The all-new heavy-duty Ram 2500 and 3500 were recently unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show and it’s got everyone’s tongues wagging thanks to its promises of industry-leading towing and hauling capabilities. Aiming to win the hearts of truck buyers by emulating the success of the Ram 1500 (whose 2018 redesign earned it plenty Truck of the Year awards), both of these heavy-duty pickups will offer highly-coveted advanced safety features, bigger and beefier design, a world-class cabin, luxurious trims and so much more. With Ram riding the coattails of their own success it’s easy to predict that Detroit truck battles are going to intensify. Here’s what we know so far.
On the outside, this Ram is an unmistakable beast, although the redesign helps the exterior resemble its smaller 1500 sibling thanks to its trademark Ram badge grille and high-stance. Just like in the last few model years, the Ram 2500 is offered in a two-door regular car, four-door crew, and four-door “mega” cab. All trims come in either two- or four-wheel-drive with the exception of the Power Wagon. And speaking of the Power Wagon, this year’s revamped model features a unique suspension, factory lift kit, locking front- and rear differentials, and even includes a 12,000-pound winch.
Like all other heavy-duty truck manufacturers, Ram will offer the all-new 2500 and 3500 from a base Tradesman trim to a high-end Limited trim (and a few others in between) that’s filled with leather and wood paneling inside. Ram also redesigned the cabin with special acoustic glass and various active noise-cancellation systems for a quieter ride. As for infotainment, these pickups offer the latest Uconnect system and an optional 12-inch fully-configurable touchscreen display. Cubbies and storage bins are scattered throughout the cabin as is customary with these monster trucks.
What’s powering these beasts? A 6.4-liter HEMI V8 that puts out 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque comes standard on both pickups while each is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. An optional Cummins 6.7-liter turbo diesel inline-six engine is available for both the 2500 and the 3500, although their outputs differ. On the 2500 the Cummins engine is rated at 370 horsepower and 850 lb-ft of torque with a maximum towing capability up to 19,780 pounds and a payload capacity of 4,050 pounds. The 3500 equipped with the same Cummins engine is rated at 400 horsepower and 1000 lb-ft of torque (best-in-class!) with a whopping towing capacity up to 35,100 pounds!
When it comes to safety features the new Ram 2500 and 3500 both offer automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and blind spot warning on all trims. All previous-generation heavy-duty trucks will commence being phased out as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) plans to move production from Saltillo, Mexico to the automaker’s Warren plant by 2020. Both the Ram 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty pickups are slated to roll across dealer lots in the second quarter of 2019. With all the aforementioned features and improvements it looks like the Ram heavy-duty pickups will deliver in spades.
Follow Miami Lakes Ram on social media to be the first to know when the Ram HD pickups hit the road. In the meantime if you’re eager to get a glimpse at some of the latest redesigns then look no further than the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 – schedule a test drive today!