Community distributor Ateco Automotive has confirmed a mid-yr Australian launch for the 2018 Ram 1500 – that is, the outgoing model, not the 2019 selection disclosed in January. That all-new offering does not enter generation until finally quite late this calendar year or early following.
With the last of the recent-era 1500, Ateco is aiming straight for substantial-conclude variations of the at any time-expanding ute segment – feel Ranger Wildtrak, Ranger Raptor, X-Course and Amarok V6.
Unlike individuals choices, nevertheless, the 1500 has the distinctive benefit of a V8 engine, promising “best-in-class towing, electric power cab dimensions and cargo space”.
Last pricing and specs will not be revealed right until the 1500’s mid-year start, while the corporation has verified all versions will feature a 5.7-litre Hemi V8 as regular less than the bonnet.
Other headlining features include a tub measuring nearly two metres lengthy, and the alternative of the RamBox Cargo Administration program.
Like the broader Ram variety in Australia, the 1500 will be protected by the company’s three 12 months, 100,000 kilometre guarantee.
The cars will enter Australia in their unique remaining-hand-generate sort, to be “remanufactured” to correct-hand-drive in Melbourne.
Ateco, by its Ram Trucks Australia brand name, states its conversion system entails separating the chassis and body so that a re-engineered RHD-specific steering program can be fitted, along with a new dashboard “designed, produced and produced” in Australia.
“The function is so substantial that it involves generation line stages of quality, in shape and complete, and a top of engineering excellence that suggests it is officially classed as a remanufactured automobile, not a conversion, and it is supplied with a detailed 3 calendar year/100,000 km guarantee and backed by a nationwide seller group,” the business claims.
Keep tuned for a pricing and technical specs rundown nearer to the new ute’s mid-calendar year start. Click on the photos tab for more photographs.
What about the all-new 2019 design?
It appears the not long ago-uncovered all-new 2019 Ram 1500 (over) is off the cards for the time currently being – Ateco was not able to offer any official reviews as to why, however the 2019 product hasn’t officially arrived in the US yet.
Continue to, it stands to rationale that after the current model leaves manufacturing, Ateco will operate to convey the new technology into Australia. Provided the charge in building and keeping a area conversion and remanufacturing operation, this is unlikely to be a quick-time period task.
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