The pickup segment is embroiled in a ruthless race to launch the latest heavy-duty (HD) truck, and by the looks of it, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is in the lead. Ford has been busy testing the next generation of its HD trucks, while General Motors recently made their HD truck styling cues a matter of public record before a 2019 debut, but it’s FCA that’s been quietly working in the background to launch an extra-capable truck. The Ram HD is closely related to the light-duty pickup that debuted earlier this year – the all-new Ram 1500. Here’s what we know about the 2020 Ram HD pickup truck so far.
Industry experts are certain that the all-new 2020 Ram HD truck will debut in January at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. There have been a lot of sightings on the streets of Detroit lately that indicate this model is more or less ready to hit the streets. Judging from the spy photos available (a rumored Power Wagon trim that was spotted, to be exact), the Ram HD is likely to follow and will undergo few significant changes on its exterior, but a massive overhaul in its cabin. One thing is clear – the 2020 Ram HD will be a bigger and beefier version of the current Ram HD models.
Design lines and the overall exterior will look familiar to Ram enthusiasts, but the more pronounced muscle will be enough to signal that change is in the air. Some current HD Ram trucks sport the classic crosshair grille while some favor a centered Ram badge. For the 2020 version, all Ram HD trucks will lose the crosshair grille in favor of the Ram badge, as well as the headlight and taillight design from the new Ram 1500. Trim options are not expected to change and the 2020 Ram HD will carry the same trim lines as the current pickup – Tradesman (base tier), followed by the SLT and Laramie trims, while the mid-level tier includes the Big Horn and Laramie Longhorn. The top of the lineup offers a Ram HD Limited that even has the option for a Limited Megacab that provides plenty of additional space for the rear passengers, and an off-road variant – the Power Wagon – will also be offered.
Powertrain options for the 2020 Ram HD are unclear as of now and FCA declined to comment as is customary with vehicles that are currently in production. Speculation has it that there’ll be several different engine options just like there are with the current lineup. Although Ram debuted a new and improved Pentastar engine with eTorque for the light duty 1500 earlier this year, it’s unknown if the same engine will be available to tackle some of the rougher chores required of HD trucks. As is stands now, the Ram HD lineup offers a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with 383 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 with 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque, and a 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo-Diesel inline-six engine with 370 horsepower and a whopping 800 lb-ft of torque.
Spy shots of the 2020 Ram HD promise an innovative and modernized interior that’s largely influenced by the newest fashionable Ram 1500. The prototype spotted featured an 8.4-inch touchscreen display with FCA’s latest Uconnect infotainment system, but it’s expected that the Ram HD will offer the same massive 12-inch touchscreen display that debuted on the Ram 1500 earlier this year. Ornate stitching and etching on gauges, heated and cooled seats, and even a heated steering wheel are some of the expected features on the higher-tier trims. Current Ram HD trucks offer limited storage in the form of holding spaces in the floor of the back seat, but the same innovative storage solutions that were introduced on the new Ram 1500 could very easily make an appearance.
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