V8, with and without eTorque.

Official pricing has not been announced but we wouldn't expect any drastic changes over last year.

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