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Ram Heavy Duty Trucks — King of the Hill Holds Best-in-class Titles in the Areas Most Important to Customers

Ram Heavy Duty retains the highest level of capability with a new best-in-class towing rating of 31,210 pounds, best-in-class torque of 900 lb.-ft. with Cummins 6.7-liter diesel powerhouse and best-in-class payload of 7,390 pounds
Ram continues building momentum with new top-of-class Ram Laramie Limited model
Prominent badge, Argento wood and premium leather are key ingredients of new Ram Laramie Limited design, treasured by high-end pickup buyers
Expansion of Ram 2500 compressed natural gas (CNG) availability to include Regular Cab and 2WD pickups
New switchable rear camera display in 8.4-inch Uconnect screen, bed lighting and front park assist system to help customers maneuver in the industry’s most capable HD trucks
New center console design on all trims and Bluetooth connectivity on entry-level radios
Two gas-powered engine options, plus manual and automatic transmission-equipped diesel powertrains offer customers a wide range of choices to meet their needs
Available 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 delivers best-in-class gas engine, 410 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 429 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm, and features variable-valve timing (VVT) with Fuel Saver Technology cylinder deactivation
Standard 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 delivers 383 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 400 lb.-ft. of torque, and features VVT for greater efficiency and performance
Available 6.7-liter Cummins High-Output Turbo Diesel produces 385 horsepower at 2,800 rpm and 900 lb.-ft. of torque
Ram Truck engineering continues to lead Heavy Duty segment innovation with Ram 2500 link coil rear suspension to deliver best-in-class ride
Exclusive factory-built rear air suspension for Ram 2500, and exclusive factory-built supplemental air suspension system for Ram 3500
Integrated gooseneck/fifth wheel capability
Exclusive factory-installed CNG system available
Best-in-class dual alternator systems up to 440 amps
Best-in-class 5 year/100,000 miles on diesel engines and unsurpassed 5 year/60,000 miles on gas engines

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

About Ram Truck Brand
Since its launch as a stand-alone division in 2009, the Ram Truck Brand has steadily emerged as an industry leader with one goal: to build the best pickup trucks and commercial vehicles in the industry.

Creating a distinct identity for Ram Trucks has allowed the brand to concentrate on core customers and features they find valuable. Whether focusing on a family that uses a Ram 1500 day in and day out, a hard-working Ram 3500 Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its Ram ProMaster commercial van every day for deliveries, Ram has the truck market covered.

In order to be the best, it takes a commitment to innovation, capability, efficiency and durability. Ram Truck invests substantially in its products, infusing them with great looks, refined interiors, durable engines and exclusive features that further enhance their capabilities.

Moving into the 2015 model year, Ram continues to beat the competition in the most sought-after titles, fuel economy, payload and towing capacity:

Best-in-class fuel economy with exclusive EcoDiesel – 29 mpg with Ram 1500
Best-in-class towing capability – 30,000 pounds with Ram 3500
Best-in-class payload – 7,390 pounds with Ram 3500
Best-in-class torque – 865 lb.-ft. with Ram 3500 equipped with Cummins


Truck customers, from half-ton to commercial, have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to provide high levels of capability. Ram trucks are designed to deliver a total package.
 

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Ram continues as “King of the Hill”

2016 Ram Heavy Duty Widens its Leadership Gap With a Triple-decker Presence: Best-in-class Power, Towing Capacity and Payload Capacity

2016 Cummins 6.7-liter calibration hits a best-in-class 900 lb.-ft. of torque. The most torque ever offered in a mass-production vehicle
2016 Ram 3500 crushes the competition with up to 31,210 pounds of SAE J2807-spec. towing capacity, beating the closest competitor by more than two tons
2016 Ram 2500 holds best-in-class ¾-ton towing title with 17,980 pounds of capacity
Ram 3500 maintains best-in-class payload of 7,390 pounds with 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8
Ram 3500 raises its best-in-class Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) to 39,100 pounds
Ram maintains credibility and customer confidence as the only automaker to align with SAE J2807 towing standard across its entire pickup truck line
Fuel economy is top of mind for Ram 1500 customers and the exclusive 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine continues to crush the competition with an amazing 29 miles per gallon (mpg)
The first 2016 Ram Heavy Duty trucks begin rolling off the factory line third quarter of 2015
Unsurpassed powertrain warranty – five years/60,000 miles on gas engines and five years/100,000 miles on diesel engines

June 22, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

Ram continues as “King of the Hill” in the heavy-duty battleground with the introduction of the 2016 model year Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickups. The capability leaders further build on a list of best-in-class claims.

Additionally, for two years running, the Ram 1500 leads pickup truck fuel economy with the exclusive 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine, delivering 240 horsepower, 420 lb.-ft. of torque and 29 miles per gallon (mpg).


"Ram maintains leadership in all three pickup segments offering best-in-class fuel efficiency, best-in-class towing, best-in-class power and best-in-class payload," said Bob Hegbloom, President and CEO — Ram Truck Brand, FCA US. "Ram continues to break records in the most important consumer-driven titles of the pickup truck market and we’re not slowing down.”

Ram Engineering and Cummins developed a new, hard-hitting fuel delivery and turbo boost calibration for the 6.7-liter I-6 diesel that produces an additional 35 lb.-ft. of torque. This improvement raises the bar from Ram’s current title at 865 lb.-ft. of torque to 900 lb.-ft. of torque — a number never achieved in a mass-produced vehicle.

The previous heavy-duty towing title also belongs to the Ram 3500 at 30,000 pounds. The 2016 Ram 3500 brings that stat to 31,210 pounds, further distancing the closest rival by more than two tons. To handle the increased towing capacity, Ram engineers beefed up the rear axle ring gear hardware from 12 to 16 bolts on all trucks equipped with the 11.8-inch axle. The additional hardened bolts and stronger material are used in the differential case to assure long-term durability.

