Ram expects to sell more vehicles to commercial customers next year as it will release a fresh lineup to the market. Ram’s new commercial division will be offering a re-engineered lineup of heavy-duty pickups and chassis-cab trucks and two Fiat-based commercial vans. According to brand chief Fred Diaz, Ram’s heavy-duty pickups and chassis cabs will be adopting the Tradesman entry-model trim, which is currently available on Ram 1500 light-duty pickups.
During a preview of the heavy-duty truck lineup, Diaz said that while the light duty trucks were all about mileage, heavy duty trucks are all about capability. Diaz remarked that Ram’s heavy-duty trucks would possess best-in-class towing capabilities, adding that the company would announce the towing capacities at the Detroit auto show in January 2013.
The reengineered heavy-duty pickups and chassis cabs, both built on a single platform, boasts a number of features, some of which are optional depending on the vehicle and trim level.
The 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel engine, which will be paired with either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission, provides around 370 hp of output at 2,800 rpm and 850 pounds-feet of torque, making it practically more powerful that the current version of the engine that offers 350 hp of output at 3,000 rpm and 800 pounds-feet of torque.
The 6.7-liter diesel engine will need urea treatment of its exhaust to reduce smog. The standard 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 gasoline engine, meanwhile, provides 383 hp of output at 5,600 rpm and up to 400 pounds-feet of torque.
Ram 3500 pickups, meanwhile, will be powered by a V-8 engine. Ram built the redesigned frame from high-strength steel with an optional fifth-wheel or gooseneck hitch mount, a plate on the frame under the cargo bed to which hitches are connected.
The 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engine boasts of having a new direct air intake, called Ram Active Air, to boost air to the engine when it is under load and at higher altitudes.