RAM Quietly Adds Laramie Trim Level to 2019 1500 Classic Lineup
When RAM first announced that it would sell the previous-generation 1500 Classic alongside the all-new 2019 RAM 1500, the brand didn't know just how popular it would be with American truck buyers. In fact, RAM has announced that it has no plans to discontinue the 1500 Classic, and is also planning a possible refresh for the now 10-year-old truck. However, buyers who wanted the RAM 1500 Classic had to make a compromise, as there were no "luxury" trim levels available. Due to popular demand, RAM is looking to change that with the introduction (or re-introduction) of the Laramie trim level to the 1500 Classic lineup. NOTE: All pricing discussed in this article includes a mandatory destination charge, but does NOT include any applicable taxes or other fees.
Starting at $45,300 for a 4X2 model, or $49,000 for a 4X4 model (both with a 5'7" box, or add $300 to either configuration for the 6'4" pickup box) the Crew Cab only RAM 1500 Classic Laramie adds more luxury features to the already well-equipped RAM 1500 Classic Big Horn/Lone Star. The 3.0L EcoDiesel Turbocharged Diesel V6 engine (producing 240 horsepower and 420 lb. ft. of torque) paired with a ZF-derived eight-speed, rotary-controlled automatic transmission is standard equipment on the Laramie, as it was one of the most popular 2018 RAM 1500 Laramie configurations. These added features include a standard Class IV trailer tow hitch with a 7-pin wiring harness, an 800-amp maintenance-free battery, 20" x 9" chrome aluminum-alloy wheels, a rear power-sliding window, a driver's memory system, chrome-capped power-folding, heated side mirrors with memory and integrated turn signal indicators, perforated luxury leather-trimmed seating surfaces with a 40/20/40 split front bench seat and heat and ventilation functionality for both outboard front seats, a ten-way power-adjustable front driver's split bench seat and six-way power-adjustable front passenger's split bench seat, an integrated HomeLink garage door opener system, and a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel. Options on the RAM 1500 Classic Laramie include the Trailer-Tow Mirrors and Brake Group ($480, adds power-folding trailer tow mirrors and a trailer brake control (TBC)), the Cold Weather Group ($235, adds a winter front end cover and an engine block heater), the Protection Group ($395, adds a front suspension skid plate, tow hooks, and a transfer case skid plate), the Convenience Group ($645, adds the Keyless Enter-'n'-Go system with a push-button starter, rain-sensitive windshield wipers, and automatic high beam headlamp control), wheel-to-wheel side steps ($740), the RamBox cargo management system ($1,295), a spray-in bed liner ($595), five-passenger seating ($0), a U Connect 4C 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Garmin GPS navigation and SiriusXM Travel Link with a paid trial ($795), a single-disc remote CD player ($345), RAM Telematics ($800 for one year of service, $960 for a three-year plan, or $1,920 for five years of service), a nine-speaker Alpine premium amplified audio system ($495), a single-pane power sunroof ($1,095), a rear window defroster ($195), front and rear all-weather floor mats ($135), a trailer brake control (TBC, $295), a remote vehicle starter system ($245), the ParkSense front and rear parking sensor system ($445), LED bed lighting ($145), chrome body side molding ($270), seventeen-inch chrome aluminum-alloy wheels and tires (subtracts $395 from the price of the truck), twenty-inch polished aluminum-alloy wheels with a gray insert ($0), locking wheel lug nuts ($60), a 3.92 rear axle ratio ($95), and an anti-spin differential rear axle ($495). These are pretty much the same options that were available on the old 2018 RAM 1500 Laramie. A total of thirteen exterior paint color options (five standard colors and eight premium colors, available at either $100 or $200, depending on the color selected). Two-tone exterior paint is (unfortunately) not available on the RAM 1500 Classic Laramie. Interior color options are either Black monotone, or Canyon Brown and Light Frost Beige two-tone (both available at no extra cost).
The RAM 1500 Classic Laramie will begin arriving at RAM dealerships nationwide soon. Would you purchase a RAM 1500 Classic over the all-new model? Were you waiting for the Laramie trim level to arrive before considering one? Do you own a RAM 1500 Classic? Let us know in the comments down below!