The Ram Heavy Duty has long been the biggest and baddest competitor in the three-quarter and one-ton truck categories, boasting its Cummins inline-six turbodiesel and ultra impressive towing capabilities. Now for 2016, Ram is upping the ante even more with an extra 35 pound-feet of torque and 1,210 pounds of towing capacity in the oil-burner for an even 900 pound-feet of torque and an outstanding 31,210-pound max towing capacity.

While numbers and stats often lead headlines, Ram also focused its attention on design and interior appointments. Mirroring the half-ton Ram 1500, the Ram HD gets the restyled Laramie Limited trim with its updated grille an upscale interior. A new front-bumper-mounted parking assist feature helps with object detection when navigating around tight spaces.

The cushy comforts haven’t changed the Ram HD’s hard-working intents. The 2500 HD still offers its five-link, coil spring rear suspension with an optional air suspension upgrade. The 3500 HD sticks with leaf springs for heavy lifting, but also offers the air suspension upgrade for improved unloaded driving characteristics.

New on the gasoline engine side is the addition of the regular cab and 2WD configurations to the 5.7-liter Hemi’s Compressed Natural Gas package, which was previously not offered. Boasting a few best-in-class figures for the Ram’s gas engines is the 6.4-liter Hemi V-8. Available across the Heavy Duty board, it kicks out 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque, which is more than GM’s 6.0-liter V-8 and Ford’s 6.2-liter V-8.

The truck market is a highly competitive segment and the Big Three are fighting hard for customers. Besides the new features for 2016, let’s see how the Ram HD stacks up.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Ram Heavy Duty.

  • 2016 Ram Heavy Duty
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    six-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    383 @ 5600
  • Torque @ RPM:
    400 @ 4000
  • Displacement:
    5.7 L
  • 0-60 time:
    8.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    125 mph (Est.)
  • Layout:
    Front Engine; 2WD, 4WD
  • Price:
    31000 (Est.)
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Exterior

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Starting off with the big news, the Ram HD Laramie Limited trim level now enjoys the same unique grille found on the half-ton Laramie Limited. The X-style grille with its horizontal louvers and large RAM lettering give the truck a bold and distinctive look. Those who choose the Laramie Limited trim will stand apart as the rest of the Ram lineup still features the traditional crosshair grille.

Up-level trucks get chrome accents all on the grille, bumpers, mirror caps, and door handles while the base Tradesman trim make do with a black plastic grille and black-painted, steel bumpers.

Beyond the grille, the Laramie Limited’s tailgate gets a similar RAM lettering scheme, though the font is sized somewhere in the four-digit realm. Chrome trim underlines the bold font as well, while similar chrome trim lines the bottom of the doors.

The rest of the Ram Heavy Duty lineup carries on the look from years past. Its big-rig-like styling conveys its heavy-hauling intent. The hood carries a power dome with three “vents” flanking each side. Up-level trucks get chrome accents all on the grille, bumpers, mirror caps, and door handles while the base Tradesman trim make do with a black plastic grille and black-painted, steel bumpers. Wheel choices range from 17-inch steelies to 20-inch, chrome plated jobbers.

Of course, the Ram HD’s exterior isn’t all about looking good – the truck has to get work done, too. The front bumper has slots for two frame-mounted tow hooks. The undercarriage has optional skidplates that keep off-road obstacles from wreaking havoc on driveline parts. Out back, the Ram HD features a Class V receiver hitch with both a four- and seven-pin wiring connectors. In the bed, Ram offers a factory-optional fifth wheel and gooseneck hitch packages, making the trucks tow-ready without the need of aftermarket parts.

The 2016 model year also brings an improvement to Ram’s exclusive cargo bed camera. The camera, which is mounted in the center high-mounted stop lamp, is now viewable from the 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment screen rather than the rearview mirror as in years past. The camera makes hooking up to fifth wheel and gooseneck trailers a snap. It also makes keeping an eye on cargo a breeze.

