1,000 lb-ft of torque and 35,100 lb towing capacity should be enough for the Ram HD, right?
Ram pulled out his big guns at NAIAS 2019 and showed off the all-new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty as the most powerful pickup available
Ram pickup truck sales finally stopped declining in 2018, even gaining momentum towards the end of the year. The all-new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty should help them even more as the large pickup segment shows no sign of weakness.
The new generation Ram HD has a lot to brag about: it was redesigned to be the “best driving, handling and pulling” pickup out there, as the FCA press release claims. The 2019 Ram HD features many luxury technology such as active noise reduction, vibration dampening devices, acoustic glass, an upgraded suspension with Frequency Response Damping (FRD) shocks, progressive springs and redesigned bushings, an optional rear air suspension with driver-activated bed lowering mode , normal/payload mode and trailer towing mode, and so on.
Ram utilized lightweight materials in the frame, drivetrain and an aluminum hood to reduce overall weight to 143 lb. The body also has better rigidity and torsional resistance. The new Heavy Duty also comes with a host of gadgets that aid towing or off-roading: a new 360-degree surround-view camera with a view of the trailer reversing provides a single screen image of both sides of a trailer to drivers maneuvering towing setups, while a new auxiliary exterior camera improves visibility with adjusted positioning in and behind trailers.
Safety has also been improved, with several advanced safety systems fitted as standard: Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and AEB with trailer brakes.
The all-new 2019 Ram HD engines and powertrain
A standard 6.4-liter HEMI V8 with cylinder deactivation and Variable Cam Timing paired with a new TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic offers 410 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 429 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm, more than enough for the base Ram HD.
The entry-level Cummins Turbo Diesel gets a performance boost with 370 horsepower at 2,800 rpm and 850 lb-ft of torque at 1,700 rpm. But the real star is the Cummins 6.7-litre I6, powerful turbodiesel with a cylinder block made of compressed graphite iron. It makes up to 1,000 lb-ft of torque at 1,800 rpm and 400 horsepower at 2,800 rpm. Overall, the new Cummins Turbo Diesel weighs more than 28 kg less than the previous generation engine, yet delivers more power and torque: a towing capacity of 35,100 kg and a payload of 7,680 kg are record figures in its segment.
Ram 3500 Heavy Duty models equipped with the 1,000 lb-ft high output Cummins 6.7-liter turbodiesel use the Aisin AS69RC electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission, while trucks powered by the standard output Cummins 6.7-liter turbodiesel are equipped with a significantly improved version of the 68RFE six-speed automatic transmission. The transmissions use shift-by-wire technology, which eliminates a mechanical linkage between the transmission and gear lever.
All-wheel drive versions of the 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty are equipped with a BorgWarner part-time transfer case. The 6.4-litre HEMI V8 and variant of the Cummins 6.7-litre turbodiesel drive power through an electronic (BW 44-46) or manual (BW 44-47) transfer case, depending on model.
Ram Heavy Duty trucks with the high performance version of the Cummins 6.7 liter turbo diesel are equipped with an all new part-time BorgWarner transfer case (BW 44-48). This transfer case is designed to handle the higher input loads for a maximum towing capacity of up to 35,100 lb.
2019 Ram HD Pickup – Brand New Interior
The interior has been completely redesigned with new premium materials, colors and textures, including hand-wrapped leather instrument panels.
The center console has been redesigned to offer 12 different storage configurations and includes optional dedicated/assignable switches, a wireless charging pad and up to five USBs, including Type-C ports.
Buyers can choose a Uconnect 4C NAV with a 12-inch fully configurable screen, including SiriusXM 360L custom listening experience through a powerful 750-watt Harman Kardon sound system with 17 speakers.
The new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty also features an optional 7-inch, full-color, 3D animation-enabled driver information display, with reconfigurable features that allow Ram truck drivers to personalize information in the instrument panel.
On all trim levels, the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty has a push button start and redesigned e-shifter dial (HEMI V8 only). The new shift area also groups new function buttons, including Hill Descent Control, axle lock and transfer case control, if equipped.
Mega Cab offers the most storage space in the segment at 258 liters – more than twice as much as the nearest competitor. Ram offers the Heavy Duty a five-year/100,000-mile warranty on its diesel powertrain.
The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty is being built at the Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Coahuila, Mexico. No words yet on the price, but don’t expect it to be much more expensive than the current generation.
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