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2015 Ram Heavy Duty Models Start Arriving

By Author: Helen Richard
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Although the 2015 Ram Heavy Duty series of trucks are just now being shipped, a few things are known about these best of class, heavy haulers. Even in its base form, the 2015 Ram Heavy Duty models outclass the competition for power and towing ability. The race for the best-in-class model in this tightly competitive field has been won by Ram, based ratings of horsepower combined with torque, payload and towing ability, with the biggest change coming from the RAM 3500 HD. Both the Ram 2500 and 3500 models of heavy-duty pickups receive powertrain updates for 2015, which put them at the head of the class for pure brute towing and hauling ability.

Powertrains
The biggest change comes from the power generated by the Cummins 6.7-liter inline 6-cylinder diesel engine. Other engine configurations are as impressive and include the base 383 horsepower, 400 lb.-ft. torque HEMI 5.7-liter gasoline fueled V8 that is connected to the rear wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission. Next in the powertrain lineup is an all-new, 410 horsepower, and 429 lb.-ft. torque 6.4-liter HEMI V8 that uses the same 6-speed automatic transmission. Both of these engines provide ample towing and hauling power, but the diesel-powered models are where the true brawn of the RAM is showcased. Six speed automatics are standard on all models; however, a six speed manual transmission is an available option as is four-wheel drive.

The 2500 series will have a towing capacity of 18,350 lbs. when equipped with the diesel and automatic transmission. On the gas engine versions, towing ability drops to around 14,000 lbs. That is still enough power to haul a lot of different implements. The numbers for the 3500 series are higher.

With an amazing 865 lb.-ft. of stump pulling, trailer hauling torque on tap, the Ram boasts the highest rated figure in this class of vehicle and enables properly equipped RAM Heavy Duties the ability to haul 7,390 pounds of payload. With the optional Max Tow package, the maximum tow rating is 30,000 pounds, so pulling that backhoe, race car-laden, or trailer load of this season's hay, will be no problem for this beast. In order to handle this much raw power, the RAM’s underpinnings have been reworked. This includes a 50,000-psi frame, new front suspension using a three-coil system.

Exterior/Interior
There are a few exterior changes in the 2015 Ram, including an updated grille and headlamps. RAM has taken the advice of their owners and left the overall body styling, as is. Why mess with a good thing? If your buyers like it, it is best to leave well enough alone and the brawny good looks of the RAM line of trucks have aged well. New colors have been added to the line, so you that your pickup can wear the colors of the equipment you haul, as a marketing tool for RAM and your business. Twelve colors will be available giving you a large palette from which to choose.

If RAM follows their lineup from the previous years, the trim levels will include Regular Cab, Crew Cab and Mega Cab models in both the 2500 and 3500 series. Trim levels will include Tradesmen and SLT models for the regular cab models. The Crew Cab will include Tradesmen, SLT, Laramie, Power Wagon and Laramie. The Mega Cab RAM will have three trim levels including the SLT, Laramie and Longhorn. Base models use durable vinyl upholstery but cloth and leather are available on some models. Upgrades will have your RAM truck tricked out like a Chrysler 300, if that is the comfort level you desire. A few items to for the interior are the standard power lumbar support in the driver’s seat, steering wheel mounted audio and cruise control, standard fog lamps and UCONNECT with a standard five-inch touch screen.

Performance
The heavy-duty lines of RAM trucks are not sports cars, nor do they handle like one. Although well mannered, they are big, brawny hard working tools of your trade. You have to keep that in mind when taking corners and maneuvering these monsters. With the amount of power on tap in all models getting up to highway speed is not a problem and engine brakes have been added to help you slow all of that weight down, when bringing your truck to a stop or slowing for traffic.

Get your RAM On
If you require a truck that has the ability to pull your fifth wheel trailer, fishing boat, or a load that compares to the size pulled by a semi, the 2015 RAM 2500 or 3500 Heavy Duty pickup is for you. The RAM heavy-duty line of trucks will be showing up at your local dealership any day now where you can look at and test-drive the best in class that RAM has to offer. If you are careful, and do not add every available option, you can keep the price of your new RAM affordable or if you choose you can max it out and have the coolest RAM 3500 on the road.

Having a vehicle that is able to work as hard as you do is important when going head to head with your competition. RAM Heavy Duty trucks are here to help you meet those goals. The 2015 RAM 2500 and 3500’s Heavy Duty trucks are built for the long haul.

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