2019 Ram HD … is Heavy Duty!

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Ram reveals all-new 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty trucks at Detroit Auto Show

Already pretty much trampling the competition in the full-size truck segment for 2019, Ram has just revealed their new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty trucks – locked and loaded to blow through that segment as well.  

Pulling the wraps off the new 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks at the Detroit International Auto Show in Detroit, Ram says the new Heavy Duty out-powers, out-tows and out-hauls every other pickup in the segment.

Further, they do it with segment-best comfort and style, ride and handling, luxury, innovative features, technology and safety – raising the bar several steps above the competition.

That is a whole lot of bragging yet to be proven.  But given their success in delivering the segment best 2019 Ram 1500 full-size truck this past year, we think they have a high certainty of delivering on the new Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty trucks as well.

Here are some of the key elements that caught our attention at the reveal.  

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Powertrains and Performance

According to the information provided, the new Ram Heavy Duty trucks boast segment high capability numbers for diesel- and gas-powered pickups — 35,100-lbs. towing and 7,680-lb. payload.  

The engine lineup is led by an available new Cummins 6.7-liter I6 high output Turbo Diesel that delivers up-to a whopping 1,000 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1,800 rpm from  400 horsepower @ 2,800 rpm. The high output Turbo Diesel is mated to an enhanced Aisin AS69RC electronically-controlled 6-speed automatic transmission. It features a new controller and dual-core processor for faster and more precise shifts under all loads.

Also available is a lesser variant of the Cummins Turbo Diesel that delivers 370 horsepower @ 2,800 rpm and 850 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1,700 rpm.  This ‘lesser’ Turbo Diesel is mated to an upgraded version of the 68RFE 6-speed automatic transmission for improved shift quality.

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The 6.4-liter HEMI gasoline V8 is the standard engine for the 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty.  It delivers class-leading 410 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm with 429 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,000 rpm.  Featuring cylinder deactivation and Variable Cam Timing (VCT), it is mated to a class-exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic. 

Rams equipped with the 6.4-liter HEMI use a rotary shifter mounted on the left side of the center stack – freeing up space on the console. The new shifter area is located adjacent to related feature buttons and dials like Hill Descent Control, axle lock and transfer case controls for driver convenience.

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Ride and Handling

Ram Heavy Duty trucks have an all-new frame design built from high-strength steel with wide front rails to allow outboard positioning of front springs for improved ride quality. Tuned for each model’s load and task requirements, they are equipped with Frequency Response Damping (FRD) shocks with progressive springs and re-engineered bushings. 

The Ram 2500 is equipped with their exclusive five-link coil design at the rear while the Ram 3500 features a Hotchkiss rear leaf-spring system.  Up front the Ram Heavy Duty line uses an advance three-link suspension in a new two-piece crossmember structure for greater strength and roll stiffness.

A new class exclusive rear air suspension, available on both Ram 2500 and 3500, features driver-activated Bed Lowering Mode, Normal/Payload Mode and Trailer-Tow Mode

The new braking system upgrades calipers, booster and master cylinder shorten stopping distances, increase capability and improve brake feel over prior years.

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Ride and Handling

Ram Heavy Duty trucks have an all-new frame design built from high-strength steel with wide front rails to allow outboard positioning of front springs for improved ride quality. Tuned for each model’s load and task requirements, they are equipped with Frequency Response Damping (FRD) shocks with progressive springs and re-engineered bushings. 

The Ram 2500 is equipped with their exclusive five-link coil design at the rear while the Ram 3500 features a Hotchkiss rear leaf-spring system.  Up front the Ram Heavy Duty line uses an advance three-link suspension in a new two-piece crossmember structure for greater strength and roll stiffness.

A new class exclusive rear air suspension, available on both Ram 2500 and 3500, features driver-activated Bed Lowering Mode, Normal/Payload Mode and Trailer-Tow Mode

The new braking system upgrades calipers, booster and master cylinder shorten stopping distances, increase capability and improve brake feel over prior years.

