Go anywhere attitude with a modern approach

With more than seven decades of history to draw on, the Ram Power Wagon is well established as a big, badass, burly mother trucker of an off-roader. Originally based on Dodge’s 3/4-ton military service vehicles from World War II, the modern Power Wagon is far more luxury-laden and tech-heavy than its predecessors, but it keeps the same endlessly capable undercurrent as before with a host of off-road ready gear.

2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Exterior Styling

  • Draws from theRam 1500 for styling cues
  • Bigger grille
  • New fascia
  • Taller nose
  • 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • Reshaped LED taillights
2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Exterior
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Heading into the 2019 model year, the Ram 2500 Power Wagon gets a rather significant exterior update. The overarching aesthetic looks as though it pulls a good deal from the recently revealed 2019 Ram 1500, with a similar front fascia and lines. That said, the cab, box, and doors are more or less identical to the outgoing Power Wagon model.

Let’s kick it off with the new stuff in front, where we find the 2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon is rocking a new, 30 percent larger grille.

The shape is reminiscent of the old model, and once again includes an upside-down “U” shape for the flat-black insert trim bits, but you’ll also notice the larger space added underneath the Ram logo. To the sides, the new grille comes flanked by fresh headlight housings, which get a familiar horizontal shape set with a duo of horizontal daytime running lights around their outer edges.

Below the new headlights, the 2500 Power Wagon comes rocking a new bumper design, plus the fog lights seen in the lower bumper corners are reshaped and now look slimmer and wider than the squarer fog lights of the outgoing model. Also of note are the dimensions, with the latest 2500 Power Wagon lifting the nose height by 7 mm (0.28 inches) compared to the outgoing model. And of course, there’s that new winch you see added to the lower bumper edge - more on that in the Drivetrain And Performance section.

All told, the front end on the 2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon looks quite a bit like the recently released Ram 1500 range. What’s more, the new shape improves overall aero performance as well, although we have yet to get exact numbers on this.

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Moving around to the sides, the 2019 Ram power Wagon comes equipped with unique 17-inch off-roader wheels, which offer a cast aluminum construction for a combination of low weight and high strength. You’ll also notice the unique fender flares around the rear and front, which come complete with a top-center notch mark. And, per usual, there are large black graphics just behind the rear doors that declare the truck’s Power Wagon-ness.

The lower black cladding also looks quite good, giving it a cool two-tone effect that complements the matte black trim and hood graphics.

Viewed from the rear, the 2019 Ram Power Wagon looks quite a bit more familiar. However, there are still a few updates to point out back here as well, including the reshaped taillight housings. These offer a C-shaped internal graphics and LED illumination, and do well to bookend the truck with the new headlight housings in the nose. And don’t forget the large type font for the Ram Power Wagon badging on the tail as well.

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2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon exterior dimensions

Wheelbase 149.3 (3,792)
Track Width Front 68.7 (1,745)
Track Width Rear 68.1 (1,729)
Overall Length 238.8 (6,067)
Overall Width @ SgRp Front 83.4 (2,119)
Overall Height 80.9 (2054)
Suspension or Axle to Ground – Front 8.3 (210)
Suspension or Axle to Ground – Rear 8.3 (210)
Approach Angle (Degrees) 29.4
Ramp Breakover Angle (Degrees) 22
Departure Angle (Degrees) 26
Ground Clearance 14.2 (360)
Turning Diameter 14.7 (48.2)

2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Interior Design

  • More luxurious cabin than before
  • Exclusive with crew cab
  • Cabin layout takes after 1500 series
  • Unique upholstery for Power Wagon models
  • Seats up to six passengers
  • Optional 12.0-inch infotainment screen, 17-speaker audio
  • Safety tech like adaptive cruise control, automatic braking
  • Top-down 360-degree camera system
  • Power-release tailgate
2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Interior
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Without a doubt, the Ram 2500 Power Wagon looks the part of a burly, muscle-bound off-roading machine from the outside, but move into the cabin, and things are quite a bit more civilized. That’s especially the case with this latest 2019 model year, which places an even greater emphasis on comfort compared to the outgoing model.

Ram is offering the 2500 Power Wagon exclusively with a crew-cab configuration and standard 6-foot, 4-inch box, both of which match the outgoing model.