The most payload available in a pickup is 7,390 pounds for a 6.4-liter-equipped Ram 3500 model, more than 3.5 tons.

The 2016 Ram 2500 also continues its ¾-ton towing leadership with a dominating 17,980 pounds of capacity.

Ram is the only automaker to back its entire pickup truck line and towing claims with SAE J2807 testing criteria.

“Ram has bookended its innovation leadership in the pickup segments and thoughtfully engineered better trucks, including our Ram 1500 with real-world fuel economy approaching 30 mpg and the Ram 3500 with a mind-boggling 31,210 pounds of towing capacity, even on the hottest day,” said Mike Cairns, Director— Ram Truck Engineering, FCA US. “Our 2016 Ram Trucks own pertinent, functional titles while delivering award-winning interiors and exclusive features that entice customers.”

Pricing

2016 Ram 2500 - $31,485
2016 Ram 3500 - $31,990
NOTE: Pricing does not include $1,195 destination


Manufacturing
2016 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups will arrive in dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2015.

The 2016 Ram 1500 Crew Cab and Quad Cab models are built at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant (Warren, Michigan), which has built more than 12.5 million trucks since it started operations in 1938. Regular Cab and additional Crew Cab models of the 2016 Ram 1500 are built at the Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Coahuila, Mexico.

Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickup trucks are also assembled at FCA’s Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Coahuila, Mexico.
 

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Ram Heavy Duty Trucks Widen Leadership Gap for 2016



Ram Heavy Duty Trucks Widen Leadership Gap for 2016

Published on Jun 22, 2015

Ram Trucks President and CEO, Bob Hegbloom and Mike Cairns, Head of Ram Truck Engineering, announce that for 2016 Ram Heavy Duty trucks will offer customers best-in-class power, towing, capacity and towing capacity.
 

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Job 1 for the segment’s leading hauler



Job 1 for the segment’s leading hauler – 2016 Ram 3500 with 900 lb.-ft. of torque

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The first 2016 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty with a ground-stomping, best-in-class 900 lb.-ft. of torque rolls off the line at FCA’s Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant. Of course it’s a Mega Cab Laramie Longhorn.

All 2016 Ram 3500 dually configurations with a 6.7-liter Cummins and Aisin transmission have the capability to tow 30,000 pounds or more using SAE J2807 criteria. The 2016 Ram 3500 Reg Cab 2WD holds the pickup towing capability title at 31,210 pounds. Ram 3500 HDs also are payload-hauling champs at 7,390 pounds.
 

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2016 RAM Power Wagon Pickup Truck



2016 RAM Power Wagon Pickup Truck

Published on Sep 21, 2015

Nick Cappa is the head of RAM Public Relations and he rides along with Ron Doron in the brand's most capable off-road truck, the Power Wagon. This 3/4 Ton pickup truck is an off-road legend and the closest thing to a Jeep pickup.
 

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Ram Heavy Hauler Program



Ram Heavy Hauler Program

Published on Oct 21, 2015

Bob Hegbloom, Head of Ram Brand, FCA – North America and Troy Davis, Chief Engineer for Ram Heavy Duty and Chassis Cab Products, talk about Ram truck capability and the wide range of best in class features Ram offers to a variety of customers.
 

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Ram heavy duty trucks updated for 2016

10/30/2015

Engine details from Hemi to diesel




The 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine delivers what Ram calls best-in-class horsepower with 410 hp under the hood. That same engine offers peak torque of 429 lb.-ft. at 4,000 rpm. The Hemi architecture provides the foundation for the 90-degree V8, but it also has a host of new-tech features including cooled exhaust gas recirculation, variable valve timing and FCA US trademark Fuel Saver Technology with cylinder deactivation. The aim is to boost efficiency. This engine is mated to a six-speed automatic which is standard with the Hemi.

The standard gas engine for the 2500 and 3500 is the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 at 383 hp at 5,600 rpm and peak torque of 400 lb.-ft. at 4,000 rpm. This engine is also mated to that six-speed transmission. Ram is also expanding the availability of compressed natural gas as a fuel source for this engine in the Regular Cab and 2WD 2500 pickups.

The 6.7-liter Cummins turbo diesel I-6 is available in three versions. The first is paired with Ram's segment exclusive six-speed manual transmission. The transmission features a wear-compensating clutch long-term performance, and a dual trunnion shift tower to accommodate a compact shift pattern. That setup delivers 350 hp at 2,800 rpm and 660 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,500 rpm.

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

And in the 3500, the 6.7-liter Cummins High-Output Turbo Diesel I-6 for Ram 3500 is paired with an Aisin six-speed automatic transmission offering 385 hp at 2,800 rpm and generates 900 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,700 rpm.

In our third installment looking at new pickups for 2016, we offer a look at Ram Heavy Duty pickups to learn what the company has done with their 2500/3500 heavy duty series. For 2016 don't expect a monumental change from 2015, but there are differences as the line, which keeps building market share, hangs on to some key performance stats.

Ever since Ram's predecessor, Dodge, did its first update bringing out a new-generation truck, the line has continued to build on that record. Now as Ram, the work continues. What follows in this gallery is a look at the 2016 Heavy Duty lineup.
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2016 Ram Heavy Duty is a Power Player

2016 Ram Heavy Duty is a power player

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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, the highest towing and the most power. The 2016 Ram Heavy Duty is offered in 2500 or 3500 models, regular, crew and Mega cab configurations and short (6’ 4”) or long (8’) cargo boxes. Available in Tradesman, SLT, Big Horn/Lone Star, Outdoorsman, Laramie Crew/Mega, and Laramie Longhorn trim levels, the 2016 model year brings a new top-of-the-line 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. The Limited is the apex of modern luxury. Subtle stitching accents, pinstriping, unique materials and patterns are found throughout the interior.