Exterior Dimensions

REGULAR CAB 140.5" WB 8-FT. BOX SRW 4x2 4x4
Wheelbase 140.5 (3,568.7) 140.5 (3,568.7)
Track Width – Front 68.6 (1,742.4) 68.3 (1,734.8)
Track Width – Rear 68.2 (1,732.3) 68.2 (1,732.3)
Overall Length 231.0 (5,867.4) 231.0 (5,867.4)
Overall Width @ SgRP Front 78.9 (2,004.1) 78.9 (2,004.1)
Overall Height 73.3 (1,861.8) 75.7 (1,922.8)
Suspension or Axle to Ground – Front 7.6 (193.0) 7.5 (190.5)
Suspension or Axle to Ground – Rear 7.4 (188.0) 7.4 (188.0)
CREW CAB 149.5" WB 6-FT. 4-IN. BOX SRW 4x2 4x4
Wheelbase 149.5 (3,797.3) 149.5 (3,797.3)
Track Width – Front 68.6 (1,742.4) 68.3 (1,734.8)
Track Width – Rear 68.2 (1,732.3) 68.2 (1,732.3)
Overall Length 237.4 (6,029.9) 237.4 (6,029.9)
Overall Width @ SgRP Front 79.1 (2,009.1) 79.1 (2,009.1)
Overall Height 73.7 (1,871.9) 77.7 (1,973.6)
Suspension or Axle to Ground – Front 7.1 (180.3) 7.4 (188.0)
Suspension or Axle to Ground – Rear 7.3 (185.4) 7.1 (180.3)
CREW CAB 169.5" WB 8-FT. BOX SRW 4x2 4x4
Wheelbase 169.4 (4,302.7) 168.9 (4,290.1)
Track Width – Front 68.6 (1,742.4) 68.3 (1,734.8)
Track Width – Rear 68.2 (1,732.3) 68.2 (1,732.3)
Overall Length 259.4 (6,588.8) 259.4 (6,588.8)
Overall Width @ SgRP Front 79.1 (2,009.1) 79.1 (2,009.1)
Overall Height 73.5 (1,866.9) 77.6 (1,971)
Suspension or Axle to Ground – Front 7.1 (180.3) 7.3 (185.4)
Suspension or Axle to Ground – Rear 7.3 (185.4) 7.2 (182.9)
MEGA CAB 160.5" WB 6-FT. 4-IN. BOX SRW 4x2 4x4
Wheelbase 160.5 (4,076.7) 160.0 (4,064)
Track Width – Front 68.6 (1,742.4) 68.3 (1,734.8)
Track Width – Rear 68.2 (1,732.3) 68.2 (1,732.3)
Overall Length 248.4 (6,309.4) 248.4 (6,309.4)
Overall Width @ SgRP Front 79.1 (2,009.1) 79.1 (2,009.1)
Overall Height 74.1 (1,882.1) 78.3 (1,988.8)
Suspension or Axle to Ground – Front 7.8 (198.1) 8.1 (205.7)
Suspension or Axle to Ground – Rear 7.8 (198.1) 7.7 (195.6)

Interior

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Like the outside, the main story with the 2016 Ram HD’s interior is with the Laramie Limited upgrades. The top-trim model features an all-black interior with leather wrapped around nearly every conceivable surface. What isn’t leather is real wood. A black headliner and roof pillars is a first for the Ram, and matches the Laramie Limited’s monotone theme. Unique badges also grace the interior, giving it a high-end look.

Designers also reworked the Ram’s center console area, giving it a rolling door along its driver side with two cup holders on the right.

Designers also reworked the Ram’s center console area, giving it a rolling door along its driver side with two cup holders on the right. The new console features a new cell phone and tablet holder, allowing connected drivers to stay that way. Ram also updated the flooring. For trucks with carpet, the matching carpeted floor mats can be removed to reveal an all-weather-style mat embedded into the floor.

All trim levels continue to get Ram’s swanky cabin treatments. A well-designed dash houses easy-to-use controls for both the radio and HVAC. Upper trim levels have the option of upgrading to the highly regarded 8.4-inch Uconnect system and matching 7-inch driver information display centered in the gauge cluster. Those without the optional screen still get a respectable 3.5-inch unit.

