The 2010 Ram should be officially released in fall 2009, according to Dodge. The Ram 3500 will carry the model name “Heavy Duty” and is made especially for professional haulers. This means all the Dodge parts have been upgraded to the HD gear; the 6.7 Cummins turbodiesel engine will still be available, but its improved performance will make 350 hp at 3,000 rpm and 650 lb-ft of torque at a stunning 1,500 rpm. That’s some true diesel power right there!
Dodge says that their diesel pickups can be equipped with a G56 six-speed manual transmission with an extra-low first gear ratio, or it can be mated to the 68RFE six-speed automatic which now includes Electronic Range Select so the driver can limit the highest gear and make manual up- and down-shifts. For those of you who haul extra heavy loads, a trailer brake controller is built in for your convenience. Towing capacities are up; the Ram 3500 with dual rear wheels, diesel, automatic tranny and the 4.10:1 rear axle boasts a 25,400 pound combined gross weight rating. The 4×4 diesels get an increased front axle weight of 5,500 pounds (for better front weight capabilities including heavier snow plows); and the Ram 3500 can tow 18,500 lb, with a maximum payload of 5,100 pounds.
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