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.

Power for the Ram Heavy Duty pickup truck is generated by a choice of three brawny engines: 5.7L HEMI V8, 6.4L HEMI V8 and the tried and true Cummins 6.7L in-line six-cylinder turbo diesel engine. Torque for the gasoline V8 engines is communicated to the ground through a robust 66RFE six-speed automatic transmission. The Cummins 6.7L turbo-diesel is equipped with either a G56 six-speed synchronized six-speed manual gearbox or a 68RFE six-speed automatic transmission. Ram 3500 models also offer the commercial grade Aisin Seiki AS69RC six-speed automatic transmission as an option for the Cummins engine.

4WD is an available option. Customers can choose between two BorgWarner part-time transfer cases – BW 44-47 (manual shift) and BW 44-46 (electric shift). Both options feature a low-range ratio of 2.64 and locking differential from front to rear.

Additionally, 4x4 models are equipped with American Axle Manufacturing axles – AAM 9.25-inch beam in front with center disconnect and AAM 11.5-inch beam rear axle.

Sophisticated suspension hardware used on the Ram Heavy Duty includes 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. At the rear, 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.

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 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 also 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.

Inside the passenger cabin, 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 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.

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

Dimensions & specifications


Ram 2500/regular cab/long cargo box

Wheelbase: 140.5; overall length: 231.0; width: 78.9; height: 73.3 (75.7 4WD)

Ram 2500/crew cab/short cargo box

Wheelbase: 149.5; overall length: 237.4; width: 79.1; height: 73.7 (77.7 4WD)

Ram 2500/crew cab/long cargo box/2WD

Wheelbase: 169.4; overall length: 259.4; width: 79.1; height: 73.5

Ram2500/crew cab/long cargo box/4WD

Wheelbase: 168.9; overall length: 259.4; width: 79.1; height: 77.6

Ram 2500/Mega cab/short cargo box/2WD

Wheelbase: 160.5; overall length: 248.4; width: 79.1; height: 74.1

Ram 2500/Mega cab/short cargo box/4WD

Wheelbase: 160.0; overall length: 248.4; width: 79.1; height: 78.3

Ram 3500/regular cab/long cargo box

Wheelbase: 140.5; overall length: 230.4; width: 79.1; height: 78.4 (79.8 4WD)

Ram 3500/crew cab/short cargo box

Wheelbase: 149.5; overall length: 237.3; width: 79.1; height: 78.4 (79.8 4WD)

Ram 3500/crew cab/long cargo box/2WD

Wheelbase: 168.9; overall length: 259.3; width: 79.1; height: 78.2

Ram 3500/crew cab/long cargo box/4WD

Wheelbase: 169.3; overall length: 259.3; width: 79.1; height: 79.6

Ram 3500/Mega cab/short cargo box/2WD

Wheelbase: 160.0; overall length: 248.4; width: 79.1; height: 78.3

Ram 3500/Mega cab/short cargo box/4WD

Wheelbase: 160.4; overall length: 248.4; width: 79.1; height: 79.7

All vehicle measurements are in inches.

Engine:
5.7L HEMI V8 – 383 hp at 5,600 rpm and 400 lbs-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm; 6.4L HEMI V8 – 410 hp at 5,600 rpm and 429 lbs-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm; Cummins 6.7L six-cylinder turbo-diesel – 350 hp at 2,800 rpm and 660 lbs-ft of torque at 1,400 rpm (G56 manual), 370 hp at 2,800 rpm and 800 lbs-ft of torque at 1,600 rpm (68RFE automatic), 385 hp at 2,800 rpm and 900 lbs-ft of torque at 1,700 rpm (AS69RC automatic)

Transmission: six-speed manual, six-speed automatic, heavy duty six-speed automatic.

Payload capacity: 3,990 lbs (2500); 7,390 lbs. (3500)

Towing capacity: 17,980 lbs. (2500); 31,210 lbs. (3500)

Safety features


Dual front airbags, front seat mounted side impact airbags, dual head curtain side-impact airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, brake assist, electronic stability control, traction control, electronic roll mitigation, hill-start assist, rainy day braking, ready alert braking, trailer sway control, Sentry Key theft deterrent system, tire pressure monitoring system, automatic headlamps, and full size spare tire. SLT adds Bluetooth hands free phone system, electronic trailer-brake controller, and remote keyless entry. Big Horn/Lone Star adds fog lamps, and remote engine start. Outdoorsman adds security alarm. Laramie Crew/Mega adds 9-1-1- Assist Call, ParkSense front/rear park assist system, and ParkView rear backup camera. Laramie Longhorn adds power-adjustable pedals with memory. Laramie Limited adds SmartBeam headlamps, and Keyless Enter n’ Go.

Warranty

Basic: 3-year/36,000 mile

Powertrain: 5-year/60,000 mile (gasoline); 5-year/100,000 (turbo-diesel)

Pricing


The base Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2016 Ram Heavy Duty pickup truck starts from $31,485 for the Ram 2500 and $31,990 for the Ram 3500. Destination charges add $1,195.

