Believe it or not, heavy-duty trucks play in a highly competitive segment with businesses and tradesmen looking to buy the best truck with the highest towing and hauling capacities while still being coddled in a comfortable and stylish cabin full of useful technology.
Though it’s highly competitive, there are only three true players: the Chevrolet 3500 , the Ford F-450/F-550 and the Ram 4500/5500. Each truck has its strong suits and all do a darn good job of moving heavy stuff around, but the current standout in the segment is indubitably the Ram. Offering more options and ways to customize its trucks, the Ram caters more to those looking to build the exact truck to fit a specialized need.
Power comes from two iconic names in the industry, HEMI and Cummins. HEMI might be more associated with the high-horsepower performance crowd, but Chrysler ’s 6.4-liter HEMI as recently made its appearance in the heavy-duty truck segment. It’s high torque output combined with its variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation make it a great alternative to the more expensive diesel. However, when the loads are heavy, the Cummins is the engine to have. Generating an enormous 750 pound-feet of torque, the Ram 5500 can pull a massive 29,600-pound trailer with ease.
Moving heavy stuff around is important, but getting people to and from the job site is equally so. The Ram Chassis Cab’s interior is a basic carbon copy of the near-luxurious cabin of the Ram 1500 , 2500, and 3500 trucks. Uconnect, a 7-inch TFT display, and navigation are just a few amenities the Ram boasts – and they can be had inside a truck that’s fitted with a dump bed.
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The Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs share the same basic design as their smaller 2500 and 3500 brethren with the major changes happening to the fenders and front bumper. The extra beefy front axle in the 4500 and 5500 have a wider track that requires wider finders to cover the tall, skinny tires. Not only does the extra width of the fender flares keep the Ram legal, the also look really macho. Down low, a reshaped air dam with integrated heavy-duty tow hooks further increase the truck’s testosterone.
The carryover hood still features the power dome shape with faux vents stamped into the sheet metal. Around the side, the Ram and model badging is oriented in a portrait-style, stacked way allowing for businesses to add company logos or graphics without running out of space. Above, tow mirrors are standard fare and help the driver keep an eye out for a shifting load and pesky tailgaters. The rear body panel on regular cab models can be cut out for such things as ambulance duty without compromising the cab’s structural integrity or Ram’s warranty.
Out back, the frame rails are extra strong for severe duty. They are also free of any hardware protruding above the top frame rail to ensure upfitters don’t have to modify or relocate any critical components when installing their aftermarket parts. Wiring and plumbing is also neatly protected within the frame rails. The three industry-standard frame lengths are available as well: 60-, 84-, 108-, and 120-inches. Both the regular cab and crew cabs can be ordered.
Ram Chassis Cab 4500 & 5500 - Standard Exterior Specification
|Types||Regular Cab (4X2/4X4)||Crew Cab (4X2/4X4)|
|Turning diameter (in)||41.7||49.2|
|Track Width – Front/Rear (in)||76.0/73.6||76.0/73.6|
|Suspension or Axle to Ground – Front/Rear (in)||10.3/8.4||10.3/8.4|
|Approach Angle (in)||28.3||28.5|
|Ramp Breakover Angle (in)||23.7||20.4|
|Departure Angle (in)||31.1||31.0|
Gallery Ram 4500/5500 Chassis Cab
Much like the outside, the interior is all standard Ram with only minor changes. All automatic transmission options are controlled with a conventional steering column gear selector (verses the Ram 1500 ’s electronic dial-controlled eight-speed auto). Four-wheel-drive, however, is controlled by an electronic rotary dial. Heavy-duty vinyl seats are high quality and look better than the leather seats found in luxury cars 10 years ago. A 40/20/40 front bench is standard with twin bucket seats divided by a center console is optional.
