An underdog that deserves to be at the pinnacle of the segment

The battle of the trucks is never-ending. We have seen multiple players step in the ring, but none of them could get anywhere close to the products with the Blue Oval logo slapped on them. Ram trucks fall under the same category. These trucks have been a victim to Ford’s dominance for as long as one can remember. In all fairness, Ram is still a baby. The company was spun-off from the Dodge brand in 2010 and is owned by FCA. Even though the company is not as mature and experienced as the Chevy and the Ford, Ram sure has learned how to create quality products that can give the rivals a run for their money. For the 2019 model year, Ram decided to drop a bomb and declare war on the competition by launching a truck with four-digit torque figures! Can things get any crazier?


  • LED Headlights
  • Gaudy front fascia grille
  • The panel gaps could have had better fit and finish
  • Missing Multifunction tailgate
  • Has a raised, tall stance
2019 Ram 2500 Limited
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Ram has reworked on the 2018 model heavily; so much so that one can call it a new generation altogether.

The Ram 2500 Limited has a massive face - this is the second largest thing you can see, next to the Great Wall of China from the moon.

The honeycomb grille has big, bold ’RAM’ lettering on it. The headlamp units are small and in line with the two slats that connect to the ’RAM’ logo. It is protected by layers of chrome on all the sides. The bumper features two fog lights on the extreme ends and two tow hooks in the middle. What is the bumper made of? You guessed it, CHROME! The trim may be called Limited, but the chrome sure is Unlimited. The headlamps receive an all LED setup with Daytime Running Lights that look fantastic.

The profile of the truck is not as integrated and proportionate as its rivals. It is as plain as it can get. The doors are devoid of any lines or creases that do not make it as aggressive as the rivals. The side of the bonnet receives a ’2500’ badge. The side indicator light is on the fender instead of being on the wing mirrors. The 2500 rides quite high and the wheel arches are flared, which make the 20-inch tires look quite puny on the huge truck. The alloy design looks like a steel plate. For a truck that costs this much, it must be said that the Ram 2500 Limited is quite plain. If aesthetics play a big part in your decision-making process, this may well land the 2500 Limited at the bottom of the list.

2019 Ram 2500 Limited
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For a truck that has a rather garish face, Ram has given it a very toned-down rear.

The tailgate proudly wears the Ram badge, which adds certain character to an otherwise simple derriere.

Unfortunately, the 2500 Limited does not come with Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate. Perhaps, it will make its way in here soon. The taillights are a standard affair - vertically stacked and simple. The bumper, just like the one in the front, is chromed out. In all honesty, the Ram 2500 Limited is not engaging enough and leaves a lot to be desired. You can choose the 2500 Limited in different body forms and configurations:

4X2 Crew Cab Short Wheelbase 149 inches
4X2 Crew Cab Long Wheelbase 169 inches
4X4 Crew Cab Short Wheelbase 149 inches
4X2 Crew Cab Long Wheelbase 169 inches
4X4 Mega Cab 160.5 inches


  • 12-inch Uconnect infotainment screen is flawless
  • Smart storage spaces all around the cabin
  • 17-speaker Harman Kandor setup
  • 360-degree surround-view camera
  • High on safety features
2019 Ram 2500 Limited
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Step inside the truck, and you will be welcomed to a cabin that looks like a cockpit. It leaves tech-heads drooling, that’s for sure. The dash is very busy, and some may find it to be too cluttered, but once you get used to it, this is one of the best cabins on the market.

The multifunction steering wheel is perfectly sized, but is not meaty enough and, the thumb contours are conspicuous by their absence.

A 12-inch infotainment screen is surrounded by two vertical HVAC vents with air control sliders. To please the purists and the tech heads alike, Ram has used a combination of touch screen, buttons, and knobs for convenience. This is exactly how we like it, too! To give it a slightly retro feel, Ram has used flip switches on the bottom of the rear console. The passenger side comes with a decently-sized glove box, although it could have been placed slightly higher for better usability and easier reach from the seat.