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2017 Ram Power Wagon

New 2017 Ram Power Wagon – The Ultimate Off-road Truck Benefits From New Design




New 2017 Ram Power Wagon front grille design styling super-sizes Ram 1500 Rebel
Tops Ram – “The Off-road Truck Leader” – 4x4 lineup
New colors, lighting, wheels, grilles and legacy graphic takes cues from 1979-80 “Macho Power Wagon”
New interior colors and materials, including Diesel Gray and Black seats with tire tread-matching pattern
Unique 17-inch wheels and 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires pull dirt from its comfort zone
Standard 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 with best-in-class 410 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque features unsurpassed powertrain warranty – five years/60,000 miles
Unique Ram “Articulink” front suspension system incorporates high movement joints and sway-bar disconnecting system, allowing for additional flexibility and axle articulation
Ram engineering continues to lead heavy-duty segment innovation with five-link coil rear suspension to deliver best-in-class ride and superior axle control
Ram Power Wagon features standard front and rear electronic-locking differentials for true four-wheel drive and maximum traction
Standard Warn 12,000-lb. electric winch mounted behind the front bumper, able to hang competitors off the ground
Power Wagon available in Tradesman trim and design
Up to 10,030 pounds of towing capacity
Introduced in 1945, Power Wagon was first mass-production 4x4 pickup — simply no other pickup on the market matches Power Wagon’s on- and off-road capability

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Ram Truck continues to build the best pickups. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel delivers the industry’s best fuel economy at 29 miles per gallon (mpg). Ram’s Heavy Duty truck line owns best-in-class towing at 31,210 pounds and best-in-class torque at 900 lb.-ft., but Ram Truck has held one title longer than any production pickup: the most off-road-capable. Engineered to conquer the great outdoors, the 2017 Ram Power Wagon receives all-new exterior and interior design elements to match its aggressive behavior and off-road biased lifestyle.

For 2017, Power Wagon will top a lineup of off-road trucks that includes Rebel and the 4x4 Off-road Package and will support the Ram brand’s claim to being the off-road truck leader.

Based on the Ram 2500 Heavy Duty 4x4 Crew Cab, the Power Wagon features a number of off-road-specific enhancements, including a unique suspension with more than two inches of lift, locking differentials and a 12,000-lb. winch, giving this beast a significant advantage over all production pickups.


“The Ram Power Wagon is an off-road, all-access pass, removing the limitations, instilling confidence and allowing owners to reach areas of recreation and lifestyle not attainable with any other pickup,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand and Ram Brand, FCA - Global. “The 2017 Ram Power Wagon delivers to those who travel into extreme terrain, while providing the towing and payload capability required in a heavy-duty truck.”

The 2017 Ram Power Wagon engineering efforts include a best-in-class 410 horsepower, 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 engine.

“Dating back to 1945, the Ram Power Wagon’s heritage holds a distinctive position in the Ram Truck lineup as an example of engineering innovation and off-road capability,” said Rob Wichman, Director – Ram Truck Engineering. “For 2017, the Power Wagon’s best-in-class, can-do toughness is matched by can’t-stop-me looks.”

The Power Wagon nameplate was initially produced from 1945 through 1980. Early trucks were based on the Weapons Carrier (WC) series of Dodge ¾-ton military-use trucks built during World War II. The Power Wagon went on to become a well-known civilian vehicle. The iconic truck was reintroduced in 2005 and now exists as an independent model in the Ram Truck lineup.



Exterior Design
The 2017 Ram Power Wagon backs up its “ultimate off-road truck” claim with a new exterior design that leaves little doubt as to its capabilities.

Similar to the Ram 1500 Rebel, the new Power Wagon has an all-new grille with a prominent Billet Silver “RAM” letter badge. The larger blacked-out grille is bookended by Black bezel bi-functional projector headlamps with LED marker lights. The vent-stamped hood also includes a Gloss Black graphic, which occupies mid-hood to the windshield.

Truck color dictates the Power Wagon’s graphic features. While the optional two-tone, lower Black paint is carryover, the design team pulled a popular graphic from the late 1970s for the profile. The 2017 model receives a thick vertical stripe aft of the cab with “Power Wagon” in a large rotated font, paying tribute to an admired design from 36 years ago and providing quick identification of the Power Wagon model. The optional graphics come in two slightly different color variations, depending on vehicle paint. Bright White, Flame Red, Bright Silver, Blue Streak and Granite Crystal receive Gloss Black graphics, where Black Power Wagon’s are covered in Bright Silver graphics.

Front and rear bumpers receive a healthy dose of powder coating. The bold front bumper effectively hides a Warn 12,000-lb. winch, roller fairlead and 125 feet of line with nothing visible except a single heavy gauge steel cable and dozer-size hook that attaches to one of the two massive front tow hooks. All-new and unique to Power Wagon, the 17-inch forged, multi-surface aluminum wheels with Silver outer and Matte Black inner are bound in 33-inch tires and feature exposed lug nuts with a small center cap.

The blacked-out theme continues on the flanks, where wheel-arch moldings, badges, mirrors and lower body panels create a distinctive appearance.

Continuing around to the rearview is a 324-point bold original font “RAM”-stamped tailgate with blacked-out lettering. The Power Wagon Gloss Black graphics meld with the Black powder-coated rear bumper and Black bezel tail lamp housings. A black “Power Wagon” decal crosses the bottom of the tailgate.

The 2017 Power Wagon includes an optional backup camera in the tailgate, providing a better field of vision when maneuvering. Also optional is Ram’s exclusive cargo-view camera. This unique view allows owners to monitor bed loads without turning around. A touch screen toggles your choice on the Uconnect 8.4, alternating the view from tailgate to truck bed. Additionally, a new optional tri-fold tonneau cover is embossed with the Ram logo.

The Power Wagon also is available as a Tradesman Crew Cab 4x4 model. Although this option does not include the same interior and exterior design elements, it does include the same unique off-road equipment, including the winch, lockers, larger tires, electronic disconnecting sway bar, suspension and under-body armor. Monotone paint covers this package. The grille-surround and inserts are from the Tradesman model and are colored Black as are the headlamp filler panels and wheel flares.

Interior Design

The new Power Wagon is available in a choice of two interiors and offers a uniquely designed cabin that focuses on function with flair. Major upgrades to touch points and wrapped and stitched surfaces are evident from the previous year.