The Ram HD continues to offer three cab configurations: regular cab, Crew Cab, and its exclusive Mega Cab. For those rear passengers in the Crew Cab, they’ll find legroom is astounding with plenty of space to stretch out. Mega Cab passengers might mistake their location for a stretched limousine with reclining rear chairs and NBA player-sized legroom. For those times when cargo is needed to be hauled, the rear bench in both cabs folds up, revealing a folding shelf that creates a flat load area.

Interior Dimensions

Regular Cab Crew Cab Mega Cab
Seating Capacity, F/R 3/0 or 2/0 3/3 or 2/3 3/3 or 2/3
Front
Headroom 39.9 (1,013.5) 41.0 (1,040.5) 41.0 (1,040.5)
Legroom 41 (1,041.4) 41 (1,041.4) 41 (1,041.4)
Shoulder Room 66 (1,676.4) 66 (1,676.4) 66 (1,676.4)
Hip Room 62.9 (1,598.7) 63.2 (1,605.3) 63.2 (1,605.3)
Seat Travel 9.0 (230.0) 9.0 (230.0) 9.0 (230.0)
Rear
Headroom N/A 39.9 (1,013.5) 40.3 (1,023.6)
Legroom N/A 40.3 (1,023.6) 43.3 (1,099.5)
Shoulder Room N/A 65.7 (1,668.8) 65.7 (1,668.8)
Hip Room N/A 63.2 (1,605.3) 63.2 (1,605.3)

Drivetrain

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Leading the headlines in the under hood department is the mighty 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel’s new power output. Engineers have tweaked the inline-six’s fuel system and turbo to squeeze out an additional 35 pound-feet of torque. That means the Cummins is now pushing 900 pound-feet of toque! What’s more, all that twist comes on at only 1,700 rpm. Horsepower remains the same at 385 horsepower and comes on at 2,800 rpm.

Ram offers three levels of power for the Cummins. In order to reach 900 pound-feet, the Aisin AS69RC six-speed automatic transmission must be chosen. For those who might not need the extra towing capability or want to pay the premium for the Aisin automatic, the Cummins is offered with the 68RFE six-speed automatic transmission. With this gearbox, the engine is tuned to make 370 horsepower and 800 pound-feet of torque.

For those who want to row their own, Ram still offers a manual transmission and is the last HD truckmaker to do so.

For those who want to row their own, Ram still offers a manual transmission and is the last HD truckmaker to do so. The six-speed stick relegates the Cummins to making 350 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque. The manual does offers an advantage, however. The transmission’s first gear is very low, and when matched with the axle’s 4.10 gears, the manual Ram offers unmatched low-speed pulling power perfect for ranchers, farmers, miners, and those who aren’t spending much time at highway speeds.

The Ram HD also comes with the segment’s most powerful gasoline engine as well. The 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 cranks out 410 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 429 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. That helps the gas-powered Ram pull more than both gas-powered GM trucks and the Ford Super Duty. Helping it achieve that is a cooled exhaust-gas recirculation system along with variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation. The 6.4-liter comes mated exclusively to the 66RFE six-speed automatic transmission.

The standard engine in the Ram HD is the venerable 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. The engine makes 383 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 400 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. What’s more, Ram is expanding the CNG-capable 5.7-liter into the regular cab configuration and with the 2WD powertrain setup. Compressed Natural Gas allows for fleet owners to opt for less expensive fuels that are produced from U.S. sources. Regardless of fuel type, the 5.7-liter Hemi comes bolted to the same 66RFE transmission used with the 6.4-liter.

Opt for 4WD and Ram will give you two choices in transfer cases – both from BorgWarner. The standard transfer case is the 44-47 with its old-school, manual shift. For those who like pushing buttons, the 44-46 offers electronically controlled shifting from dash-mounted controls. Both units offer RWD, 4WD High, 4WD Low, and neutral positions. The low range gearing for both boxes is 2.62 and features full lock-up between the front and rear axles.

