FCA is not going to make any Ram 3500s for 2018, and everything you can see on the roads being tested is probably the 2019 Ram 3500. The main reason for that delay is most probably the next year’s Ram 1500 and the possible cuts in their expenses. And that should not be difficult to understand considering all the lawsuits they have gotten throughout this and last year.
Why is The Ram 3500 Delayed?
The newest rumors say that the “emissions scandal” is coming to an end since their lawyers found some legal “opportunities” to work that out and dismiss all the charges. We cannot say that about the faulty transmissions which killed or injured a total of 41 persons. Those two scandals are the most probable cause for all the delays.
There Are 2019 Ram 3500 Prototypes?
Lots of different reviewers and car enthusiasts had made some quality videos earlier this year and they have proven the existence of such a project meant for the 2018 and 2019. We had an opportunity to see testing mules for Heavy Duty, some completely covered, some partial covered with cloth. But all of them had testing equipment around the exhaust. That should mean that they are working on their emissions, no matter which model we talk about, even the Cummins.
As we have found out, the production of the Ram 1500 is scheduled to begin somewhere during the early months of 2018 in the Michigan plant. The first Ram as an independent model was created in 2010. Before that, Ram was a part of Dodge’s light trucks. Rams have been given a title of the “Truck Of The Year” five times and it is one of the most favorite trucks in the USA. The main manufacturing facilities are located in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico and in Michigan, USA.
The 2019 Ram 3500 will be a part of the fourth generation which began in 2009.
The 2019 Ram 3500 Release Date And Price Are Not Yet Certain??
Information like 2019 Ram 3500 release date and price are not going to be known until next year. We only know that 3500s are going to be manufactured in Michigan somewhere at the end of 2018, and we don’t know anything else. Nobody knows. Hell, we thought that we are going to see the 2018 model, but that is out of the picture for now. The price tag will not change much. The current Ram 3500’s price goes from $34,500 to $61,500. Everything depends on a trim level (engines) and packages you chose.
You can either choose:
Proven 6.7 liter Cummins Turbo Diesel l6 engine with 900-pound feet of torque or
Legendary Heavy Duty 6.4 liter HEMI V8 engine with 410 hp.
Packages you can choose from are:
Prices are for the regular 8’ box. Crew 8’ and Crew 6’4” are additional $3,000.
- 2019 Ram 3500 SLT $37,445
- 2019 Ram 3500 Lone Star $43,820
- 2019 Ram 3500 Big Horn $43,820
- 2019 Ram 3500 Laramie $48,745
- 2019 Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn $55,475
- 2019 Ram 3500 Limited $58,875
- If you want 4×4 you have to pay the additional $3,000.
Hood Scoop on the New 2019 Ram 3500 Exterior?
Prototypes of the new 2019 Ram 3500 that were spotted during this winter are still in the early development and there are no actual new details, but the cloth is from the front. There are some rumors that new Ram is going to have thinner headlamps and maybe a hood scoop, but not the real one. The only thing because of which we still think that this will be a thing, are the newest videos which look like that, but anything could be under the cloth.
The front grille is not going to be changed much… The FCA can still change bumpers, side skirts and lots of smaller details, but we don’t think that there are going to be some major redesigns.
Comfort of the 2019 Ram 3500 Interior
Surprisingly, we expect that the 2019 Ram 3500 interior will be extremely comfortable. Given the experience, we all had with the previous and the current version it is maybe the most comfortable heavy duty segment truck out there. It simply goes right in there with its extremely silent cabin and those well padded and covered front seats. Yes, sure, the rear seats are not that comfy, and they make you sit like you have a broomstick instead of your backbone but they are comfortable enough.
The overall styling will be modern and with user-friendly controls with the newest alteration of their Uconnect multimedia system. You will be able to check your surroundings without any bigger fuss. Climate controls will not change because it already has pretty big knobs and buttons, and it would look odd if they change it to some compact design, having in mind the overall size of the vehicle.
There is a lot of room for your head, toes, elbows… You can easily wear some big hat and you wouldn’t even feel that. And even though you have a lot of room and the visibility is (in the current state of things) pretty good everywhere you look, there will be an optional backup camera just in case you need it.
2019 Ram 3500 Engine and Configurations
In total for 2019 Ram 3500 engine and configurations, we will have three cab styles, three engines, six trims, two sorts of transmission and two beds.
Most of the 2019 Ram 3500 will come with a 5.7-liter V8 gasoline engine with six-speed automatic transmission. The two optional engines will be a 6.4 liter V8 with six-speed automatic transmission and a turbocharged 6.7-liter diesel six cylinder. The last one is the weakest one considering the hp figures and it comes with 350hp and a 660 lb-ft.
“Bad” output numbers cast some kind of shadow over an overall good engine, but it is simply not skipping up with the rivals. That is why there is a serious update if you pair that engine with six-speed automatic which brings those numbers to 370 hp and 800 lb-ft of torque. And the heavy-duty six-speed automatic goes even further, to 385 hp and 900-pound feet of torque. That is close to the rivals… but, for 2019, Ram needs to bring those numbers close to 1000 pound-feet, or somewhere around 960. Who knows, maybe they are the ones to break the 1k pound-feet barrier?
Fuel consumption for the 2019 Ram 3500 is impossible to predict. If they stick to the current engines, it won’t be that good, but if you are truly looking for a capable strong truck, you are already not concerned for the fuel consumption.
Average fuel consumption for the 2017 Ram 3500 is somewhere around 13.1 mpg.
It goes from 0 to 60 in 8.1 if there is someone interested in that sort of a detail…
The 2019 Ram 3500 is still a huge mystery for all of us. It wouldn’t be if they had some plans for the 2018 year edition. But because it is almost two years away, we can only get some partial data from all the testing mules that are appearing all over the USA. Testing tubes we could see below the cabin and the new look of the front are making us think that there are going to be some new engine options with better mileage and emissions. On the top of that, there is that little detail about the lawsuits that are going on right now.
In the end, it is a hard working truck which will tow almost anything. Inside the cabin, you won’t hear anything from the outside world and the ride is as comfortable as you can get from the truck this big.
Negative aspects can only be found with the combination of manual transmission and a diesel engine. So avoid the manual transmission and everything will be cool.