Ram truck has been busy! The company has a whole slew of new product announcements for 2014 that include the Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500.
The Ram 2500 and 3500 get several improvements for 2014 including suspension upgrades and an optional larger V-8.
The rear leaf spring suspension on the 2500 has been completely replaced with a standard five-link coil suspension. There is an air-suspension option with automatic load-leveling capability. The standard coil-link suspension and optional air suspension is said to greatly improve the ride of the Ram 2500 truck. The Ram 3500 will continue to feature the rear Hotchkiss leaf spring system, but Ram will now offer a supplemental air suspension system. By adding supplemental air bags to the rear suspension, Ram engineers were able to soften the leaf springs, allowing for more suspension movement without a load. When a high-load capacity condition exists, the air suspension automatically fills the rear air bags to level the truck to improve stability and ride quality — even pulling a best-in-class 30,000-pound load.
In the front, the Ram 2500 and 3500 feature an advanced three-link front suspension (radius arms) to ensure roll stiffness. Greater roll stiffness, also known as body roll, is an important characteristic in taller vehicles and especially trucks with heavy payloads. Although the Ram Power Wagon benefits from the new five-link rear suspension, it also receives a unique front suspension system. The modified front three-link system incorporates high-movement, allowing for additional flexibility and axle articulation. In addition to the 5.7L Hemi V-8 (383hp and 400 lb-ft torque) and 6.7L Cummins turbodiesel (350hp and 660 lb-ft for manual transmission) (370hp and 800 lb-ft for auto) (385hp and 850 lb-ft for 3500 High-Output only), both the Ram 2500 and 3500 will now be available with the tire-smoking 6.4L Hemi V-8 punching out 410hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. Anyone up for a 6.4L Power Wagon? The 6.4-liter HEMI option is priced at $1,495 more than a similarly equipped 5.7-liter Hemi-powered version. Earlier this year Ram announced that the 3.0L EcoDiesel V-6 would find its way under the hood of the 1500 ½-ton truck, making it the only light-duty diesel truck available in the U.S. The EcoDiesel is a turbocharged 60-degree, dual-overhead camshaft (DOHC), 24-valve V-6 that produces 240hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. It is manufactured by VM Motor (a Chrysler supplier since 1992). The engine features a diesel oxidation catalyst, diesel particulate filter, and selective catalytic reduction, it will be emissions-compliant in all 50 states. Ram claims best in class fuel economy with the EcoDiesel, however no numbers have been released yet. Based on the MPG of the Jeep Grand Cherokee with the same 3.0L engine, we suspect Ram will announce something in the 25-30 mpg range. No word on the max tow capacity either, but again, if the Grand Cherokee diesel is any indicator of what to expect with the ½-ton diesel Ram, we suspect it will be in the neighborhood of 10,000 pounds, similar to the Hemi V-8 version. The EcoDiesel with TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission option is priced at $2,850 more than a similarly equipped 5.7L Hemi V-8 version of the Ram 1500. All of the Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 trucks will receive an unsurpassed 5-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.