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Ram Heavy Duty 2500, 3500 2020 revealed in Detroit


Ram Trucks has revealed its new Heavy Duty 2500 and 3500 full-size pick-ups at the Detroit motor show, with the pair confirmed for an Australian debut next year.

The gargantuan Ram models have undergone a significant refresh for the new year, offering new engine options, updated styling and a modernised interior.

Local Ram Trucks spokesperson Edward Rowe confirmed the updated pick-ups will replace the current 2500/3500 in 2020.

While three engine options will be available in the United States, Mr Rowe confirmed the Australian market will only get the top-spec 6.7-litre Cummins turbo-diesel in-line six, which produces 298kW at 2800rpm and 1356Nm from 1800rpm.

That translates to a 13kW/95Nm output hike over its predecessor, however the new engine is also 27 kilograms lighter thanks to new pistons as well as a reworked cylinder head and exhaust manifold.

Astonishingly, Ram claims the range-topping Heavy Duty 2500/3500 has a 15,921kg towing capacity and a 3484kg payload capacity.

The vehicles benefit from a new instrument panel, a 7.0-inch multi-information display, push-button start, active noise cancellation, and a new climate control system. The vehicles benefit from a new instrument panel, a 7.0-inch multi-information display, push-button start, active noise cancellation, and a new climate control system.

North American customers will also be able to choose from a lower-output Cummins turbo-diesel rated at 276kW/1152Nm, as well as a petrol-powered 6.4-litre Hemi V8 producing 306kW/582Nm.

The diesel powertrains are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, while the petrol 'Hemi' benefits from an eight-speed self-shifter.

'Frequency Response Damping' shocks have been fitted to each corner of the Ram models, with standard five-link coils for the 2500 and leaf springs for the 3500. Air suspension will also be available as an optional extra.

While brake specifications have yet to be confirmed, Ram Trucks says that it has fitted upgraded calipers, brake booster and master cylinder.

Shedding 65kg in overall weight, the Ram 2500/3500 has undergone some tweaks to improve noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).

On the inside, the vehicles benefit from a new instrument panel, a 7.0-inch multi-information display, push-button start, active noise cancellation and a new climate control system. A reversing camera is standard, displayed on either a 12.0-, 8.4- or 5.0-inch screen.

For safety, Ram Trucks has fitted auto emergency braking (AEB), a surround-view monitor, tyre pressure monitoring and a cargo-view camera.

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