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Public gets its hands on the 2019 Ram 3500 Tradesman

by David Zatz on

Ram showed its 2019 Ram 3500 Tradesman at the NTEA Work Truck Show to the public in Indianapolis today.

ram 3500 tradesman

The base truck is a rear wheel drive two-door (regular cab), with a long bed. It can be optioned up to a Cummins diesel with 400 horsepower and 1000 pound-feet of torque; with the 4:10 gearset and gooseneck, it can tow up to 35,100 pound. With the Hemi (410 horsepower, 429 pound-feet), the payload is rated at 7,680 pounds. Both figures are the highest in the segment, though you can’t get them both in one truck.

Tradesman buyers still get a manual transfer case; vinyl floors and crank windows in the two-door keep the Ram anchored to work trucks of the past.

The 2019 Rams are the only heavy-duty trucks with standard or optional safety features including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking (with trailer brakes where applicable).

Black accents help with job-site durability; customers can opt for chrome, as well. 17-inch steel wheels are standard on Tradesman, and 18-inch chrome-clads are optional. Inside, the heavy-duty cloth or vinyl is done in black and light gray.  The vocational-use Ram Heavy Duty Tradesman has unique Construction Yellow gauge needles, a new 3.5-inch greyscale screen in the gauge cluster, plated-finished door handles, and durable textured paint.

The truck was unveiled last week, but this is the first time the public has seen it.

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