News SPIED: 2020 Ram Heavy Duty Pickup Loses Crosshairs, Follows 1500 into the Future

05:56  05 may  2018
05:56  05 may  2018 Source:   trucktrend.com

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2020 Ram 2500 Hd Front Quarter 01© KGP 2020 Ram 2500 Hd Front Quarter 01

As could be expected, Ram will fully redesign its Heavy Duty line of pickups about a year after unveiling the all-new 1500. Spotted testing in Michigan, these snapshots of the all-new Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty give us some clues as to what to expect from the company’s hard-working trucks.

Foremost, peeking through the mesh on the front of the trucks reveals they abandon their old crosshairs grille design entirely. Much like the Ram 1500, the Heavy Duty lineup will no longer wear the four-square grille, which has been a Ram signature since the 1986 model year. Although it’s not totally obvious given the camouflage these trucks are wearing, it’s possible the new grille design will ape that of the 1500 pickup, with “RAM” lettering leaving no doubt as to what kind of truck this is. There’s also a chance the company will place its new ram’s-head logo front and center, giving the brand a dose of subtlety.

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2020 Ram 2500 Hd Front Graphic© KGP 2020 Ram 2500 Hd Front Graphic

Otherwise, expect the Ram Heavy Duty to share the smaller truck’s graceful, inoffensive styling. Unlike the likewise-new 2020 Chevrolet and GMC HD pickups—which will likely depart significantly from their light-duty counterparts, a la Ford F-Series Super Duty—the Ram 2500 and 3500 will likely receive the same headlights and styling elements as the Ram 1500, with fenders, hoods, grilles, and other bits proportionally upsized (but not restyled) for big-truck duty.

2020 Ram 3500 Hd Dualie Front Quarter 01© KGP 2020 Ram 3500 Hd Dualie Front Quarter 01

Our spies caught a particularly interesting configuration testing: a Mega Cab dualie with a 6.5-foot bed. This version of the 3500 Heavy Duty is popular for long-distance towing, a feat made all the more comfortable with an all-new interior that should borrow heavily from the one found in the standard-setting 2019 1500 pickup. With plenty of leather and wood trim, a new 12-inch vertically oriented touchscreen, and active driver-assist systems, expect a top-spec Ram 3500 Heavy Duty Limited Mega Cab to be the last word in highway-eating, trailer-hauling comfort.

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a car parked on the side of a vehicle: 2020 Ram 2500 Hd Front Quarter 02© KGP 2020 Ram 2500 Hd Front Quarter 02

Other versions of the Heavy Duty were spotted: short-bed and long-bed versions of the still-spacious crew cab. Both share a similar front control arm suspension with the 3500 dualie, and there are obvious holes drilled into each arm. Could this be evidence of a significant lightweighting program for the new truck? It’s likely, as Ram would be wise to chase the aluminum-bodied F-Series Super Duty in the weight-loss game.

a black truck sitting on top of a car: 2020 Ram 2500 Hd Front Quarter 07© KGP 2020 Ram 2500 Hd Front Quarter 07

Expect carryover powertrains, with up to 385 hp and 930–lb-ft on offer from the 6.7L Cummins turbodiesel I-6 when paired with an Aisin six-speed automatic transmission. A 6.4L gasoline Hemi V-8 will likely soldier on as the standard engine, offering 410 hp and 429 lb-ft. Ram may offer its eTorque mild-hybrid system on the gas engine, giving the V-8 a bit more instant-on torque, quick-reacting engine idle stop/start, and a small improvement in fuel efficiency.

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a truck that is driving down the road: 2020 Ram 2500 Hd Rear Quarter 03© KGP 2020 Ram 2500 Hd Rear Quarter 03

The 2020 Ram 2500/3500 Heavy Duty will likely be revealed less than a year from now, at the 2019 North American International Auto Show. Expect to see the big pickup on the road by the end of that year, primed to do battle with the big trucks from Ford and GM.

Source: KGP Photography

a car parked in a parking lot: 2020 Ram 2500 Hd Rear Quarter 01© KGP 2020 Ram 2500 Hd Rear Quarter 01

Ram Spied Testing Next-Gen 2500 Under Heavy Camouflage .
Production of the new generation moves to the United States. After recently launching a new generation of the Ram 1500, new spy photos reveal the upcoming improvements for the 2500 HD that serves customers who need to haul heavier loads. This one is in the popular Crew Cab body. This pickup wears lots of cladding to hide the body panels, and the few exposed areas feature a camouflaged wrap to hide the details. The general appearance seems to take considerable influence from the latest Ram 1500, though. Up front, the crosshair grille appears to be gone, which suggests a switch to the new mesh layout.

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