The Ram 1500 is a stalwart of Alberta truck life. Built to not only survive, but thrive in both the country and city conditions that Edmonton constantly throws our way. It’s undergone many changes over the years, but has never done away with its capability and style at its core. Follow along with us at Great West Chrysler, your Ram Edmonton dealer for the best in trucks, and learn all about how the Ram 1500 came to be the exceptional pickup it is today!
Ram 1500 Early Days
1981 saw the birth of the 1500. This, at the time, Dodge Ram 1500 was a redesigned version of the Dodge D-series of pickups, but saw a greatly improved interior. These first generations of pickups stretched from 1981 to 1993, eventually seeing a Cummins B series engine added in 1989, which helped to raise the popularity of the truck. 1994 to 2002 brought forth the second generation of the 1500, seeing a further redesign of the truck that mirrored a more heavy duty style, which were few and far between for the pickup segment of the time. This version of the truck helped orient it to what we know it as today.
Ram 1500, Making a Name for Itself
2002 kickstarted the third generation, lasting until 2009. The truck remained mostly the same on the outside, but under the hood was a different story, with a boost in improved performance gifted onto the truck. This generation also saw important advancements in technology, with everything from Bluetooth and Sirius radio being added, foreshadowing the current strides the modern Ram 1500s are taking in the tech world. 2009 to 2018 saw the fourth generation of the Dodge Ram 1500, and also the last of its name in that context. Dodge and Ram split into two separate companies, so that Ram could continue to flourish by itself as a truck brand, and Dodge could focus on their performance driven muscle cars, SUVs and reliable minivans. The Ram 1500 cemented its legacy with its own brand of pickup trucks, as capable as they are now luxurious.
Ram 1500, Today
The Ram 1500 has just introduced its latest edition, starting production in 2018 with the 2019 model year for its fifth generation! This all-new designed Ram has new grilles, a slimmer build, stunning headlights and more in an aesthetic package that is still tough as ever before, with more power than you’re used to in the 1500. For those who still don’t want to part with the old style, the Ram 1500 Classic is sticking around for the time being. But why would you, when the new Ram 1500 was just awarded MotorTrend Truck of the Year, the highest pickup honour from the preeminent vehicle magazine. Only getting more bold, luxurious and capable, the Ram 1500 keeps improving over the years to serve hardworking Albertans the best.