• The 2021 Ram 3500 Can Tow More Than Ever Before

The truck churns out 1,075 pound-feet of torque and has a gooseneck towing capacity of 37,100 pounds

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The launch of the TRX is old news now and it looks like Ram has started tweaking the rest of the lineup as well. Last week, the company launched the fourth phase of the ‘Built to Serve’ series trucks, and now it has updated the Heavy-Duty truck for the 2021 model year.

The Ram 3500 HD now boasts of a higher tow rating and a higher peak torque. A few tech features are also introduced, but in terms of aesthetics, it remains the same. Will these improvements help draw more customers to the brand?

What’s New This Time Around?

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The two biggest changes on the 2021 Ram 3500 HD are the torque figures and the tow ratings. The 3500 HD-exclusive 6.7-liter, Cummins six-cylinder engine now makes 75 pound-feet of additional torque. For the 2020 model, the engine made 400 horses and 1,000 pound-feet of torque. For the 2021 model, it will churn out 400 ponies and 1,075 pound-feet of torque. It beats the Ford F-350’s power output figures of 475 horses and 1,050 pound-feet of torque from a same-displacement Power Stroke V-8 diesel engine.

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Ram has increased the gooseneck towing capacity by 2,000 pounds.

It is now rated at 37,100 pounds as opposed to 35,100 on the current model. This comes courtesy of a strengthened rear portion that includes fully boxed rails and the rear-axle structural crossmember. With this upgrade, the Ram 3500 HD’s rating is 100 pounds more than even the Ford F-450. But that said, the F-450’s conventional tow rating of 24,200 pounds is still higher than Ram 3500 HD’s 23,000-pound-rated capacity.

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Ram has also redesigned the fifth-wheel hitch. The hitch is fully integrated into the production box floor and includes fifth-wheel pucks, gooseneck bolt plates, and gooseneck center castings. The standard 4/7-pin trailer connector at the bumper and an additional seven-pin connector are now integrated into the rear of the bed.

Apart from these changes, Ram has also introduced a digital rearview mirror. It is similar to the one of the Land Rover Defender, wherein the inside rearview mirror can be flipped to either a standard reflective mirror or give a digital view from the rear-facing camera. Ram also offers a three-prong, 400W 115-Volt external power source in the truck bed. The automaker says it includes a water-resistant lid and a 400W inverter.

Final Thoughts

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The pricing is not announced yet, but expect only a marginal hike for standard models and some more if you opt for the updated 6.7-liter Cummins mill. The current Ram 3500 starts at $35,345.

What are your thoughts on the improved truck? Share them with us in the comments section below.

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
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