Here is a new 2019 Ram Trucks #HD 3500 dually prototype testing at the #IkeGauntlet , but we are not in it. #ColoradoPosted by The Fast Lane Truck on Thursday, October 25, 2018
Hot on the heels of 5thGenRams.com confirming the new Ram Heavy Duty will emerge in 2019, we caught it out in the wild. More specifically, Ram’s new HD 3500 Mega Cab dually prototype was at the Ike Gauntlet in Colorado!
Notably, we can spot remnants of the current generation Ram HD’s crosshair grille, although this model is still under heavy camouflage.
Ram still hasn’t announced much regarding the upcoming HD trucks. On that basis, there’s still some gray area as to the new trucks’ powertrains, transmissions, technology and overall capability. Presently, Ram HD trucks are available with a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 (in the 2500), as well as a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 or a 6.7-liter I-6 Cummins turbo diesel. Rumor has it Ram will drop the 5.7-liter from the 2019 Ram HD lineup, but this has yet to be confirmed.
It also isn’t immediately clear what transmission the 2019 Ram HD trucks will have. Will it be a revision of the current six-speed AISIN automatic, or will Ram adapt an 8-speed to the new HD range? As the powertrain options are unclear, so too are the towing and payload capabilities. While we don’t have a grasp on official figures, we’d expect Ram to gun for the Ford Super Duty’s 34,000-pound towing capacity and 7,620-pound maximum payload.
According to the recent production timeline, Ram will reveal the 2019 Ram HD lineup in January at the Detroit Auto Show. From there, the first deliveries will take place in March 2019, followed by volume sales in June. Stay tuned to TFLtruck.com for more updates!