Drivetrain Specifications

ENGINE 5.7-LITER HEMI® V-8 6.4-LITER HEMI® V-8 6.7-LITER CUMMINS TURBO DIESEL I-6 (three versions)
Type and Description Eight-cylinder, 90-degree V-8, liquid-cooled with variable-valve timing (VVT) Eight-cylinder, 90-degree V-type, liquid-cooled, with variable-valve timing (VVT) Six-cylinder, inline, liquid-cooled, turbocharged, intercooled
Displacement 345 cu. in. (5,654 cu. cm) 392 cu. in. (6,417 cu. cm) 408 cu. in. (6,690 cu. cm)
Bore x Stroke 3.92 x 3.58 (99.5 x 90.9) 4.09 x 3.72 (103.9 x 94.6) 4.21 x 4.88 (107 x 124)
Valve System Pushrod-operated overhead valves, 16 valves, hydraulic lifters with roller followers VVT, push-rod operated overhead valves (16, two per cylinder), eight de-activating and eight hydraulic lifters all with roller followers OHV, 24 valves, solid lifters
Fuel Injection Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless OHV, 24 valves, solid lifters
Construction Deep-skirt cast-iron block with cross-bolted main bearing caps, aluminum alloy heads with hemispherical combustion chambers Deep-skirt cast-iron block with cross-bolted main bearing caps, 356 aluminum cylinder heads with hemispherical combustion chambers Cast-iron block and head
Compression Ratio 10.5:1 10.0:1 16.2:1
Power (SAE gross) 383 HP @ 5,600 RPM 410 HP @ 5,600 RPM 350 HP @ 2,800 RPM (G56 manual transmission)
370 HP @ 2,800 RPM (68RFE automatic transmission)
385 HP @ 2,800 RPM (Aisin automatic transmission
Torque (SAE gross) 400 LB-FT @ 4,000 RPM 429 LB-FT @ 4,000 RPM 660 LB-FT @ 1,400 RPM
800 LB-FT @ 1,600 RPM
900 LB-FT @ 1,700 RPM
Max. Engine Speed 5,800 rpm 5,800 rpm limited 3,200 rpm

Suspension

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A big part of the Ram Heavy Duty’s appeal is its class-exclusive suspension setup. Ram 2500 HD models ride on a five-link, coil-sprung solid axle. The link-style setup allows for more articulation off road while the coil springs give a smoother ride both under load and when unloaded.

All Ram HD trucks utilize a three-link system with coil springs to control the solid front axle.

The 2500 also offers an optional air suspension that replaces the coil springs with air bags. Benefits include automatic load leveling and a smoother ride than even the coil springs.

Ram 3500-series trucks ride on more conventional Hotchkiss leaf springs out back, helping contribute to the Ram’s max towing capacity of 31,210 pounds. Like the Ram 2500, the 3500 does offer an optional air ride suspension. The airbags supplement the leaf springs.

All Ram HD trucks utilize a three-link system with coil springs to control the solid front axle. For 2500 Power Wagon trucks, the three-link system features a unique Articulink connector that allows for increased flex between the axle and body during slow-speed off-road driving.

Prices

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Ram has not announced prices for the 2016 model year, but we can expect them to increase incrementally. For 2015, the base price for a Ram 2500 Tradesman starts at $30,985. The Power Wagon fitted with the optional Laramie trim tops the list of 2500 trucks, coming in at $56,540.

Jumping to the 3500 series pushes the Tradesman’s price to $31,740 Opt for the Laramie Limited and you’ll pay $54,770. Check every body on the Laramie Limited and you’re looking at a price well into the $70,000 range.

Competition

2015 Ford F-350 Super Duty

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The Ford Super Duty represents the most competitive, best selling heavy duty pickup in the market. The truck enjoys a tough exterior design, a useful interior with plenty of space for people and things, and the class’ second-most powerful diesel engines. The 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbodiesel got a power bump for 2015, giving it 440 horsepower and 860 pound-feet of torque. The Ford certainly falls short when it comes to towing. The F-350 is rated at a maximum of 26,500. Opt for the even bigger F-450, and you’re still 100 pounds shy of the Ram 3500 HD. Oh, and Ford’s numbers aren’t’ J2807 compliant.

For those who don’t want the expensive Power Stroke, Ford offers its still-impressive 6.2-liter V-8. It makes 385 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque.

Pricing for the Ford Super Duty starts at $32,385 for the F-250 XL and jumps to $53,060 for the F-450. Adding options increases those prices even more, of course.

Read our full review here.