Ingress and egress are once again supported by a quartet of doors, while step-up bars help you get up and over the truck’s tall ride height.

Situate yourself in one of the seats, and you’ll quickly notice that the overarching look and layout once again takes after the newly released Ram 1500 series, and looks quite good on the 2500 Power Wagon. The steering wheel design, dash, center console, HVAC vents, and various controls all feel fresh, and while it’s not something I’d call elegant, it definitely looks more “high-end” overall.

There’s also a selection of unique interior trim bits offered exclusively on the Power Wagon model to help it stand out amongst its peers, including embossed seat patterns for the upholstery. Speaking of the sitters, the 2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon offers seating for up to six passengers thanks to a lifting center console in front that adds another spot to the bench (plus the three standard seats on the rear bench).

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Once again, the Ram 2500 Power Wagon doesn’t come with a standard gear shift lever, but rather the incoming eight-speed transmission uses a rotary dial to help you select between Park, Reverse, Neutral, and Drive. In close proximity to the rotary dial are controls for the axles, the sway-bar disconnect feature, and the 4WD system. Meanwhile the transfer case lever is mechanical and is located in the same spot as before.

Adding credence to Ram’s claim to luxury is new upholstery for the seats.

There’s also a slew of new luxury bits on the options list as well, which now includes a huge 12.0-inch infotainment screen for the center console, plus heated and cooled seats, and a banging 17-speaker audio system. The standard cabin ambient noise was reduced by 8 percent as well, which goes a long way to making it feel like a more refined driving experience.

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But don’t think for a second the 2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon has lost its edge - this truck still has all the big features you’d expect when it comes to towing, such as a standard integrated trailer brake controller and an optional trailer tire pressure monitoring. At the same time, there’s a good deal of tech for safety and convenience as well, such as the option for a blind spot monitor, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and park assist.

As for cabin’s off-roading gear, the 2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon comes with a new 360-degree camera system as optional equipment.

Interestingly, this system doesn’t even make it onto the spec sheet for the Ram Rebel, another one of the brand’s off-roader specials. However, on the 2500 Power Wagon, the system provides a top-down view of everything in the immediate vicinity around the truck, making it much easier to navigate through tight spaces. What’s more, the system provides a forward view for better steering inputs in the rough stuff, and it includes guidelines to help identify exactly which way the wheels are pointed during rock-crawling maneuvers.

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There’s also a cargo camera to check in on what’s going on in the bed, and there’s a viewpoint from the hitch, which is great for pulling up to a trailer, or if you have to back up while going off-road.

Loading and unloading duties are made easier thanks to a power-release tailgate, which also gets a damped lowering feature.

Finally, you’ll find the Ram Box storage compartments along the bed frame, which is an optional equipment bonus.

2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon interior dimensions

Seating 3/3 or 2/3
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

2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Drivetrain And Performance

  • No diesel Cummins option
  • Standard 6.4-liter Hemi
  • 410 horsepower, 429 pound-feet of torque
  • Active comfort features keep vibration out of the cabin
  • More payload and towing (1,660 pounds and 10,620 pounds respectively)
  • New eight-speed automatic transmission
  • 51:1 low-range crawl
  • 4:10 axles
  • 538 RTI articulation
  • 2-inch suspension lift
  • New Bilstein dampers
  • 33-inch tires
  • Warn Zeon-12 winch up front
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With the release of the new Ram 2500 HD, the brand quickly published headlines laden with truck’s impressive under-hood numbers, as well as a claim that the 2500 HD “outpowers, out-tows, and outhauls every other pickup available.”

Unfortunately, all that is with the upgraded Cummins diesel powerplant, which is sadly not part of the Power Wagon’s optional equipment list. For reference, the diesel powerplant in question here is the 2500 HD’s 6.7-liter High Output Turbo Diesel thumper tossing out 1,000 pound-feet of torque and offering a 35,100-pound towing capacity plus a 7,680-pound payload capacity. And while we would like to see what it’s like to load the Power Wagon with this massive lump to twist, it’s both too expensive and too heavy for the off-roader platform. What’s more, it gets in the way of the Power Wagon’s new winch, as we’ll examine more in-depth at the end of this section.

Instead, the 2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon comes with a standard 6.4-liter Hemi V-8, featuring cylinder deactivation and Variable Cam Timing.

