The upcoming 2020 Ram Heavy Duty was spotted trundling around the other day, giving us a look at a body style we haven’t yet seen on the company’s next-generation pickups. This regular cab truck sported an 8-foot cargo box, while the 2019 Ram 1500 is currently only available in Quad Cab or crew cab variants, with a 5-foot, 7-inch box or a 6-foot, 4-inch box. Expect the regular cab to spread to the light-duty Ram within a few months.
The 2020 Ram Heavy Duty should share most of its styling with its light-duty sibling, though it will likely be butched up a bit, visually speaking. Expect a taller hood and a larger grille, the latter conspicuously devoid of Ram’s old crosshairs styling elements. That’s right, the Heavy Duty will almost assuredly ditch the styling feature in favor of open-element grilles with “RAM” script.
The 2020 Ram Heavy Duty will likely receive carryover engine options, starting with a base 5.7L Hemi V-8 with 383 hp and 400 lb-ft. A 6.4L Hemi V-8 will also likely continue into 2020, offering 410 hp and 429 lb-ft. Regarding Ram’s sophisticated new eTorque mild-hybrid technology, we presume it will be offered on the 5.7L V-8 as an optional extra. In the Ram 1500, the eTorque system adds 130 lb-ft of torque to the engine’s output right from idle, easing takeoff from a red light with a heavy load in tow. While the Ram 1500 gets an eight-speed automatic across the board, we’d bet the Heavy Duty will soldier on with a stouter version of the existing truck’s six-speed auto.
Finally, don’t be surprised to see a massaged, refreshed 6.7L Cummins turbodiesel I-6, with a torque number that might exceed 1000 lb-ft. Sorry, fans of row-it-yourself transmissions: Don’t expect Ram to offer the six-speed manual/low-output Cummins combination after the 2019 model year. Instead, plan on your choice of two six-speed autos: one designed and built by Ram or a heavier-duty unit supplied by Aisin.
The 2020 Ram Heavy Duty, which will continue to be available in 3/4-ton and 1-ton variants (as well as medium-duty vocational configurations), should hit the auto show circuit early next year, with sales beginning about one year from now.