2020 Dodge RAM 2500 Australia – As the humble Ute continues to spread its evolutionary wings, with high-performance desert dueling machines like the Ford Ranger Raptor and luxury propulsion like the Mercedes-Benz X-Class and don’t forget the EV Utes! – the full-size American pick-up is under development too. Case in point, the new 2019 RAM 2500 and 3500 heavy range. Unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Motor Show and coming to Australia in 2020 via RAM Australia, local prices are expected to start at around $ 140,000.
The new RAM 2500 and 3500 HD models will replace the current range sold here. Imported from Mexico and converted from left-to-right drives thanks to American Special Vehicles (ASV), the updated models deliver a fresh new look, new engines, re-tuned suspension, more technology and a sprinkle of luxury.
On top of the outrageously torquey Cummins Turbo diesel engines available, which can tow nearly 16, 000kg (35, 100lbs) and tow a little over 3400kg (7680lbs) in the rear tray the Mexican-built models provide “… luxury and technology that was not available until now in a Heavy-duty pickup, “according to Reid Bigland, who heads up RAM in the United States.
2020 Dodge RAM 2500 features
There are basic models with cloth seats and lots of hard plastic surfaces, but top-range, fully-optioned model qualities offer a large, fully configurable 12-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto-hooked up to a 17-speaker, 750W Harman Kardon sound system.
There are up to five USB ports, three 12V connectors and upgraded interior materials, including a leather-wrapped dashboard.
A new 7-inch trip computer display is wedged between the speedometer and engine rev meter and options like 360-degree parking and customizable cargo and trailer view cameras are offered.
Safety features like Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) – which works with trailer brakes – adaptive radar Cruise Control and Forward Collision Warning are standard on all models.
The full-size RAM pick-up trucks feature push-button engine start and V8 models ditch the column gear shifter for an exclusive rotary gear dial. RAM says drivers will appreciate a quieter cabin, with an active noise cancellation system and acoustic glass that reduces ambient cabin noise by up to 10 decibels.
The new exterior design of RAM 2500 and 3500 HD reflects that the smaller 2019 model RAM 1500, which will also be shipped to Australia from 2020, shows off more modern designs flourishing across the massive radiator grille, headlights and bonnet.
2020 Dodge RAM 2500 Engines and body styles
Several models are offered, including the Electric Car, Tradesman’s regular cab, Big horn sport, Limited Crew Cab and several more variants spanning single and dual cab configurations.
In its most powerful state of tune, turbo-diesel six bangs out 300kW and a whopping 1356Nm of torque. RAM expects the new engine to secure its offering is “… the most powerful, most capable pickup in the segment” with a towing limit of 15, 921kg (35, 100lbs) and a payload capacity in the rear bed of 3483kg (7680lbs) .
A less powerful but more affordable version of the 6.7-liter 6-cylinder Turbo diesel engine Bangs out ‘just’ 276kW and 1152Nm. Diesel engines are hooked up to six-speed automatic transmissions, while the standard 6.4-liter Hemi V8 (306kw / 582nm) engine gets an eight-speed Auto.
RAM says the new 2500 and 3500 HD models will also set benchmarks for ride and handling with the mounting of the frequency response attenuation (FRD) shock absorbers on each wheel. The updated suspension can also be set up with a self-leveling rear air suspension setup.
The overall weight of the new RAM trucks has been reduced by adopting more aluminum components, especially for body panels.
Australian deliveries of the big rigs will begin in 2020, as RAM Australia spokesman Edward Rowe explained.
“Planning for the new HD range is well underway, and it will arrive here next year as a replacement for the current Heavy Duty range.”
He added that RAM Australia “has a long-term plan for these models in Australia and New Zealand,” but it remains to be seen if it includes the crazy RAM 1500 TRX, which goes head-to-head with the Ford F-150 Raptor.