We are in Texas today at the Texas State Fair, where Ram announced major changes today to the Ram Heavy-Duty line-up for 2013. From best-in-class torque to better fuel economy, Ram has it sights set squarely above its competition.
If today's announcement is any indication, Ram is setting a new bar in Heavy-Duty pickups. Here is an overview of the Top 10 changes you can expect from the '13 Ram HD.
- New high-output option for the 6.7L Cummins with 385hp/850tq and an Aisin 6-speed automatic. Non H.O. engines with the 68RFE 6-speed automatic are rated at 370hp/800tq. A G56 6-speed manual is also available and rated at 350hp/660tq.
- Ram 3500s have an all-new frame, with wider frame rails, and an optional eighth crossmember that comes factory-ready to accept either a gooseneck or fifth-wheel hitch. 4x4 models have a new 3-link front suspension, while 2500s retain the 5-link.
- All Ram HDs have a beautifully upgraded interior with more amenities, features, and technology (including an 8.4-inch touch screen).
- Fuel economy is improved up to 10-percent thanks to a front-axle disconnect on 4x4s, as well as the addition of a high-efficiency selective catalytic reduction urea injection system, and a high-flow EGR system.
- H.O. models benefit from an active ram-air induction system, marketed as Ram Active Air.
- Good things come in pairs. Dual alternators, dual radiators, and dual transmission coolers.
- The new 6.7L is certified for full B20 compatibility and extends oil change requirements to every 15,000 miles.
- The Ram gets a new grille, a new Ram logo, and the loss of any remaining Dodge badging. It's a Ram now people.
- Standard ESC across the board.
- Ram says to expect best-in-class torque, towing, payload, and GCWR (numbers will be announced at a later date).
Look for a full review of these trucks and the rest of the changes in the January issue of Diesel Power.