2015 Ram 2500 and 3500 New King of Heavy Duty Pickup TrucksPosted in News on August 27, 2014
What makes a heavy duty truck a real world work truck? It takes more than just bold claims and tough looking exterior lines to make a heavy duty truck a legitimate work truck that can get the job done. When the going gets tough, a heavy duty truck needs to have the right amount of power as well as a solid towing and payload capacity and that’s just what Ram has aimed for with their 2015 heavy duty pickup truck lineup.
The 2015 Ram 2500 and 3500 models will offer increased torque ratings of 865 pound feet of torque on 6.7-liter Cummins powered models while the 2015 Ram 3500 trucks also get an increased payload of 7,390 pounds while maintaining a class leading maximum tow rating of 30,000 pounds. At face value, these are some pretty significant claims but it’s worth noting that Ram is the only automaker to back its heavy-duty towing claims using the SAE J2807 testing criteria.
Ram worked closely with Cummins to give the 6.7-liter 24-valve Cummins engine an aggressive fuel delivery and turbo boost calibration that produces an additional 15 pound feet of torque. This bump in torque has placed Ram ahead of the competition while maintaining performance and EPA compliance as well as offering a five-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty.
Ram hasn’t just jumped to the top of the hill with their 2015 Ram 3500 class 3 truck, they have also take the Best-in-class towing capacity of 17,970 pounds while adhering to SAE J2807 test criteria with their 2015 Ram 2500 class 2 trucks. As if that wasn’t enough, the 2015 Ram 3500 has a Best-in-class GCWR of 37,900 pounds.
You might recall that the Blue Oval was singing the blues recently after Ram claimed the title of Best-In-Class towing. Ford claimed they considered the Ford F-450 Super Duty a class 3 truck because it met the weight requirement in their own testing but the truth is these results were only achieved after a bit of equipment was deleted from the test trucks. Ram however stuck to its guns and said the claims were unfounded since they are the only manufacturer currently adhering to the SAE J2807 testing criteria.
While heavy duty pickup truck manufacturers might be arguing about who builds the heaviest duty truck indefinitely, it’s going to be tough for Ram Trucks’ competition to take the title without adhering to the new SAE J2807 standards.