2019 RAM Heavy Duty Review, Release Dates, Prices

The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty is the most powerful, most capable pickup in the segment with a towing capacity of 35,100 lbs. and a payload capacity of 7,680 lbs. Driving it all, a never-before-seen torque rating of 1000 lb.-ft. from the Cummins I-6 Turbo Diesel engine. The new Ram Heavy Duty also sets benchmarks in ride and handling, luxury, materials, innovation and technology extending well past any competitive offerings. Giving maximum effort all day, every day with confidence, the new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty line of pickups steps forward with the full force of modern capability.

EXTERIOR

Every 2019 Ram Heavy Duty truck benefits from new content specifically designed to match each model’s unique style. Rather than a traditional focus on styling elements individually, designers combined elements that influence each other’s shape, resulting in a more integrated look that aligns with the mechanical capabilities of the truck. For example, the grille, hood and fenders share pieces of each other, as well as the instrument panel, cluster and center console.

The 2019 Heavy Duty creates a bold and unique appearance that customers can call their own. Interlocked with the new, lighter aluminum hood, a much larger and more aggressive front grille opening leads with confidence and strength. The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty is available in six different grille styles with a complete departure from the historic crosshairs. The new front bumper is cut with larger openings, providing greater airflow to the largest turbo intercooler Ram has ever adapted to its halo pickups. More than 20 sensors surrounding the new Ram Heavy Duty are seamlessly integrated to make them less visible. A removable air dam helps mold the most aerodynamic Heavy Duty Ram has offered.

Three headlamp variations are available delivering the best lighting in the segment: Halogen, full LED/reflector and full LED/projector with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) for up to 15 degrees of movement in the expected direction of travel. The side of the truck flows with trademark Ram style. A drawn body-side character line ties together the front fender and cab doors. An all-new interlocking side-step design incorporates deep tread patterns and a R-A-M logo.

The new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty continues to offer the best lockable bed storage in the segment with RamBox. The industry-first RamBox Cargo Management System includes versatile, weatherproof, lockable, illuminated and drainable storage bins built into the bed rails. New for 2019, RamBox features a 115-volt outlet with up to 400-watts of power. Surrounding the largest cab in the segment, the interior design team brought unique colors and premium materials to each trim level. Each model makes its own unique statement with paint colors, badging, wheels, grilles and other features.

POWERTRAIN

The standard engine in the 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty is upgraded to the proven and potent 6.4-liter HEMI V-8, delivering class-leading 410 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm and 429 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,000 rpm to handle the payload and towing requirements of the heavy-duty truck user.

With a long list of upgrades, the new Cummins 6.7-liter I-6, high output Turbo Diesel on the 3500 Heavy Duty delivers up to 1,000 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1,800 rpm and 400 horsepower @ 2,800 rpm. Changes begin at the core, with a cylinder block made from compacted graphite iron. Overall, the new Cummins Turbo Diesel weighs more than 60 lbs. less than the previous-generation engine, yet delivers more power and torque. A new cast-iron cylinder head builds on the new block with changes that include new exhaust valves and springs, and new rocker arms. Lighter and stronger pistons include new low-friction rings and connect to the crankshaft via newly design forged connecting rods and new bearings. An all-new exhaust manifold is the mounting point for an improved variable-geometry turbocharger with laminated heat shields, delivering boost pressure up to 33 psi.

For the 2500 Heavy Duty, the second variant of the Cummins Turbo Diesel also gets a performance boost with 370 horsepower @ 2,800 rpm and 850 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1,700 rpm.

In a first for the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty, the 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 comes mated to the proven and smooth-shifting TorqueFlite 8HP75 eight-speed automatic. There are more than 40 individual shift maps to optimize shift points for fuel economy, performance and drivability. The transmission uses shift-by-wire technology, eliminating a mechanical linkage between the transmission and the gear selector. The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty uses a rotary e-shift dial mounted on the left side of the instrument panel’s center stack – freeing up space traditionally occupied by a console- or column-mounted shift lever.

The 2019 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty models equipped with the 1,000 lb.-ft. high output Cummins 6.7-liter Turbo Diesel employ an electronically controlled six-speed automatic. This transmission is engineered to handle the colossal torque of the Turbo Diesel engine and increased vehicle weight ratings while delivering improved shift quality. Along with hardware upgrades, the Aisin AS69RC uses a new transmission controller with double the memory of the previous controller and a dual-core processor. This delivers faster, more precise shifts under all driving and loading conditions.

Ram Heavy Duty trucks powered by the standard output Cummins 6.7-liter Turbo Diesel are equipped with a significantly upgraded version of the 68RFE six-speed automatic transmission. Changes designed to improve the electronically controlled transmission’s shift quality include new variable-force solenoid controls for the torque-converter clutch. A new reverse accumulator improves shift feel when placing the transmission into park from reverse. Drive-to-park shifts were also improved through refined hydraulic control.

Four-wheel-drive versions of the 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty are equipped with a BorgWarner part-time transfer case. The 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 and variant of the Cummins 6.7-liter Turbo Diesel drive power through either an electronic (BW 44-46) or manual shift (BW 44-47) transfer case, depending on the model. Ram Heavy Duty trucks with the high output version of the Cummins 6.7-liter Turbo Diesel are equipped with an all-new part-time BorgWarner transfer case (BW 44-48). This transfer case is designed to handle the higher input loads for maximum towing capability up to 35,100 lbs.

New front and rear axles on the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty have been engineered to improve durability, handle industry-leading payload and towing capabilities, and minimize Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH), as well as take advantage of opportunities to optimize weight. The Ram 3500 Heavy Duty is offered with an all-new, larger 12-inch AAM rear axle to handle the class-leading power and capability.