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD

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The Silverado HD might be a big seller in the segment, but it comes up short in many areas including gasoline engine performance, starting price, and towing capacity. Starting with the gas engine, Chevrolet is still using its now-outdated 6.0-liter Vortec V-8. The engine only makes 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. Fleet customers who opt for the factory-ordered pickup box delete do with even less power at 322 horses while torque stays the same.

The Silverado’s saving grace is the well-respected 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel. The V-8 kicks out 397 horsepower and 765 pound-feet of torque and can be mounted to the highly respected Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission. Spec the Silverado in its most capable configuration, and it can pull 23,200 pounds – well below the other two.

The big Chevy’s pricing doesn’t help its situation. Its base price is listed at $33,730 for the gasoline-powered 2500 in Work Truck trim. Opt for the classy High Country trim level and the price shoots to $57,625.

Read our full review here.

Conclusion

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The Ram Heavy Duty has been a strong competitor against the Chevy and Ford ever since the 1980s when Chrysler added the Cummins I-6 powerplant. Horsepower and torque levels have doubled and even tripled since then, allowing these trucks to tow far more than ever thought possible. Advances in frame and axle designs have supported this growing trend. Now HD truck owners need a CDL in order to operate their trucks at full capacity.

Still, the fight to be on top of the numbers game is a never-ending struggle for truckmakers, especially in the heavy-duty class. Now with Ram’s nice lead in the arms race, along with the newly revised, upscale Laramie Limited trim, Ram has seemingly put itself in a good spot to wage war. It will be interesting to see if the sales numbers reflect the Ram Heavy Duty’s refresh.

  • Leave it
    • * Gets pricy quickly
    • * Manual transmission kills Cummins’ output levels
    • * DOT requires a CDL for GCWR of 26,001 lbs or more

Press Release

The Ram Truck Brand’s goal is to build the best trucks in the industry. In the heavy-duty pickup segment, that equates to the best capability, highest towing and most power. In 2016, Ram continues to offer the most capable three-quarter and one-ton pickups in the segment.

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So, when it’s time to buy a new truck, Ram delivers on customers’ top “why buys:”

Power – 900 lb.-ft. of torque with 6.7-liter Cummins
Towing – Up to 31,210 pounds with Ram 3500
Towing – Up to 17,980 pounds with Ram 2500
Payload – Up to 7,390 pounds with Ram 3500
Power – 410 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque with 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8
Capacity – Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of 39,100 pounds with Ram 3500

Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty trucks offer more innovative features than the competitors’ trucks, including a five-link coil suspension with optional air suspension on Ram 2500 and a supplemental air bag suspension option on Ram 3500.

The 2016 model year brings a new Ram Laramie Limited design offering. The benchmark in truck opulence is taken to an even higher level of sophistication and attention to detail. Featuring premium materials, such as all-black, full-leather seating, real wood interior components and unique badges, Limited is a “black-tie” luxury alternative to the popular southwestern-themed Laramie Longhorn edition pickup.

The Limited’s all-new grille is the most prominent change of the exterior. As the leading point of the new Limited, its new billet port grille breaks from the long tradition of crosshair styling with bold “RAM” lettering. A new front park assist system, mounted in the bumper, gives audible warning of nearby objects.

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The Limited is the apex of modern luxury. Subtle stitching accents, pinstriping, unique materials and patterns are found throughout the interior. These details were created for the customer who appreciates them. A new console bin houses a cellular phone and tablet holder, which can be concealed with a new tambour wood sliding door. The real wood door is made from Black Argento, the chosen timber for the Limited interior. The collective silver pinstripe theme runs through the wood and a satin chrome handle rolls the door with ease.

New for Ram Truck, and debuting on the Limited, is an all-black headliner and pillars combination. Finally, passengers will enjoy solid black premium Berber carpet inserts, which can easily be removed from the floor mats to reveal double-duty slush mats.

Engineering
Heavy-duty trucks generally have suspension equipped for constant, heavy payloads. This can result in a harsher ride when unloaded. The Ram 2500 offers a choice between two segment-exclusive rear suspensions for best-in-class ride and handling: a five-link coil system or air suspension system.

