With the Ram 1500 Revolution battery-electric vehicle (BEV) Concept pickup making its debut at CES 2023, diehard Ram fans are getting their first look at what the future of electrified Ram pickups is going to look like over the next decade.
Now, we have already discussed the Revolution Concept’s exterior design language and how it is a radical departure from the conventional Ram 1500 we know today. But when it comes to the interior, the Ram Design Studio has pushed forward in creating its most innovative interior to date.
Ram calls its interior a “one-space environment”, as the Revolution Concept uses one continuous space front to back that enables a number of different interior configurations. The one-space environment theme is bolstered by a new interior layout which offers more flexibility for work or an adventure with the family.
The current Ram 1500 (DT) Crew Cab received an amazing 4-inches in length to the cab when it made its debut in 2018. It provides the current truck with the largest cabin in its class. The Revolution Concept adds an additional 4-inches in length to the current truck, giving it the largest cabin ever offered in a Ram 1500. The truck’s STLA Frame body-on-frame architecture, which is an evolution of the Ram DT platform, allows the Revolution’s battery pack to be fitted low inside the chassis giving the cabin even more cargo volume.
Inside, the new “Ram Track” system is Ram’s all-new rail attachment/floor track system that provides the cabin even more flexibility for the seats and center console, as well as usable tie-downs or other types of storage potential. Ram Track is not just dedicated to the cabin but fitted to the bed and the new frunk, allowing flexibility from the back to the front of the vehicle.
A unique feature of the Ram 1500 Revolution Concept is the introduction of third-row jump seats. The powered midgate features mounted jump seats with a removable lower section for placement in the bed or outside the vehicle. This means due to the second-row captain’s chairs that the Concept shows, the addition of the jumps seats adds the capability to bring 6 passengers with you on your daily activities.
With the addition of the power midgate, it does feature a power window as well. The midgate enables the Revolution Concept to have a pass-through from the box into the cabin. But instead of stopping there, the Ram Design Studio designed additional pass-throughs underneath the center console and into the frunk from the cabin. This move allows the Ram Revolution to utilize an 18-foot-long space through the center of the truck with the tailgate down.
Now, you won’t be putting massive amounts of stuff between the pass-throughs due to the restrictions from the openings. But if you find yourself at the local Home Depot on the weekend picking up lumber or an extra long piece of pipe, there shouldn’t be a worry about how you are going to get home or if you need to hook up your trailer to go grab a few items.
The Ram Design Studio focused on passenger comfort with this new interior. Seating and console flexibility were the main focuses with the center console’s ability to be removed for even more space. If desired, the center console armrest individually converts to a workstation surface allowing even more flexibility for those who work out of their truck.
Lightweight seats feature integrated seatbelts, grab handles, and speakers with the ability to fold flat along with extended recline, work, conference modes, and deploying jump seats. Vastly more interior volume benefits second-row and third-row jump seat passengers who enjoy limo-like space.
The concept’s exterior lighting was inspired by a tuning fork and that theme continues into the cabin. Stretching the length of the dashboard and continuing a theme line to the truck’s power midgate. A full touchscreen display comprised of two screens offers up to 28-inches of screen space as the centerpiece of an interior loaded with advanced technology. The lower display has three different positions depending on the task at hand – minimal view, extended view, and full-screen view – and can be removed and used in different areas of the truck. The upper screen can also slide on the Ram rail attachment system.
The rearview mirror combines leading-edge technology to improve safety and convenience. Significantly smaller than traditional truck mirrors without compromising effectiveness, the rearview mirror is packed with a range of sophisticated technologies, including a smart backup camera with 360-degree views, speakers, and receivers compatible with voice assistants, such as Alexa and Siri.
When in reverse, the camera stitches together images from various other cameras around the truck, providing the driver with a 360-degree view on the interior digital screens. This allows the driver to see their surroundings with greater clarity, helping to avoid accidents and improve safety, especially when backing up to a trailer. The mirror also includes a supplementary backup flood lamp that provides additional visibility when reversing the truck, which is especially useful in low-light conditions. In addition to the backup camera, the rearview mirror also communicates with biometric cameras that observe the truck’s environment as it approaches objects and as it’s being approached.
Digital side-view mirrors and augmented reality (AR) Head-Up Display (HUD) highlight the onboard advanced technology.
A flat-top and bottom collapsible steering wheel offers enhanced hand grips with capacitive controls, digital screens, and a lit “RAM” badge. Tactile swiping technology enables occupants to configure the sun visors or the entire electro-chromatic roof with the ability to adjust the opaqueness. The full glass roof with electro-chromatic panels and integrated roof rails features ambient lightning that’s operated through the overhead console.
Sustainability was a key focus during the development of the Revolution Concept with unique and resourceful materials seen throughout the interior as a result. Examples include Greyslate Nanostone veneer which is resilient and lightweight and Apple leather, a bi-product from the apple industry that is naturally animal and cruelty-free. The Revolution Concept also features a uniquely textured floor that is composed of recycled rubber and cork particles that enhance durability and functionality.
So, what do you think of the interior design of the new Revolution Concept? Let us know in the comments below.
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