2017 Ram 2500 4x4 Off-Road Package will be available in 3Q 2016

Article by Andrew Christian, on February 29, 2016

Ram Truck moves to enhance its 3/4-ton segment with new and significant upgrades on its Ram 2500 4x4 Off-Road Package. Pickup trucks, which are naturally meant for off-road driving, are highly exposed to mud, snow, dirt, and other awful road conditions compared to other vehicles.

As much as 35 percent of pickup trucks are used in off-road environments for work and leisure. The new and improved Off-Road Component Package was made for better delivery and performance to withstand challenging roads.

According to FCA-North America Head of Ram Truck Brand Bob Hegbloom, truck users are looking for those off-road vehicles that can offer as much functionality as they can and Ram trucks are perfect to meet those needs.

He added that off-road enthusiasts will definitely benefit from the upgrades on the new Ram 2500 4x4 Off-Road Package, which is a value-priced combination of requested features from customers.

Together with the Power Wagon and the Ram Rebel, the new Off-Road Package reinforces Ram's claim of being the leader when it comes to off-road trucks. The Ram 2500 4x4 Off-Road Package can be availed beginning the third quarter of the year.

Together with the Power Wagon and the Ram Rebel, the new Off-Road Package reinforces Ram's claim of being the leader when it comes to off-road trucks.

Versatility and Prowess

An off-road truck deals with tons of unforeseen duties. Large front tow hooks provide a high level of functionalities, allowing the Ram 2500 4x4 Off-Road Package to become a solid anchor point or a rescue rig. The black or body-color huge fender flares prevent anything that slings off the tired from covering the truck's side with debris.

The Ram 2500 4x4 Off-Road Package is incorporated with Bilstein monotube shock absorbers that soak up all bumps and distribute the excess heat generated from rough road sections. The shocks are specifically tuned for the truck's weight, complemented by the exclusive five-link coil rear suspension system.

This upgrade offers more control to the axle. The optimized suspension is further backed by all-terrain tires. The new off-road truck has Firestone LT 275/70R 18E OWL on/off-road tires that provide more traction. Some models have Firestone LT 285/60R 20E OWL on/off-road tires.

These tires fare far better than on-road tires as they allow whatever elements that find themselves in the thread to break free under rotation, which maintains the cleanliness required to grip again without any hassle. Mud holes and tall grasses usually have various obstacles that generally impede off-road driving during breakover maneuvers.

The new Ram 2500 comes with a transfer case skid plate, addressing the truck's lowest midpoint, to lessen the chances for underbody strike damage. Moreover, the Ram 2500 4x4 Off-Road Package includes a Hill-Descent Control, a feature borrowed from the Power Wagon that controls speed down steep and rugged grades without having to throttle or step on the brake pedals.

For increased traction, the new off-road truck has a rear anti-spin differential that turns both wheels and rear together with added torque application. For enhanced driving capability, the vehicle's styling automatically unlocks the differential for on-road driving to let the wheels spin independently.

Completing the truck is the huge "4X4 OFF ROAD" decal at the bed's rear corner on both sides. The all-new Ram 2500 4x4 Off-Road Package can be availed with the following variants: Crew Cab and Mega Cab, short-wheelbase and long-wheelbase, and diesel and gas powertrains. It is also available on all Ram trim levels: Big Horn/Lone Dyar, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, Limited, Outdoorsman, SLT, and Tradesman.

Press Release

RAM TRUCK BRAND ANNOUNCES NEW RAM 2500 HEAVY DUTY 4X4 OFF-ROAD PACKAGE

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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