2019 Ram 2500 Limited
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Ram has used a lot of leather and wood all around the 2500 Limited’s cabin. The automaker has also moved the gear lever next to the steering wheel, thus freeing up space in the center console.

According to Ram, you can put a 15-inch laptop in here with ease, and this is the largest storage space that we have seen in a truck's center console.

Apart from this, there are 11 more storage spaces of various sizes scattered throughout the truck. There’s even a wide cell phone/tablet docking area with wireless charging, five USB ports (including USB C-type ports,) and a three-position sliding cup holder tray that can be stowed under the center armrest. The aforementioned 12-inch Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system hat supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It also comes with SiriusXM, Navigation, and a 17-speaker setup to provide an all-around experience.

2019 Ram 2500 Limited
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To compete with the GMC’s hyped-up 15 camera setup, Ram has featured a new 360-degree surround-view camera with trailer reverse guidance view that provides a single display-screen view of both sides of a trailer to assist you in maneuvering towing setups. There is no word on anything like the ’Trailering’ app that’s present in the Sierra. The Ram 2500 Limited boasts an advanced trailer Tire Pressure Monitoring system that can accommodate up to six pickup tires and 12 trailer tires with up to four trailer profiles. A majority of the customers will see it as a gimmick despite it being a very useful feature.

As for the safety features, Ram claims to have installed more than 100 safety and security features in the 2500 Limited, including:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Blindspot Monitoring System
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Automatic Emergency Braking with Trailer Brakes
Headroom front/rear 40.9/39.8
Legroom front/rear 40.9/40.2
Shoulder Room front/rear 65.9/65.6
Hip Room front/rear 62.9/62.7
Interior volume front/rear 63.9/60.7


  • 6.7-liter, six-cylinder engine
  • 370 horsepower
  • 850 pound-feet of torque
  • Can tow up to 19,780 pounds
  • Payload capacity of 4,050 pounds
2019 Ram Heavy Duty Looks Menacing, Pumps out 1,000 Pound-Feet!
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Ram grabbed everyone’s attention when it announced the power figures of the 2019 model. The FCA-owned marque breached the 1,000 pound-foot of twist figure and threw caution to the wind. This was previously unheard of in a truck, and it benefits you greatly as torque comes into play low in the powerband. This is even more helpful when you’re hauling heavy loads and need enough power to wade through uncharted surfaces and inclines. However, this engine does not find its space under the hood of the 2500 lineup. The 2500 Limited is offered with a detuned version of the same engine.

This mill is a 6.7-liter that Ram has developed along with Cummins. It produces 370 horses and 850 pound-feet of torque, and it is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox built by Aisin.

This new-gen engine is 60 pounds lighter than its predecessor and uses new cast-iron cylinder head and cylinder block along with lighter and stronger pistons.

Ram offers a 6.4-liter, V-8 HEMI engine as standard. It produces 410 horses and 429 pound-feet of torque and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. That is a good engine for you to choose depending on your requirements.

The Ram truck is truly a beast. It has a maximum towing capacity of 19,780 pounds and 4,050 pounds of payload capacity.

Another interesting feature is the RamBox Cargo Management System. It’s more than just a toolbox. It is a secure, durable, lit (quite literally), and drainable storage system incorporated into the sides of the truck bed. Nifty and useful!

2019 Ram Heavy Duty Looks Menacing, Pumps out 1,000 Pound-Feet!
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Type And Description 90-Degree V-Type, Liquid-Cooled, with Valve Timing (VVT) Inline, liquid-cooled, turbocharged, intercooled
Displacement 392 cu. in. (6,417 cu. cm) 408 cu. in. (6,690 cu. cm)
Bore X Stroke 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, Eight De-Activating and Eight Hydraulic Lifters, all with Roller Followers Pushrod-operated overhead valves, 24 valves, hydraulic lifters
Fuel Injection Sequential, Multiport, Electronic, Returnless Electronic high-pressure common rail
Construction Deep-Skirt Cast-Iron Block with Cross-Bolted Main Bearing Caps, 356 Aluminum Cylinder Heads with Hemispherical Combustion Chambers Compacted graphite iron (CGI) block cast-iron head
Compression Ratio 10.0:1 19.0:1
Power 410 HP (306 Kw) @ 5,600 RPM 370 hp (276 Kw) @ 2,800 RPM
Torque 429 lb.-ft. (582 N•M) at 4,000 RPM 850 lb.-ft. (1,084 N•M) @ 1,700 RPM
Maximum Engine Speed 5,800 RPM Limited 3,200 RPM
Fuel Requirement Unleaded Regular, 87 Octane (R+M)/2 Ultra-low sulfur diesel
Oil Capacity 7.0 Quarts (6.6 Liters) 12.0 quarts (11.3 liters) with filter
Coolant Capacity 16.6 Quarts (15.75 Liters) 23.8 quarts (22.50 liters)
Transmission ZF 8HP75 — AUTOMATIC EIGHT-SPEED six-speed automatic


