The Ram 1500 line-up is about to grow yet again, this time with the addition of a high-riding, tough-looking Warlock limited edition.
It will be the fourth model in the revised Ram 1500 Classic range, joining the Ram 1500 Express Quad Cab (with shorter rear doors and a longer ute bed), the Ram 1500 Express Crew Cab (with longer rear doors, more back seat space, and a shorter ute tub), and the flagship Ram 1500 Laramie (with longer rear doors, more back seat space, and a shorter ute tub).
The Ram 1500 Warlock edition is based on the Express Crew Cab and in Australia comes standard with a Ram Box, the handy storage area along the top of each rear fender.
It also gains a unique grille, bulging bonnet with vents, wheel arch flares, a one-inch suspension lift, charcoal 20-inch alloy wheels, side steps, manually opening rear window, protector headlights, leather upholstery and console lid, and 10-way electric adjustment for the driver seat.
The RRP is $104,450 plus on-road costs, which equates to about $110,000 drive-away depending on dealer delivery, registration and stamp duty variations.
The limited edition model will start to arrive in dealerships in the coming months. The first examples are available in red, white, or “Patriot Blue”. Metallic paint adds $863.
A second batch due later in the year will be available in black, blue or “Granite Crystal”, however these vehicles were secured at a higher exchange rate and will start from $107,450 plus on-road costs, or about $112,000 drive-away depending on dealer delivery, registration and stamp duty variations.
These prices position the Ram 1500 Warlock at the top of the range, above the Express Quad Cab ($79,950 plus on-road costs), Express Crew Cab ($89,950 plus on-road costs), and Laramie ($99,950 plus on-road costs). (All prices are for 5.7-litre V8 Hemi models).
However, while the Ram 1500 Warlock gains unique features and a premium price, it lacks the push button start, sunroof, and power operated rear sliding window of the Laramie.
The vehicles cannot not be remanufactured to right-hand-drive fast enough to meet demand, even though the Melbourne assembly line switched to 24-hour, five-days-a-week production a year ago.
Meantime, the next generation Ram 1500 is due in Australian showrooms in early 2021 after local crash testing and engineering work is completed. The new 'DT' Ram 1500 will be sold alongside the current 'DS' Ram 1500 Classic in Australia and the US for the foreseeable future, giving the nameplate two distinct price points.
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