The Power Wagon’s interior has been upgraded with unique technical grain seats finished in Diesel Gray and Black with Sedoso fabric inserts embossed with the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tire tread pattern, matching the Power Wagon’s actual footprint. Front seats with heated option feature Light Slate Gray accent stitching and Ram logo embroidery on the headrests and Black with Light Diesel Gray Power Wagon nameplate affixed to the upper seat bolsters.

A premium trim option steps up to leather seats with Power Wagon and Ram logos tastefully embroidered on the bolsters and Ram logos on the sides of the headrests. Matching Slate Gray stitching gives the material connection points a clean, detailed appearance. Ambient lighting brightens overhead, door panels and foot wells to complete the upscale atmosphere.

Both trims share an all-Black instrument panel, door armrests and 20 percent seat console armrest cover, which are accented in Light Slate Gray stitching.


The 7-inch center cluster uses “Power Wagon” startup graphics, which complement the 8.4-inch Uconnect backdrop screen featuring an off-road theme.

The center stack and doors are finished in Iron Gray Metallic paint, giving a cast-iron appearance and adding industrial color of a serious nature to the interior. Satin Chrome vent rings outline air output points and the cluster.

The steering wheel is wrapped with semi-perforated Black leather with an available heat feature, accented with Slate Gray X-stitches, and the upper glove box door and cluster are finished with a Power Wagon nameplate badge.

On the floor, “deep dish” all-weather rubber mats with contrasting Diesel Gray Ram’s head logo help contain dirt, snow and debris.

Overhead, a new Black headliner and matching upper pillars finish out the alterations of the 2017 Power Wagon interior.

Powertrain
Undeniable numbers tell the best-in-class story of the standard 6.4-liter HEMI 16-valve V-8 engine: 410 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and a peak torque rating of 429 lb.-ft. (582 N•m) at 4,000 rpm. The engine calibration is unique to Power Wagon to enhance its off-road maneuverability and finesse. When driving in four-wheel-drive "Low," the throttle response softens and the idle speed increases by 100 rpm (from 650 to 750 rpm) – providing added control when ascending and descending off-road obstacles at slow speeds.

The legendary HEMI architecture provides the foundation of the 90-degree V-8 engine. But its advanced technology is decidedly forward-looking. Cooled exhaust-gas recirculation (EGR) delivers greater efficiency and elevated refinement. These attributes are manifested in reduced pumping losses and lower emissions. Pumping losses are further reduced by variable-valve timing (VVT). Efficiency is a hallmark of the 6.4-liter HEMI V-8, starting with the company’s Fuel Saver cylinder-deactivation technology. When conditions allow, as in highway cruising, the system seamlessly shuts down four cylinders to conserve fuel. The engine features an active dual-runner-length intake manifold optimized specifically for the Ram Heavy Duty lineup. The result is improved low-end torque without sacrificing high-end power.

Efficiency is further reflected in a revised positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) system, which is integrated in the intake manifold. The resulting benefit is improved oil efficiency.

Heat is the enemy of durability. But the 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 includes such features as:

Robust/high-volume oil cooler
Oil jets for piston cooling
Aircraft grade, stainless steel gaskets and fasteners for improved durability at high temperatures


In addition, computational fluid dynamics was employed to optimize the cooling circuit in the block, heads and water pump. With upgraded valve-seat material to fight wear, and anchored by a cast-iron block, aluminum cylinder heads and forged-steel crankshaft, it is little wonder the 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 boasts a five-year / 60,000-mile warranty.

The 6.4-liter HEMI is offered with the 66RFE six-speed automatic transmission and connects to a part-time, manual-engagement Borg Warner BW 44-47 transfer case. Hill-descent Control allows drivers to control Power Wagon’s speed down steep, rugged grades with the buttons on the column shifter – without the need for throttle or brake pedals.

The Power Wagon’s axles are the pinnacle of durability. Built by American Axle Manufacturing, the units measure 9.25 inches in the front and 11.5 inches in the rear (an increase from 10.5 inches), delivering power via a 4.10:1 ring and pinion ratio. Robust rear axle shafts are upgraded to 38 mm, providing rotating force directly to the 33-inch tire/wheel combination. Both axles include electronic-locking differentials driven by electro-magnetic actuators. All Ram Heavy Duty trucks incorporate a segment-exclusive, front-axle disconnect system. When conditions warrant, front drivetrain components are disconnected to reduce parasitic loss and improve overall efficiency. The system provides a gain in fuel efficiency of up to 1 mpg.

Additional axle data:
FRONT REAR
9.25 AAM 11.5 AAM
Front pinion: 98.3 mm Rear pinion: 121.3 mm
Front ring gear: 235 mm (9.25 inches) Rear ring gear: 292 mm (11.5 inches)
Front axle shaft diameter: 35 mm Rear axle shaft diameter: 38 mm

Crawl ratio - 3.23 (1st gear ratio) * 2.64 (transfer case ratio) * 4.10 (axle ratio) = 35:1

Suspension

The 2017 Ram Power Wagon features a specifically designed suspension system, including Bilstein shocks, modified control arms, spring rates and more than two inches of lift.

In the front, the entire Ram Heavy Duty line features an advanced three-link front suspension to ensure roll stiffness. Greater roll stiffness reduces body roll or lean, and is an important characteristic in taller vehicles and 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.

The Ram Power Wagon packages a unique-to-model design of the standard three-link suspension system with Bilstein monotube shocks. The Ram Articulink design incorporates high movement joints at the control-arm-to-axle mount, allowing for additional flexibility and axle articulation.

Additional suspension flex is achieved via the class-exclusive electronic disconnecting sway bar, which allows the front axle to move more independently of the truck’s frame. The driver-actuated "Smart Bar" disengagement is possible in both four-wheel-drive "High" or four-wheel-drive "Low" at speeds below 18 miles per hour (mph). As a safety feature, the Smart Bar automatically re-engages at speeds above 18 mph, increasing roll stiffness.