2019 Ram 2500 Limited
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Ram is offering the 2500 Limited with a starting sticker price of $64,500. The company has priced it at a premium, and it feels a little expensive overall, but it is quite capable, so maybe not.


Ford Super Duty F-250 Platinum

2020 F-Series Super Duty Promises to Offer Highest Towing and Payload Ratings
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Let’s compare the Ram 2500 Limited with the undisputed market leader. The truck from the Blue Oval’s stable comes with smart looks and a smaller, yet big, chrome grille on the face. It is offered with two engine options - a 6.2 liter, V-8 engine that produces 385 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of twist and a 6.7-liter, turbodiesel, V-8 that develops 450 horses and 935 pound-feet of twist. Both engines come mated with a six-speed automatic transmission and can be had with two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive configuration. This Ford truck can tow 21,000 pounds and has a 7,640 pounds payload capacity! Ford will be blessing the newer models, from the Super Duty F-250 trims, with a new 7.3-liter, V-8 engine that will make its debut in the 2020 model.

Step inside, and you will be welcomed to a large, comfortable, and utilitarian cabin. The top-trim comes with an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, leather upholstery, power-adjustable pedals, and heated and cooled seats, to name a few. As is with any Ford truck and SUV, there is no dearth of customization. Right from spoiling yourself with creature comforts, to mechanical goodies, Ford has made sure you can build this truck as per your convenience. However, this could see you shell you out more than $80,000.

Check out more details on the 2020 Ford Super Duty F-250 Platinum.

GMC Sierra 2500 HD Denali

2020 GMC Sierra HD Exterior
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This Robin to Chevy’s Batman has been in the Silverado’s shadow for very long. The 2020 version seems to be like an alter-ego of its own old-self. The Sierra HD is slightly taller than its predecessor and also wears a longer hood. GMC is offering the Sierra HD with a 6.0-liter, V-8 engine that churns out 360 horses and 380 pound-feet of torque. It is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. The GMC Sierra HD can tow up to 15,400 pounds and is offered with a maximum payload of 3,276 pounds.

GMC uses a 15-camera setup and equips it with a trailering system that makes backing up easy with a trailer hitched on your ride. The cabin feels very cluttered when compared to the Ram 2500 Limited’s interior. GMC has also offered a MultiPro Tailgate that can be operated in six different ways depending on your requirement. A deal-maker? We surely think so. This whole package in the Denali trim starts at $61,300, making it a value-for-the-money when compared to both its American counterparts.

Read our full review on the 2020 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Denali.

Final Thoughts

2019 Ram 2500 Limited
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The Ram 2500 Limited is a mixed package that’s filled with some good things and some bad ones. The flashy exterior will draw polarizing opinions for sure. The interior looks absolutely stunning with modern and retro touches all around. The fit and finesse of the wood and leather material is the cherry on the cake. It is more than evident that Ram has focused on the core aspects of the truck the most - the drivetrain and the towing capabilities. However, the pricing is on the higher end. All the Ram HDs are currently built in Saltillo, Mexico for now, but the next-gen’s production is expected to move to Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Warren, Michigan.

  • Leave it
    • The exterior looks will not please everyone
    • An expensive package for what it offers
    • Why is the Multifunction tailgate missing here when the 1500 gets it?

