The 2018 Ram 3500HD Diesel isn’t going to arrive like a completely new model, but the pickup truck will make a statement without any doubt. This time, the manufacturer gave the accent to the performance, which is basically the most important thing of this kind of vehicle. More precisely, they’ve decided to boost torque.
2018 Ram 3500HD Diesel: Engines, Transmissions, and Towing
Of course, motivation will come from the current 6.7-liter Cummins inline-six turbodiesel. However, in contrast to its predecessor, the 2018 Ram 3500HD Diesel is featuring a class-leading number of a twist. Yes, from now on, Ram’s most potent oil-burner will be able to pump out 385 horsepower at 2,800 rpm and whopping 930 pound-feet of torque at 1,700 rpm. This high-output version is exclusively available under the hood of the 3500HD model. That because Ram and Cummins developed together with the mill. This particular option is mated to an Aisin six-speed automatic transmission. This additional 30 lb-ft are not here for nothing. On the contrary, thus the truck reaches a towing capacity of 30,000 pounds, yet only when is paired with a new fifth-wheel hitch design.
The diesel truck will have two milder options as well. The base model will rely on 350 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque, which powers the wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. In the middle, the potential buyers can find 370 horsepower and 800 lb-ft of twist paired with a 68RFE six-speed automatic transmission. Of course, all models come mated to rear-wheel drive, while 4WD is optional.
Changes and Trims
The 2018 Ram 3500HD received some non-performance changes as well. The pickup truck sports a new bumper with a bigger air intake and a restyled grille. The carmaker incorporated a couple cameras. More precisely, there is a backup camera in the tailgate and one optional for bed view.
There is nothing new inside of the upgraded Ram 3500HD Diesel. The pickup till looks pretty good, but we would like to see something new. Tech wise, the model will rely on the same equipment too, so you will have to give some extra money in case you want an 8.4-inch Uconnect system. Speaking of money, Ram offers SLT, Lone Star, Big Horn, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited trims, so you can always find what suits you the best, but every good feature costs extra.
Since the other two models haven’t received anything new the price will stay unchanged. The topping 2018 Ram 3500HD Diesel might cost slightly more from its predecessor, due to 30 additional pound-feet of torque.