2019 Ram HD debuts in Detroit Auto Show

2019 Ram HD debuts in Detroit Auto Show

Ram has revealed the 2019 Heavy Duty version pickup truck at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. The most powerful engine in the HD model, the 6.7-litre inline-6 cylinder turbocharged diesel Cummins engine produces 400 hp and 1356 Nm of torque. Towing capacity is said to be almost 16,000 kg and has a payload capacity of 3484 kg. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.

There is also a detuned version of the turbo diesel motor, producing 370 hp and 1152 Nm of torque. This also gets a 6-speed auto. A petrol engine is also on offer, which is a 6.4-litre V8 Hemi engine which churns out 410 hp and 581 Nm of torque. It is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The 2500 and 3500 can get the optional Active-Level rear air suspension with a bed-lowering mode for easier loading. Engineers added progressive springs and upgraded bushings to the suspension system, including the five-link coil design on the Ram 2500, providing better load-carrying characteristics and improved articulation over obstacles when compared to a leaf-spring system.

The Ram HD includes Frequency Response Damping (FRD) shocks on all four corners. The valves of an FRD shock automatically adjust for the type of vertical wheel input, allowing it to have stiffer suspension for handling on road and a supple suspension on driving on rough terrain.

The hardcore offroad-ready “Power Wagon” version also returns. It comes with different suspension design, factory suspension lift, locking front and rear differentials, a disconnecting sway bar and a winch. It was one of the stars of the show.

The interior gets the UConnect infotainment system with an optional 12-inch touchscreen. Customers can also opt for a 750-watt Harman Kardon Audio System with 17 speakers, including an 8-inch subwoofer.

Some new optional safety features on offer include the Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), 360-degree camera display and selectable tire pressures. The Ram HD also offers a second rear-view camera (cargo-view camera) to monitor payload in the bed. It also can be used to align fifth-wheel and gooseneck trailers.

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