RAM Trucks Australia has introduced the 1500 Express Crew V8 Hemi to its range. Sitting one step above the entry-level 1500 Express Quad, the RAM Express Crew features more space, higher specification and what the importer calls (hopefully with a bit of tongue-in-cheek) “an even sportier appearance”.

Priced from $89,950 plus on-road costs, the full-size 1500 Express Crew truck features the larger cabin found on the RAM Laramie, meaning more head, shoulder and leg room than any five-seat ute on the market today. Importantly the sizeable cabin has dual-zone air conditioning.

The 1500 Express Crew has connectivity with the 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen system featuring Apple CarPlay and Google Android.

Best-in-class power for the supersized truck is provided by a supersized 5.7-litre V8 Hemi engine. With 390 horsepower (291kW) and a 556Nm of torque it has a maximum braked towing weight of 4.5 tonnes.


The large tub has a hard-wearing, spray-in bed liner and can be optioned with the clever RamBox Cargo Management System. These lockable storage units are built into the side rails of the tub and feature lighting and drainage.

To further enhance the already tough looks of “The truck that eats utes for breakfast” the 1500 Express Crew has a Sports Hood (that’s American for bonnet), black accent package and limited-edition colours: Diamond Black, Bright White, Granite Crystal and Flame Red.

RAM Trucks Australia began re-manufacturing left-hand drive heavy-duty models into right-hand drive vehicles in late 2015 to prepare them for sales that began in early 2016.

Each model undergoes a thorough re-engineering process that designs and produces right-hand drive trucks for Australia and New Zealand. Some 400 locally sourced re-manufacture parts are used in the conversions.

The RAM 1500 Express Crew V8 Hemi is from $89,950 plus on road costs. Every RAM is backed by a three year/100,000km warranty with Roadside Assistance, and requires a service every 12 months or 12,000km, whichever comes first.

There are now 50 RAM dealers across Australia and 13 in New Zealand.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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