Further Reading

2019 Ram Heavy Duty Looks Menacing, Pumps out 1,000 Pound-Feet! Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon.

All-New 2019 Ram 1500 Steals The Show at Detroit
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Read our full review on the 2019 Ram 1500.

2018 Ram 1500 Classic
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Read our full review on the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic.

2019 Ram 1500 Rebel 12 Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel 12.

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New 2019 Ram Heavy Duty is the Benchmark for Performance, Capability, Technology and Luxury
Ram outpowers, out-tows and outhauls every other pickup available — 1,000 lb.-ft. of torque milestone achieved by Ram and Cummins with all-new 6.7-liter Cummins High Output Turbo Diesel
The highest capability numbers for diesel- and gas-powered pickups — 35,100-lbs. towing and 7,680-lb. payload
Ram redesigns Heavy Duty line to be the best riding, handling and towing ever with an emphasis on comfort and confidence
Standard 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 power with cylinder deactivation and Variable Cam Timing (VCT) delivers class-leading 410 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque
New, class-exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic for 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 brings shift refinement not seen in heavy-duty trucks
Active noise cancellation, anti-vibration devices and acoustic glass contribute to quietest cabin yet
Improved ride quality with new suspension tuning that includes Frequency Response Damping (FRD) shocks, progressive springs and re-engineered bushings
Exclusive rear air suspension now features driver-activated Bed Lowering Mode, Normal/Payload Mode and Trailer-Tow Mode
New braking system upgrades calipers, booster and master cylinder help shorten stopping distances, increase capability and improve brake feel
New 98.5-percent high-strength steel frames offer greater capacities, reduced weight and the highest levels of torsional rigidity
Lightweight materials in the frame, powertrain and an aluminum hood reduce overall weight by up to 143 lbs
New 360-degree surround-view camera with trailer reverse guidance view provides a single display-screen view of both sides of a trailer to assist drivers in maneuvering towing setups
New auxiliary exterior camera improves visibility with custom positioning in and behind trailers
Advanced trailer Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPM) systems accommodate up to six pickup tires and 12 trailer tires with up to four trailer profiles
More than 100 safety and security features, including exclusive active safety systems in all models: adaptive cruise control, Forward Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and AEB with trailer brakes
Completely redesigned interior with new, authentic premium materials, colors and textures, including hand-wrapped leather instrument panels for unexpected luxury throughout
Uconnect 4C NAV with a 12-inch fully configurable screen, including SiriusXM 360L customized listening experience through a powerful 750-watt, 17-speaker Harman Kardon sound system
Reimagined center console with 12 different storage configurations includes optional dedicated/assignable switches, wireless charging dock and up to five USBs, including type C ports
Mega Cab offers most interior storage capacity in the segment at 258 liters, more than twice the amount of closest competitor
Bold interlocking exterior design with all-new wheels, bumpers and grilles with differentiation across six distinct price classes
Three new headlight designs, including advanced LED with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS)
Designers worked collectively with engineering to deliver a segment-leading drag coefficient of .409
New Ram Power Wagon offers new equipment, upholding Most Off-road Capable Pickup title
America’s longest-lasting pickup with unsurpassed diesel powertrain warranty – five years/100,000 miles
January 14, 2019 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty is the most powerful, most capable pickup in the segment with a towing capacity of 35,100 lbs. and a payload capacity of 7,680 lbs. Driving it all, a never-before-seen torque rating of 1000 lb.-ft. from the Cummins I-6 Turbo Diesel engine. The new Ram Heavy Duty also sets benchmarks in ride and handling, luxury, materials, innovation and technology extending well past any competitive offerings. Giving maximum effort all day, every day with confidence, the new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty line of pickups steps forward with the full force of modern capability.

“Ram Heavy Duty owners constantly demand the highest levels of capability to tackle the biggest jobs and with 35,100 lbs. of towing capacity, pulled by 1,000 lb.-ft. of torque from our Cummins engine, we now hold the most important titles within the segment,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand, FCA. “We’ve also surrounded owners in luxury and technology that, until now, was unavailable in a heavy-duty pickup. The highest quality interiors, active safety systems and of course our award-winning Uconnect technology contribute to the best Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks we have ever built.”