Connectivity has become an important function in trucks these days and Ram hasn’t been ignorant of that. An 8.4-inch Uconnect system is available with navigation. In the instrument cluster, a standard 3.5-inch vehicle information screen shows important vehicle stats while an optional 7-inch TFT display is fully customizable and graphically displays such things as turn-by-turn navigation to oil pressure, transmission temperature, and tire pressure.
Below the HVAC controls are a bank of switches to control everything from Tow/Haul mode, exhaust brake controls, ESC on/off, and a switch that controls the available transmission PTO output. Laying just to the left is the integrated trailer brake controller which regulates the brakes on an attached trailer to assist in bringing the entire truck-trailer combination to a halt in a shorter distance. Sin ce it’s fully built into the truck, the ABS system even works in modulating the trailer brakes to prevent wheel lock-up.
Keeping the devices charged is a 2.5-amp USB power port and a 12-volt outlet.
Ram Chassis Cab 4500 & 5500 - Standard Interior Specification
|Types||Regular Cab||Crew Cab|
|Seating Capacity, F/R||3/0 or 2/0||3/3 or 2/3|
|Head Room (in)||39.9||41.0|
|Hip Room (in)||62.9||63.2|
|Seat Travel (in)||9.0||9.0|
|Recliner Range (degrees)||85||56|
|Types||Regular Cab||Crew Cab|
|Head Room (in)||N/A||39.9|
|Hip Room (in)||N/A||63.2|
|Types||Regular Cab||Crew Cab|
At the heart of the Ram heavy-duty 4500 and 5500 trucks are two potent powerplants that generate impressive torque numbers and achieve relatively decent fuel economy.
Coming standard and being the first gasoline engine offered in the chassis cab lineup is the 6.4-liter HEMI V-8. The 16-valve engine produces 410 horsepower at 4,600 rpm and 429 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. Bolted into a 5500 truck with the Aisin six-speed automatic, the 6.4-liter HEMI will tow an 18,950-pound trailer and carry a 11,108 pounds of payload in the bed.
The real heavyweight, though, is the big-rig-like 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel. The in-line six comes in two outputs depending upon the transmission application. Connected to the class-exclusive six-speed manual transmission, the Cummins puts out 320 horsepower and 650 pound feet of torque. Opt for the Aisin six-speed automatic and the numbers bump to 325 horsepower and a stump-pulling 750 pound-feet of torque. That combination is capable of towing a 29,600-pound trailer and hauling 11,626 pounds in the bed. Staying with the manual transmission cuts towing numbers to 20,200 pounds but bumps the payload up 160 pounds for a total of 11,786.
Like the Ram 1500, the 2014 Chassis Cabs feature an exclusive active air intake system called Ram Active Air. The air box features a computer-controlled actuator that automatically draws air from either the engine bay in cold or wet environments or from the front grille in hot weather or when towing. The system ensures the engine is always getting the best available air temperature for any given situation.
Keeping both the gas and diesel engines supplied with fuel is the standard 52-gallon fuel tank. A secondary 22-gallon fuel tank is optional, giving the Ram Chassis Cab an amazing 74 gallons of fuel for extended highway or back-country stints. With diesel prices at roughly $4/gallon, we’d hate to drop nearly $300 on a full tank, but considering you’ve got a 1,000 mile-plus range when averaging 15 mpg, the financial hit might be worth it.
Ram Chassis Cab 4500 & 5500 - Standard Drivetrain Specifications
|Engine||Eight-cylinder, 90-degree V-type, liquid-cooled, with variable-valve timing (VVT)|
|Displacement (cu. in.)||392|
|Output (HP @ RPM)||370 @ 4,600|
|Torque (LB-FT @ RPM)||429 @ 4,000|
|Bore x Stroke||4.09 x 3.72|
|Valve System||VVT, push-rod operated overhead valves (16, two-per-cylinder),|
eight de-activating and eight hydraulic lifters with all roller followers
|Fuel Injection||Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless|
|Construction||Deep-skirt cast-iron block with cross-bolted main bear caps, 356 aluminum cylinder heads with hemispherical combustion chambers|
|Maximum Engine Speed||4,800 rpm limited with Aisin|
|Oil Capacity (qt)||7|
|Coolant Capacity (l)||17.30|
|Emission Control||Three-way catalytic converters, heated oxygen sensors, cooled electronic EGR and individual cylinder fuel control|
Supporting the massive weights the Ram Chassis Cab can haul is a beefy five-link front suspension with heavy-duty load springs designed for extremely rigorous jobs like pushing a snowplow. The steering is set up with its drag link positioned over the track bar in order to reduce roll oversteer and to improve straight-line tracking on the highway. Ram also engineered the caster and track to help return the steering to center when exiting a turn for a more precise steering feel.
