The editors at WardsAuto have named the all-new 2019 Ram 1500, which is now available in the Middle East – to the third annual Wards 10 Best User Experience List for 2018 as it continues to lead the way in technology, efficiency, durability and luxury with features never before offered in a pickup.
“The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 was designed to be the most technologically advanced pickup ever and we are honored that WardsAuto has chosen the Ram 1500 for Ward’s 10 Best User Experience list,” said Jim Morrison, Head of Ram Brand, FCA – North America. “We are dedicated to keeping Ram truck customers connected, engaged and informed all while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.”
To select the best of the best, WardsAuto editors evaluated the overall user experience of 25 vehicles, rating them on their user friendliness, infotainment features, sound systems, vehicle connectivity, driver assistance technology, information/displays, system compatibility, voice control, materials and overall value.
“The Ram 1500 earned Wards 10 Best Interiors honours earlier this year and has now landed a Wards 10 Best UX trophy because its user experience is unparalleled among full-size pickup trucks,” said Tom Murphy, WardsAuto managing editor. “A truck this size needs a big command centre and Ram delivers with a 12-inch (305mm) vertical touchscreen that seamlessly controls phone pairing, audio, climate adjustments and upgraded navigation.”
The winners will be honoured on October 2 at the WardsAuto User Experience at the Suburban Showplace in Novi, Michigan.
All-new 2019 Ram 1500
For 2019, all-new features, technology and premium materials help the completely overhauled and redesigned all-new Ram 1500 become the class leader in quality, comfort and durability. Each model in the range has its own unique character, including special fonts that reflect their individual charm.
The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 features the first application of a bonded flush 12-inch (305mm) reconfigurable touchscreen with tailor-made graphics (standard on the Limited) and state-of-the-art connectivity. Personalisation is made easy with the new split-screen, operating two different applications for desired configuration, such as Apple CarPlay and HVAC controls, or one application, such as navigation across the entire touchscreen.
Available for the first time on the all-new Ram 1500, depending on the model, is a 360-degree Surround View Camera system providing a birds-eye view via four cameras positioned around the vehicle to create a fully stitched image. Customers who prefer not to use the touchscreen for HVAC will find redundant controls located on both sides of the display for convenience.
To ensure that passengers remain conveniently connected, all-new 2019 Ram 1500 owners can manage their personal device connectivity with a plethora of electronic charging options. Located in the reimagined centre console, a wider docking area offers an all-new optional integrated wireless charging pad that can hug a small tablet or multiple smartphones. To keep devices charged, there are five USB ports (three located in front of the centre console and two in the back). Three of the USB ports are fully functioning and communicate with the Uconnect® interface while the other two USB ports are charge only. Four of the five USB ports are new type C ports that allow devices to be charged up to four times faster than standard USB outlets.
The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 range available in the Middle East comprises the Big Horn, Laramie, Rebel and Limited models. All are powered by the legendary 5.7-litre HEMI® V8 with variable-valve timing (VVT) for greater efficiency and performance and Fuel Saver Technology (cylinder deactivation) for increased fuel efficiency. It delivers 395hp at 5,600 rpm, 410 lb.-ft. of torque in a smooth, broad power band that avoids the hesitation and peakiness of turbocharged engines and is linked to a smooth 8-speed automatic transmission.
GCC customers also benefit from the Ram brand’s confidence in the quality and durability of its vehicles in the form of a comprehensive 5-year / 100,000 km manufacturer warranty and service package.