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Exterior

The new Ram Heavy Duty features bold interlocking exterior design elements, new and lighter aluminum hood, all-new wheels and bumpers plus six different grille designs (the crosshairs are gone) across six distinct price classes.

Three new headlight designs include advanced LED with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) and the available RamBox Cargo Management System features a 115-volt outlet with up to 400-watts of power.

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Interior

The new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty has a completely redesigned interior. It mirrors the Ram 1500 with new, authentic premium materials, colors and textures, including hand-wrapped leather instrument panels for unexpected luxury throughout.

An active noise cancellation system with anti-vibration devices and acoustic glass make it the quietest Ram Heavy Duty cabin ever.

A new HVAC system delivers 30 percent more airflow and features in-duct electric heating elements on the diesel models for faster cabin warmup.

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The instrument cluster features an available 7-inch full-color – 3-D animation capable – driver information display with a 12-inch reconfigurable touchscreen with tailor-made graphics and state-of-the-art connectivity topping the center stack.

A reimagined center console has 12 different storage configurations and wider docking area for tablet and smartphone.  It includes optional dedicated/assignable switches, wireless charging dock and up to five USBs, including type C ports. Up to three 115-volt 400-watt plugs are available in the cabin.

Storage – designed to hold up to a 15-inch laptop – is located beneath the three-position sliding cupholder tray that slides under the armrest.

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Infotainment

Four audio systems are available including the powerful 750-watt, 17-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.

The Uconnect 4C NAV system features split screen management and includes SiriusXM 360L personalized listening.

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Safety and Convenience   

 In addition to a standard back-up camera, a second cargo area camera monitors cargo and aides in aligning fifth-wheel and gooseneck trailer hookups.  On the Ram 3500, segment-first sensors cover the added width of dual rear wheels when backing up.

An auxiliary remote camera is also available through MOPAR for additional coverage.

The 360-degree surround-view camera with trailer reverse guidance view provides a single display-screen view of both sides of a trailer to assist drivers in maneuvering towing setups.

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Its advanced trailer Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) accommodates up to six pickup tires and 12 trailer tires with up to four trailer profiles.

All models are said to feature more than 100 safety and security features including exclusive active safety systems — Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and AEB with trailer brakes.

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Ram Power Wagon

For Ram Power Wagon fans, the 2019 version features a unique suspension, factory suspension lift, locking front and rear differentials, disconnecting sway bar, new 360 camera with forward-view guidelines and an integrated front-mounted 12,000 lb. WARN Zeon-12 winch featuring a new synthetic line that cannot kink, does not fray and is more maneuverable.

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As more information about the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty – including model detail, launch date and pricing – comes available, your inwheeltime.com team will get it to you.

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Tailpipes and Tacos is back Memorial Day weekend! It’s been a while but the popular Tailpipes and Tacos cruise-in returns to the Lupe Tortilla Tex-Mex in Katy…Saturday, May 25th! Bring your hot rod, Classic or Modern Classic to compete for one of the famous Chili Pepper trophies AND get a FREE breakfast taco! Just make a donation of any size to God’s Garage and Lupe’s will match it. You’ll be helping single mothers who need a set of wheels.

It has been a year in the making so you won’t want to miss Tailpipes and Tacos, Saturday, May 25th 8 to 11 AM. Cruise-in, donate what you want to God’s Garage and grab a free Lupe Tortilla breakfast taco. Tailpipes and Tacos ony happens at the Lupe Tortilla Tex-Mex in Katy at 703 West Grand Parkway at Kingsland Blvd…just south of the Katy Freeway.

It’s car show season and what better way to kick it off than a free taco and comradery at Tailpipes and Tacos, Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 25, 2024, 8 to 11 AM. 

The In Wheel Time Car Talk Show will be there too.

Proceeds benefit God’s Garage