Ram Unveils the All-New 2019 2500 and 3500 Heavy-Duty Pickups
Taking a page out of the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, Ram decided they’d once again dominate the airwaves at the same show in 2019 with the introduction of the all-new 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500. Both heavy-duty trucks follow in the footsteps and design of the light-duty 1500 that debuted in Motor City a year ago. Aiming to steal market share from bitter rivals Ford and General Motors, Ram once again came out swinging with the introduction of the high-tech, luxurious heavy-duty 2500 and 3500. Now that we know Ram applied the same strategy to the heavy-duty trucks as it did to the light-duty truck, with a special emphasis on capability, let’s break down the features that are sure to make the latest introductions to the Ram lineup a success.
First things first: these big Ram trucks are the first heavy-duty trucks to cross the 1,000 lb-ft of torque threshold when paired with the 6.7-liter Cummins High Output Turbo Diesel engine that’s available on all but the base trim. When paired with the Cummins engine, both of these heavy-duty pickups become the highest-performing trucks as they can tow up to 35,100 pounds and haul up to 7,680 pounds of payload. The standard engine on these Ram heavy-duty trucks is no slacker either, it’s a 6.4-liter 410-horsepower HEMI V8 engine that generates 429 lb-ft of torque. Both trucks carry over the big-rig styling on the outside, with a more aerodynamic 30 percent larger grille featuring a Ram badge on the front.
The cabin hosts the majority of improvements thanks to active noise cancellation features, anti-vibration devices, and acoustic glass according to the automaker. A new class-exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission and a new suspension with frequency-response damping shocks both work to improve ride quality as well. Reid Bigland, head of the Ram brand for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), said: “No longer do you have to drive a heavy-duty and beat yourself to hell,” and it’s clear from the redesign that Ram worked hard to make his statement a reality.
The 12-inch touchscreen that got tongues wagging when it debuted on the light-duty truck will be a standard feature on all six of the heavy-duty trims – starting with the Tradesman and moving up into the more luxurious Laramie Longhorn and Limited trims. Tweaked for peak utility in the heavy-duty trucks, the touchscreen now clusters more of the controls in one place, while a redesigned center console offers 12 different storage configurations. Ram pickup sales increased 7 percent in 2018, with over 536,980 units (including light- and heavy-duty models) capturing over 18 percent of the pickup market.
The previous-generation heavy-duty trucks will be immediately phased out as FCA builds the newcomers at its plant in Saltillo, Mexico. Plans to move production to the automaker’s Warren plant in 2020 was confirmed by a manufacturing spokeswoman, although CEO Mike Manley is said to be rethinking that strategy. The Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickups are scheduled to go on sale in the second quarter of 2019. Check out the introductory video from the Ram brand itself below:
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