Out back, a Hotchkiss rear leaf spring setup does the heavy lifting. The system allows for a minimum of zero degrees rake angle even when fully loaded. The frame itself is fully boxed and is constructed of high-strength 50,000 psi steel and has no less than eight cross members.
Pricing for the Ram Chassis cab can swing wildly depending upon options. Yet another factor that must be considered is the cost of whatever up-fitting needs done (dump bed, flat bed, ambulance box, boom arm and bucket)
Starting at the low end is the Ram 4500 Tradesman fitted with the 6.4-liter HEMI. Its prices begin at $34,620. Adding four-wheel-drive adds to the price, as does opting for a higher trim package (SLT or Laramie). The real cost comes with the Cummins diesel. Check that option box and watch the price jump $6,795.
Starting at roughly the same amount, the 5500 costs $35,720 in bare-bones form. Deck it out with every option offered by Ram and the bill rockets to nearly $67,000.
Like the Ram 4500 and 5500, Ford offers a medium-duty version of its Super Duty trucks. Powered by a de-tuned version of the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8, Ford’s Chassis Cab makes 300 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque, the Ford will pull a trailer weighing up to 26,400 pounds. Its payload is equally impressive at 12,300. We find it rather odd Ford would hold back the 6.7-liter Power Stroke found in its other Super Duty trucks in the Chassis Cab configuration. Normally, that 6.7-liter is good for 400 horsepower and a ridiculous 800 pound-feet of torque.
The F-450 is also available with the venerable 6.8-liter V-10 that kicks out 362 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. It’s backed by a five-speed automatic and can also be outfitted to run CNG or LPG.
Pricing starts at 34,370 for the F-450 powered by the gasoline V-10. Opting for the F-550 powered by the diesel and selecting all the option boxes will result in a price breaking the $65,000 mark.
Gallery Ford F-Series Super Duty
General Motors takes a different approach to its medium-duty trucks. Chevy and GMC offer the standard 3500 truck along with a chassis cab configuration. Past that, they offer the Chevy Kodiak and GMC TopKick, a more big-rig-looking configuration. For the argument’s sake and keeping comparisons fair, we’ll stick to the 3500 chassis cab.
The Chevy 3500 has two engine options: the 6.0-liter gasoline V-8 making 322 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque, and the stout 6.6-liter Duramax Turbo Diesel making 397 horsepower and 765 pound-feet of torque.
Towing and payload capacities are rated at 23,100 pounds and 7,222 pounds respectively. Pricing starts at 32,205 and rises from there with options.
Gallery Chevrolet Silverado HD
Compared to its competition, the Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs outclass them in almost every way. Ram has done an amazing job marketing its Chassis Cabs for businesses to easily research, purchase, and up-fit however they see fit. With the combination of the 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel and the best in class towing numbers, the Ram simply out pulls. Plus the Ram is the only truck to still offer a manual transmission.
- Very powerful engine lineup
- Highly customizable
- Rugged good looks
- Tends to get expensive quickly
- Not as quick when compared with Chevy in a straight line
- Opting for the manual reduces the Cummins’ output
Gallery Ram 4500/5500 Chassis Cab
Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks are the pinnacle of capability. Engineered and designed for extreme daily work, the Ram Chassis Cabs are products of a demanding environment and direct customer input. For 2014, Ram Chassis Cabs will pack a bigger punch with the introduction of a new 6.4-liter gas engine. Upfits will benefit from a left- or right-side PTO capability and a five-minute shut-down timer feature.
