Ram has unveiled the 2019 Heavy Duty pickups, which it says are the most powerful, most capable pickups in the segment with a towing capacity up to 35,100 lbs. and a payload capacity up to 7,680 lbs.
That big statement is courtesy of the new Cummins 6.7L six-cylinder diesel engine that generates 400 horsepower and a massive 1,000 lb-ft. of torque. There’s also a second Cummins diesel engine that generates 370 horsepower and 850 lb-ft. of torque. If you don’t want a diesel, then there’s also the 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 that’s standard in the 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty. It generates 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft. of torque.
Ram 3500 models with the high output Cummins 6.7-liter turbo diesel engine get the Aisin AS69RC six-speed automatic, while the standard output Cummins diesel is mated to the 68RFE six-speed automatic transmission. The HEMI V8 sends its power to the ground via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
To help it carry those heavy payloads, the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty gets Frequency Response Damping shocks, which automatically adjust for the type of vertical wheel input. Progressive springs and upgraded bushings have also been added and an Active-Level rear air suspension is available on both the Ram 2500 and Ram 3500. The air suspension also includes a new Bed-lowering Mode to make it easier to hook up a trailer.
If the Ram Power Wagon is more your taste, the 2019 Power Wagon features a unique suspension, suspension lift, locking front and rear differentials, disconnecting sway bar and a 12,000-lb. winch. The 2019 Ram Power Wagon also gets a new 360 camera, which includes forward-view camera gridlines to help navigate obstacles.