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Ram Chassis Cabs: lowest prices, best warranty

by David Zatz on

Ram announced pricing for the new 2011 Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab models; all three of the base Ram Chassis Cab trucks have the lowest prices in the chassis cab segment and the best powertrain warranty in the industry: 5 years/100,000 miles. There are now both regular and crew cabs for all three models.

Ram has added standard content including more interior storage, more rear-seat legroom in the crew cab (with full-size rear doors), standard power locks and windows, and quick access to engine hours, transmission temperature, oil temperature and emission system information.

Ram increased the Chassis Cab’s axle and gross vehicle ratings, with the same proven chassis and powertrain. Upfitters will find integrated auxiliary switches, a single-set power take-off (PTO) speed, and torque converter lockup in PTO mode.

The 2011 Ram 3500 Chassis Cab’s 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 gasoline engine delivers a best-in-class 383 horsepower (286 kW) at 5,600 rpm and 400 lb.-ft. of torque (542 N•m) at 4,000 rpm. The diesel is optional on 3500, standard on 4500 and 5500.

The legendary 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel engine has 305 horsepower (224 kW) at 3,000 rpm and 610 lb.-ft. of torque (827 N•m) at only 1,600 rpm. For 3500 buyers, the 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel is optional with no year-over-year price increase.

The Ram Chassis Cab is the only vehicle in its segment to offer a manual six speed transmission, standard on all diesel models. Ram Chassis Cabs also feature the largest standard fuel tank in the segment — 52 gallons, providing increased uptime.

All Ram Chassis Cab models are available in two cab styles, including regular cab and the new, full-size crew cab.

Three trim levels are available (ST, SLT, Laramie) with new exterior and interior styling based on the award-winning Ram 1500 and Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickups.

By working with truck body suppliers, Ram Truck engineers gave the all-new 2011 Ram Chassis Cab an upfitter-friendly design, providing customers with a less expensive, worry-free experience in their choice of work body adaptation to the vehicle.

The 2011 Chassis Cab trucks feature a 50,000 psi high-strength steel frame with advanced torsional rigidity and stiffness. A coil-spring suspension system in front and a multi-leaf spring design is maintained in the rear for heavy-duty capability. Front and rear shocks and springs are tuned for optimum ride quality and capability.

The 2011 Ram Chassis Cab 3500, 4500 and 5500 have a standard exhaust brake (diesel-equipped models) to reduce brake fade and prolong brake life. The new models are equipped with the largest front and rear brakes in the segment — 390 mm — with integrated Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), increasing brake life and braking stability.

An optional integrated trailer brake control provides better driver control in towing situations. Trailer brake control information is conveniently displayed in the Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) — standard on diesel models and available on gas models.

New automatic transmissions include Electronic Range Select, which enables the driver to manually limit the highest available transmission gear, allowing manual upshifts and downshifts based on road speed and engine speed for improved driveability when towing. Tow/haul mode is available on both five-speed and six-speed automatic transmissions.

Customers in the Chassis Cab segment have a range of needs, and most of them involve high levels of capability. The new 2011 Ram Chassis Cab lineup is designed to deliver the total package.

Towing features include improved trailer-tow mirrors with integrated turn signals, memory function and puddle lamps. The larger 7-in. x 11-in. trailer-tow mirrors offer improved visibility with larger convex glass surfaces. Mirrors flip up and out in a vertical configuration for improved visibility around wide trailers. Trailer-tow mirrors are standard on all Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks.

Suspension upgrades and larger front-axle U-joints (4×4), combined with increased front GAWR, result in increased front-weight carrying capability by 300 lbs.

The Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab come with new N-rated Continental tires that allow a best-in-class top speed of 87 mph for emergency vehicle needs.

The most durable and reliable engine in its class, the 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel features standard oil-change intervals of 7,500 miles, and adds B-20 biodiesel compatability for fleet applications.

Inside, optional Uconnect™ Web provides high-speed data transfer and flexibility, combining Wi-Fi and 3G cellular for a new level of wireless connectivity. The system transforms the vehicle into a “hot spot” for instant access to Web sites, e-mail, personalized music and more.

Interior appointments include soft-feel door bolsters, armrests and one-piece molded door panels. Seats are redesigned with improved power lumbar and lateral support. Six-ring instrumentation keeps track of vehicle functions, while many controls are arrayed in the center stack within easy reach of the driver and passenger.

Other available features include two-tone upholstery with full-width contrasting stitching on the instrument panel; premium seating with heat and ventilation; heated steering wheel; automatic temperature control; memory seats, radio and mirrors; navigation; adjustable pedals and Uconnect Multimedia with a 30-gigabyte hard drive.

An available center console features an upper bin that is large enough to hold a laptop computer (with an accessible power outlet) and a lower bin that accommodates hanging files helping transform the new Ram Chassis Cab into a mobile office for the business owner.

Additional storage locations are built into the instrument panel, front and rear door panels and seat backs. In all, more than 40 storage locations within the cab help keep owners organized.

For all prices, see our 2011 Ram chassis cabs page.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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