A whole lot of luxury for the discerning truck buyer. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Jan. 26, 2018 On the heels of the all-new 2019 RAM 1500 Mild-Hybrid introduced at the 2018 NAIAS in Detroit just over a week ago, RAM released details on its new truck in chart topping luxury Laramie Longhorn Edition trim. Remember it was just 3 months ago that we voted the 2018 Ram Laramie Longhorn the Luxury Pickup Truck of Texas at the Texas Auto Writers Association Truck Rally (TAWA) and I suspect this all-new truck with “all the fixins” will earn the title for the third year in a row. And why does it stand out? Top shelf hand crafted wood, leather, and metal materials, and a historical brown leather or Black/Cattle Tan with contrast piping interior color schemes. The 2019 Ram 1500’s Laramie Longhorn trim includes 100 percent full-grain leather wrapped center console, instrument panel, seats and door panel inserts. Adding punch are satin chrome accents, a brushed-nickel metal badge flush-mounted on the console lid and a new “Longhorn” branding mark burned on the wood-trimmed upper glove box door. Who goes to the lengths that RAM did to brand a dash insert? The answer? Nobody! Real barn-wood accents are used throughout the cabin. Wood tandem doors on the center console is the day time highlight while at night, ambient soft lighting creates a relaxing atmosphere for long days behind the wheel. Buckled leather back seat map pockets. A chrome billet “RAM” grille and chrome header surround the Adaptive LED headlamps. Chrome bumpers, tow hooks, fender flares, and side steps are standard. New 20- or 22-inch wheels are offered with a variety of finishes. These large and heavy wheels are going to screw over anyone’s chance of hitting EPA in one unfortunately. The Laramie Longhorn Edition belt-buckle badge is embossed on both front doors and tailgate. Did you say all-weather floor mats? These are all-weather floor mats for the millionaire set. Ram's new 1500 can be equipped with a 4G WiFi hot spot, exclusive SiriusXM 360L personalized listening experience, SiriusXM Guardian, five USB ports to link with the award-winning Uconnect system and a segment-leading 12-inch touchscreen featuring split-screen capability for dual-application operation or full-screen single application operation. The new 2019 Ram 1500 offers truck buyers leading-edge innovation with 225 pounds of weight reduction, up to 12,750 pounds of towing capability, the eTorque mild hybrid system and active systems that improve fuel efficiency and assist drivers. The Ram 1500 stands out as the benchmark in a very competitive segment. Fingers crossed on the Mild Hybrid system, but I doubt it will come anywhere close to matching the previous year’s 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel.