This morning, the new face of the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty has said hello to the world. The high-output version of the 6.7-liter Cummins inline-six turbodiesel produces 1,000 pound-feet of torque. This is a 70 pound-feet increase over the 2018 Ram 3500 HD. The HO motor hits 400 horsepower at 2,800 rpm. The standard-output 6.7-liter Cummins, puts out 370 hp and 870 pound-feet of torque.The Cummins engine has dropped more than sixty pounds with the compacted graphite iron block, lighter pistons, hollow camshaft and forged connection rods and bearings. The 6.4-liter entry-level Hemi gas-powered V8 motor still has 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque.
The high-output Cummins is paired with an Aisin AS69RC six-speed transmission, upgraded hardware and programming to assist in shifting and managing the torque. The 6.4-liter Hemi is paired with the popular TorqueFlite 8HP75 eight-speed automatic for heavy duty excursions. This is the first time the Ram HD has the eight-speed transmission. The Cummings motor comes with two 220-amp and a 160-amp alternator, Ram states this makes it the “first gas-driven application of its kind in either class”.
There will be available six trims available: Tradesman, Bighorn/Lonestar, Power Wagon, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn and Limited. The HD trucks will be know by different grilles, bumpers and wheels. The do not share any exterior sheet metal with the light-duty 1500. It features an “interlocking” theme with the grille, hood and fenders sharing pieces. The instrument cluster, instrument panel and center console also follow the same theme. Three headlight choices with one being LED projectors that swivel up to 15 degrees in the direction of travel. The raised aluminum hood drops additional weight compared to previous models. Badging moves to the scalloped sides of the hood to leave the doors free for commercial use.
RamBox lights are now in the lids to increase illumination. Also new are the wheel flares, bodyside moldings, side steps, shark fin antenna and spoiler on the new aluminum tailgate. For wheel options, there are six new eight-lug wheel range from 17 inches to 20 inches, and three of the 12 possible colors are new: Billet silver, Patriot Blue and Diamond Crystal. The amber turn signals are housed in the taillights. There is an options in some trim for smoked lenses. The full-length rear bumper, larger corner steps, lower center step and lower valance to hide the parking sensors all have new stamping.
The standard trucks get 9.25 inch AAM axles in front, 11.5 inches in back. The 3500 HD with the Max Tow Package has a 12 inch AAM axle in the rear, with 4.25 inch axle tubes. The Class 5 hitch on the 2500 is rated at 20,000 pounds, the 3500 has a 23,000 pound Class 5 hitch. A three-link suspension is up front on the 2500 and 3500. The 2500 uses a five-link coil spring suspension, while the 3500 has the Hotchkiss rear leaf springs. The air suspension on the 2500 is an option, replacing the rear springs with airbags. On the 3500, the airbags replace the leaf springs. FRD is used on all four corners to control adaptive damping. The Power Wagon version has locking front and rear differentials, disconnecting sway bar and 12,000 pound Warn Zeno 12 Winch with synthetic line.
They definitely followed suite with the interior, utilizing the redesigned setup for the 1500, but bigger and more options for commercial users. There is a 12 inch screen on the top-tier infotainment system, 12 storage configurations for the center console, five USB ports and the three 115-volt plugs can all handle up to 400 watts for charging and power tools. This generation HD Ram is better than expected.
Written by: Andee Oehm
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