It’s time we stopped with the ‘big is dumb’ stereotypes. Look at Arnold Schwarzenegger as an example. He only went from being a bodybuilder to... the Governor of California! He’s also a successful businessman, author, philanthropist and activist too. Take his good pal, Sylvester Stallone. We know him best from the Rocky movies but if you thought one too many blows to the head may have taken a toll on the Italian Stallion, think again; Sly has a Mensa IQ score of 160 and he’s also an exceptionally talented painter. His pieces sell for in excess of Dh400,000. But the best example is our Ram; this brawny truck really is as intelligent as it is big.

It has adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring and ready-alert braking to go with its five USB charging ports (two with infotainment connectivity), new climate control system (quieter, with more rear airflow), two three-pronged 115-volt plugs and second-row seats with eight degrees of slide and recline. Its 10 speaker sound system (linked to the latest Uconnect 4 with a 8.4in full colour pinch and zoom display) boasts exceptional clarity that makes Bob Dylan sound as smooth as Jeff Lynne. The instrument cluster has a 7.0in full colour driver customisable TFT display that relays all sorts of useful information (fuel range, tyre pressure etc) and a new dual-pane panoramic sunroof bathes the huge cabin with natural light. I also love the Ram Bins that provide underfloor storage behind the front seats which can be stashed with whatever you like, even ice to keep your drinks cool. A quick mention on the new liftgate; for added convenience and ease of operation it can be opened via the key fob which is a nice touch. See? The Ram is really clever.

This 1500 is literally smart too — some of its premium exterior features include LED reflector headlights and taillights while the new grille helps the Laramie make a fabulous statement however, the real highlights are in the luxurious cabin. From the full-grain leather trimmed seats (ventilated front chairs with memory settings for the driver), power adjustable pedals and chrome plated accents, it is dripping with a premium look and feel.

My only gripe so far is that visibility is reduced a tad due to the sheer size of the side view mirrors — but they automatically fold shut which is handy when you’re squeezing in between two parked cars. Call it big and dumb at your own risk.

 

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