2012 Ram 1500 Tradesman HD: official details, photos and specs

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 29, 2011

After the 2012 Ram Express Crew Cab and Quad Cab, Ram brand also introduced the new Ram 1500 Tradesman Heavy Duty pickup, a vehicle designed to deliver unparalleled capability in the half-ton segment. According to the manufacturer, the Ram 1500 Tradesman Heavy Duty has an 11,500-pound maximum trailer rating and 3,100-pound payload.

Furthermore, the Ram 1500 Tradesman HD is available only as a 4x2 regular cab truck with an 8-foot bed. Under the hood, we find a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine delivering 383 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque.

Due to its impressive performances, the vehicle is equipped with a heavy-duty cooling, larger HD brakes, the HD six-speed automatic transmission and standard Class IV hitch with lighted, above-bumper 4- and 7-pin trailer wiring connectors.

Regarding its debut, the Ram 1500 Tradesman HD will hit the dealerships in the first quarter of 2012.

Ever since it was released as a standalone vehicle brand, Ram Truck has managed to cement its own identity while also being able to have its own customers. By having its very own brand, the company has been able to focus on its main customers and how they use their individual trucks and what particular features they want included. Ram has more than covered this particular market, whether it is for a business dependent on having commercial vehicles, a family that uses it on a daily basis, or even a customer who just wants to use a Ram Heavy Duty.

At present, the brand has the most advanced product line in the market as it relates to full-sized trucks. That Ram Truck has appeared to lead the full-size truck segment is no surprise considering that it continues to invest in new products, put in features that boost their capabilities, refine the interior, fit it with durable engines, and infuse it with excellent aesthetic elements.

The Ram 1500 for example is fitted with a smooth riding suspension and is powered by a HEMI V-8 engine with output at 390 horsepower and fuel efficiency of 20 mpg. As such, it was awarded in 2011 the AUTOMOBILE Magazine All-Star and the Consumers Digest Best Buy. In the same year, the Texas Auto Writers Association selected it as the Truck of Texas.

President and CEO of Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico of Chrysler Group LLC Fred Diaz shared that the Ram 1500 Tradesman Heavy Duty has the features that commercial truck customers expect from a vehicle of this type but at an affordable price, truly a job-rated truck.

When it comes to the commercial truck segment, he continued, it is about having the ability to tow, haul more, and of course, the total cost of owning one. In a word, it is all about economics, he added. A truck that can tow more and carry more payload means less load and this in turn means lower fuel costs, Diaz further added.

Press Release

New Ram 1500 Tradesman Heavy Duty Model Delivers Best-in-class Towing and Payload

The Ram Truck brand today announced that it would offer a new Ram 1500 Tradesman Heavy Duty pickup designed to deliver unparalleled capability in the half-ton segment.

With an 11,500-pound maximum trailer rating and 3,100-pound payload, the Ram 1500 Tradesman Heavy Duty tows and hauls more than any other light-duty truck. The Ram 1500 Heavy Duty's 17,500-pound gross combined weight rating (GCWR) also tops all half-ton pickups in the market.

Available exclusively as a 4x2 regular cab truck with an 8-foot bed, the Ram 1500 Tradesman HD is built for ultimate capability.

"The Ram 1500 Tradesman Heavy Duty is a job-rated truck with the features commercial truck buyers want at a price they can afford," said Fred Diaz, President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico, Chrysler Group LLC. "The commercial truck segment is all about total cost of ownership and that includes being able to tow and haul more. It's a simple matter of economics. More towing and payload means fewer loads. And fewer loads mean lower fuel bills."

The Ram 1500 Heavy Duty incorporates several technical features that distinguish it from other Ram 1500 models and give it best-in-class capability for hauling and for pulling heavy loads.

For starters, the Ram 1500 Tradesman Heavy Duty delivers a 3/4-ton Ram 2500 Heavy Duty frame with increased steel gauges, heavy-duty axles and eight-lug wheel hubs.

The Ram 1500 Tradesman HD is equipped with the Heavy Duty version of the 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine rated at 383 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque, plus heavy-duty cooling, larger HD brakes, the HD six-speed automatic transmission and standard Class IV hitch with lighted, above-bumper 4- and 7-pin trailer wiring connectors.

The Ram 1500 Tradesman HD arrives in Ram Truck dealerships in the first quarter of 2012.

The Ram Tradesman Family

The Ram 1500 Tradesman Heavy Duty is the newest member of the Tradesman family of trucks, which were launched in February 2011.

The Tradesman, which is aimed at one of the pickup truck category's largest traditional customer bases, is a value-priced option package designed to meet the hard-working needs of small-business owners, construction jobsites and commercial fleets.

The Ram 1500 Tradesman offers better performance for the price than other work trucks, and even non-HD Tradesman models provide best-in-class standard work truck capability, towing 10,450 lbs.

About BusinessLink™

BusinessLink is a free program that connects business owners with a network of Chrysler Group dealers that are specially equipped to work with small businesses. Nationwide, Chrysler Group's 489 BusinessLink dealers offer the convenience of one-stop sales and service essential to help commercial/small businesses stay on the road to profitability. Business owners may access this free membership program with proof of business ownership at any BusinessLink dealer. Benefits include no dues or fees, specialized in-dealership commercial/small business sales and service personnel, extended service and repair hours, priority next-available-bay service, free shuttle service, 24/7 towing service, free loaners for select vehicles, expertise in commercial financing options and unique business variable incentives.

Find a local BusinessLink dealer at (877) 2THELINK or on the web at www.chryslerbusinesslink.com.

About 'On The Job'

Chrysler Group's "On The Job" vehicle program provides commercial/small business owners a variety of incentives and discounts to assist them in purchasing, servicing and customizing vehicles to specifically address their unique professional needs. Custom upfit allowances, service contracts, Mopar® certificates, and cash allowances are just a few of the stackable incentives that business owners can use at any of Chrysler Group's 2,317 dealerships. Business owners may take advantage of these incentives in addition to existing BusinessLink or retail specials. Most Chrysler Group vehicles qualify for On The Job program advantages when the vehicle is purchased for business use.

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