Total output for the ‘eight comes to 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque, which is identical to the outgoing model, and it mirrors what you get with the half-ton truck as well. Standout features include new engine mounts, active noise cancellation in the cabin, and vibration-canceling frame shakers, all of which help it to drive more comfortably overall.

Properly configured, the 2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon offers a payload increase to 1,660 pounds with the base model, while towing increases to 10,620 pounds. For the sake of comparison, the outgoing model offers a 1,466-pound payload and 9,790-pound towing.

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For reference, the Ford F-250 Super Duty offers 7,640 pounds for payload and 21,000 pounds for towing, while the Chevy Silverado 2500HD offers 2,968 pounds for payload and 15,400 pounds for towing. However, both of these models do not have the same off-roading focus that you get in the Power Wagon, and it shows in the rest of the spec list.

One of the most important upgrades in the 2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon is in the drivetrain, where the rock-crawler now benefits from a new transmission.

Specifically, the off-roader now comes equipped with the 8HP75R from ZF, a stronger eight-speed unit plucked straight from Ram’s 1500 range. This units is added as a replacement for the outgoing model’s six-speed, and helps to boost the truck’s specs in a number of different areas.

For starters, we expect the latest 6.4-liter to come with a significant fuel economy bump over the current model’s 13 mpg combined.

What’s more, the new eight-speed comes with a very short first gear, making for a far-improved low-range crawl, boosted from 35:1 to 51:1. That’s a massive jump, and you’ll definitely feel it when exploring the truck’s limits on some rugged terrain.

Further off-roading chops come courtesy of the locking front and rear differentials. The 2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon sports solid axles front and back, both of which are still the same 4:10 gear ratio as the prior model. Hill descent control helps it navigate down big slopes.

Also, the truck’s RTI articulation (basically the measurement of a vehicle’s suspension flex with one wheel headed up a ramp) goes from 510 to 538 on the 2019 model year, all thanks to the taller nose.

And although Ram has yet to provide us with specifics, we expect similar numbers with regards to the ground clearance, approach angle, departure angle, and breakover angle compared to the previous model. For your reference, those figures look like 14.3 inches, 33.6 degrees, 26.2 degrees, and 23.5 degrees, respectively.

2019 Ram Heavy Duty Looks Menacing, Pumps out 1,000 Pound-Feet!
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The Power Wagon is lighter this time around too, with the aluminum hood shaving off 27 pounds all by itself.

Under the skin is a new frame as well, shaving off 31 pounds, while also offering more strength and additional vibration resistance.

However, the really important stuff for this model is in regard to the truck’s custom suspension bits. Standout features include a unique “Articu-link” front set-up, plus an overall 2-inch lift. You’ll also find the corners stuffed with new Bilstein shocks, and there’s an electrically disconnecting anti-roll bar that helps with overall suspension articulation. Just hit the switch in the cabin and you’ll be sitting pretty.

Those meaty tires wrapping the new 17-inch wheels are once again Goodyear’s Wrangler Duratec, which are about 33 inches tall (32.7 inches to be exact).

Up front, the big news is the Power Wagon’s 12,000-pound winch from Warn. Specifically, this is the Warn Zeon-12 unit, which comes with upgrades like a new fairlead retainer and a synthetic line that won’t kink or fray. It’s also lightweight, with line cutting 28 pounds from the curb weight all by itself.

2019 Ram Heavy Duty Looks Menacing, Pumps out 1,000 Pound-Feet!
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What’s more, the winch is mounted out of the way of the various parking sensors and cameras up front. Unfortunately, the winch also cuts the possibility of equipping the Power Wagon with the Cummins diesel powerplant, as it occupies the space where the diesel’s cooling bits would normally mount.

