Improving a Bestseller: 2021 RAM 1500 Changes Announced
New safety equipment and a 10th Anniversary Edition Package for the Laramie Longhorn trim are only some of the changes RAM has planned for the 1500.
Now in its third year of production, the fifth-generation RAM 1500 "DT" offers something for every half-ton full-size pickup truck buyer. From the "Work-Ready" Tradesman, to the ultra-luxurious Limited, and every trim level in between, buyers can find a truck that fits both their needs, and their budgets. For 2021, RAM is introducing some changes to its bestselling 1500 pickup truck, including new safety equipment, as well as a new 10th Anniversary Edition Package for the Western-Themed Laramie Longhorn trim level. While RAM hasn't announced how much these features will cost, we do know that the new safety equipment and the reshuffling of some of the RAM 1500's available packages will keep buyers coming back for more. Read on to find out the changes being introduced on the 2021 RAM 1500. NOTE: Any any all pricing discussed in this article includes a mandatory destination fee, but does NOT include any applicable taxes or other fees.
The biggest addition to the 2021 RAM 1500 is the addition of a new 10th Anniversary Edition Package for the Laramie Longhorn trim. First introduced a decade ago in 2011, the Laramie Longhorn trim of the (then-Dodge) RAM 1500 took the already-luxurious Laramie trim level to a whole new level with Western-Themed decor inside and out. The optional 10th Anniversary Edition Package for the 2021 RAM 1500 Laramie Longhorn trim introduces unique styling elements on the exterior and interior of the Laramie Longhorn to help celebrate 10 years of production, including unique genuine metal front and rear door speaker grilles, Berber-like premium carpeted front and rear floor mats (similar to those in the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit), unique perforated and embroidered luxury leather-trimmed seating surfaces with matching interior front and rear door panel trim accents, unique interior stitching, metal power-adjustable foot pedals, and to top it all off, special '10th Anniversary Edition' emblems on the exterior and interior of the vehicle that will let other Laramie Longhorn owners know that your truck is even more special than theirs. While we don't know pricing for, and haven't yet seen pictures of, the 2021 RAM 1500 Laramie Longhorn 10th Anniversary Edition, we do know that, like other "Special-Edition" RAM 1500 models, it will be a popular package for buyers.
Other than the Laramie Longhorn 10th Anniversary Edition Package, RAM is also introducing a few changes to the rest of the 2021 RAM 1500 lineup. First, following in the steps of Chevrolet (Chevy) and GMC, there's now a newly-optional HD Vision camera system integrated into the electrochromic inside rearview mirror (ISRV) (including a full-color 9.2-inch (9.2") LCD display screen) to assist drivers whether they are backing up a trailer, or just need a better view of what's behind them. Speaking of backing up a trailer, RAM has taken a page out of the Ford F-150's playbook, and now adds a Reverse Steering Control (RSC) feature to the 1500's Trailer Package for the 2021 model year, which will make the process much easier. Also, for those buyers who plan to attach a snowplow to their 2021 RAM 1500, but don't want to upgrade to the heavier-duty 2021 RAM 2500HD or 3500HD, there's now a Snowplow Prep Package available with a 220-Amp (220A) alternator under the hood. Finally, there's a new Full-Color Heads Up Display (HUD) available on higher 2021 RAM 1500 trim levels, which projects pertinent information onto the front windshield in the driver's field of vision, which means there will be less glancing off of the road ahead, while still allowing the driver to stay connected to their truck.
RAM hasn't yet announced official pricing for the RAM 1500 (aside from the all-new 2021 RAM 1500 TRX Crew Cab 4X4 with its 6.2L "Hellcat" HEMI Supercharged V8 gasoline engine and 5'7" pickup box (bed), starting at $71,690, without any added options or packages), but 2020 RAM 1500 pricing starts at $32,145 for a Tradesman Quad Cab 4X2 with a 6'4" pickup box (bed) and the 3.6L naturally-aspirated Pentastar V6 gasoline engine with Variable Valve Timing (VVT), and climbs to $57,715 for a Limited Crew Cab 4X4 with a 6'4" pickup box (bed) and the 3.6L naturally-aspirated V6 gasoline engine with Variable Valve Timing (VVT). Both prices are without any added options or packages. Pricing should remain similar for the 2021 RAM 1500. All 2021 RAM 1500s continue to use a ZF-derived eight-speed, rotary-controlled automatic transmission (although the TRX model will feature a conventional floor-mounted transmission shifter), and a full suite of engine and drivetrain options, as well as three different cab and pickup bed (box) configurations are available. RAM builds the 1500 at its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP) in Michigan, which previously assembled the now-departed Chrysler 200 Sedan. What do you think of the changes being made to the 2021 RAM 1500? Let us know in the comments down below, and stay tuned right here for more information when it becomes available!