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Ram 2500 towing upgraded, Power Wagon coming

by David Zatz on

The Ram 2500’s tow rating increased on 2011 models from 20,000 to 22,000 lb, when buyers choose the diesel and 4.1 axle ratio, indicating that the rear springs or axle may have been beefed up to handle the extra load.

In addition, both Ram 2500 and 3500 have new optional power folding tow mirrors on some models (with late – February – availability), three new colors (the same ones added to Ram 1500), a standard EVIC (advanced trip computer), standard tire pressure monitoring, and standard trailer brake control on all but ST models.

The new midline navigation system is available with the hard drive stereo. Ram 3500 also has optional polished aluminum dual rear wheels (optional on SLT, standard on Laramie). Both have a crew cab option. Half of the Ram Heavy Duty pickup buyers use them for work, the other half for recreation.

Ram 2500 and 3500 were Motor Trend’s 2010 Truck of the Year, and feature either the Hemi gas engine or the highly desirable Cummins diesel, which does not require urea or any other diesel emissions fluid. Ram materials indicate that while Ford’s new diesel has higher peak torque, the Cummins still has the best in class low-end torque.

A missive to dealers indicated that the Power Wagon was on its way, along with the Big Horn and Lone Star models. Trim levels are ST, SLT, Laramie, Outdoorsman, and Power Wagon; three quarters of buyers choose the SLT and Laramie models. The Outdoorsman model is based on the former TRX and is expected to account for just 5% of sales; Power Wagon is likewise expected to be a niche model (and is based on the Ram 2500 only, where Outdoorsman is available on both Rams).

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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