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2019 Ram Heavy Duty basic pricing announced

by Patrick Rall on

This morning, FCA offered up the first official prices for the new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty lineup, including the base pricing for each trim line and cab configuration of the 2500 and 3500. The new Ram 2500 starts at 33,395 and tops out (before options or destination) at $65,700 while the 2019 3500 starts at $34,845 and climbs up to $67,050. The only option prices that were announced with the model pricing are hose  of the Cummins Turbo Diesel engines, with the high output version carrying an upcharge of $11,795 over the standard 6.4-liter Hemi.

New Ram HD Lineup

 

“In launching the new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty pickups and Chassis Cab trucks, we knew it was important to offer class-leading capability, features and technology. But it’s also important to offer our great products at a competitive price,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Truck Brand – FCA. “We feel that we’ve delivered the right mix that Ram Truck customers – across a broad spectrum — will appreciate.”

2018 Versus 2019

Everyone who has a basic understanding of how the automotive industry works knew that the 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 would likely cost a bit more than the 2018 version, and it does. At the base level, the 2500 is now $33,395 while the 2018 version started at $33,045, so the ¾-ton lineup starts $350 higher for the new year. For the 1-ton Ram 3500, the 2019 lineup starts at $34,845 compared to $34,445 in 2018, so the 3500 starts $400 higher.

On the top end of the lineup, the 2019 Ram 2500 Limited Mega Cab with the Hemi and 4WD starts at $65,700 while the 2018 version started at $63,645, so the new model is $2,055 pricier while the Ram 3500 in Mega Cab Limited with 4WD and the Hemi starts $2,505 higher at $67,050. That is the starting price that we reported two weeks ago when we got ahold of detailed pricing for a loaded 2019 Ram 3500.

We have included the full table of 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 model pricing below. Those prices all include the 6.4-liter Hemi and single rear wheels, along with the features listed (drive configuration, cab configuration and wheelbase).

New Engine Pricing

The biggest news from the debut of the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty lineup is the introduction of a new high output Cummins Turbo Diesel engine that delivers a whopping 1,000 lb-ft of torque. That is up from the 930 lb-ft offered by the 2018 high output diesel engine in the Ram 3500, so we can expect to see a price hike, but it is smaller than you might expect.

For the 2018 model year, stepping up to the standard Cummins diesel engine from the 6.4-liter Hemi costs $8,800 and making the move to the high output diesel costs $11,495. For 2019, the standard Cummins costs $9,100 while the 1,000 lb-ft version costs $11,795, so each diesel engine option is up $300 for the new model year. When you consider the level of improvement made to both of the 2019 Cummins engines, $300 is a small price to pay for the added strength and durability in both, along with the industry-leading torque level in the high output version. This price for the high out Cummins engine is also what we reported last week.

Ultimately, it was likely that the 2019 Ram would cost more, but when you consider the improvements made to the lineup from top to bottom, the price increases are minor. Depending on the trimline and options chosen, getting into a 2019 Ram 3500 with the high output Cummins diesel engine could cost less than a thousand dollars more for the new model year. Once you start loading the trucks up, the difference will get bigger, but it looks as though the fully-loaded 2019 models are only around $3,000 more than the outgoing version with less power, less capabilities and less premium features.

More Pricing Information

Some of you may have seen our report back on February 4th, where we shared pricing information on a 2019 Ram 3500 that had been ordered from a dealership. FCA would not confirm those numbers at first, but we know now that the basic pricing of the 2019 Ram 3500 Limited Mega Cab 4WD and the pricing of the high output Cummins Turbo Diesel engine that we reported earlier this month is accurate. FCA hasn’t announced any other pricing detail, but with the ordering information that we discussed on the 4th being accurate thus far, there is a good chance that the rest of the numbers in our earlier report will be close to the correct pricing if not dead-on.

Click here for a closer look at our earlier piece detailing Ram 3500 pricing and stay tuned for our first drive of the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty lineup.

Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.

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