Test Out Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Idea’s Third-Row Bounce Seats

A 3rd row of seats is a typical function on minivans and SUVs as we speak, however we have but to see a three-row pickup truck being put into manufacturing.

It might occur as early as subsequent yr, although. Ram Vans might change into the primary automaker to construct a three-row pickup if the 1500 Revolution BEV Idea unveiled earlier this month at CES 2023 retains the third-row leap seats on its option to manufacturing.

Described by Stellantis design chief Ralph Gilles as a “totality of so many concepts,” the electrical pickup truck research launched an uncommon function: a 3rd row with detachable leap seats.

Ram designers have been in a position so as to add a 3rd row of seats due to the 4 inches (101 millimeter) longer cabin made attainable by the STLA Body structure designed for full-size, body-on-frame EVs.

Gilles informed Automotive Information the leap seats could be superb for infrequent use when giving associates a carry. “The bonus third row is one thing they got here up with for those who need an EV, however they need a truck — for these occasions they’re choosing up the buddies, or individuals on the airport,” he mentioned.

The leap seats might additionally push rivals to extract extra passenger house as properly from their vehicles if the general public decides that is a good suggestion.

The design group’s purpose was to make the truck extra helpful and user-friendly than present pickups. That was completed by shifting ahead the inside packaging in contrast with the present ICE-powered Ram 1500.

This allowed designers to “push and pull” parts and transfer issues across the electrical Ram truck research’s cabin. For instance, the seats and console will be repositioned through the Ram Observe, a rail attachment system that gives larger cabin flexibility.

However the two leap seats on the third row are clearly the cabin’s occasion piece. Whereas not as snug because the entrance and rear seats, they nonetheless supply some softness due to an artificial “scuba” materials utilized on the higher portion. The center portion is a mesh materials much like what one might discovered on an workplace chair, made principally of recycled plastic bottles.

Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept third-row jump seats in use rendering

Official rendering of the Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Idea’s third-row leap seats

The intelligent factor concerning the leap seats is they will fold again – and might even be eliminated – when not in use, liberating up further in-cabin cupboard space. In accordance with a put up on the FCA Corp Weblog, Ryan Nagode, chief designer of Ram truck/business inside studios, took inspiration for the third-row seats from folding stadium seats.

“The looks matched so properly with the concepts we had give you, so it appeared apparent to marry these two ideas collectively,” he mentioned. When eliminated, the leap seats will be positioned on or inside the mattress of the truck for tailgating or hanging out with associates, in addition to on any sort of bench or bleacher seating discovered at sporting occasions.

So what do you suppose, ought to Ram supply the third-row leap seats on its upcoming 1500 Revolution BEV manufacturing mannequin?