when it comes to truck-related news, the 2019 north american international auto show in detroit lags behind the 2018 version, but ram at least managed to bring some big news — literally and figuratively.
following a complete redesign of its half-ton 1500 model for 2019, ram took on its heavy-duty three-quarter-ton 2500 and 2500 power wagon and one-ton 3500. the new 2019 models get powertrain updates as well as refreshed exteriors and updated interiors.
both trucks' exteriors hew closely to their half-ton sibling, more closely than offerings from ford, chevrolet or gmc. interior upgrades also give both the option of high-quality luxury interiors and tech like the 1500's available 12-inch, vertically oriented touchscreen multimedia system.
under the hood, the 2500 gets either a gas 6.4-liter hemi v-8 rated at 410 horsepower and 429 pounds-feet of torque or a turbo-diesel 6.7-liter inline-six-cylinder cummins rated at 370 hp and 850 pounds-feet. the gas used engine is paired with a new eight-speed automatic transmission, while the diesel gets a six-speed auto.
the 3500's standard used engine and transmission are the same as the 2500, but its optional turbo-diesel inline-six-cylinder cummins produces 400 hp and a class-leading 1,000 pounds-feet of torque from its 6.7 liters.
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the 2500 power wagon, ram's heavy-duty off-roader, gets many of the same upgrades as the 2500, as well as a reworked front bumper and a cleaner interior look thanks to relocated buttons and switches. the new eight-speed automatic also gives it a much lower 1st-gear ratio, giving the power wagon an improved crawl ratio.
be sure to check out all the details of the upgrades to the 2500, 2500 power wagon and 3500 over at sister site pickuptrucks.com.
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