INTERIOR

For 2019, all-new features, technology and premium materials help the redesigned Ram Heavy Duty continue its interior leadership with quality, technology and luxury. Each trim level is uniquely characterized to reflect individual identity.

The new instrument panel combines a strong, structurally interlocking appearance, pushing the central controls up and toward the driver, improving overall reachability of system controls. The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty features the Uconnect 4C NAV on a 12-inch fully configurable touchscreen, which can display one application, such as the navigation map, across the whole 12-inch screen, or can be divided in half, operating two different applications at once. Redundant HVAC controls and a new enhanced-ergonomic switch bank deliver improved feedback and appearance.

An active noise cancellation system and acoustic glass reduce ambient cabin sounds by nearly 10 db – the quietest Ram Heavy Duty ever. The new HVAC system features 30 percent more air flow at lower noise levels, including larger front defroster vents for better performance. All-new in-duct electric heating elements on diesel models help speed cabin warmup on cold days, and larger system controls and new larger panel ducts work better with gloved hands.

Across all trim levels, the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty features push-button start and a redesigned rotary e-shifter dial (HEMI V8 only). The new shifter area also intelligently groups new feature buttons, including Hill Descent Control, axle lock and transfer case controls, when equipped. To keep devices charged, five USB ports assist in the center console type-C ports for faster communication and charging. Up to three 115-volt household plugs are available (three-prong). One in the first row and one in the second row. All outlets now handle up to 400 watts to charge or power tools quickly.

With up to 258 liters of interior storage volume on the exclusive Mega Cab including two bins behind the rear seats, the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty offers more than 120-percent additional storage capacity versus the closest competitor. A reimagined center console is a usable, complex piece of art with more than 12 different storage combinations. Up from 19.7 to 22.6 liters, the console includes a wider docking area with optional wireless charging, which can hold a small tablet or smartphone. A three-position sliding cup-holder tray can be stowed under the center armrest to reveal a deep storage tub designed to hold a 15-inch laptop.

The new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty features an available 7-inch, full-color, 3D animation-capable driver information display, with reconfigurable function that enables Ram truck drivers to personalize information inside the instrument cluster. The display is designed to visually communicate information, using graphics and text, quickly and easily.

PRICING

RAM 2500 PICKUP

MSRP*

RAM 3500 PICKUP

MSRP*

4x2 Reg Cab Tradesman LWB

$33,395

4x2 Reg Cab Tradesman LWB

$34,845

4x2 Reg Cab Bighorn LWB

$37,645

4x2 Reg Cab Bighorn LWB

$39,095

4x4 Reg Cab Tradesman LWB

$36,295

4x4 Reg Cab Tradesman LWB

$37,645

4x4 Reg Cab Bighorn LWB

$40,545

4x4 Reg Cab Bighorn LWB

$41,895

4x2 Crew Cab Tradesman SWB

$36,950

4x2 Crew Cab Tradesman SWB

$38,300

4x2 Crew Cab Tradesman LWB

$37,150

4x2 Crew Cab Tradesman LWB

$38,500

4x2 Crew Cab Bighorn SWB

$42,100

4x2 Crew Cab Bighorn SWB

$43,450

4x2 Crew Cab Bighorn LWB

$42,300

4x2 Crew Cab Bighorn LWB

$43,650

4x2 Crew Cab Laramie SWB

$49,100

4x2 Crew Cab Laramie SWB

$50,450

4x2 Crew Cab Laramie LWB

$49,300

4x2 Crew Cab Laramie LWB

$50,650

4x2 Crew Cab Laramie Longhorn SWB

$56,300

4x2 Crew Cab Laramie Longhorn SWB

$57,650

4x2 Crew Cab Laramie Longhorn LWB

$56,500

4x2 Crew Cab Laramie Longhorn LWB

$57,850

4x2 Crew Cab Limited SWB

$61,300

4x2 Crew Cab Limited SWB

$62,650

4x2 Crew Cab Limited LWB

$61,000

4x2 Crew Cab Limited LWB

$62,350

4x4 Crew Cab Tradesman SWB

$39,850

4x4 Crew Cab Tradesman SWB

$41,200

4x4 Crew Cab Tradesman LWB

$40,050

4x4 Crew Cab Tradesman LWB

$41,400

4x4 Crew Cab Bighorn SWB

$45,000

4x4 Crew Cab Bighorn SWB

$46,350

4x4 Crew Cab Bighorn LWB

$45,200

4x4 Crew Cab Bighorn LWB

$46,550

4x4 Crew Cab Laramie SWB

$52,000

4x4 Crew Cab Laramie SWB

$53,350

4x4 Crew Cab Laramie LWB

$52,200

4x4 Crew Cab Laramie LWB

$53,550

4x4 Crew Cab Power Wagon SWB

$52,900

4x4 Crew Cab Laramie Longhorn SWB

$60,550

4x4 Crew Cab Laramie Longhorn SWB

$59,200

4x4 Crew Cab Laramie Longhorn LWB

$60,750

4x4 Crew Cab Laramie Longhorn LWB

$59,400

4x4 Crew Cab Limited SWB

$65,550

4x4 Crew Cab Limited SWB

$64,200

4x4 Crew Cab Limited LWB

$65,250

4x4 Crew Cab Limited LWB

$63,900

4x4 Mega Cab Bighorn SWB

$47,850

4x4 Mega Cab Bighorn SWB

$46,500

4x4 Mega Cab Laramie SWB

$54,850

4x4 Mega Cab Laramie Longhorn SWB

$60,700

4x4 Mega Cab Laramie Longhorn SWB

$62,050

4x4 Mega Cab Laramie SWB

$53,500

4x4 Mega Cab Limited SWB

$67,050

4x4 Mega Cab Limited SWB

$65,700

 

 

*(Excluding $1,695 destination charge)

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