Engines: 6.7-liter Cummins High Output Turbo Diesel reaches 1,000 lb.-ft.
With a long list of upgrades, the new Cummins 6.7-liter I-6, high output Turbo Diesel delivers up to 1,000 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1,800 rpm and 400 horsepower @ 2,800 rpm. Changes begin at the core, with a cylinder block made from compacted graphite iron. Overall, the new Cummins Turbo Diesel weighs more than 60 lbs. less than the previous-generation engine, yet delivers more power and torque. A new cast-iron cylinder head builds on the new block with changes that include new exhaust valves and springs, and new rocker arms. Lighter and stronger pistons include new low-friction rings and connect to the crankshaft via newly design forged connecting rods and new bearings. An all-new exhaust manifold is the mounting point for an improved variable-geometry turbocharger with laminated heat shields, delivering boost pressure up to 33 psi.

The second variant of the Cummins Turbo Diesel also gets a performance boost with 370 horsepower @ 2,800 rpm and 850 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1,700 rpm.
The standard engine in the 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty is upgraded to the proven and potent 6.4-liter HEMI V-8, delivering class-leading 410 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm and 429 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,000 rpm to handle the payload and towing requirements of the heavy-duty truck user.

Ram 3500 Heavy Duty models equipped with the 1,000 lb.-ft. high output Cummins 6.7-liter Turbo Diesel employ the Aisin AS69RC electronically controlled six-speed automatic. This transmission is engineered to handle the colossal torque of the Turbo Diesel engine and increased vehicle weight ratings while delivering improved shift quality. Along with hardware upgrades, the Aisin AS69RC uses a new transmission controller with double the memory of the previous controller and a dual-core processor. This delivers faster, more precise shifts under all driving and loading conditions.

Ram Heavy Duty trucks powered by the standard output Cummins 6.7-liter Turbo Diesel are equipped with a significantly upgraded version of the 68RFE six-speed automatic transmission. Changes designed to improve the electronically controlled transmission’s shift quality include new variable-force solenoid controls for the torque-converter clutch. A new reverse accumulator improves shift feel when placing the transmission into park from reverse. Drive-to-park shifts were also improved through refined hydraulic control.

In a first for the Ram Heavy Duty, the 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 comes mated to the proven and smooth-shifting TorqueFlite 8HP75 eight-speed automatic. There are more than 40 individual shift maps to optimize shift points for fuel economy, performance and drivability. The transmissions use shift-by-wire technology, eliminating a mechanical linkage between the transmission and the gear selector. The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty uses an innovative rotary e-shift dial mounted on the left side of the instrument panel’s center stack – freeing up space traditionally occupied by a console- or column-mounted shift lever.

Transfer Cases
Four-wheel-drive versions of the 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty are equipped with a BorgWarner part-time transfer case. The 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 and variant of the Cummins 6.7-liter Turbo Diesel drive power through either an electronic (BW 44-46) or manual shift (BW 44-47) transfer case, depending on the model. Ram Heavy Duty trucks with the high output 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 maximum towing capability up to 35,100 lbs.

New front and rear axles on the 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty have been engineered to improve durability, handle industry-leading payload and towing capabilities, and minimize Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH), as well as take advantage of opportunities to optimize weight. The Ram 3500 Heavy Duty is offered with an all-new, larger 12-inch AAM rear axle to handle the class-leading power and capability.


The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty is the most powerful, most capable pickup in the segment with a towing capacity of 35,100 lbs. and payload capacity of 7,680 lbs. But big capability is irrelevant if the truck fails to instill confidence to the driver. Ram redefines the phrase “you don’t even know it’s back there” when towing or hauling.

Ram Heavy Duty trucks feature all-new frames built with 98.5-percent high-strength steel, six separate crossmembers, hydroformed main rails and fully boxed rear rails for optimal strength and mass efficiency. Although the new Ram Heavy Duty is stronger and more capable, lightweight materials in the frame, powertrain and an aluminum hood reduce overall weight by up to 143 lbs. Two Active-Tuned Mass Modules (ATMM) mounted on the frame rails search out unfavorable vibrations and apply countermeasures to eliminate them.

