Ram to Build Most Capable Trucks Ever
Ram 3500 Heavy Duty's maximum trailer weight of 30,000 pounds far
surpasses closest competitor's 23,100-pound max
850 lb.-ft. Cummins Turbo Diesel is tops for torque
37,600-pound Gross Combined Weight Rating leads all heavy-duty
Ram 2500 leads all Ÿ-ton pickups
Ram Chassis Cab trucks also deliver best-in-class towing
In the quest to build the most capable trucks available, Ram
officially released class-leading towing and weight ratings for its
2013 line of Ram Heavy Duty pickups and Chassis Cab trucks.
The Ram 3500 Heavy Duty pickup will claim a 30,000-pound trailer
capacity thanks to a new class-exclusive 50,000
pounds-per-square-inch, high-strength steel frame, improved transfer
case, higher-load transmission, an upgraded 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo
Diesel engine with a best-in-class 850 lb.-ft. of torque and other
significant driveline upgrades.
Ram's closest competitor is limited to a 23,100-pound maximum
"Ram Heavy Duty pickups deliver the attributes most important to
H.D. pickup customers," said Fred Diaz, President and CEO -- Ram
Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico, Chrysler Group LLC. "Towing
capability, reliability and engine performance are ranked first
through third, respectively. The 2013 Ram Heavy Duty trucks deliver
all those things, as well as a low total cost of ownership. These are
the most capable trucks we've ever built."
The Ram 3500's Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) -- which is defined
by the maximum combined weight of the truck, payload and trailer --
has been raised to 37,600 pounds, which again far surpasses the
closest competitor's 30,500-pound GCWR.
Ram has increased the capability in its other truck models as well.
For 2013, the Ram 2500 will also benefit from increased towing and
GCWR. At 18,350 and 25,000, Ram 2500's towing and GCW ratings are also
best among Ÿ-ton pickups.
Ram Chassis Cab trucks also deliver maximum capability with
best-in-class towing and GCWR figures 29,600 pounds and 37,500 pounds,
respectively (5500 model).
Ram Heavy Duty adds a number of new features for 2013, including a
factory-integrated fifth-wheel and gooseneck hitch mount, a
17,000-pound Class V hitch with 1,800 pounds of tongue weight,
class-exclusive electronic stability control (ESC) for
dual-rear-wheels and a new Center High-Mounted Stop Light (CHMSL)
positioned camera, the first of its kind in the heavy-duty pickup
category, to provide a full view of the bed for easier hook-up of
fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailers as well as monitoring cargo.
For 2013, all Ram Heavy Duty diesels benefit from an all-new cooling
system. A high-efficiency fan, dual radiators, dual transmission
coolers and low-slung charge air cooler afford 25 percent more
heat-rejection capacity. Lower operating temperatures deliver improved
performance, durability and lower operating costs. Cummins Turbo
Diesel-equipped Ram trucks also provide best-in-class 15,000-mile oil
Ram is also introducing an industry-exclusive Ram Active Air intake
system. When the intake system senses extreme heat, it draws cooler
air from the front of the vehicle a function that also engages at
high altitudes for superior throttle response in low oxygen
environments. When conditions are wet from snow, ice or water-fording,
the system pulls air from an under-hood inlet, clear from snow packing
Also among the upgrades for 2013, Ram Heavy Duty front drive shafts
and U-joints are sized larger to align with the truck's new Gross
Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) and Gross Combination Weight Rating
To handle the best-in-class towing capability of the new Ram Heavy
Duty, a new front and rear suspension system with advanced geometry
builds upon the chassis improvements and greatly improves overall roll
stiffness. An advanced three-link front suspension on the Ram 3500 is
necessary for the vehicle's higher GVWR and for use with heavy front
loads, including snow plows. Additionally, a newly designed Hotchkiss
leaf spring rear suspension on the Ram 3500 offers improved ride and
handling while delivering higher towing and payload capability.