FCA has grand plans for 2018 lineup of vehicles- as it is clear from its latest moves. The company is aiming to grab larger market share in all segments- including heavy duty pickup trucks. Its Ram 2500 lineup is quite popular in this sector and for 2018, the Ram 2500 HD lineup is going to get a revamp. It will help the 2018 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty to stave off completion from Ford and GM.
2018 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty – External Body Parts and Inner Cosmetic Changes
The 2018 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty lineup is getting spruced up for 2018 but design changes are not major as such. It comes in various trim choices and cab setups. Bed sizes also vary accordingly. Base tradesman trim and top Limited trim have lots of differences in styling and same is applicable for trims placed between these two. There is a special Night edition for Ram 2500 HD which is also available for 3500 HD lineup. The Night edition brings in a blackened look, inside and out.
The Ram 2500 Night gets 20-inch black aluminum wheels, black leather seats, Black grille surround, Black Badging on sides and you can opt for black tubular side steps too. Style conscious buyers can opt for the special Chrome Appearance Group that adds lots of chrome exterior accents. As per trim, you get plenty of color choices including metallic ones. The cabin of Ram 2500 HD gets adequate amenities and it is practically designed. All trims get cabin air filter and based on trim display size of Uconnect infotainment system can vary. Heating and cooling for seats is available.
2018 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty – Main Power Production Unit
The 2018 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty lineup gets powerful engines. The entry level trims get a 5.7-liter V8 engine output of generating 383 hp. Then there is the 6.4-liter V8 unit making 410 hp. Top of the line Cummins 6.7-liter turbo diesel engine is there which churns out 370 hp. The engines get clubbed with either 6-speed automatic or 6 speed manual gearboxes.
Ride quality varies based on whether you choose 18 inch or 20 inch tires. The Off-road package brings in special off-road tires and this leads to almost no bounce or body roll. Ram trucks are well known for their superior hauling capability and that remains a big reason behind steady sales numbers. The Ram 2500 HD 2018 can tow up to 17980 pounds.
The 2018 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty lineup gets laden with plenty of safety tech and amenities are aplenty as well. The trucks all come laden with 6 air bags, anti-lock disc brakes, park-assist sensors, electronic stability control. Top trims also get features like remote keyless entry and rear backup camera. Optional safety features are theft deterrent and security alarm.
Just like the revamped Ford- F-150 series, the 2018 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty lineup gets equipped with plenty of amenities. You also get plenty of customization choices, based on which trim you purchase. FCA has included a revamped edition of its UConnect touch-screen system which is easier to use than previous edition. It is fluid and graphics are sleek looking.
2018 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty – Release Date and How Much will Cost?
FCA is yet to declare exact pricing of the 2018 Ram 2500 HD lineup. However, base trim price is expected to be close to $33,000 but top trim price is way upwards. The release date is likely to be in late 2017.
The 2018 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty lineup is quite enticing and target buyers have enough reasons choose one instead of moving to Ford or GM. The engines are powerful and safety features are decent. You get a lot of customization choices for most trims in the lineup. With right pricing, FCA can make it the category killer.