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It might not be an award for Cana­di­ans but it cer­tainly is some recog­ni­tion.

FCA has given us an ex­clu­sive-toCanada 2019 Ram 1500 Sport. Why you ask? Be­cause Cana­di­ans buy more Ram ‘Sport’ than any other Ram trim level.

In true sub­tle, per­haps hum­ble, Cana­dian style the 2019 Ram 1500 Sport has a monochro­matic ex­te­rior, avail­able in nine colours and set off by a black bil­let bar grille with R-A-M let­ter­ing. The all­new, stan­dard bi-LED head­lamps have black in­ter­nal bezels and are com­ple­mented by LED sig­na­ture day­time run­ning lamps and LED fog lamps. The hood badg­ing and side win­dow sur­rounds are also blacked-out. An op­tional Sport hood is avail­able for Cana­di­ans who want a more ag­gres­sive look.

Rub­ber hits the road on black 20-inch alu­minum wheels, with op­tional 22-inch ‘Black Noise’ al­loys. The damp­ened alu­minum tail­gate with in­te­grated spoiler fea­tures black badg­ing, plus the new, chis­elled all-black Ram’s head logo and a ‘Sport’ badge - re­served ex­clu­sively for us. The fan­favourite in­te­grated dual ex­haust fin­ishes the pickup truck’s “Canada-only” look.

No fans of tiny tur­bos, the Canuck-only Ram gets the 5.7-litre HEMI V-8, flex­ing 395 horse­power and 410 lb-ft of torque with per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing and fuel-sav­ing tech­nolo­gies that in­clude vari­able valve tim­ing and cylin­der de­ac­ti­va­tion.

The new gen­er­a­tion of TorqueFlite eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion is also stan­dard and while a 4x2 is of­fered, most Cana­di­ans will choose the 4x4 with an on-de­mand trans­fer case.

Of­fered as ei­ther a Quad or Crew Cab, the all-black cabin with black head­liner fea­tures an ex­clu­sive com­bi­na­tion of trim touches, in­clud­ing satin light black chrome high­lights, real metal trim and a di­a­mond plate-look on the cen­tre stack bor­rowed from the Ram Rebel.

Unique to Canada are power heated sport cloth/ premium vinyl seats with a spe­cial ‘hex’ insert mesh fab­ric. Op­tional leather heated and ven­ti­lated seats also fea­ture a unique tech­ni­cal em­bossed tex­ture re­served only for Canada. The 2019 Ram 1500 Sport comes stan­dard with power ad­justable ped­als, CD player, heated steer­ing wheel and more. While the heated fea­tures are cer­tainly wel­come, cool­ing op­tions for the seats would have been fan­tas­tic hey FCA, it gets freak­ing hot here!

Stan­dard on all Ram Sport 1500’s are the new re­con­fig­urable con­sole with space for a 15-inch lap­top or hang­ing files, slid­ing front cuphold­ers, fixed rear cuphold­ers and large stor­age bins. A stel­lar dual-pane sun­roof is avail­able on Crew Cab mod­els, which also of­fer a re­clin­ing rear seat and a flat rear floor, plus 12.7 cm (5 in) larger in-floor Ram bins that can ac­com­mo­date a 10 cm (4 in) drop hitch.

The 21 cm (8.4 in) Ucon­nect touch­screen is stan­dard, with fea­tures in­clud­ing Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto. There are over 100 stan­dard and avail­able safety and se­cu­rity fea­tures, which are also stan­dard in many new ve­hi­cles in­clud­ing back-up cam­era, push-but­ton start, tire fill alert, elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol sys­tem that in­cludes brake as­sist, hill start as­sist, rainy day brak­ing, ready alert brak­ing, trailer sway con­trol etc.

Un­for­tu­nately (depend­ing on how highly you view the driv­ing skills of your fel­low driv­ers) many safety fea­tures are op­tional, in­clud­ing Blind-spot Mon­i­tor­ing with trailer de­tec­tion, adap­tive cruise con­trol, For­ward Col­li­sion Warn­ing with Stop, Lane De­par­ture Warn­ing, Sur­round View Cam­era, au­to­matic high beams and ParkSense Par­al­lel/ Per­pen­dic­u­lar Park As­sist.

You can slip this Cana­dian ver­sion of 2019 Ram 1500 Sport into your garage in the sec­ond quar­ter of 2018. Pric­ing and fuel econ­omy will be an­nounced later on.

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