2021 Ram Truck Changes Include New Trailering, Tech Features

Christian Wardlaw | Sep 03, 2020

When Fiat Chrysler Automobiles debuted the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX, it announced several new features for that model but would not confirm that other versions of the automaker’s light-duty full-size pickup truck would get them.

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Well, now we know. Trailer Reverse Steering Control, a semi-autonomous trailer reversing technology that steers for the driver, is part of the 2021 Ram 1500 Trailer Package, along with new trailer tire pressure monitoring and trailer light check systems. You can also get power-folding trailering mirrors as a standalone option or with the available surround-view camera system.

Additionally, the changes to the 2021 Ram 1500 include a new full-color head-up display with the ability to show five different types of information at one time. In addition to transmission gear, vehicle speed, and posted speed limit information, the HUD supplies turn-by-turn navigation instructions and data related to the adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and lane-keeping assistance systems. Ram did not mention whether blind-spot warnings are available on the HUD display, which would be especially helpful.

For improved visibility to the rear, a new digital camera mirror debuts. It uses a video feed of what’s behind the truck to show an unobstructed 180-degree view while reversing. Simply flip the switch at the bottom of the rearview mirror to activate it.

Other changes include a new Snow Plow Prep Package, an Off-Road Pages feature for the Uconnect infotainment system when the truck is equipped with the 4x4 Off-Road Group, and new pedestrian detection capability as part of the Advanced Safety Group. 

Ram has also expanded standard availability of the full-speed forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking systems to include all trims except Tradesman and Big Horn. On these more affordable Ram trucks, it is part of the optional Level 1 Equipment Group.

Lastly, a new Limited Longhorn 10th Anniversary Edition is available with lots of identifying badges, exclusive Mountain Brown leather, Berber carpeting, and metal pedal covers.

The expected release date for the 2021 Ram 1500 is fall of 2020.

The information in this article is from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. It was accurate on September 3, 2020 but may have changed since that date.

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