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Spied: 2020 Ram 2500

by David Zatz on

The Ram Heavy Duty series pickups (2500 and 3500) went on sale in 2010, with a facelift in 2014. While there have been incremental upgrades, the basic design has been out there a long time — not the best strategy, perhaps, in a highly competitive market.

2020 Ram 2500 three-quarter shot

The new heavy duty trucks should echo the appearance of the Ram 1500 when they finally appear next year, as 2020 models. Right now, they’re awaiting a complete renovation of the Warren plant — which means that Warren has to stop pumping out Ram 1500s first, which means that either Sterling Heights has to reach its full potential, or the market for pickups has to suddenly falter.

We expect the crosshair grille, which has been used on and off by Ram since the 1930s (but mostly on), to be de-accentuated. It still appears, very subtly, on most Ram 1500s, and that’s likely to take place on the 2500 and 3500, too.

The cabin of the 2500 and 3500 will also most likely follow the 1500 as closely as possible, to cut engineering and tooling costs. All the 1500’s high tech gear is likely to make it through, right up to the 12-inch-screen Uconnect 4C system.

The Cummins diesel hasn’t had a power boost in a while, and will likely leapfrog Chevy and Ford engines to reach the top of the pile again. An eight-speed automatic seems like a long shot, and if it appears at all, it’ll either be in the lowest-capacity 2500 or it won’t be the ZF design we’re used to.  There are other transmission makers — Ram already lets customers specify an “out-of-house” six-speed automatic — who make heavier-duty automatics with bigger ranges and more gears.

2020 Ram heavy duty 2500

While Ram engineers likely found it challenging to leapfrog their bigger, probably-better-funded counterparts at GM and Ford, they’ve nearly always managed to do it in the past, so the 2020 Heavy Duty will probably be quite a truck.


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