“No truck is engineered to work harder than the Ram Chassis Cab lineup. Our energies focus on simplification for upfitters and reducing total cost of ownership,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO — Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “There is significant opportunity to grow our share in the Chassis Cab segment and Ram offers best-in-class capabilities with class-exclusive features to attract new customers."
Ram’s halo truck line focuses on best-in-class capability and best-in-class total cost of ownership, a leading purchase reason among business owners. Ram Chassis Cab trucks offer the latest infotainment technology and exclusive upfit solutions, giving Ram Chassis Cab a competitive advantage. The Chassis Cab line goes further to offer a unsurpassed powertrain warranty of five years/100,000 miles.
The 2014 Chassis Cab best-in-class capability ratings:
Best-in-class Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR)
Best-in-class front Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) on 4500 and 5500
Best-in-class rear frame steel strength of 50,000 psi
Features include a number of industry exclusives:
Vehicle system interface module (VSIM) is capable of communicating between aftermarket modules and various Chassis Cab control modules
Electronic stability control (ESC) on all models
Best-in-class, self-leveling fuel capacity of 74 gallons (52-gallon tank plus 22-gallon tank)
Best-in-class 15,000-mile oil change intervals on Cummins diesel
Largest -in-class brakes
Best-in-class dual alternator systems up to 440 amps
Exclusive back-up camera for upfitter positioning
Unsurpassed powertrain warranty, five years / 100,000 miles
Ram Chassis Cab engineers design trucks for upfits and develop unique features to ease installation of multiple systems and bodies without interference or difficult relocation of components, including:
Industry standard frame lengths 60-inch, 84-inch, 108-inch and 120-inch
No components or lines above the rear frame rails
Through-the-frame plumbing and electrical
DEF refill port is conveniently located at the rear of the cab on the driver’s side to ensure easy access at pump stations
For 2014, Ram engineers have enhanced the 3500 Chassis Cab model with a new three-link front suspension that provides greater load-carrying capability and best-in-class towing.
Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs have received upgrades as well. Both models are now rated for up to 7,000 pounds of front Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) on 6.4-liter gas engine-equipped models and up to 7,250 pounds GAWR on 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel models.
Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings (GVWR) for Ram 3500 models equipped with single rear wheels have been raised, now ranging from 10,500 to 12,000 pounds. A 10,000-lb. GVWR model that falls below certain truck-weight restrictions is also available.
To handle the best-in-class towing and unsurpassed GVWR capability of the Ram Chassis Cab, robust front suspension springs handle heavier loads while maintaining front ride height and improving overall roll stiffness. Greater roll stiffness, also known as body roll, is an important characteristic in taller vehicles, especially trucks with heavy payloads. An advanced five-link front suspension on Class 4 and 5 Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks ensures excellent ride and handling for a higher GVWR and for use with heavy front loads, including snow plows. The Hotchkiss rear leaf spring suspension not only provides a minimum of zero degrees rake angle at max load, it also maintains objectives for ride and handling.
With upfits in mind, the 2014 Ram Chassis Cab trucks feature frames built with high-strength 50,000 psi steel, including eight separate cross-member construction. Designing the frames for upfits creates a competitive advantage, improves durability and reduces warranty costs from unapproved modifications. Ram Chassis Cab trucks have no components or lines above the rear frame rails. For example, the diesel exhaust fluid tank (DEF) is located under the cab and out of the upfit zones. The feature reduces the need for modification and relocation that is sometimes required in competitive trucks. One piece, C-channel rear frame rails, and through-the-frame plumbing and electrical provide a flat plane for ease of mounting application bodies and accessories.
