The Ram 1500 Could Be About to Become a High-Tech Towing Monster

Some new (and very helpful) upgrades could help extend Ram’s success against the Silverado.

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Since launching in 2018, the Ram 1500 has been a tremendous success. It earned rave reviews, and has rivaled the Chevy Silverado for sales. Given its newness, a full-blown refresh for the Ram 1500 is some ways off; that said though the truck could get some interesting technical tweaks for the 2021 model year.

Mopar Insiders has some spy shots of the 2021 Ram 1500 — including the new Raptor-fighting Rebel TRX — with new cameras housed on the side view mirrors and in a third LED brake light. Those cameras should give the Ram 1500 the capability to offer towing cameras, with 360-degree surround camera views as well as a camera looking down into the cargo bed. Those capabilities had previously been reserved for Ram’s heavy-duty lineup.

In May, TFL Truck spotted a trailer steering knob that could steer the truck automatically to back up the trailer into a parking spot, in a manner similar to Ford’s Pro Trailer Backup Assist,. The Ram 1500 is a popular choice for towing, with the 5.7-liter Hemi’s capacity to tow up to 12,750 lbs — easily accommodating, say, an Airstream Caravel — so such aids should very be helpful.

Another thing to keep an eye out for on the tech front could be FCA’s new UConnect5 infotainment system, which supports wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto. No announcement has been made about whether the Ram 1500 will get it for 2021, but it will come standard this year on the new Chrysler Pacifica.

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