Wide front frame rails enable front suspension springs to be positioned slightly outboard – an enabler for generating positive roll stiffness. In the rear portion of the new frame, the structure includes fully boxed rear rails. The rear-axle structural crossmember with provisions for fifth-wheel and gooseneck hitches, has been upgraded for 2019 to accommodate the increased towing capacity.

On vehicles equipped with the optional auxiliary camera prep package, the standard 4/7-pin bumper connector is replaced with a 12/7-pin connector to support the remote camera option (available Mopar accessory). A tailgate handle-mounted, rear high-definition camera backup system is standard with dynamic imaging on the 12-inch, 8.4-inch or 5-inch displays with turning guidelines. Also, the cargo-view camera located in the Center High-Mounted Stop Light (CHMSL) provides a view of the bed for easier connection to fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailers, as well as monitoring bed loads.

Heavy Duty trucks generally have a suspension equipped for constant, heavy payloads. This leads to a harsher ride when unloaded. The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty includes Frequency Response Damping (FRD) shocks on all four corners. The valves of an FRD shock automatically adjust for the type of vertical wheel input, allowing the Ram Heavy Duty to have sports-car-like suspension for handling and a supple suspension on rough terrain. Engineers added progressive springs and upgraded bushings to the suspension system, including the exclusive five-link coil design on Ram 2500, providing better load-carrying characteristics and improved articulation over obstacles when compared to a leaf-spring system.

A class-exclusive Active-Level rear air suspension is available on both the Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 and includes a new Bed-lowering Mode to make the heaviest trailer hook-ups a breeze. The 2019 Ram 2500 uses two air bags to replace the coil springs. 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 with an air suspension option). The Ram 3500 features a Hotchkiss rear leaf-spring system with optional air suspension. By adding supplemental air bags, Ram engineers were able to soften the heavy-load leaf springs, allowing for more unladed suspension movement.

In the front, a new, two-piece, front-suspension crossmember structure adds a longer welded interface and greater strength to the frame. The Ram Heavy Duty line features an advanced three-link front suspension to ensure roll stiffness.

A new braking system upgrades the calipers, booster and master cylinder. Combined with a larger-ratio pedal swing, the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty delivers a more confident and powerful execution with little effort from the driver. The reengineered system also offers shorter stopping distances and braking to match the highest capability.

Several body elements are upgraded from mild steel to high-strength steel on the 2019 Heavy Duty pickups. Additional light-weighting efforts consist of an aluminum hood, which contributes to an overall weight reduction of 143 lbs. on the volume model.

Through wind-tunnel analyses and three million miles of real-world durability tests, engineers have created the quietest Ram Heavy Duty ever with a segment-leading drag coefficient of .409. Upgrades to improve NVH include new C-pillar hydromounts, anti-vibration devices, new engine mounts, active noise cancelling and new exhaust-system attachments.

New Power Wagon Content
2019 Ram Power Wagon is the most capable production off-road truck in the industry. The Power Wagon features a unique suspension, factory suspension lift, locking front and rear differentials, disconnecting sway bar and a 12,000-lb. winch. New to the Power Wagon is a 360 camera, which includes forward-view camera gridlines to help navigate obstacles. An all-new and integrated front-mounted WARN Zeon-12 winch features a unique fairlead and fairlead retainer with a new synthetic line that cannot kink, does not fray and is more maneuverable. The new line also cuts weight by 28 lbs. A Power Wagon content package continues to be available on Tradesman, which includes all the off-road equipment but keeps the Tradesman design elements.


The new 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickups include more than 100 available safety and security elements, including an array of active and passive systems to assist the driver and passengers, offered in all models.

Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), 360-degree camera display and selectable tire pressures are just some of the new, specialized technologies found in Ram’s halo pickup trucks. Since the Ram Heavy Duty line is engineered around capability, it makes sense that many of the technologies would be enhanced from their use in passenger cars. For example, Tire Pressure Monitoring, which can monitor up to six tires on the pickup, now includes trailer tire pressure monitoring for up to 12 trailer tires. Although a back-up camera is a standard feature on most vehicles, the Ram Heavy Duty offers a second rear-view camera (cargo-view camera) to monitor payload in the bed. It also can be used to align fifth-wheel and gooseneck trailers, a common task of the Ram Heavy Duty pickup. As a segment-first, back-up sensors on the Ram 3500 include specifically designed sensors to cover the added width of dual rear wheels, giving a wider span of coverage when backing up with limited view.

The new Ram Heavy Duty uses a variety of high-strength steels in the frame, body panels and core structure to maximize impact performance and reduce overall weight, including the A-, B- and C-pillars, front structure and door beams. Increased resistance spot welds reduce the heat exposure to surrounding metal to maintain strength and long-term durability.


After hundreds of sketches, the new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty line of pickups came forward with the full force of modern capability. Interiors mirror the design expressed on the recently launched Ram 1500 with unmatched luxury, materials, innovation and technology extending well past any competitive offerings.

For 2019, all-new features, technology and premium materials help the redesigned Ram Heavy Duty continue its interior leadership with quality, technology and luxury. Each trim level is uniquely characterized to reflect individual identity.

The new instrument panel combines a strong, structurally interlocking appearance, pushing the central controls up and toward the driver, improving overall reachability of system controls. The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty features the Uconnect 4C NAV on a 12-inch fully configurable touchscreen, which can display one application, such as the navigation map, across the whole 12-inch screen, or can be divided in half, operating two different applications at once. Redundant HVAC controls and a new enhanced-ergonomic switch bank deliver improved feedback and appearance.

The new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty features an available 7-inch, full-color, 3D animation-capable driver information display, with reconfigurable function that enables Ram truck drivers to personalize information inside the instrument cluster. The display is designed to visually communicate information, using graphics and text, quickly and easily.

Across all trim levels, the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty features push-button start and a redesigned rotary e-shifter dial (HEMI V8 only). The new shifter area also intelligently groups new feature buttons, including Hill Descent Control, axle lock and transfer case controls, when equipped.

An active noise cancellation system and acoustic glass reduce ambient cabin sounds by nearly 10 db – the quietest Ram Heavy Duty ever. The new HVAC system features 30 percent more air flow at lower noise levels, including larger front defroster vents for better performance. All-new in-duct electric heating elements on diesel models help speed cabin warmup on cold days, and larger system controls and new larger panel ducts work better with gloved hands.

With up to 258 liters of interior storage volume on the exclusive Mega Cab including two bins behind the rear seats, the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty offers more than 120-percent additional storage capacity versus the closest competitor. A reimagined center console is a usable, complex piece of art with more than 12 different storage combinations. Up from 19.7 to 22.6 liters, the console includes a wider docking area with optional wireless charging, which can hold a small tablet or smartphone. A three-position sliding cup-holder tray can be stowed under the center armrest to reveal a deep storage tub designed to hold a 15-inch laptop

To keep devices charged, five USB ports assist in the center console type-C ports for faster communication and charging. Up to three 115-volt household plugs are available (three-prong). One in the first row and one in the second row. All outlets now handle up to 400 watts to charge or power tools quickly.

Robust sections combined with “interlocking” design aesthetics also function to improve aerodynamics to surround segment-leading capability and technology. Every Ram Heavy Duty truck benefits from new content specifically designed to match each model’s unique style. Rather than a traditional focus on styling elements individually, designers combined elements that influence each other’s shape, resulting in a more integrated look that aligns with the mechanical capabilities of the truck. For example, the grille, hood and fenders share pieces of each other, as well as the instrument panel, cluster and center console.

The 2019 Heavy Duty creates a bold and unique appearance that Heavy Duty customers can call their own. Interlocked with the new, lighter aluminum hood, a much larger and more aggressive front grille opening leads with confidence and strength. The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty is available in six different grille styles with a complete departure from the historic crosshairs. The new front bumper is cut with larger openings, providing greater airflow to the largest turbo intercooler Ram has ever adapted to its halo pickups. More than 20 sensors surrounding the new Ram Heavy Duty are seamlessly integrated to make them less visible. A removable air dam helps mold the most aerodynamic Heavy Duty Ram has offered.

