Forget the Hellephant engine, this fully custom Dodge truck is packing a Cummins turbo diesel!
Fiat-Chrysler always delivers hard-hitting products for SEMA, but this 2019 Mopar Lowliner Concept might be one of the best concept vehicles from Chrysler as a whole in years! This concept started as a seemingly well-preserved 1968 Dodge D200 Camper Special, and Mopar's customization team transformed it into an attention-snatching candy-apple lowrider.
To maximize visual impact, this truck features a gorgeous Candied Delmonico Red paint job with Dairy Cream accent paint on the wheels and bumpers, and it would appear that the truck's signature Swept Line have been widened to accentuate the iconic look. All of the marker lights, emblems and door handles were removed for a cleaner look, and the fuel filler was relocated to the top of the bed rail hidden by a spring-loaded cover. Those massive wheels that appear to be steelies are actually made from billet aluminum, and they measure 22x9.5 inches in the front and 22x11 inches in the rear.
The interior is just as stylish with Blazing Saddle Tan leather found through the cabin including the truck's original bench seat and the headliner with the Mopar logo. The original instrument gauges have been replaced with Mopar gauges, and the shift lever has a cool cue-ball knob with the old-school "Cummins Dependable Diesel" logo. Speaking of logos, Dodge's fratzog logo from the 1960s is still found on the truck's original steering wheel, and it's also subtly included into the Lowliner's logo.
This truck is far more than just a pretty paint job with an engine swap, though. For starters, the truck's stock C-channel frame was fully boxed to handle the added weight and power of the Cummins engine, and Chrysler engineers pushed the front axle three inches forward. This was likely done to allow for more room for the massive diesel engine, but the longer wheelbase also helps to give the truck a cooler profile. The cargo floor of a newer Ram 1500 was added to the truck's factory bed to allow for more space for the lowered air-adjustable suspension, and the tubs were widened to accommodate the 22x11-inch rear wheels.
Mopar released a couple videos, which are embedded below, for the Lowliner Concept showing a B-roll walkaround as well as a breakdown of the truck's highlights by Joe Dehner, Head of Ram and Mopar Design FCA North America.