Heavy Duty trucks generally have a rear suspension equipped for constant, heavy payloads. This usually leads to a harsher ride when unloaded. Ram innovation leads again. All Ram 2500 Heavy Duty trucks, including the Power Wagon, use a segment-exclusive five-link coil rear suspension system for best-in-class ride and handling.

The exclusive 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 heavy payloads. Although the 2017 Ram Power Wagon is loaded with off-road components, owners will appreciate a payload of up to 1,510 pounds and a towing capacity of up to 10,030 pounds.

The five-link coil design provides support at all major points of force. Leaf spring suspensions struggle to combat axle wrap by using staggered shock absorbers (one mounted on the front of the axle tube and one mounted on the rear of the axle tube). The superior design of the five-link coil system functionally resists unwanted axle rotation. Leaf spring configurations also lack lateral support, forcing the leaf ends and shackles to hold against lateral loads — a task they're not particularly good at and one reason the competitive leaf-sprung rear suspensions shutter on rough surfaces.

Because of the unique five-link axle control and natural rotation, U-joints in the driveshaft run smoothly and with less vibration through the suspension’s range of motion, an advantage not shared with leaf springs. Another benefit of coil springs is less unsprung mass and elimination of stick-slip friction found between the leaf springs. Additionally, links are engineered in-line with frame rails, so overall packaging is better, not to mention an overall weight reduction of more than 40 pounds when compared to a leaf-spring configuration.

The rear suspension also includes Bilstein monotube shocks, and a Bilstein dampener links the top of the rear axle to the frame, providing additional control – bringing the Ram Power Wagon far beyond what competitors offer for axle control.

The 2017 Ram Power Wagon's combined axle and suspension package adds to greater suspension articulation, a determining factor when negotiating extreme obstacles. With Smart Bar engaged, the Ram Power Wagon reaches a Ramp Travel Index (RTI - a measurement of a vehicle's suspension articulation) of 510 (26 inches of travel).



Ground Clearance and Protection

Power Wagon provides optimal balance between on-road civility and off-road capability with 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires, which feature a beefy tread pattern to help grab ledges along the trail and deliver optimum traction through sand, mud and snow — a workhorse tire for rugged off-road terrain that still offers a quieter ride on paved roads.

Larger tires and a suspension lift contribute to the Power Wagon’s 14.3-inch ground clearance, compared to 12 inches on the Ram 2500 Heavy Duty. The truck’s approach angle is boosted to 33.6 degrees, the departure angle is increased to 26.2 degrees and the breakover angle is enhanced to 23.5 degrees. This gives the Ram Power Wagon significant clearance for navigating a variety of severe inclines and declines, as well as providing up to 30 inches of water-fording capability.

Underneath the 2017 Ram Power Wagon are generous underbody protection components. Fore-aft bars bring together the transfer case and fuel tank skid plates, resulting in armor that minimizes underside damage and rock wedging.

Frame
Ram Heavy Duty trucks feature frames built with high-strength 50,000 psi steel, including eight separate cross-members, hydroformed main rails and fully boxed rear rails for optimal strength and mass efficiency. Chassis controls on the Ram Heavy Duty models ensure outstanding noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) measurements and ride-and-handling characteristics.

A large plated-structure interface to the frame brings a lengthened weld surface creating a stiff, robust front section. The design ensures optimum mass efficiency with no need for reinforcements to deliver strength, despite shape complexity. Center frame rail sections are roll-formed, an efficient means for maintaining consistent strength in less complex longitudinal sections. In the rear portion of the new frame, the structure includes fully boxed rear rails and offers a factory-installed rear axle cross-member.

Steering
The hydraulic steering system features recirculating ball steering gear, which delivers precise on-center feel, despite the vehicles immense towing and payload capacities.

Brakes
Four-wheel disc brakes are standard on all 2017 Ram Heavy Duty Truck models. Front rotors measure 14.17 inches (373 mm) in diameter and are clamped with dual-piston calipers; rear rotors are 14.09 inches (356 mm) also use dual-piston calipers. All Ram Heavy Duty trucks feature standard four-channel electronic stability control (ESC).

Body
The Ram Heavy Duty is equipped with robust engine, transmission and body mounts, including pioneering hydro-mounts at the C-pillar positions for class-leading noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) characteristics, despite the truck’s aptitude for higher payloads and towing.

The Power Wagon features a standard Class 5 receiver hitch with four- and seven-pin connectors on the bumper. A tailgate handle-mounted, high-definition rear backup camera system is available with dynamic imaging in the 8.4-inch display. Also, an optional cargo-view camera located in the center high-mounted stop lamp (CHMSL) provides a view of the bed for monitoring payload.

Electrical
As the Ram Truck Brand continues to offer more featured content, it’s created the need for a technology that allows more information to be electronically communicated within the truck. The Powernet electrical architecture system allows both high and low-speed data networks to be equipped with as many as 40 individual modules, all designed to improve vehicle performance and enhance the comfort and safety of driver and passengers. Within the Powernet high-speed network, each module (e.g., electronic stability control) processes its individual data and transmits the appropriate commands within the vehicle to activate any additional systems (e.g. anti-lock brake system and cruise control).

A majority of the commercial truck customers need to tie into the electrical system and certain fleet customers require access to vehicle information to even be considered, especially ambulance packages and some utility companies. A best-in-class vehicle system interface module (VSIM) is capable of communicating between aftermarket modules and various factory control modules. The VSIM upfitter interface module features a total of 53 circuits, including lighting controls, door position, and throttle and transmission position. The class exclusive module acts as a secure gateway to the vehicles’ electrical systems and data bus architecture to enable safe, secure plug and play connectivity for upfitter friendliness.

