With the start of the 2018 model-year production underway, FCA US today announced the Dodge Ram 3500, which will offer 930 pounds per foot of torque and the ability to tow 30,000 pounds with a five-wheel hitch.
“Ram maintains capability leadership by delivering the highest-ever torque rating for a pickup truck and heaviest fifth-wheel trailer towing capacity,” says Mike Manley, head of Jeep and Ram Brand for FCA Global. “We understand the attributes most important to our customers within the heavy-duty segment; they demand hard-working, long-lasting capability.”
The 2018 diesel improvements include higher boost limits through a variable geometry turbo and flow rate increases through the fuel delivery system, enabling the 6.7 liter I-6 to produce an additional 30 pounds per foot of torque.
The improvement ranks the Cummins engine ahead of the competition with 930 total pounds of torque, while maintaining the diesel’s durability and efficiency.
The 30,000-pound fifth-wheel towing uprating is made possible by an in-house hitch design from Ram Engineering. The upgraded capability allows the Ram 3500 to haul the heaviest travel trailers in the industry.
In addition, Ram’s new hitch will allow customers to move away from class four and five trucks to haul trailers that would have otherwise been limited to 24,000 pounds. The starting MSRP for the upgrade is $1,395, and it’s also available as an upfit package for the Ram 3500.
The 2018 Ram Heavy Duty pickup trucks will be available in dealerships later this month.