November 14, 2017 19:14 GMT by

This could be the next-generation 2019 Ram 1500

This could be the next-generation 2019 Ram 1500

An update of everything we know about the 2019 Ram 1500, including artist renderings of what the next-generation styling could look like.

An intrepid magnet-wielding spy photographer back in August examined a 2019 Ram test mule's body panels and discovered the majority of them are steel. The hood and tailgate are aluminum, however.

The coil springs are staying put
Spy photos have shown that one of the current Ram's defining characteristics will continue to feature on the new truck. The coil springs currently deliver superior ride comfort, and improve handling and stability, especially while towing.

The Mega Cab might be making a comeback
Some spy photos have shown what could be a longer crew cab available on the 2019 Ram 1500. Although the extra-long Mega Cab has been available on the 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty trucks, the half-ton 1500 has been without that option in its current generation. It did, however, debut on the previous-generation truck and provided an almost laughable amount of legroom for rear seat occupants. The other possibility is that it was just an optical illusion created by gobs of black vinyl body cladding and the biggest cab style we'll get will still be the Crew Cab.

The 5.7-liter Hemi V8, 3.6-liter V6 and Eight-speed Automatic return
Will there be an EcoDiesel? With all the trouble currently swirling around the current engine, we'll just have to wait and see.

Will there be a 707-horsepower Hellram? We can only hope. We also ask for credit for that name.

Advanced safety tech will be available
Since the current Ram dates back to 2009, it has gone without the sort of advanced safety tech that's become widespread throughout the automotive industry - including in Ram's Ford and General Motors competitors. Spy photos would indicate that will change for 2019, however, as the new taillights would seem to have the same sort of embedded blind-spot and rear cross-traffic detectors as the Ford F-150 has.

Look for the 2019 Ram 1500 at the Detroit Auto Show in January
Now, will it be accompanied by a heard of cattle down Jefferson Ave.? You know, like Chrysler totally did back in '08? Yeah, probably not.