But here, first impressions are deceiving. On the inside, the 2013 Ram 1500 gets a much-improved design; and combined with some astonishing fuel economy improvements, it's a standout.
Inside, the Ram gets a redesigned center stack, with new climate controls and a version of Chrysler's Uconnect Touch interface. And top-of-the-line Laramie models will become even more plush and luxury-like. But design-wise, it's the automaker's decision to make the shifter a rotary dial—rather than a column stalk or console lever—that might cause the biggest stir.
Chrysler is anticipating about a 20-percent improvement in fuel efficiency in both V-6 and V-8 Ram models—and that's without a hybrid system. Instead, the automaker has turned to tactics like grille shutters, a new eight-speed automatic transmission, and an engine stop-start system. Oh, and there's a new frame underpinning it all. V-6 models will become considerably quicker and more able as well, thanks to a new 305-hp, 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6.
Take a look at these pictures—especially those of the interior—to get a glimpse of the changes, then see this post on the changes, as well as our preview of the 2013 Ram, plus all the latest from the New York Auto Show.