The Ram 1500 Classic (DS), a longstanding fixture in the Ram full-size pickup domain, is gearing up for its 16th year in production. Sources from Motor1.com and multiple automotive pricing platforms hint at the arrival of the 2024 model, promising a continuation of its enduring legacy with minimal anticipated changes.
Set to potentially remain the sole avenue into a HEMI®-powered half-ton pickup within the Ram lineup, the 2024 Ram 1500 Classic gains significance in light of the 2025 Ram 1500’s shift toward a modern twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter Hurricane I6 engine.
In recent times, the Ram 1500 Classic underwent a streamlining process, bidding farewell to certain configurations, such as the Regular Cab 6-foot, 4-inch box. The outlook for 2024 suggests a further trimming down, possibly signaling the discontinuation of Regular Cab models altogether. This leaves the four-door Quad Cab and Crew Cab models, potentially marking the end of the 8-foot box in the lineup, with Quad Cab models featuring a 6-foot, 4-inch box and Crew Cab models sporting a 5-foot, 7-inch box.
Performance-wise, the 2023 Ram 1500 Classic showcased the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, boasting an impressive 305 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque. An optional 5.7-liter HEMI V8 offered 395 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque, featuring Variable Valve Timing (VVT) and a Multi-Displacement System (MDS) for enhanced fuel efficiency. Both engines were paired with the smooth-shifting 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission.
Anticipated trims for 2024 include the expected return of the entry-level Tradesman and the sporty Warlock. The Tradesman, prioritizing functionality, is set to offer practical features such as 17-inch wheels, a ParkView® Rear Back-Up Camera, and easy-to-maintain vinyl seating. Common options might encompass the HEMI V8 and the Electronics Group, featuring technological upgrades like Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control and an 8.4-inch Uconnect 5 touchscreen.
For buyers seeking a well-rounded package, the Warlock emerges as an enticing choice. Available with either the standard Pentastar V6 or the optional HEMI V8, this trim embodies a blend of style and substance. Inside, the Warlock emphasizes crew comfort with a front cloth bench seat, while its exterior boasts Black powder-coated bumpers, bifunctional halogen projector headlamps, rear heavy-duty shock absorbers, and available 20-inch Semi-Gloss Black-painted aluminum wheels.
Stay tuned for forthcoming updates as we delve deeper into the upcoming Ram 1500 Classic’s offerings.