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Tow up to 4.5 tonnes with a Ram Trucks Australia 1500 Express V8 5.7-litre Hemi or 1500 Laramie V8 5.7-litre Hemi.

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The good

  • Power and torque
  • Big tray on Express
  • Tows up to 4.5 tonnes

The bad

  • Big
  • Fuel economy
  • Price

Ram Trucks Australia is reviving the local car manufacturing market. The company imports brand new utes from the US and converts them to right-hand drive with locally produced components at the Walkinshaw Automotive Group.

Paint colours

The Ram 1500 Express is sold in the following colours:

  • Patriot Blue. A pearlescent coat with ceramic crystals that make the Ram 1500 extra dazzling in the sun.
  • Granite Crystal. A smart looking metallic grey paint.
  • Bright White. A solid white paint option ideal for tradies or those who want to sign-write their ute.
  • Flame Red. Another solid paint colour.

The Ram 1500 Laramie is available in a wider range of paint colours:

  • Patriot Blue. A pearlescent coat with ceramic crystals that make the Ram 1500 extra dazzling in the sun.
  • Granite Crystal. A smart looking metallic grey paint.
  • Bright White. A solid white paint option ideal for tradies or those who want to sign-write their ute.
  • Billet Silver. A metallic silver paint finish.
  • Diamond Black. A crystalline pearlescent paint option.
  • Delmonico Red. Named after an American steak cut, this is a dark pearlescent red.
  • Max Steel. Sounds like a pose from Zoolander, but this is a deep metallic paint colour.
  • Blue Streak. A mid-blue pearl paint.
Ram 1500 Laramie super ute

Factory options

  • Heavy-duty splash guards. Thick rubber mud flaps with Ram logos. Ram also offers rigid versions.
  • Bed step. A retracting bed step makes climbing into the back of the 1500 easier.
  • Off-road wheel flares. Add-on wheel arches should help keep mud from splashing all over the body and give protection against trees and debris.
  • Cargo ramps. Ram offers optional lightweight aluminium ramps that make loading up a motorcycle or ride-on mower into the rear of your 1500 a cinch.
  • Bed mat. Ram offers a reinforced rubber mat for the 1500 to protect the bed and make cleaning simple.
  • Tri-fold tonneau cover. Keep your tools out of sight under this cover.
  • Bed extender. If the Ram's long tray isn't big enough for you, the company sells a tubular frame that allows you to ride around with the tailgate dropped.
  • Premium carpet mats. Ram makes front and rear carpet mats complete with the company logo.
  • Front air deflector. This accessory should reduce stone chips and windscreen damage.
  • Rear-view mirror with reverse camera display. A rear-view mirror that has an integrated 3.5-inch display showing the reversing camera picture.
  • Side window air deflectors. You can keep your side windows cracked, even in heavy rainstorms, for a breeze.
  • Rubber mats. These mats are designed to trap water, mud or snow from ruining your interior.
  • Chrome grille. Buyers can specify a Ram-branded silver grille.
  • Trailer brake controller. This device shows how much braking force the trailer is taking. There's a sliding controller to allow manual adjustment.
  • Black alloys. For drivers who want something a little different, these matte-finish, six-spoke alloys offer a different look.
  • Sport performance bonnet. Ram says this hood is for show, but it has two scoops and an optional vinyl decal is available separately.
  • Cat-back exhaust system. This stainless steel dual exhaust features polished tips, with Ram saying it increases power and torque.
  • Black pack. $5,000. As the name suggests, this pack adds 20-inch alloys, badging, a grille, bumpers, headlight surrounds and special paint, all in black.
  • RamBox. $4,500. This option is unique in the ute segment. Both sides of the tub have 121-litre, built-in, lockable storage compartments set into them. The lockers have drains, so you can throw in wetsuits after a surf, fishing gear and bait, muddy workwear and tools or even fill it with ice to use as a fridge. It's also illuminated. Compatible optional accessories include a duffel bag and a cooler.
  • Ram protection. Various optional coatings can be applied to the interior to keep leather hydrated, preventing milk and coffee stains as well as halting mildew growth. Externally, Ram can protect your paintwork against tree sap, rail dust, watermarks and clear coat delamination, as well as maintaining the colour and gloss of your paint.

Ram 1500 specs

Ram Trucks Australia sells the 1500 in either Express or Laramie spec. These models come with a monstrous 5.7-litre petrol V8. Check out information about the 1500 Laramie 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel. The engine pumps out 291kW@5,600rpm and a peak torque of 556Nm kicks in at 3,950rpm.

Both the Ram 1500 Express and Laramie use an 8-speed automatic transmission supplied by gearbox specialists, ZF Friedrichshafen.

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What's the difference between the Ram 1500 Express and Laramie?

The Laramie has more equipment. Externally, it has chrome bumpers and a chrome grille, plus 6-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels. It has longer sidesteps, a rear electric sliding window, folding side mirrors, wheel arches, automatic high beams and dual-function projector headlights. The Laramie also gets a rear dimming mirror, front and rear parking assist, rain-sensing wipers and power-adjustable pedals.

The Laramie also has extra internal storage cubbies, additional speakers and a subwoofer by Alpine, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto plus heated front and rear seats, front-seat ventilation and steering wheel heating. In the Laramie, the climate control isn't manual, but an automatic dual-zone AC system.

