Converted Hemi-powered pickup launching in mid-June

The Ateco Group has produced its first Ram 1500 at its facility in Melbourne, Victoria, ahead of the truck's market launch this month.

Pricing and specifications for our market are still to be announced, though all versions will feature a 5.7-litre 'Hemi' V8 – which makes 395hp (294kW) in US trim – and offer a towing capacity of up to 4.5 tonnes.

"With the official launch of the Ram 1500 just weeks away, it was great to be at the wheel of the first of what is now a steady stream of Ram 1500 Trucks that are coming off the Melbourne production line and getting ready to head to Ram dealers right across Australia and New Zealand," said Roger Zagorski, managing director for Ateco.

"The Ram 2500 and 3500 have paved the way for Ram 1500, but the new truck takes Ram into the heart of the premium ute market in Australia, with major advantages over its rivals, and so the volume expectations are on quite a different scale. This is why we have a new purpose-built production line in Melbourne that is producing Ram Trucks that are without a doubt full production quality."

As per the wider Ram range in Australia, the 1500 will be covered by the company's three year, 100,000km warranty.

Stay tuned to CarAdvice for more updates in the lead-up to the Ram 1500's launch in the coming weeks.