A lot of people questioned the Ram Truck brand’s decision to keep the outgoing fourth-generation Ram 1500 (DS) pickups around after the launch of the all-new fifth-generation Ram 1500 (DT) made its debut in January 2018. However, relaunching the fourth-generation Ram pickups under the “Classic” nameplate has proven to be a huge success for the brand in the United States and Canada. The budget-friendly pickups have helped boost Ram brand sales to second place, taking over the spot from Chevrolet.
The Ram 1500 Classic limits the model to a few budget-friendly packages while offering the public the cheapest way to get into a V8-powered full-size truck in the market. One of the Ram 1500 Classic’s most popular trims, is the Warlock. The Warlock pays homage to the original Warlock pickups of the 1970s and offers buyers a well-equipped, factory-customized truck with unique style, capability, and value. Using fourth-generation Ram 1500 Rebel looks, the package has proven to be popular to both on and off-road buyers.
Recently, our spy photographers caught up with a new 2021 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock prototype testing in southeastern Michigan. While it doesn’t look like much has changed going into the 2021 model year, we see that the package is absent of any of its “Warlock” side badges which are usually located on the rear side of the box which is part of the no-cost “Delete All Decals” option. We also see that this particular truck does not feature the Sport Performance Hood (a $775 option). With the no HEMI badges on the fenders behind the front wheels, we can clearly say this Warlock is powered by the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 which delivers 305 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque and mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
We also can see that this particular model is wearing a different set of wheels compared to the 2019 and 2020 models, which were the same wheels found on the 2020 Ram 1500 Classic Big Horn/Lone Star but with a semi-gloss black finish. When taking a glance closer, we can clearly see that these wheels are the same units that were found on the beloved 2018 Ram 1500 Night Edition model.
Nevertheless, the Ram 1500 Classic will return for the 2021 model year. MoparInsiders.com originally reported that the Ram 1500 Classic would stay in the Ram Truck lineup until the 2023 model year. According to our sources, the Ram will start production of the 2020 Ram 1500 Classic Quad Cab and Crew Cab models on Monday, December 21st, 2020. The Regular Cab model will follow in January.