For the past four model years, if you needed to purchase a Regular Cab pickup from Ram you had to look no further than the Ram 1500 Classic (DS). While the fifth-generation Ram 1500 (DT) pickups never offered a Regular Cab model, the fourth-generation version picked up the slack.
While the Ram 1500 Classic will return for another year in 2023, it will be absent from a Regular Cab, Short Box (6-foot, 4-inch) offering. Only the work truck-oriented Regular Cab, Long Box (8-foot) configuration will remain, according to the Stellantis fleet guide.
The decision to remove the Regular Cab, Short Box configuration from the lineup marks the end of an era.
Long before pickups became family-oriented vehicles, pickups were used for work, agricultural purposes, and for those who had active lifestyles and activities. During the late-1970s to the mid-2000s, Dodge (Ram) pickups also provided those looking for rear-wheel drive performance an option, with offerings like Warlock, Lil’ Red Express, Midnight Express, SS/T, Ram SRT-10, Rumble Bee, Daytona, and R/T.
In a time without muscle cars, Dodge’s muscle trucks filled the void.
So for the time being, if you want a Regular Cab, Short Box pickup, you better get your hands on a 2022 Ram 1500 Classic Tradesman or Express Regular Cab, Short Box model while you still can. Production of the 2023 Ram 1500 Classic Regular Cab begins on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023 according to fleet management site Donlen.com.
It is unknown at the moment, if the Regular Cab, Short Box models will continue to be produced for markets like the Middle East.