2019 Ram HD Debuts With 1,000 LB-FT Of Torque, Tons Of Tech
With a colossal peak torque of 1,000 pound-feet (1,356 Newton-meters) for the models equipped with a Cummins 6.7-liter turbodiesel, Ram describes the new Heavy Duty as “the most powerful, most capable pickup in the segment.” Indeed, in this version, it’s a towing monster with 400 horsepower (298 kilowatts), a towing capacity of 35,100 lbs, and a payload capacity of 7,680 lbs, making its debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.
“Ram Heavy Duty owners constantly demand the highest levels of capability to tackle the biggest jobs and with 35,100 lbs of towing capacity, pulled by 1,000 lb-ft of torque from our Cummins engine, we now hold the most important titles within the segment,” Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand at FCA, declared. “We’ve also surrounded owners in luxury and technology that, until now, was unavailable in a heavy-duty pickup. The highest quality interiors, active safety systems and of course our award-winning Uconnect technology contribute to the best Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks we have ever built.”
The new generation of Cummins’ inline-six diesel has a new cylinder block and is 60 lbs (27 kg) lighter than its predecessor. The unit also uses new cast-iron cylinder head, as well as lighter and stronger pistons. An all-new exhaust system and an improved variable-geometry turbocharger complete the package.
Models powered by this motor will feature a six-speed electronically controlled automatic gearbox by Aisin which has been engineered specifically to handle the massive torque. There’s also a detuned version of the 6.7-liter unit which pushes out 370 hp (276 kW) and 850 lb-ft (1,152 Nm) of troque, and uses a different six-speed automatic.
The entry-level powertrain for the revamped 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty is an upgraded version of the brand’s 6.4-liter HEMI V8 which in this application delivers 410 hp (306 kW) and 429 lb-ft (581 Nm) of torque. It is mated to a TorqueFlite 8HP75 eight-speed automatic with more than 40 individual shift maps.
In general, Ram says, the Heavy Duty trucks have a suspension designed for constant heavy payloads, which leads to a harsher ride when unloaded. The company tries to minimize that negative effect by installing new Frequency Response Damping (FRD) shocks, as well as progressive springs and re-engineered bushings. Available for both the 2500 and 3500 is a “class-leading” Active-Level rear air suspension with a bed-lowering mode for easier loading.
With more than 100 available safety and security features, the new Heavy Duty stands out as one of the most technologically advanced models in the segment. Depending on the trim level and customer’s preferences, the model can be equipped with anything from a 360-degree camera display, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control to a trailer tire pressure monitor, a cargo-view camera, and emergency trailer brakes, and even an auxiliary exterior camera with custom positioning in and behind trailer. Debuting as a segment-first, the HD also has back-up sensors on the 3500 models specifically designed to cover the added width of dual rear wheels.
The 2019 HD will also be available in Power Wagon trim which fills the needs of folks looking for heavy-duty hauling capability and occasional off-road ability. It comes with different suspension design, factory suspension lift, locking front and rear differentials, disconnecting sway bar, and a 12,000-lb. winch.
Onboard the new 2500 and 3500 trucks you’ll find FCA’s Uconnect 4 infotainment system with an optional 12-inch touchscreen. It allows for a split screen function where two different applications, such as Apple CarPlay and HVAC controls, can be displayed at the same time. Alternatively, one application can be displayed across the entire display.
Four audio systems will be offered, including “the ultimate sound experience” featuring a 750-watt, 17-speaker Harman Kardon system, which can be enhanced by the active noise cancelation system and acoustic glass which reduce ambient cabin noise by about 10 dB.
The new HD series is built at FCA’s Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Mexico and will be sold with "unsurpassed" diesel powertrain warranty of five years or 100,000 miles.
Check out the press release section below for more details.