Ram’s heavy-duty class is making progress towards the new generation. First vehicles are already on streets for a while, showing us both 2020 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks. Well, the entry-level pickup is rarely out nowadays. It seems like the company is developing something special for the Ram 3500 HD model. However, the smaller vehicle will also bring some changes to the new generation.
The new generation will redesign the 2020 Ram 2500. Interior is going to suffer a lot. Besides the upgrades, extra features will find its way for each trim level. Dodge Ram 2500 Laramie will remain the most popular version. Also, we will be happy to see the return of Mega Cab. This one is spotted while testing. However, heavy camo is hiding most of the parts we would like to see. The company is not helping either, keeping the official announcement for next year.
The release date is not set yet. But, the 2020 Ram 2500 will definitely come next year, after its smaller sibling from full-size class hits the new generation. That is not all about FCA trucks. The company could bring back Dodge Dakota to fill the space in the compact segment. Besides the similar trucks from other companies, the Ram 3500 could be one of the major rivals to 2020 Dodge Ram 2500. Many truckers are looking for better towing records. Dual rear wheel setup maximizes the towing potential of the bigger truck.
Spy Photos Confirm Return of 2020 Ram 2500 Mega Cab
The only certain thing about 2020 Ram 2500 is spy photos. Some rumors are confident in details they transmit. But, everything but test mules is still a theory.
What we can see on these prototypes is unbelievable. So, hold your breath while you read the FCA is bringing back a Mega Cab. Yes, this is one of the versions caught by photographers’ lenses. According to these photos, the Mega Cab will be built on the Laramie trim. We know that thanks to specific mirrors this model is using. But, we also saw the 2020 Ram 2500 Mega Cab with wheels the Laramie Longhorn is using. Also, some chrome details are saying the new cab configuration is a probable addition for 2020 Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn.
Furthermore, shapes of the front fascia remind us on the full-size pickup Ram 1500 of the new generation. That’s not all. A redesigned bed is eye-catching, and there is no mistake the same design language will be used for a heavy-duty truck.
2020 Ram 2500 Interior
Length increase on the next-gen Ram 1500 allowed this truck to create more space in the Crew Cab configurations. The question is – why does 2020 Ram 2500 needs a Mega Cab when the Crew Cab can offer the same features? Well, both versions will get a specific set of features. Of course, the Mega Cab will get slightly more space, which will allow its passengers to have more legroom.
While spy photos are showing the same dashboard of the HD model, we believe this won’t remain the same when the truck hits production. On the other hand, handles and seats are different. Again, we can’t claim these are production versions. But, it is nice to see the Heavy-Duty segment is bringing many changes for the next generation.
2020 Ram 2500 Gets a New 8-Speed Transmission
Two petrol engines remain the base options for the upcoming 2020 Ram 2500. The fifth generation will definitely keep a 6.4-liter V-8 unit. However, a 5.7-liter mill is not official yet. But, we believe engineers will update it and the FCA is going to use its 383 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque as the standard offer. The bigger engine is capable to create 410 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque. Well, last time Mega Cab came with just 370 horsepower.
The major change that could boost capabilities of both engines, is the arrival of the new 8-speed automatic transmission. Everything related to the drive system will be better – smoother transmission, improved gas mileage, and probably towing capacity. The maximum for the 5.7-liter engine will be around 14,000 pounds, while 6.4-liter Hemi unit offers 16,500 lbs.
Cummins Diesel Specs and Towing Capacity
Well, the best option for towing is a 2020 Ram 2500 with Cummins engine. This 6.7-liter turbocharged unit is ready to burst over 900 lb-ft of twist. But, the massive torque will be available only for a Ram 3500. There, with gooseneck and dually configuration, the engine will be ready to pull 30,000 pounds and more. For Ram 2500 the engine creates 370 hp and 800 lb-ft of torque. It is good for a towing capacity of 18,000 pounds.
2020 Ram 2500 vs Ram 3500
We already mentioned major differences between two heavy-duty trucks by Dodge Ram. The Ram 3500 is slightly bigger, and it gets more from the same turbodiesel engine. Other differences are minor. Serious truckers will pick details from each vehicle if 12,000 pounds of towing capacity gap is not a key stats.
When is 2020 Ram 2500 Coming Out?
Detroit, NAIAS 2019. Definitely. There is no chance for FCA to miss this display and unveil the next-gen truck somewhere else. Well, the company stole the show last year with the brand-new full-size Ram 1500. We expect a similar outcome with the HD class, although Chevrolet and Ford are preparing new series of their heavy-duty pickups.
Whatsoever, the 2020 Ram 2500 is not coming to dealerships so soon after the debut. It will happen late next year, probably during fall.
Employers in the FCA are focused to make their 2020 Ram 2500 better. But, they must keep listening to updates about the new arrivals from main rivals. Chevrolet has already announced the return of light-duty Silverado 4500, 5500, and 6500 series. Soon, they will step up with an official statement about Chevy Silverado HD lineup. On the other hand, Ford’s F-250/350 is also in the final phases of development. The new Super Duty lineup will also come to Detroit. Finally, there is a rival from Japanese manufacturer Nissan in this class. The long ranger among US heavyweight truck companies is Titan XD, which tries to spoil the monotony in this class.