Much has changed at Chrysler since 1989, but one thing that has remained the same is the powerful Cummins diesel engine found under the hood of the Ram Heavy Duty trucks. With the launch of the all-new 2019 Ram HD pickup at the Detroit Auto Show, not only does this partnership reach a celebratory milestone of 30 years, it also sets the bar higher for engine output.
Unlike the heavy-duty trucks from Ford, Chevrolet, and GMC, the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty offers two versions of the 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel inline-six. The lower offering is basically carried over from 2018 with 370 horsepower, but its torque rating has been increased from 800 lb-ft to 850 lb-ft.
The big news for the new Ram HD is the optional tune consisting of 400 horsepower and a best-in-class 1,000 lb-ft allowing the big heavy-duty truck to offer a towing capacity up to 35,100 pounds to go along with a 7,680-pound payload capacity. The diesel engines mate to a six-speed automatic, while the base engine — a 410-horsepower 6.4-liter Hemi gasoline V-8 — gets Fiat-Chrysler’s TorqueFilte eight-speed automatic transmission. Sadly, this means that there will be no manual transmission option for the next-gen Ram HD.
To handle the stronger engine and heavier loads, the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty got tougher thanks to a new frame constructed almost entirely (98.5%) of high-strength steel, yet designers were able to shed 143 pounds from the curb weight by using weight-reducing measures including the aluminum hood.
The new Ram 2500 Power Wagon off-road truck was introduced as well bringing new components such as a suspension lift, locking front and rear differentials, a disconnecting sway bar, and a Warn 12,000-pound winch. The 2019 model year also marks the return of the Mega Cab configuration, and it’s available on both Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 trucks providing best-in-class interior space.
Not only is the new Ram HD easily distinguishable from the half-ton Ram 1500, but each trim level will also feature distinct styling elements. These available trim levels vary from the work-ready Tradesman up to the more luxurious Laramie Longhorn.
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