The competition in the pickup truck segment in the US is getting more heated as after Ford announced the start of production for the best-in-class towing capacity F-Series Super Duty, Chrysler responded with its own announcement of Ram’s smaller but equally appealing pickup. The Ram 1500 Tradesman was designed to appeal to “small businessmen” and their needs.
This version comes as a new trim package, with upgrades to both its features and mechanics/performance.
The model offers what’s typically seen on the Ram 1500 ST but it adds a standard HEMI engine linked to a five-speed automatic transmission.
The unit can develop 390 hp and 407 ft.-lb. torque and delivers, for the 4x2 version, 20 mpg, while the other type features standard Class IV trailer hitch with lighted, above-bumper four- and seven-pin trailer wire connectors, multi-link rear coil suspension and 17-inch full-face painted steel wheels.
For the interior, the model is offered with air conditioning, 12-volt auxiliary power outlet, media center with CD and MP3 player, six speakers, audio jack for mobile devices, automatic headlamps, behind the seat storage, driver and passenger assist handles, instrument panel with tachometer, tilt steering wheel, tinted glass, variable intermittent windshield wipers.
This latest addition to the 1500 line is priced at $22,780, including $975 destination charge. It is expected to arrive at dealerships in the second quarter of the year.
The standard safety equipment consists of anti-lock four-wheel disc brakes, electronic stability control, tire-pressure monitoring, supplemental side airbags with front curtain, advanced multistage front air bags and front height-adjust shoulder belts. Ram Tradesman comes in different colors including Bright White, Bright Silver Metallic, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl, Deep Water Blue Pearl, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl, Flame Red, White Gold Metallic, Rugged Brown Pearl, Mineral Gray Metallic and Hunter Green Pearl.
Tradesman is available with a wide range of options such as 3.21 and 3.92 rear axle ratios, bright chrome front and rear bumpers, chrome exhaust tip, anti-spin differential, power windows, power door locks, heated mirrors, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, rear sliding window, folding trailer-tow mirrors with courtesy lamps and supplemental signals, remote keyless entry, engine block heater, rubber floor mats, spray-in bed liner, Mopar chrome side steps and bed rails, Uconnect voice command with Bluetooth, Sirius satellite radio, remote USB port, vehicle information center, cruise control, trailer brake controller and tow hooks. Ram Tradesman is also offered with rugged Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tires to avoid punctures and enhance road traction.
Ram Trucks are backed by an unmatched 5-year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty. Different customers ranging from those who prefer the half-ton to those who use Commercial Trucks have a vast assortment of needs. So, they require their vehicles to supply high levels of capacity. With Ram Trucks’ proven powertrains, efficient chassis and low-cost of ownership, they are designed for maximum “uptime” and productivity. Ram pickups in 1500, 2500 and 3500 models and chassis cabs are engineered to deliver the complete package that commercial customers need.