The five-link coil design provides better articulation over obstacles than a leaf spring system, and the robust coil springs are more than up to the task of handling the loads required of the Heavy Duty Ram 2500 – up to a segment-best 17,980 pounds for towing.

The Ram 2500 also offers a rear air suspension system. An air bag replaces the coil spring, much like on the Ram 1500. Load capacity is not sacrificed and the Ram 2500’s best-in-class ride and handling gets even better, crushing the competition with two doses of engineering innovation – five-link coil standard and air suspension option. Another benefit to the air suspension design is the load-leveling capability, which automatically detects load on the rear suspension from a trailer or payload. The air pressure increases until the vehicle reaches normal ride height, leveling the truck and improving stability and loaded ride.

The Ram 3500 continues to utilize the rear Hotchkiss leaf spring system, but now offers a supplemental air suspension system on single rear-wheel (SRW) and dual rear-wheel (DRW) applications. By adding supplemental air bags to the rear suspension, Ram Truck engineers were able to soften the leaf springs, allowing for more unladed suspension movement. When a high-load capacity condition exists, the air suspension automatically fills the rear air bags to level the truck to improve stability and ride quality – even when pulling a best-in-class 31,210-pound load.

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In the front, the Ram Heavy Duty line features an advanced three-link front suspension to ensure roll stiffness. Greater roll stiffness, also known as body roll, is an important characteristic in taller vehicles, especially trucks with heavy payloads. Roll stiffness is measured by the amount the truck’s body tips side-to-side, independently of the wheels, during cornering.

Ram 2500 and 3500 offer gooseneck (center-positioned ball in the bed) or fifth wheel (similar in appearance to a tractor-trailer connection) capability. Ram is unmatched in terms of offering the most complete “hitch ‘n go” Towing Prep Package found anywhere in the heavy-duty category. Additionally, Ram features an in-box connection junction and a standard Class 5 receiver hitch with a four- and seven-pin connector on the bumper.

Ram offers two different dual alternator systems on its heavy-duty pickups, providing additional power for higher electrical loads from commercial vehicle upfits and accessories. Ram Heavy Duty models equipped with the Cummins 6.7-liter diesel engine offer dual 220-amp alternators (best-in-class 440 amps). Both the Ram 2500 and 3500 equipped with the new 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 gas engine also offer a dual-alternator system – the first gas-driven application of its kind in either class – which combines 220- and 160-amp units for 380 amps of total best-in-class output.

Although the Ram Power Wagon benefits from a five-link rear suspension, it also utilizes a unique front suspension system to maintain its leadership in off-road capability. The modified front three-link system incorporates high-movement links, allowing for additional flexibility and axle articulation. The Power Wagon is powered by the 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine contributing to Ram Power Wagon’s title: the most capable production off-road truck in the industry.

Powertrain
Ram Truck is expanding the configuration availability of the Ram 2500 compressed natural gas (CNG) to include Regular Cab and 2WD. Equipped with a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8, the Ram 2500 Heavy Duty CNG pickup is designed for fleet and retail customers and offers cost and emissions benefits, using an abundant, domestically sourced fuel while reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil.

The 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 delivers best-in-class horsepower and best-in-class torque among heavy-duty pickups with gasoline engines.

Engineered to deliver capability, durability and bang for the buck, the largest displacement V-8 in its class provides a worthy gas-power option to the segment’s overall standard-bearer – the 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel.

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Compelling numbers tell the story of the 6.4-liter, 16-valve engine with 410 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and a peak torque rating of 429 lb.-ft. at 4,000 rpm.

The legendary HEMI architecture provides the foundation of the 90-degree V-8. But its advanced technology is decidedly forward-looking. Cooled exhaust-gas recirculation (CEGR), variable-valve timing (VVT) and FCA US trademark Fuel Saver Technology with cylinder deactivation all contribute to efficiency and help to capitalize on every cubic inch.

The 66RFE six-speed automatic transmission is standard with the 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine.

Other engine options include the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8, standard equipment for the Ram 2500 and 3500 (SRW). The engine produces 383 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and generates peak torque of 400 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm. The 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 is mated to a 66RFE six-speed automatic transmission.

