The 2021 Ram 1500 will see a slew of technology changes as well as a snow plow prep package bringing it on par with its rivals. These changes will certainly make the already competitive truck that much better.
Leading off the changes is an all-new head-up display. This new, optional, full-color display “can show up to five different content areas at once and can be customized through the available Uconnect 4C 12-inch touchscreen,” according to Ram. The content areas can display lane departure warnings, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, turn-by-turn navigation, current speed/gear and speed limit.
This is the first time such a unit has been offered in an FCA vehicle.
Next, there is an available digital rearview mirror with a 9.2-inch wide LCD monitor. This is similar to General Motor’s vehicles and displays video in a real time from a rear-facing camera. It can be easily toggled on and off with the switch under the mirror to a traditional reflective mirror.
If you haven’t used this mirror yet, be prepared to love it or hate it. It certainly takes some getting used to and when you do, you’ll wonder what you ever did without it.
Borrowing from Ford, a new trailer reverse steering control is now part of the available trailer package. This allows the driver to enter the measurements of the trailer before the camera “tracks the trailer position to back up and guide the trailer,” Ram states. All the driver needs to do is rotate a dial left or right in the direction you want the trailer to go and the system controls the steering wheel. We have used the Ford system before, and it makes backing up a trailer a breeze.
New trailer light check and trailer tire pressure monitoring also joins the trailer package. These systems allow you check your lights by yourself and alerts you if your trailer tires need air as long as the trailer has the monitoring system.
Power fold trailer mirrors are now available as a standalone option or with 360-degree surround view camera.
One last improvement for trailering is a wired trailer camera prep kit available for all 2021 Ram 1500 models. This allows you to place a camera wherever you want on the trailer and access it inside the cabin (think inside the trailer or at the very rear).
Additional off-road pages within the uConnect system now show ride height, transfer case position, pitch and roll and accessory gauges.
A new snow plow prep option includes a 220-amp alternator, truck-side plow wiring harness and a rear power-sliding window with defroster so you can keep an eye on what’s behind you when backing up.
Other safety additions include pedestrian detection added to the advanced safety group which includes:
A full-speed collision warning plus feature is now standard on Laramie, Rebel, Longhorn, Limited Longhorn and Limited. It is available on Tradesman and Bighorn with Level 1 Equipment groups.
Finally, this wouldn’t be a typical new Ram 1500 without a special edition. There will be a new 2021 Ram 1500 Limited Longhorn 10th Anniversary Edition with unique badging on doors, tailgate, cluster, seats, floor mats, instrument panel, console and a new graphic on start-up. Ram says “inside, the Limited Longhorn 10th Anniversary Edition features a Mountain Brown dipped interior color with unique door bolsters, seat insert, trim bezels, center stack surround, speaker grilles, Berber carpet and a metal pedal kit.”
While there is plenty of technology changes, there are few changes to the powertrain except for the new 2021 Ram 1500 TRX and its supercharged 6.2L HEMI V8.
Here is the official chart with powertrain and truck cab configurations.
Configurations in 4×2 and 4×4
The Ram 1500 offers 10 models:
Available Exterior Colors
Pricing and fuel economy figures will be announced closer to launch in the fall of 2020.
Any word on uConnect 5 (and those enhancements being part of 2021?) — I’ve read/heard from several sources this is part of the 2021 RAM 1500 and makes sense as part of enabling the HUD but didn’t see you confirm that here. Thanks in advance.
Nothing really revolutionary in these additions but it really shows how ram is listening to customers. They are duplicating the features that customers like most about Ford and GM. Ram has really stepped it up in recent years