What’s new for the 2019 RAM Heavy Duty Trucks?
Jan 14th at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), RAM reveals the new 2019 Heavy Duty Trucks.
Bold statements on the stage screen display, “OUT POWER, OUT TOW and OUT HAUL” every other truck on the market.
RAM’s all-new 6.7L Cummins High Output Turbo Diesel engine is capable of 400 hp and 1000 lb-ft of torque. Made possible improvements such as; new exhaust valves and springs, new rocker arms, lighter and stronger pistons, low friction rings, and forged connecting rods. Also completely new is the exhaust manifold. This HO engine is paired with the Aisin AS69RC electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission.
Standard output 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel engines are up to 870 lb-ft torque and 370 hp. This engine is paired with an upgraded 68RFE six-speed automatic transmission.
Payload is up to 7,680 lbs. Up 330 lbs from 2018.
“Every powertrain is optimized to work with a new chassis to deliver the industry’s highest towing and payload ratings”, says Reid Bigland, Head of RAM Brand.
Variable cam timing and cylinder deactivation improves fuel efficiency on the 6.4L Hemi gas engine. An all-new 8-speed automatic transmission (a first in HD trucks) adds shift refinement. This will come in the form of the e-shifter rotary dial.
Suspension setups include frequency response dampening (FRD), re-engineered bushings and progressive springs. Class-exclusive rear air suspension is still an option. It now has a driver-activated Bed Lowering Mode. Other modes include; Normal/Payload Mode and Trailer Tow Mode.
With more power, has to come more braking. Calipers, booster and master cylinders are upgraded.
No more manuals
2019 RAM Heavy Duty trucks will not have a manual transmission option.
An all-new high strength multi-gauge steel frame reduces weight, which increases capability, RAM announces a new best towing number of 35,100 lbs. This is on a 3500 4×2 regular cab long box dually with a 4.10 rear axle ratio.
Here are some other towing capacity numbers for 2019 RAM 3500 4×4 trucks with the new engine;
MEGA CAB | SHORT BOX | 6.7L I6 CUMMINS HO TURBO DIESEL | NEW 6 SPD AUTO AISIN HD TRANSMISSION | DRW | 4.10 REAR AXLE RATIO | MAX TOWING = 33020 lbs.
CREW CAB | LONG BOX | 6.7L I6 CUMMINS HO TURBO DIESEL | NEW 6 SPD AUTO AISIN HD TRANSMISSION | DRW | 4.10 REAR AXLE RATIO | MAX TOWING = 34130 lbs.
CREW CAB | LONG BOX | 6.7L I6 CUMMINS HO TURBO DIESEL | NEW 6 SPD AUTO AISIN HD TRANSMISSION | SRW | 3.73 REAR AXLE RATIO | MAX TOWING = 25150 lbs.
Dynamic grid lines on back up camera for 5th wheel and gooseneck hitches. 360 Camera has trailer reverse guidance view that doesn’t require any setup or stickers. Mirror-mounted rear spotlights aid trailering in the dark.
Selectable tire pressure monitoring display including tire pressure monitoring for up to 12 wheels. Tire Fill Assist is added and 4 trailer profiles can be stored.
Auxiliary camera setup provides the ability to add cameras to the back of a trailer, or inside the trailer.
Interior Design and Infotainment
Bigland says, “This is the most technologically advanced and luxurious HD truck ever.” With a completely redesigned interior, taking cues from the award-winning 2019 RAM1500 interior. Premium materials such as hand-wrapped leather surfaces and real wood are available on ‘Limited’ and ‘Longhorn’ trims.
Longhorn trims features barn wood on the passenger side dash with the Longhorn logo stamped in. The center console boasts 40 liters of storage and transfers into 12 different storage configurations. MegaCabs feature reclining seats which can also fold completely flat.
5″ touchscreen standard on Tradesman and Big Horn trims. Big Horns have the option of the 8.4″ screen. Power Wagon, Laramie, and Longhorn trims get the 8.4″ as standard. They have the option of upgrading to the gigantic 12″ touchscreen with UConnect 4C. The 12″ touchscreen is standard on the Limited trim. Split screen configurations on the 12″ allows multiple views such as climate controls and Apple CarPlay simultaneously.
Optional dedicated/assignable switches, up to 5 USB ports and a wireless charging pad add to the tech. Also available, is up to three 115V household plugs able to handle 400 Watts to charge or power tools. One in the front, one in the rear and now one in the RamBox (if equipped).
Introducing active noise cancellation and laminating the windows reduces noise by up to 10 dB. Talking of decibels, the premium sound system on the new 2019 RAM Heavy Duty trucks is a 17 speaker Harman Kardon.
There are 6 different grille designs, based on the trim level of the trucks. Exterior design adds larger bumper cuts and a 30% larger grille for maximum airflow. Three variations of headlights are available including an Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS). AFS lights move in the directions of travel up to a max of 15°.
A new package called Laramie Black edition will be an available package on the ‘Laramie’ and ‘Big Horn’ trim levels. A monochromatic sport package is also available on those trims.
New 2019 RAM Heavy Duty trucks boast over 100 safety features. One of the big ones is ACC. The only heavy truck to offer Adaptive Cruise Control with full stop and full speed forward collision plus with Automatic Emergency Braking. “Which all work whilst towing a 35000lb trailer”, says RAM.
Smart backup sensors now cover dually fenders.
All New Power Wagon
During the press conference, the all-new Power Wagon emerges downhill through a digital screen of smoke and hot lava.
The heavy-duty off-road truck keeps the ‘Power Wagon’ retro graphics on the bed and tailgate. With Front and rear lockers as well disconnecting sways bars the truck has a factory 2″ lift. Extensive underbody armor and off-road biased coil springs and Bilstein shocks are what makes the Power Wagon. For 2019, the Power Wagon will feature a new Warn winch. Still the 12,000lb winch, but this time, with a synthetic cable to reduce weight. It also gets a 360-degree camera with forward facing off-road view to aid tire placement.
Lauren has been working in the automotive industry both in the U.K and in the U.S. for over 10 years. She has driven hundreds of vehicles, not only new cars but beaters without heaters, fast cars on fire, slow cars in snow, off-road trucks in the mucks, and old pickups with pups. She’s driven heaps of Jeeps, miles in muscle and once took her gran in a car from Japan.