The drag link is positioned over the track bar to reduce roll oversteer and to improve tracking at highway speeds. Also, the drag link is attached directly to the knuckle, offering improved efficiency for driver input. The caster and track are engineered for more wheel-aligning torque, which improves return-to-center at the steering wheel. A ball joint alignment feature and sealing method improves alignment and service for lower total cost of ownership. This design results in enhanced and precise on-center feel, despite the vehicle’s impressive towing and payload capacities.
The 2014 Ram Chassis Cab comes equipped with engine, transmission and body mounts for class-leading noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) characteristics.
Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab commercial trucks are available with an engineering-approved, upfitter-friendly solution for customers who require back panel removal on regular cab trucks. Because the instructions were created and approved by Ram Commercial truck engineers, the cutaway design retains the structural integrity of the truck.
As the Ram Chassis Cab continues to offer more featured content, it created the need for a technology that allows more information to be electronically communicated within the truck. The Powernet system allows both high- and low-speed data networks to be equipped with as many as 40 individual modules, all designed to improve vehicle performance and enhance the comfort and safety of driver and passengers.
A majority of the commercial truck customers need to tie into the electrical system, and certain fleet customers require access to vehicle information. A best-in-class VSIM is capable of communicating between aftermarket modules and various Chassis Cab control modules. The class-exclusive module acts as a secure gateway to the vehicle’s electrical systems and data bus architecture to enable safe, secure plug-and-play connectivity for up-fitter use.
An optional dual 220-amp alternator system (440 amps total) on the diesel-equipped Ram Chassis Cab provides best-in-class electrical capability for the higher electrical loads required in select upfits such as emergency lighting and electric clutch pumps. The new 6.4-liter gas powertrain gets a dual-alternator option, pairing a 220-amp unit with a 160-amp, for a total of 380 amps.
A segment exclusive selective tire pressure display is standard for both single- and dual-rear-wheel 3500 models.
Total cost of ownership and unsurpassed powertrain warranty - five years/100,000 miles
Operating costs are of great consideration for owners who use their trucks for work. The 2014 Ram Chassis Cab claims class-leading features in:
Extended maintenance cycle (15,000-mile oil change, fuel filter life)
Brake life with advanced engine exhaust brake
The 2014 Ram Chassis Cab is backed with a unsurpassed, five-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. The powertrain limited warranty covers the cost of all parts and labor needed to repair a covered powertrain component – engine, transmission and drive system. Coverage also includes free towing to the nearest Ram Truck dealer, if necessary. The warranty is transferable allowing customers who sell their truck during the warranty period to pass the coverage on to the new owner. The standard three-year/36,000-mile Basic Limited Warranty provides bumper-to-bumper coverage for the Ram Chassis Cab, from the body to the electrical system.
The 2014 Ram Chassis Cab 3500, 4500 and 5500 come standard with the new 6.4-HEMI® V-8 gasoline engine — the first implementation of a gasoline engine for the Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab models. The Chassis Cab version of the 6.4 HEMI is similar by design but is engineered for a different duty cycle, when compared to the version offered in the Ram 2500 and 3500. The all-new powerplant provides a worthy gas-powered option to the segment’s overall standard-bearer – the 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel.
Compelling numbers tell the story of the new 16-valve engine: estimated up to 410 horsepower (302 kW) at 4,600 rpm (4,600 rpm for Aisin in 4500/5500) and a peak torque rating of 429 lb.-ft. (582 N•m) at 4,000 rpm. Ram’s new 6.4-liter V-8 gasoline engine is the first of its kind for Class 4 and 5 Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks.
The new, big gasoline engine offers a number of features important to the hard, working, heavy- and medium-duty segments, including the dual-alternator option and a programmable idle shut-down timer. Additionally, the engine features Fuel Saver cylinder deactivation operation under normal driving conditions (66RFE transmission) and during PTO mode (Aisin transmissions) to improve efficiency.