The 2017 Ram Heavy Duty is equipped with intelligent battery sensor technology, which continually measures the flow of current in and out of the battery. The system is an enabler for intelligent load shedding, systematically shutting off select electrical systems onboard the vehicle when the battery is running low, to help prevent further depleting the battery.

The new Power Wagon offers a dual-alternator system – the first of its kind for 3/4- and 1-ton pickup trucks with gas powertrains – combining 220- and 160-amp units for 380-amps of total best-in-class output.

Additional features
Ram Power Wagon customers can enjoy the convenience of power folding mirrors and power rear-sliding window with defrost. Also, one-touch, central locking includes the RamBox cargo management system and tailgate power locks, creating a convenient solution for locking all exterior doors and storage lids. Spray-in bedliner, LED bedlighting, front and rear park-assist system, power-adjustable pedals and remote start also are available, adding to a truckload of content.

Total cost of ownership and five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty
The 2017 Ram Power Wagon is backed with a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty. The powertrain-limited warranty covers the cost of all parts and labor needed to repair a covered powertrain component – engine, transmission and drive system. Coverage also includes free towing to the nearest Ram Truck dealer, if necessary. The warranty also is transferable allowing customers who sell their truck during the warranty period to pass the coverage on to the new owner. The standard three-year/36,000-mile basic limited warranty provides bumper-to-bumper coverage for the Ram Power Wagon, from the body to the electrical system.

Manufacturing
The 2017 Ram Power Wagon is built at the Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Coahuila, Mexico and will be available in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Power Wagon history – America’s first mass-produced civilian 4x4 truck
After World War II, G.I.s returning home wrote to Dodge and asked, "Where can we get a truck like the ones we used in the war?" Dodge responded by building the Power Wagon. Virtually unchanged from its introduction in 1945, Power Wagons first appeared on the civilian market in 1946 as the model WDX. The truck was similar in design to the ¾-ton military weapons carrier, with a 126-inch wheelbase and closed cab. The model designations changed over the years, but the Power Wagon was offered only as a 1-ton truck through 1968.

The original Power Wagon featured a 230 cubic-inch flathead six engine, a two-speed transfer case, a four-speed transmission with a power take-off opening, which would send power to the front and back of the truck for operating auxiliary equipment and big 9.00/16-8 ply tires on 16x6-inch five-stud wheels. The 1-ton rated Power Wagon's maximum Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) was 8,700 pounds. Its maximum payload was 3,000 pounds.

A pickup box was designed that measured 8 x 4.5 feet. Dodge factory-built this four-wheel drive truck over a year-and-a-half before the Willys 4T and 10 years before other manufacturers began producing 4x4 trucks, making it the first mass-produced civilian 4x4 truck. The 1947 WDX featured such amenities as electric wipers, a single driver's sun visor and armrest, dome light, a heater and 10,000-lb. winch.

In 1957, Dodge introduced another line of four-wheel-drive trucks, also known as Power Wagons, with the model designations W100, W200, W300 and W500. More conventional in styling, these Power Wagons were available with different engines, including V-8s. The body transitioned in 1972 through 1980 with a number of identifiable grilles and paint schemes. Utility and function was not challenged by the few competitors in the segment, as the towing, payload, and snow plowing capacity of the Power Wagon equipped with "Dana 60" eight-lug axles was the “King of Durability.”

After the 1980 model year, the Power Wagon went out of production with the introduction of the Dodge Ram, with the four-wheel-drive models being sold under the "Power Ram" nameplate through 1993. The Power Wagon nameplate was reintroduced in 2005, where it continues to hold the top spot in pickup truck off-road capability.

About Ram Truck Brand
Since its launch as a stand-alone division in 2009, the Ram Truck Brand has steadily emerged as an industry leader with one goal: to build the best pickup trucks and commercial vehicles in the industry.

Creating a distinct identity for Ram Trucks has allowed the brand to concentrate on core customers and features they find valuable. Whether focusing on a family that uses a Ram 1500 day in and day out, a hard-working Ram 3500 Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its Ram ProMaster commercial van every day for deliveries, Ram has the truck market covered.

In order to be the best, it takes a commitment to innovation, capability, efficiency and durability. Ram Truck invests substantially in its products, infusing them with great looks, refined interiors, durable engines and exclusive features that further enhance their capabilities.

Moving into the 2016 model year, Ram continues to beat the competition in the most sought-after titles, fuel economy, payload and towing capacity:

Best-in-class fuel economy with exclusive EcoDiesel – 29 mpg with Ram 1500
Best-in-class towing capability – 31,210 pounds with Ram 3500
Best-in-class payload – 7,390 pounds with Ram 3500
Best-in-class torque – 900 lb.-ft. with Ram 3500 Cummins Turbo Diesel


Truck customers, from half-ton to commercial, have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to provide high levels of capability. Ram trucks are designed to deliver a total package.
 

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The History of the Power Wagon


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FCA US historian, Brandt Rosenbusch highlights seven decades of Ram Power Wagon history - a history that grew out of the U.S. government's reliance on the performance of Dodge Heavy Duty trucks during World War II.
 

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PowerWagon Engineering Overview


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Ram Truck Chief Engineer Robert Wichman goes under the hood of the new 2017 Ram Power Wagon for a look at the many engineering enhancements to this off-road truck leader that was unveiled this week at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show.
 

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2017 Ram Power Wagon Running Footage


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Running footage and beauty shots of the 2017 Ram Power Wagon.
 