2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon drivetrain specifications

Engine 6.4-Liter HEMI V8
Type And Description 90-Degree V-Type, Liquid-Cooled, with Valve Timing (VVT)
Displacement 392 cu. in. (6,417 cu. cm)
Bore X Stroke 4.09 X 3.72 (103.9 X 94.6)
Valve System Pushrod-Operated Overhead Valves, 16 Valves, Eight De-Activating and Eight Hydraulic Lifters, all with Roller Followers
Fuel Injection Sequential, Multiport, Electronic, Returnless
Construction Deep-Skirt Cast-Iron Block with Cross-Bolted Main Bearing Caps, 356 Aluminum Cylinder Heads with Hemispherical Combustion Chambers
Compression Ratio 10.0:1
Power 410 HP (306 Kw) @ 5,600 RPM
Torque 429 lb.-ft. (582 N•M) at 4,000 RPM
Maximum Engine Speed 5,800 RPM Limited
Fuel Requirement Unleaded Regular, 87 Octane (R+M)/2
Oil Capacity 7.0 Quarts (6.6 Liters)
Coolant Capacity 16.6 Quarts (15.75 Liters)
Transmission ZF 8HP75 — AUTOMATIC EIGHT-SPEED

2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Prices

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The 2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon was first revealed to the public at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The Power Wagon equipment package is offered on any 4x4 2500 Ram configuration, which means you can even get it on the entry-level Tradesman, or the high-end Limited trim.

Sales are slated to kick off in the second quarter of this year.

We have yet to receive exact pricing information, but we expect it to be a bit higher than the current model’s MSRP of $54,540.

2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Competition

Ford Super Duty F-250

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If you want your quarter ton with a Blue Oval on the nose, then you’ll want to get behind the wheel of the Ford Super Duty F-250. Built with a greater focus on work as opposed to off-roading, the F-250 comes with a standard 6.2-liter V-8 Flex Fuel engine, with a 6.7-liter diesel offered as an available option. As such, the F-250 bests the Power Wagon in terms of peak twist, doling out 935 pound-feet when equipped with the upgraded diesel. Stick with the standard 6.2-liter ‘eight, and you get 385 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. Handling the cog swaps is a six-speed automatic transmission. As for the rough stuff gear, buyers can opt into the FX4 Off-Road package, which tosses in Hill Descent Control, specially tuned shock absorbers, skid plates to protect the transfer case and fuel tank, and the requisite FX4 graphics on the box. Pricing starts at $33,150 for the base-level XL, and ranges as high as $80,240 for the F-250 Limited.

Read our full review on the 2017 Ford Super Duty.

Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

14 Things You Have to Know about the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD
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The Bow Tie’s effort in this segment is the Silverado 2500HD, and it looks to go blow for blow with the Ram and Ford thanks to a Vortec 6.0-liter V-8 as standard, and a Duramax 6.6-liter diesel V-8 as an available option. If you’re looking for some extra off-roading chops with this one, you’ll need to grab the Z71 package, which is offered on the trim levels like the Work Truck, the Custom, Custom Trail Boss, LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ, and High Country. Step it up to the Z71 and you’ll get a host of rough-and-ready equipment, such as 18-inch wheels wrapped in terrain-grabbing tires, Rancho-tuned shocks, a two-speed transfer case, and a locking rear diff. You also get skid plates to protect vulnerable bits underneath and a new heavy-duty air filter element. Electronic features like hill descent control, rear park assist, and lane change alert round it out. Pricing starts at $34,400.

Read our full review on the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado.

Final Thoughts

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The 2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon is a unique proposition. While you can get your performance flavoring from any one of the various quarter-ton pickup competitors out there, two of which we’ve listed above, the Power Wagon’s overarching focus on tackling the great outdoors almost places it in a different segment altogether.

It certainly has the resumé to back it, with Ram issuing claims that the original WWII army truck-derived Power Wagon is basically the first-ever 4x4 pickup.

Overall, we can’t help but like this thing. We love the über-beefy components you get with the Power Wagon package, and are quite certain it has the goods to cream just about any off-roader course you can throw at it.

Of course, nothing is perfect. First up, this thing is huge, and it might make for a bit of a squeeze on narrower trails. Also, it’s very expensive, which is surely something to consider when bashing it over rough terrain. Finally, we can’t help but wonder what would be with the Cummins engine under the hood.

Nevertheless, the 2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon impresses all the same. This thing is a dirt-ready monster, and we love that.

  • Leave it
    • No Cummins diesel engine option
    • Quite expensive

Further Reading

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.

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.”

POWERTRAIN

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.

Transmissions
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.

Axles
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.

ENGINEERING

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.

Frame
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.

Suspension
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.

Brakes
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.

Body
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.

SAFETY AND SECURITY

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.

DESIGN

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.

Interior
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.

Exterior
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.

UCONNECT

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.

Manufacturing
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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