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Lone Star State of Mind: Ram Unveils Texas-Only Truck Trim

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 2/14/2018 Greg Fink

2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star

We're mildly disappointed to learn that the 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star still isn't a Ram pickup truck styled after the Winnebago driven (flown?) by Lone Starr in the film Spaceballs. Instead, as it has been since 2002, the Lone Star is a special trim package offered only in Texas, where pickups rule. Previous Lone Star editions have accounted for as much as half of Ram's half-ton pickup sales in that state.

Based on the 2019 Ram 1500 Big Horn, the Lone Star is set apart with equipment including 18-inch aluminum wheels, chrome bumpers and a chrome grille surround, fog lamps, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and, of course, Lone Star badging for the tailgate and interior. Options available to Lone Star buyers include Sport and Black appearance packages, an air-spring suspension, blind-spot monitoring, 20-inch wheels, and a towing package.

a close up of a car: 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star© Provided by Car and Driver 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star

The Lone Star will be offered initially with Ram's 395-hp 5.7-liter V-8, while a 305-hp 3.6-liter V-6 will be added later. The latter will come with eTorque, the company's 48-volt motor/generator electric assist, as on other versions of the all-new 2019 Ram. The company says that the Lone Star will be available in both crew- and quad-cab body styles with either rear- or four-wheel drive.

Pricing has yet to be announced for the Lone Star Edition (or any 2019 Ram, for that matter), but Ram claims that Texans can look forward to getting their hands on this special truck in "the first quarter" of this year, so by the end of March. Meanwhile, Spaceballs fans will need to continue using the Schwartz to convince Ram to create a Mel Brooks–inspired Ram 1500 Lone Starr edition.

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