There's something beautifully simple about the humble work truck.
Steel wheels. White paint. A flat-black grille. The humble, tumble work truck doesn't call attention to itself; it asks for nothing yet gives everything. Regardless of whether you own one or you've been on the receiving end of a service of someone who does, the work truck has been your trusty companion, your modest servant. This, my friends, is what runs America.
At “The Work Truck Show” in Indianapolis, Indiana, Ram officially revealed its own all-new work truck: the 1500 Tradesman. And folks, it's beautiful.
No, the 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman isn't stunning in the same way as a European supercar tuned to within an nth of its life, as svelte as a sculpted $150,000 luxury four-door coupe, nor as visually exciting as a boy racer-winged hot hatch champing at the bit to vulcanize a set of front tires. Instead, the Tradesman finds its beauty in its function, blending into the background unnoticed, going about the business of keeping the trains running on time. On Monday, Ram announced pricing for its least-expensive 1500-series pickup. The Tradesman, pictured here, is that model, and the glorious hunk of stick-to-it-iveness can be yours for $31,695 plus a $1,695 destination charge.
“Ram launched the original Tradesman model in 2011, and our work truck customers have enjoyed Ram’s benchmark durability ever since,” said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand.“Ram has the highest owner loyalty of any half-ton truck and the Ram 1500 Tradesman model will continue to deliver confidence for hard-working people who rely on it every day.” The base Tradesman Quad Cab 4x2 is paired with a 6-foot-4 long-bed for carrying copious amounts of dirty cargo. (Crew Cab models with the 6-foot-4 long-bed and 5-foot-7 short-bed are available, too.) Ram's new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with eTorque is the standard motivator.
At launch, the Tradesman—and all other Rams—are powered solely by the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 sans eTorque, as the mild-hybrid system is a late-availability feature. But regardless of engine, all models send their power to the rear or all four wheels through a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission. For those who rely on their pickups to make a living, Ram has fitted the Tradesman with numerous work-friendly amenities inside, like easy-clean vinyl upholstery and floors, a front bench seat, Uconnect with Bluetooth and hands-free calling, a 12-volt power outlet, and three USB ports to ensure all your business electronics stay charged and you stay connected to what matters most.
Outside, a Class 3 hitch and lighted 4- and 7-pin trailer wire connectors placed above the rear bumper are paired with a rearview camera to aid you in the trailer coupling process. With that hitch, the Ram 1500 Tradesman can tow up to 8,000 pounds of equipment and supplies, but—properly equipped—it can haul up to 12,750 pounds behind it with a heftier hitch.
If your chosen career path requires that you head out into the wild, you can option the Tradesman with an off-road package that adds a factory suspension lift. A more powerful alternator, folding trailer mirrors, rubber mats, cloth upholstery, spray-in bed liner, trailer brake controller, anti-spin and locking rear differentials, and 3.21 or 3.92 rear gears are available, too.
The Ram 1500 Tradesman and other trims are arriving on dealer lots now. All models come with a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty, and all are fitted with rear coil springs to better soak up those bumps to save your back after a hard day at "the office." You can find out more by checking out our 2019 Ram 1500 First Look.