The new 6.4-liter HEMI is available with the 66RFE six-speed automatic transmission or the AS66RC six-speed automatic transmission with segment exclusive, gasoline engine left- or right-side PTO capability.
The 3500 Chassis Cab also is available with the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 gasoline engine. The engine produces 383 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and generates peak torque of 400 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm. Mated to the 66RFE six-speed automatic transmission, the HEMI features enhanced fuel efficiency and power output, thanks to the incorporation of variable-valve timing (VVT) and a compression ratio of 9.6:1. Refinements and other applied technologies provide the latest-generation HEMI with performance and fuel economy improvements to rival multi-valve V-8 offerings.
Unlike the competition, Ram offers two engine variants based on the 6.7-liter Cummins for diesel supremacy in the segment.
The first version features 320 horsepower at 2,800 rpm and 650 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,400 rpm. The engine is paired with Ram’s segment-exclusive six-speed manual transmission, which features a wear-compensating clutch for consistent performance and a dual-trunion shift tower to accommodate a compact shift pattern.
A second high-output diesel delivers 325 horsepower at 2,400 rpm and generates best-in-class torque of 750 lb.-ft. at 1,600 rpm. The engine is paired with an Aisin six-speed automatic transmission (AS69RC).
The Aisin AS69RC transmission features robust components and impressive shift performance, transmission efficiency and drivability when compared to the competition. The transmission is designed for high engine ratings and enables a left- and right-side PTO option, as well as allowing for a split shaft PTO configuration (diesel). Fire pumpers, dump beds, aerial buckets, cranes and onboard compressor/generators are typical PTO based upfits.
New for 2014, Ram 3500 Chassis Cab trucks are equipped with a front-axle disconnect for greater fuel efficiency.
All Ram Chassis Cab diesels benefit from an advanced cooling system. A high-efficiency fan, dual radiators, dual transmission coolers and charge air cooler provide impressive heat-rejection capacity to align with best-in-class GCWR. Lower operating temperatures deliver unsurpassed performance, durability and lower operating costs.
Best-in-class GCWRs also facilitated by the industry-exclusive Ram Active Air intake system, activated by monitoring capabilities in the engine controller. When the exclusive intake system senses extreme heat, it draws cooler air from the front of the vehicle – a function that also engages at high altitudes for superior throttle response in low-oxygen environments. When conditions are wet from snow, ice or water fording, the system pulls air from an under- hood inlet, clear from snow packing and water ingestion.
A new, dual fuel tank option combines 52-gallon and 22-gallon tanks for 74 gallons of extended, integrated onboard fuel range for lower operating costs. Additionally, a mid-ship 22-gallon tank is now an option for gasoline- and diesel-powered Chassis Cabs.
The Cummins power plants utilize a large exhaust-gas recirculation cooler, which complements the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and accommodates a best-in-class oil-change interval of 15,000 miles. Oil life is longer by reducing soot production and reducing fuel dilution of the oil.
When needed, the diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) is injected into the exhaust to reduce NOx (Nitrogen Oxides) emissions coming out of the tail pipe. Unlike the competition, the Ram Chassis Cab maintains full power when fluid is low. The state-of-the art DEF system applied on the Ram Chassis Cab features an electric heater in the DEF tank to ensure the fluid is available in a liquid state regardless of climate. The DEF refill port is conveniently located at the rear of the cab on the driver’s side of the vehicle, and clear of upfit zones, a configuration that ensures easy access at fuel stations when compared to the competition.
Combined with an improvement in fuel economy, due in part to the engines’ high-pressure common-rail fuel system, SCR provides a net reduction in Ram Chassis Cab operating costs.
The SCR-equipped Cummins engines also operate cleaner by lowering greenhouse-gas emissions and better managing soot production than Lean NOx Trap (LNT) technology.
Ram Chassis Cab trucks are available in Tradesman, SLT and Laramie trim levels.
