Things start getting serious when it comes to heavy-duty pickup trucks. Ram’s line-up of 3500 HD pickups have gained immense popularity in the respective segment as capabilities and styling both go hand in hand. Now, as part of annual life-cycle refreshment, this 3500 HD line-up is getting updated as 2018 Ram 3500.
2018 Ram 3500 – Powertrain
Updates are coming heavy on the powertrain of 2018 Ram 3500. The base engine will come as Heavy-Duty 6.4L HEMI® V8 which is expected to produce a best-in-class 410 HP and 429 lb-ft of torque. This engine uses twin spark plugs per cylinder to improve on CO2 emissions and fuel economy. Speaking of which, the EPA ratings are suspected to stay close to 12 mpg in city, 15 mpg on highways and 13 mpg on a combined scale.
Transmission options will include a 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic and it will be offered with both all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive.
Another engine option will be the legendary 6.7 liter Cummins Turbo Diesel Inline 6. This iconic engine has already set a benchmark with the class-leading of 385 hp and 900 lb-ft of torque which will be additionally improved in the next-gen Ram 3500. Towing capacity will also be increased up to 31,210 lbs.
Ram is also all set to make improvements on performance by tuning the suspensions system. As in 2017 Ram 3500, the rear end will probably get an auto-leveling suspension system for unparalleled stability. This suspension system is even going to feature electronic load leveling with the choice for Normal and Alternate Ride Height.
2018 Ram 3500 is getting moderate updates on the exterior. The generational change will be complemented by revisited headlights that have deep recess. Similarly, the grille is getting new chrome treatments along with a cross-hair styling.
Down below, the front bumper will be slightly bigger than before. This bumper will integrate larger air vent, clean plastic cladding and stylistic fog light housing. With that being said, overall exterior styling will differ with trims accordingly. These trims will include Tradesman, SLT, Big Horn, Laramie, Laramie Long Horn and Limited.
Exterior color options will range as Granite Crystal Metallic, Delmonico Red, Maximum Steel Metallic, Black Forest Green, Blue Streak Pearl and Bright White.
The interior of the biggest Ram truck will stay more or less the same. However, subtle changes are to be characterized by reworked center console and a clean dashboard. Seats will get vinyl upholstery on the base model and premium leather on higher trims like Big Horn and Limited. The cabin is to improve on storage too as in-floor and under seat storage will come as standard in the base model.
Price, Competitors and Release Date
For starters, 2018 Ram 3500 might come in around $34,000. Competitors will include Chevrolet Silverado and Ford Raptor. Dealerships will offer this pickup during the last quarters of 2017.