The off-road-focused 2022 Ram 1500 BackCountry will debut at the Chicago Auto Show.
Last week, Stellantis made the shock announcement that Ram will launch its first-ever electric pickup truck in 2024. It's called the 1500 BEV and will be Ram's answer to the Rivian R1T, GMC Hummer, and Ford F-150 Lightning. In the meantime, Ram is expanding its combustion-powered lineup with the new 1500 BackCountry Edition.
Debuting at the Chicago Auto Show, the BackCountry Edition is based on the popular 1500 Big Horn and Texas-only Lone Star trims and is packed with extra equipment that enhances the truck's capability for owners with active lifestyles.
As standard, the 2022 Ram 1500 BackCountry Edition rides on 18-inch black wheels and is finished in a two-tone grey and black paint finish.
Other visual enhancements that set the BackCountry Edition apart include black exhaust tips, headlight bezels, mirrors, and running boards, as well as a body-color grille and tonneau cover, which give the truck a more rugged appearance.
To improve the pickup's off-roading prowess, the BackCountry Edition is equipped with the 4x4 Off-Road Group package as standard, which includes tow hooks, front suspension skid plates, a transfer case, power steering and fuel tank, a rear electronic locking axle, shocks tuned for off-roading, hill-descent control, and all-terrain tires. The Bed Utility Group is also included as standard, which adds upper adjustable tie-downs, a bed extender (available with RamBox only), a deployable bed step, bed lighting, and spray-in bed liner.
Inside, the 2022 Ram 1500 BackCountry features a black interior with bucket seats and is equipped with a seven-inch touchscreen. A BackCountry badge on the instrument panel lets everyone know this is no ordinary Ram 1500 and all-weather Mopar floor mats are fitted as standard.
The 2022 Ram 1500 BackCountry can be ordered in 4x4 Quad and 4x4 Crew Cab configurations with either a 5.7-liter V8 or 5.7-liter V8 engine with eTorque mild-hybrid assist.
Sales for the 2022 Ram 1500 will start in Q3, 2021, with pricing starting at $40,085 (plus $1,695 destination charge). For comparison, the Ram 1500 Big Horn and Lone Star start at $37,290.