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New Ram 2500 Heavy Duty 4x4 Off-road Package

Ram Truck Brand Announces New Ram 2500 Heavy Duty 4x4 Off-road Package

New Ram 2500 4x4 Off-road Package designed for customers who need essential off-road upgrades combined with ¾-ton pushing, pulling and hauling capabilities
Part of “America’s Off-road Truck Leader” lineup
Features stability control upgrades, all-terrain tires and rugged exterior appearance
New package includes limited-slip differential, underbody protection and Bilstein shocks
Available "RamBox Holster" rack accessory for RamBox-equipped trucks


February 11, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -


Ram Truck capitalizes on a core piece of the ¾-ton segment with new Ram 2500 4x4 Off-road Package, which includes a list of must-have upgrades for the occasional off-roader.

Designed for all manner of activity, it’s no secret pickup trucks spend a disproportionate amount of time in the dirt, mud and snow when compared to other vehicles in the automotive industry. Up to 35 percent of pickup owners operate their vehicle in off-road environments for work and/or play. The new Off-road Component Package provides the functional enhancements to deliver owner confidence off the beaten path.


“Truck customers require a wide range of off-road capability options and Ram trucks are designed and engineered for the full spectrum,” said Bob Hegbloom, Head of Ram Truck Brand, FCA - North America. “Anyone who spends most days on the outskirts of a job site or the weekend on the shore of a favorite fishing hole will benefit from the standard features on our new Ram 2500 4x4 Off-road Package.”

The Ram 2500 4x4 Off-road Package is a value-priced option with a long list of content that customers have requested.

Joining the Ram Rebel and Power Wagon, the 4x4 Off-road Package rounds out the brand’s enthusiast lineup and reinforces its claim to being the "Off-road Truck Leader."

Ram 2500 4x4 Off-road Package
A pickup truck has a lot of unforeseen duties. Large front tow hooks add an untold amount of versatility and allow the Ram 2500 to become a solid anchor point or rescue rig. Larger fender flares in Black or body-color help prevent whatever slings off the tires from covering the side of the truck with debris.



To handle the rough roads, Bilstein monotube shock absorbers soak up the bumps at all four corners and distribute excessive heat that can be generated when driving rough sections for extended periods of time. The performance shocks are tuned specifically for the weight of the truck and take advantage of the exclusive five-link coil rear suspension system, adding further control to the axle.

The improved suspension is coupled with all-terrain tires. The Ram 2500 4x4 Off-road Package includes Firestone LT 275/70R 18E OWL on/off-road tires for added traction. Some models wear Firestone LT 285/60R 20E OWL on/off-road tires. The tires clean themselves better than on-road tires by allowing whatever finds itself in the tread to break free under rotation, keeping the tread clear to grip again.

Many trails, tall grass and mud holes hide unforeseen impediments. These obstacles generally reveal themselves during breakover maneuvers. To prevent underbody strike damage, the Ram 2500 4x4 Off-road Package includes a transfer case skid plate to address the lowest mid-point of the truck.

The new offering also includes standard Hill-decent Control, borrowed from the Power Wagon. Hill-descent Control allows drivers to control speed down steep, rugged grades with the buttons on the column shifter – without the need for throttle or brake pedals.

For added traction, the 4x4 Off-road Package comes standard with a rear anti-spin differential, which turns both rear wheels in tandem when increased torque is applied. The design automatically unlocks the differential for normal on-road driving, allowing the wheels to spin independently for improved drivability.

Finishing off the truck is a large “4X4 OFF ROAD” decal placed on the rear corner of the bed on both sides of the truck.

The Ram 2500 4x4 Off-road Package is available in Crew Cab and Mega Cab, gas and diesel powertrains and short- and long-wheelbase models. It is available on all Ram trim levels, including Tradesman, SLT, Big Horn/Lone Star, Outdoorsman, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn and Limited.

The Ram 2500 4x4 Off-road Package will be available in the third quarter of 2016.

About Ram Truck Brand

Since its launch as a stand-alone division in 2009, the Ram Truck Brand has steadily emerged as an industry leader with one goal: to build the best pickup trucks and commercial vehicles in the industry.

Creating a distinct identity for Ram Trucks has allowed the brand to concentrate on core customers and features they find valuable. Whether focusing on a family that uses a Ram 1500 day in and day out, a hard-working Ram 3500 Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its Ram ProMaster commercial van every day for deliveries, Ram has the truck market covered.

In order to be the best, it takes a commitment to innovation, capability, efficiency and durability. Ram Truck invests substantially in its products, infusing them with great looks, refined interiors, durable engines and exclusive features that further enhance their capabilities.

Moving into the 2016 model year, Ram continues to beat the competition in the most sought-after titles, fuel economy, payload and towing capacity:

Best-in-class fuel economy with exclusive EcoDiesel – 29 mpg with Ram 1500
Best-in-class towing capability – 31,210 pounds with Ram 3500
Best-in-class payload – 7,390 pounds with Ram 3500
Best-in-class torque – 900 lb.-ft. with Ram 3500 Cummins Turbo Diesel


Truck customers, from half-ton to commercial, have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to provide high levels of capability. Ram trucks are designed to deliver a total package.
 

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2017 Ram Power Wagon Demo


Published on Feb 11, 2016

Demonstration of articulation capabilities of 2017 Ram Power Wagon on stage at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show where it was unveiled, Feb. 11, 2016.
 

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2017 Ram Power Wagon Reveal Highlights


Published on Feb 11, 2016

Highlights of the 2017 Ram Power Wagon reveal at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show.
 

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A Closer Look at the 2017 Ram Power Wagon


Published on Feb 13, 2016

Bob Hegbloom, Head of Ram Brand, FCA - North America talks about how the new 2017 Ram Power Wagon, unveiled February 11 at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, helps expand the brand's growing off-road presence.
 

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Ram Power Wagon


Published on Feb 16, 2016

The 2017 Ram Power Wagon isn't shy about flexing its' performance muscle, and backstage at the Chicago Auto Show last week, we captured a glimpse of just what this new off-road leader is capable of doing. We were pretty amazed and think you will be, too. Take a look!
 
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