like cracks continue to expand in the 2009 Dodge Ram's information
dam. We recently reported on online speculation about what's going
the truck. Here's a potential look at its exterior.
has been quickly circulating around discussion forums since last night
(it didn't come from us because we don't have access to the embargoed
could be photoshopped, then again, this looks like the real deal -
probably a beauty shot for next month's introduction during the
2008 North American International Auto Show.
it looks like next Dodge Ram has been influenced by the current Ford
F-150's exterior design. The Ram in the photo
still keeps its heritage 'big-rig' looks but it's chunkier than the
2008 Ram with F-150-ish proportions.
changes are highlighted in the picture below.
more reflecting on the shape of the 2009 Dodge Ram picture also makes
clear how much design influence Toyota was able to pull from the Ram's
(originally) revolutionary semi-tractor look for use in the current
or not this turns out to be the real deal, Dodge has little choice
but to make the aerodynamic profile of the next Ram more slippery than
the current truck, to help meet tougher CAFE regs. The same rules Toyota
knew it had to meet when it was designing the Tundra.
like Dodge is trying to reduce the Ram's frontal area by reducing the
distance between the top of the hoodline and dropped shoulders of the
headlights and fenders. There's still a clear distinction between those
exterior components, but with smoother integration and softer boundaries.
of the 1994 Dodge Ram should be applauded for creating
a lasting front-end signature that continues to drive the appearance
of other full size trucks today.