Some Changes are in Store for the 2023 Ram Trucks Lineup
Although the current generation Ram 1500 debuted in January of 2018, the model has seen plenty of changes and upgrades since. As the fifth-generation Ram 1500 continues its production cycle, many buyers are wondering what changes are in store for the popular pickup. While some are expecting huge changes for the 2023 model year, it just so happens that the Ram 1500’s mid-cycle refresh is programmed for the 2024 year instead. Recent leaks on Ram forums indicate that although the mid-cycle refresh won’t be happening any time soon, the Ram 1500 is likely to experience a few changes, including the addition of a 12.3-inch thin-film-transistor (TFT) digital cluster.
Ram’s largest TFT screen at the time of this writing on the Ram 1500 and Ram Heavy Duty pickups is a 7-inch display. Both the Ram 1500 and Ram Heavy Duty pickups are slated to feature the all-new frameless 12-inch TFT cluster for the 2023 model year. This marks the first time in Ram history that a pickup features an all-digital instrument cluster. The process follows the same pattern as other models under the Stellantis umbrella, making the switch to digital instrument clusters. Currently, the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer (both models ride on a Ram-based platform) offer a 10.25-inch TFT cluster layout (Wagoneer) and a 12.3-inch TFT cluster layout (Grand Wagoneer). Automotive experts expect the lower-tier trims like the Tradesman, Big Horn, and Lone Star to adopt the 10.25-inch display, while high-tier trims that are more luxury-oriented will feature the larger 12.3-inch version instead.
The addition of these frameless digital gauge clusters doesn’t just mean it’s a digital display screen inside the pickup’s cabin, it also indicates that Ram is open to adding other driver-assist technologies that rely on the display, such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Drowsy Driver Detection, Speed Limit Traffic Signs Display and much more. It’s also rumored the new screens will feature full-screen, turn-by-turn navigation maps, and off-road figures such as a pitch-and-roll display. Ram also plans to offer up to five reconfigurable tiles on its full-color cluster to showcase at-a-glance data or give passengers easy access to the more frequently used information. All cluster settings can then be saved via Uconnect 5 as a user profile, while on-screen graphics materialize in real-time, animated 3D.
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