Dominating the torque charts, the renowned 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel I-6 is available in three versions. The first version is paired with Ram’s segment exclusive six-speed manual transmission, which features a wear-compensating clutch for lifetime like-new performance and a dual-trunion shift tower to accommodate a compact shift pattern. This combination delivers 350 horsepower at 2,800 rpm and 660 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,500 rpm.

The second option matches the Cummins to the 68RFE six-speed automatic transmission. The diesel engine cranks out 370 horsepower at 2,800 rpm with 800 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,600 rpm (Ram 2500).

Finally, the 6.7-liter Cummins High-Output Turbo Diesel I-6 for Ram 3500 is paired with the Aisin six-speed automatic transmission (AS69RC), leaving no doubt to Ram Heavy Duty’s capability. In addition to 385 horsepower at 2,800 rpm, the most powerful Cummins generates torque of 900 lb.-ft. at 1,700 rpm. The AS69RC transmission features wide gear ratios that contribute to impressive shift performance, efficiency and drivability.

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The Ram Heavy Duty also features another innovation, the industry-exclusive Ram Active Air intake system. When the 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. The Ram 3500 boasts a best-in-class GCWR. A contributor is the 11.8-inch rear axle matched with the high-output diesel engine boasting a 300-mm hypoid gear set, a four-pinion helical differential and a cooling-fin-equipped aluminum differential cover for optimal thermal management.

Two BorgWarner part-time transfer cases are available on the Ram Heavy Duty. The BW 44-46 is an electric shifting part-time transfer case with 2WD, 4WD High, 4WD Low and Neutral. The BW 44-47 is a manual shifting transfer case with 2WD, 4WD High, 4WD Low and Neutral. Both options feature a low-range ratio of 2.64 and locking differential from front to rear.

Low total cost of ownership and best-in-class powertrain warranty – five years/100,000 miles on diesel engines and five years/60,000 miles on gas engines.

Operating costs are of great consideration for owners who use their trucks for work. The Ram Heavy Duty holds class-leading features in:

Fuel economy
Extended maintenance cycle (oil change, fuel filter life)
Brake life with advanced engine exhaust brake and largest brakes in the segment

The Ram Heavy Duty is backed with a best-in-class 5 year/100,000 miles on diesel engines and unsurpassed 5 year/60,000 miles on gas engines. 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 also is transferable, allowing customers who sell their truck during the warranty period to pass the coverage to the new owner. The standard three-year/36,000-mile Basic Limited Warranty provides bumper-to-bumper coverage for the Ram Heavy Duty, from the body to the electrical system.

Design
The Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty models uphold a bold presence while retaining comfort and styling. The Ram Heavy Duty features segment-leading technology, while every model offers specific content.

The Ram 2500 is available with a choice of 17-, 18- and 20-inch wheels, including an all-new design for the Limited model. Other wheel options add forged aluminum, polished with painted, White Gold-painted pockets and cast aluminum with silver inserts. A cargo-view camera, mounted in the center high-mounted stop lamp (CHMSL), provides a view of the bed for easier fifth wheel or gooseneck trailers as well as monitoring bed loads. The 2016 Ram Heavy Duty allows users to switch the view of the 8.4-inch screen from back-up camera to cargo view with the touch of the screen. Also, a new bed lighting system uses bright LEDs mounted in the rear corners of the bed to enable better visibility when working late hours, using the cargo-view camera or connecting/disconnecting trailers.

2016 Ram Heavy Duty High Resolution Exterior
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A 3.5-inch vehicle information center screen is a standard feature. A thin-film transistor (TFT), 7-inch multiview display is available on SLT and higher trim level. The 7-inch screen features fully customizable function and configurability, giving the owner a variety of systems to monitor from transmission temperature to navigation.

The Ram Heavy Duty is available in 12 standard colors. Red Pearl, Luxury Brown and Pearl White are new for 2016 and available in monotone or two-tone, depending on the model.

Ram Heavy Duty pickups are also available in an additional 18 specialty paint options (minimum batch size), including Midnight Blue, Case Construction Power Tan, Case IH Red, New Holland Construction Yellow, New Holland Agriculture Blue and Robin Egg Blue.

Manufacturing
The 2016 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty are built at the Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Coahuila, Mexico.

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