Ram to con­tinue turn­ing out its old 1500 with ‘Clas­sic’ badge

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Ram will con­tinue to sell its DS-plat­form 1500 half-ton along­side its new 2019 Ram 1500 DT, with the old legacy truck wear­ing a new Ram 1500 Clas­sic badge.

Start­ing in the fall, you’ll see both trucks in deal­er­ship show­rooms through to the end of the 2018 cal­en­dar year, Ram an­nounced late June, with the 1500 Clas­sic poised as a value-buy for en­try-level or com­mer­cial cus­tomers.

The 2019 Ram 1500 Clas­sic will be of­fered in Trades­man, Ex­press, Big Horn/Lone Star and SSV (Spe­cial Ser­vices Ve­hi­cle) trims, and three new pack­ages will be avail­able for it. A Chrome Plus pack­age for Trades­man adds some es­thetic up­grades, a Trades­man SXT builds on that with fog lamps, and dual ex­hausts for V8s, and a Black Ac­cent pack­age dark­ens the de­tails on Ex­press.

All three body styles, in­clud­ing the Quad cab, can be ordered with the six-foot­four bed, while the Reg­u­lar cab gets an op­tional eight-foot bed and the Crew cab can be paired with a five-foot-seven bed.

Ram is just the lat­est of sev­eral au­tomak­ers to con­tinue to of­fer a pre­vi­ous-model-year holdover along­side its re­place­ment. For ex­am­ple, Chevro­let con­tin­ues to build a cheaper Sil­ver­ado Legacy along­side its all-new 2019 Sil­ver­ado.

JIL McIN­TOSH/DRIV­ING

2017 Ram 1500 Sport.

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