Test mules of the new generation heavy-duty trucks from Ram are already caught. From what we could see, these are just first models rolling out from development rooms. Nevertheless, the production models will definitely be different. So, the question is – why are these already out? The simple explanation would be to test new engines. This is the acceptable answer since rumors about 930 lb-ft-rated 2019 Ram 3500HD Diesel are louder every day.
The company is probably doing the first tests of this Cummins mill. However, Ram is pretty busy nowadays with new arrivals. First of all, we will see a Ram 1500 light-duty truck in 2019. After that, the new diesel engine is going to be introduced with the largest torque output we’ve ever seen of any truck of from this company. The Ram 3500HD is going to cause a lot of interest, and here are the first impressions about this news.
2019 Ram 3500HD Diesel Drivetrain
So, what can be so powerful to produce 930 lb-ft of torque? It is a Cummins 6.7-liter unit. However, it can’t do it itself, but needs help from a turbocharger. This straight-six unit is going to be a massive consumer of fuel, but who cares, as long as it can do 930 pound-feet of torque. But, what does this power means? For sure, the truck carrying itV-8 can tow over 30,000 pounds. Such capacity will position 2019 Ram 3500HD Diesel among the top models in the heavy-duty class. This truck is not so generous on the horsepower end. With just 380 horses, it is in the shadow of the massive torque output.
The 6.7-l Cummins turbodiesel straight-six unit was released for the first time in 2007. Back then, it was capable to produce 650 lb-ft. Next generation already had a torque level over 800 pound-feet. Models in 2016 reached 900 lb-ft, and now, the first truck to go over this mark will be the 2019 Ram 3500HD Diesel. The future could bring 1000 pound-feet rating, but it is not going to happen before 2021.
2019 Ram 3500HD Diesel Release Date
The 2019 Ram 3500HD Diesel is definitely going to be the second most interesting model for this company in the upcoming season. Light-duty pickup already stole the show, but info about the 930 lb-ft-rated truck turns attention to heavy-duty class. A smaller vehicle is having a debut set for 2018 NAIAS, and shortly after that, we could see the Ram 3500HD Diesel. However, production will start later, and by the end of 2018, we could see the truck in salons.
Pricing for the 2019 Ram 3500HD Diesel is still unknown. The current model carries the price tag of $60,000 for base units. However, with a brand-new engine and such high output, we doubt that Ram will keep this pricing. It is likely that diesel version will have a boost of at least $5,000. The only transmission will be again a 6-speed AISIN gearbox. With extra features and options, buyers can boost visual appearance and overall performance. Of course, with it, the price goes up.