Three grille designs are available on the 2014 Ram Chassis Cabs, and a premium headlamp features bi-functional halogen projectors and LEDs for park/turn and side markers. The LED light housings are functional hardware with appeal and durability over incandescent bulbs.
Ram 3500 Chassis Cab single rear wheel models get three new 18-inch wheels: steel (Tradesman), chrome-clad steel (standard on SLT, optional on Tradesman) and polished aluminum (standard on Laramie, optional on Tradesman and SLT).
An exclusive, backup camera is available and delivered with factory wiring and multipurpose mount for easy installation by the upfitter. The camera provides a view of the rear with high definition and dynamic imaging in the available 5.0-inch and 8.4-inch radio display or 1.7 x 3-inch display in the rearview mirror.
Exterior door and fender badges are located in a portrait style format providing usable real estate on the door for a commercial customer’s logos and graphics.
Ram Chassis Cab offers 12 different colors, including Black, Black Gold Pearl, Blue Streak Pearl, Bright Silver Metallic Bright White, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl, Flame Red, Granite Crystal Metallic, Maximum Steel Metallic, Prairie Pearl, True Blue Pearl and Western Brown Pearl.
Ram Chassis Cab models are also available in an additional 18 specialty paint options, including Midnight Blue, Case Construction Power Tan, Case IH Red, New Holland Construction Yellow, New Holland Agriculture Blue and Robin Egg Blue.
In four-door models, rear-seat occupants enjoy the same quality, fit and finish as the driver. With points of contact a priority, premium, durable materials are on all four doors.
The 2014 Ram Chassis Cab features the next generation 8.4-inch Uconnect system. The center stack includes matching materials found throughout the interior. To complement the range of Chassis Cab models, the interior design team created individualized themes with different colors and materials.
The HVAC controls feature simple function meeting the highest Human Machine Interface (HMI) standards. The HVAC system includes a redundant architecture allowing the operator to use either the 8.4-inch touchscreen or manual controls to alter the truck’s environment. Below the HVAC arrangement is a switch bank with easy-to-use controls for a number of features depending on vehicle models and options. The top row is for functional features and includes exhaust brake, tow/haul and electronic stability control (ESC). Five instrument panel mounted auxiliary switches are standard on all Chassis Cab models. The fifth switch becomes a PTO on/off switch when equipped. The bottom row comes standard as an auxiliary switch bank for all five spots with a PTO option when equipped. Contiguous to the switch bank is a prominently placed adjustable integrated trailer brake control allowing the driver to add or reduce trailer brake function on the fly. The console center stack includes one 115-volt and two 12-volt outlets on either side with an optional powered USB port on the driver’s side.
All Ram Chassis Cab trucks continue to use a column shifter for the automatic transmission. Electronic Range Select (ERS) is located on the column. Diesel models offer an exclusive manual six-speed transmission, the only manual transmission offering in the segment. On all models, the transfer case retains full capability with a rotary e-shift to control “4WD Auto,” “4WD Lock,” “4WD Low,” “2WD” and “Neutral”.
The 3.5-inch vehicle information center screen is a standard feature. The thin-film transistor (TFT), 7-inch multiview display is available on SLT and Laramie models. The 7-inch screen features fully customizable function and configurability giving the owner a variety of systems to monitor from transmission temperature to navigation.
Chassis Cab trucks with bucket seats offer additional storage capacity in the center console. Six-passenger capability is available with the 40-20-40 bench-seat configuration. The center consoles for both the bucket and 40-20-40 bench-seat configurations keep efficient storage in mind. The bucket seat console uses the extra space as additional storage. The bench seat design includes three cup holders built into the console lid that features a washable rubber bellow lining allowing storage for most cup sizes as well as other personal items. Folding back the center console and center front seat base reveals a large storage bin that houses an optional CD player. Both versions of the console feature two tiers of storage and are available with a multimedia port with USB, SD card and auxiliary inputs in the upper tier. Additionally, a 2.5-amp USB power port and 12-volt outlet are available to meet device-charging needs.