FCA Debuts 2019 Ram HD Trucks at 2019 NAIAS
The automobile group, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), may have shied away from the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) for good reason. Not known for having many consumer-based appliances or technology, it made sense. Even more so, because the next-generation 2019 Ram 1500 debuted at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show/North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), this year, all signs pointed to 2019 NAIAS at the debut for the 2019 Ram HD trucks. Guess no more, the 2019 Ram HD 2500 and 3500 are here, and boy do they pack a punch!
The Ram 2500 HD and 3500 HD are known for hard work, and the powertrain options available are a testament to that. Before we go over the engine options, remember how much the next-gen 2019 Ram 1500 boasted its new off-road package? Some changes are coming to the Ram HD trucks as well. Not only do the 2019 Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 HD come available with a four-wheel drivetrain and a BorgWarner part-time transfer case. With Frequency Response Damping (FRD) shocks on all four corners, the exclusive Ram five-link coil design, and the class-exclusive Active-Level rear air suspension all available, the Ram HD trucks are just as much for play as they are work.
The Power Wagon* returns with its own upgrades. For 2019, the Ram HD Power Wagon features a unique suspension, factory suspension lift, locking front and rear differentials, disconnecting sway bar, and a 12,000-lb. winch. An all-new front-mounted WARN Zeon-12 winch has been integrated, this time featuring a unique fairlead and fairlead retainer with a new synthetic line that can’t kink and cuts the weight by 28 pounds. A new 360 camera has also been added to the Power Wagon, including forward-view camera grid lines to help navigate obstacles.
“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…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.” – Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand, FCA.
35,100 pounds of towing capacity. Wow, that must be nice for commercial businesses that need to travel with lots of equipment or product. Consumers can attest that to the 6.7-liter Cummins High Output Turbo Diesel engine, capable of generating up to 400 horsepower and a whopping 1000 lb-ft of torque! To make this possible, several upgrades had to be made to the powertrain. These include an all-new exhaust manifold for an improved variable-geometry turbocharger with laminated heat shields, adding a new cast-iron cylinder head, new exhaust valves and springs, new rocker arms, lighter and stronger pistons, and new low-friction rings that connect to the crankshaft via newly design forged connecting rods and bearings.
If all that torque isn’t necessary, consumers can get another Cummins Turbo Diesel variant that generates 370 horsepower and 850 lb-ft of torque. Still enough power to get a lot done. The standard engine across the lineup is a 6.4-liter HEMI V8, capable of delivering a class-leading 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque. This 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine is paired with an upgraded version of the 68RFE six-speed automatic transmission. The Cummins 6.7-liter is paired to an Aisin AS69RC electronically controlled six-speed automatic capable of commanding all of that torque.
A new heavy-duty pickup truck wouldn’t be complete without a new design. The HD series does share some similarities with the 2019 Ram 1500 light-duty pickup truck, ditching the crosshair grille for six different grille styles available depending on the trim. For improved performance, a new front bumper with larger cutout openings provide greater airflow to the largest turbo intercooler and robust sections combined with an “interlocking” design help with the aerodynamics of the vehicle.
Consumers will find three headlamp options throughout the lineup. These are the standard Halogen, available full LED reflectors, and full LED projectors with an Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS). If looking for storage, consumers will be happy to now the 2019 Ram 2500 HD and 3500 HD also follow their light-duty counterpart by implementing more than 12 different storage combinations. If looking for storage on the outside on the truck, the RamBox Cargo Management System also returns for 2019.
The interior cabin has received a short refresh as well. Equipped with active noise cancellation system and acoustic glass that reduces ambient cabin sounds by nearly 10 db, the cabin is less noisy. It’s also more comfortable with a new HVAC system that features 30 percent more air flow (at lower noise levels). If curious about the entertainment tech, one thing is for sure – Uconnect 4C with a 12-inch display returns as an option for the 2019 RAM HD.
More information will be posted as we get closer to a release date for the 2019 Ram 2500 HD and 2019 Ram 3500 HD. Stay tuned to Cape Coral Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram social media to find out.