2019 Ram HD 2500 and 3500
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles debuted the 2019 Ram HD 2500 and 3500, and not a moment too soon. A whole year after the next-generation 2019 Ram 1500 debuted, we can now see how it affects its heavy-duty counterparts. Mimicking a lot from the 1500, the 2500 and 3500 still have their own features to boast. Most of which comes down to their power, with the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty is the most powerful, most capable pickup in the segment.
6.7-liter Cummins HO Turbo Diesel
Avail. Engine Type
Like the Ram 1500, the Ram HD trucks come in a number of configurations. For 2019, there are three engine options, two drivetrain options, two cab sizes, and two truck bed lengths. Then there are all the options inside and out.
Changing the lineup a bit for 2019, the standard engine on the Ram 2500 and 3500 is a 6.4-liter HEMI V8, delivering class-leading 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque, and paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The most powerful engine option is the 6.7-liter Cummins High Output Turbo Diesel, presumably only available on the 3500, able to generate 400 horsepower and 1000 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired to an electronically controlled six-speed automatic. The third engine is a less powerful variant of the Cummins engine that generates 370 horsepower and 850 lb-ft of torque, paired to the six-speed automatic transmission.
With the new and improved 6.7-liter Cummins HO Turbo Diesel engine in the mix, the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty is the most powerful, most capable pickup in the segment with a towing capacity of 35,100 pounds and a payload capacity of 7,680 lbs. This is capable due to a lot of new engineering upgrades, including a new cast-iron cylinder head, new exhaust valves and springs, new rocker arms, lighter and stronger pistons, new low-friction rings that connect to the crankshaft via newly design forged connecting rods and bearings, and an all-new exhaust manifold is the mounting point for an improved variable-geometry turbocharger with laminated heat shields. The 6.4-liter V8 has a max towing capacity of 16,320 pounds.
Four-wheel-drive versions of the 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty are also available. Both come equipped with a BorgWarner part-time transfer case, Frequency Response Damping (FRD) shocks on all four corners, and a class-exclusive Active-Level rear air suspension has been made available on both, the Ram 2500 and Ram 3500. The exclusive Ram five-link coil design has also been added to the Ram 2500
Following styling cues from the next-gen 2019 Ram 1500, the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty is available in six different grille styles. A new front bumper is cut with larger openings, providing greater airflow to the largest turbo intercooler, and the overall build of the truck is robust yet aerodynamic simultaneously. Presumably, many of the 2018 options return, such as a locking tailgate, automatic headlamps, heated exterior mirrors with the option to add-on mirrors with turn signals, and front bumper sight shields. Three headlamp variations are also available for 2019: Halogen, full LED/reflector and full LED/projectors with an Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS). Returning to the 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 is the best lockable bed storage in the segment, the RamBox Cargo Management System. An optional feature, Ram has added a 115-volt outlet with up to 400-watts of power to the RamBox for additional functionality.
Mimicking the 2019 Ram 1500 again, the 2019 Ram HD has an new assortment of storage compartments, featuring a wider docking area with optional wireless charging, a three-position sliding cup-holder tray under the center armrest to reveal a deep storage tub designed to hold up to a 15-inch laptop, and two bins behind the rear seats (Mega Cab only). Built to be more comfortable, the 2019 RAM HD comes with active noise cancellation system and acoustic glass that reduces ambient cabin sounds and a new HVAC system that features 30 percent more air flow. Presumably, a 40/20/40 split bench seat, a rear 60/40 split folding seat, a rear power sliding window, a rear dome lamp, tinted glass windows, and a tinted windshield all still come standard. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, and second-row seats ventilated front seats, auto a/c temperature control, a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, and more are available on select trims.
The standard speaker system on the 2019 Ram HD is a six-speaker system with a 5-inch touchscreen display. Integrated voice command with Bluetooth, a media hub, SiriusXM Satellite Radio for a year, and Uconnect 3.0 should all return as standard options. Uconnect 4C with a 12-inch display returns as an option for the 2019 RAM HD with an 8.4-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, and Google Android Auto, and the option to add on navigation via Uconnect. A 17-speaker Harman Kardon Premium audio system with surround sound is an available option on select trims.
Safety Features and Warranty
For 2019, all of the standard features from 2018 should return, such as an advanced multistage front airbag system, stability control systems, a Sentry Key Theft Deterrent System, and ParkView backup camera. New safety features for 2019 have been added, including adaptive cruise control and Forward Collision Warning, both with full stop while towing; a 360-degree surround-view camera; trailer reverse guidance; cargo-view camera with dynamic gridlines; auxiliary cameras and a bed-lowering mode.
All 2018 Ram 2500/3500 trucks come with a basic 3-year or 36,000-mile warranty, a 5-year or 60,000-mile limited gas powertrain warranty, a 5-year or 100,000-mile limited diesel powertrain warranty, a rust-through warranty for 5 years or 100,000 miles, and roadside assistance for 5 years or 100,000 miles.