Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is giving a formal name to the outgoing Ram "DS" half-ton pickup: Ram 1500 Classic.
The 2019 Classic will be sold alongside the redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 in Canada and the United States and will go on sale in both countries in the fourth quarter, FCA said Tuesday.
FCA's launch of the retooled 2019 Ram 1500 has been disrupted by delayed EPA approvals for key variants of the truck, thwarting the company's plan to market old and new pickups and surpass the Chevrolet Silverado in U.S. sales.
"As we launch the all-new 2019 Ram 1500, we didn't want to walk away from a key part of the light-duty truck market," Ram head Mike Manley said in a statement. "Ram will continue to produce the 1500 Classic targeted at entry and commercial buyers."
U.S. sales of the Ram pickup have dropped 8.4 per cent this year in a large-pickup market that has expanded 1.9 per cent. Sales are down 15.4 per cent in Canada.
In Canada, The Ram 1500 Classic will be offered in five trim levels — ST, Tradesman, Express, SLT and SSV (Special Services Vehicle) — and two packages — SXT Plus and Express Blackout Package. Three cabs and three bed lengths will be offered for the 2019 model year. The vehicle will be offered with four trim levels in the United States — Tradesman, Express, Big Horn/Lone Star and Special Services Vehicle — and three new packages — Chrome Plus, Tradesman SXT and Express Black Accent.
It will continue to be available with a 3.6-litre V-6 engine or optional 5.7-litre V-8. An optional 3.0-litre V-6 EcoDiesel will be available at a later date, FCA said.