Three headlamp variations are available delivering the best lighting in the segment: Halogen, full LED/reflector and full LED/projector with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) for up to 15 degrees of movement in the expected direction of travel.

The side of the truck flows with trademark Ram style. A drawn body-side character line ties together the front fender and cab doors. An all-new interlocking side-step design incorporates deep tread patterns and a R-A-M logo.

The new Ram Heavy Duty continues to offer the best lockable bed storage in the segment with RamBox. The industry-first RamBox Cargo Management System includes versatile, weatherproof, lockable, illuminated and drainable storage bins built into the bed rails. New for 2019, RamBox features a 115-volt outlet with up to 400-watts of power.

Surrounding the largest cab in the segment, the interior design team brought unique colors and premium materials to each trim level of the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty. Each model makes its own unique “Hero” statement with paint colors, badging, wheels, grilles and other features.


Designed to be the most technologically advanced heavy-duty pickup ever, the new Ram 2500 and 3500 are loaded with an array of innovative and state-of-the-art features. The award-winning fourth-generation Uconnect system offers new convenience and connected services, and keeps Ram truck customers connected, engaged and informed all while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

Uconnect 4C NAV with 12-inch display
The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty features a 12-inch reconfigurable touchscreen with tailor-made graphics for various Ram models and state-of-the-art connectivity. Personalization is made easy with the new split screen, allowing two different applications for desired configuration, such as Apple CarPlay and HVAC controls, or one application, such as navigation across the entire 12-inch touchscreen.

The new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty offers four audio systems to immerse passengers in the ultimate sound experience, including a 750-watt Harman Kardon Audio System with 17 speakers, including an 8-inch subwoofer.

The class-exclusive Uconnect 4C with 12-inch display also features the next level of audio entertainment with SiriusXM with 360L. The new service enables Ram truck drivers and passengers to discover more of what SiriusXM offers based on their listening preferences, including exclusive SiriusXM on-demand programming never before available in the dash. Benefits of the new SiriusXM with 360L include more channels (now 200+), access to thousands of hours of recorded on-demand programming and enhanced sports play-by-play offerings. Smart content recommendations enable listeners to discover more of what they love, based on listening habits. Individual listener profiles allow multiple drivers and passengers to customize and maintain their own presets, select preferences and pick up where they left off in the car.

The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty is built at the Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Coahuila, Mexico.

About Ram Truck Brand
In 2009, the Ram Truck brand launched as a stand-alone division, focused on meeting the demands of truck buyers and delivering benchmark-quality vehicles.

That focus leads Ram to design the industry’s most innovative, award-winning trucks, emphasizing durability, strength, technology and efficiency.

With a full lineup of trucks, including ProMaster and ProMaster City vans, the Ram brand builds trucks that get the hard work done and families where they need to go. From the no-compromise Ram 1500 that defines the future of pickup trucks with innovative design, the highest quality materials and class-exclusive technology, to the Ram Heavy Duty which combines the ability to out-power, out-tow and out-haul every single competitor with the segment’s most comfortable ride and handling, Ram is committed to product leadership.

Ram continues to outperform the competition and sets the benchmarks for:
Most powerful: 1,000 lb.-ft of torque with Cummins Turbo Diesel
Highest towing capacity: 35,100 lbs. with Ram 3500
Heaviest payloads: 7,680 lbs. with Ram 3500
Most luxurious: Ram Limited with real wood, real leather and 12-inch Uconnect touchscreen
Best ride and handling with exclusive link coil rear and auto-level air suspensions
Most interior space with Ram Mega Cab
Most capable full-size off-road pickup – Ram Power Wagon
Highest owner loyalty of any half-ton pickup
Over the last 30 years, Ram has the highest percentage of pickups still on the road

Giving maximum effort all day, every day with confidence, the Ram Truck lineup steps forward with the full force of modern capability providing confidence-inspiring features and class-exclusive vehicle safety.

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