First Official Photos of Dodge Ram 1500 Regular Cab Pickups
By: Mike Levine Posted: 04-10-08 15:52 PT
Photos courtesy of Chrysler, LLC
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Though we've yet to drive it, so far we're mighty impressed with the new 2009 Dodge Ram 1500's fresh approach in design and functionality that emphasizes day-to-day usability over extreme capability.

But we've only seen and touched the Crew Cab version. The traditional Regular Cab model has remained out of sight. No longer! Here are the first official Ram Regular Cab pictures, received from Chrysler.

The Regular Cab Ram 1500 will offer two bed lengths, 6-foot 4-inch or an 8-foot cargo box. The truck will have a 120-inch or 140-inch wheelbase, depending on the bed choice. The Ram pickups shown in this story all have the short box and 120-inch wheelbase. Unfortunately, you won't be able to order the innovative new 'RamBox' side saddle storage option. It will only be available for the Ram 1500 Crew Cab.

Pictured at the top is the Regular Cab Sport model, featuring a body colored grille and body colored front and rear bumpers.

The sportier R/T version (not pictured) will be based on the Regular Cab Sport, with a short box, two-wheel-drive, the 380-hp / 404 lb-ft. 5.7-liter HEMI V8 and a 5-speed automatic transmission. It will feature a ‘looser’ torque converter with a higher K factor rating than other HEMI equipped Rams and a 4.10 rear axle, for better off-the-line acceleration. Dodge promises the R/T Sport will deliver best-in-class 0 to 60-mph performance in about 6.1-seconds.

Pictured in the middle is the Dodge Ram 1500 Regular Cab ST, the work truck in the family. The ST can be ordered with a vinyl interior (seats and floor), 3.7-liter V6 and a 6-speed manual transmission - for those looking for a value priced half-ton pickup.

The truck at the bottom is the Dodge Ram 1500 Regular Cab TRX-4 off-road pickup. It features a two-tone paint job, suspension tweaks and Goodyear Wrangler SRA All Terrain tires. Its short wheelbase will be appreciated by four-wheel-drive fans looking for a nimbler full-size truck to take off the pavement. It should be interesting to see how quickly the Ram's new coil-spring rear suspension is embraced by TRX-4 drivers.

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