Passengers in the back row will be more comfortable thanks to rear air vents on the Laramie and drivers can keep the window clear with a rear window defroster that the Express lacks. There's also a power sunroof on Laramie edition 1500s.

Laramie models also have a 5-foot, 7-inch tray as opposed to the Express's 6-foot, 4-inch load bed. In a Ram 1500 Laramie, you also get a larger 7-inch multi-view cluster and a bigger 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen with navigation. The rear seats on the Laramie can also be split 60/40, as opposed to the Express' solid bench.

Also, the Laramie has a tighter turning circle of 12.1 metres, versus the 13.9 metres you'll need in a 1500 Express. The Express is the better ute to go for if you want to carry loads, as it has a longer tray and can carry an extra 45kg (845kg payload).

Ram 1500 Express and Laramie dimensions

Here are the key dimensions of the Ram 1500:

Ram 1500 Express measurements and capacities

Length 5,817mm
Tray length 1,939mm
Width between rear wheel wells 1,295mm
Vehicle width 2,017mm
Towing, unbraked 750kg
Towing, braked 3.92 axle ratio: 4,500kg (using a 70mm ball)
3.21 axle ratio: 3,500kg (50mm ball)
Payload 845kg
Fuel economy (combined) 9.9L/100km (3.21 axle ratio)
12.2L/100km (3.92 axle ratio)
Kerb-to-kerb turning circle 13.9 metres
Ground clearance (lowest point) 235mm (9.25 inches)
Fuel tank capacity 121 litres

Ram 1500 Laramie measurements and capacities

Length 5,817mm
Tray length 1,712mm
Width between rear wheel wells 1,295mm
Vehicle width 2,017mm
Towing, unbraked 750kg
Towing, braked 3.92 axle ratio: 4,500kg (using a 70mm ball)
3.21 axle ratio: 3,500kg (50mm ball)
Payload 800kg
Fuel economy (combined) 9.9L/100km (3.21 axle ratio)
12.2L/100km (3.92 axle ratio)
Kerb-to-kerb turning circle 12.1 metres
Ground clearance (lowest point) 235mm (9.25 inches)
Fuel tank capacity 98 litres

Ram 1500 pricing

Ram sells the 1500 Express from $79,950, not including on-road costs.

The 1500 Laramie, with its higher specification, will cost around $99,950.

Who does the 1500 suit? Why should you buy a Ram 1500? Which Ram 1500 should you buy?

Why would you buy the gigantic imported ute?

Massive tray

The Express has a best-in-class load bed, it's huge. It might not be able to carry the heaviest of payloads, but it will swallow up long loads more than any other pick-up on sale.

Luxury ute interior

The Laramie model is legitimately very well specced internally for a ute, so if you do a lot of long-distance travelling, it could offer one of the most luxurious pick-up interiors.

Tows like a train

Drivers who tow a lot will appreciate having the power and ability to comfortably tow up to 4.5 tonnes. That's at least one tonne more than most "ordinary" utes.

Being such a large and weighty ute itself, critics say it's a very surefooted tow vehicle.

Power and torque

The engines of the three bestselling utes, the Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger and Mitsubishi Triton, are made to look puny in comparison to the V8 under the bonnet of this monster ute.

It's capable of churning out 291kW of power and 556Nm. That should make light work of even a fully loaded 1500 pulling a heavy trailer.

Supporting Australian businesses

The Ateco Group, the distributors of Ram Trucks, imports left-hand drive US-spec models and convert them at a facility in Victoria. As of April this year, the group had 160 employees and sourced locally designed right-hand drive conversion parts domestically. Buying a Ram 1500 will support Ram and maybe encourage other manufacturers to follow suit, replenishing the national automotive manufacturing industry.

Are there any downsides to the 1500 Express or Laramie?

No vehicle is perfect. The 1500 is no different. With a thumping great 5.7-litre V8, it's not the most fuel-efficient ute. The turning circle might also make it a bit of a handful around town.

When's the next model expected?

The Ram 1500 sold in Australia was first released in the US back in 2008, as the fourth-gen. In the US, it has been renamed the "Classic", but is still on sale alongside the fifth-generation Ram.

News reports online suggest that Ram Trucks Australia plans on bringing the DT, fifth-generation Ram 1500 here. There's no official acknowledgement yet, so it could be next year or it could take a few years to arrive. In the US, the new ute has a mild-hybrid system too, which would make it a very unique vehicle for its class.

Warranty, servicing, roadsides

Ram Trucks Australia backs up both the Express and Laramie with a 3-year, 100,000km warranty. Buyers also receive equivalent roadside assistance.

Servicing intervals are 12 months or 12,000km. The company doesn't offer capped price servicing and we couldn't find any maintenance costs online.

There are 52 dealers located nationwide.

Running costs

Running costs for the Ram 1500 are going to be pretty high. With a combined fuel usage of 9.9L/100km on 3.21 axle ratio models and 12.2L/100km on the 3.92 axle. For buyers who really desire the additional towing capacity over a traditional ute, this will be an acceptable (and expected) trade-off. To be fair, brochure fuel economy numbers aren't too far off some of the least economical (and much smaller) competitors.

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