Introducing the All-New 2019 Ram 2500

 

(Details are based on early reports and are subject to change)

Though details are yet to be finalized, the all-new, updated 2019 Ram Heavy Duty is scheduled to be rolled out and delivered within the next three months. Around March 2019, the all-new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty truck will be launched and make its debut. By early June, all trim levels and all body styles are expected to be in full production.

The updated Ram is scheduled to be debuted to the public in January at the North American International Auto Show. Right before the launch of the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty, production is scheduled to begin. Production will take place at the Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant located in Saltillo, Michigan and will continue there until the all-new 5th Generation Ram Heavy Duty is showcased and introduced in 2022.

Although many things will change with the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty, the engine displacement is not expected to change expected to remain at 6.7 liters. Likely, the 5.7-liter HEMI (BGE) V8 will no longer be available or featured on the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty, which makes the 6.4-liter the only available option for gas engines. The supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI HELLCAT will possibly no longer be available and is not expected to reappear until 2021, in the 2021 Ram 1500 Rebel TRX.

Compact Graphite Iron Block

One thing that has changed with the engine is the decision to use a Compact Graphite Iron block, commonly known as a CGI block. This new CGI block will replace the current cast iron block that comes with the Ram. The cast iron block has been enough up until now and works well but the new CGI block will be even better.

The CGI block will be 75% stronger than blocks made with cast iron which is a great benefit and improvement over previous engine blocks made from cast iron. The new CGI engine blocks made from compact graphite iron are also 45% stiffer than engine blocks made from heavier, less stiff cast iron blocks.

The fatigue strength with the CGI block will be double the fatigue strength of the cast iron block, which is perfect for diesel engines which usually are likely to experience extreme heat and high boost pressure. A traditional block engine made from cast iron can be heavy, but the all-new CGI block made from compact Graphite iron tends to be lighter. The lighter weight offers some valuable benefits that are not seen or experienced with the heavier cast iron engine blocks that are traditionally used on the engine blocks. This causes the CGI blocks to hold up under pressure better and to hold up much better regarding wear than the traditional aluminum block engines or iron blocks that were previously used in Ram Heavy Duty trucks.

The all-new CGI block also has several other benefits not evident with traditional cast iron blocks due to the use of compact graphite iron. Engine blocks that are made from compact graphite iron have less noise vibration, which makes the vehicle quieter and more comfortable and pleasant with a more pleasant ride with less noise. The CGI block runs quieter while delivering 400 HP and 930 pounds per foot of torque for the 2500 model and it delivers 430 HP and 980 pounds per foot of torque for the more powerful 3500 model.

Transmission

Another change that we should expect to see is in the transmission. There are plans to feature a new line-up of TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmissions. The new line-up includes the 66RFE and the 68RFE. It is uncertain whether the six-speed manual transmission will be produced. There is a chance that the six-speed manual transmission will no longer be available in Ram Heavy Duty trucks.

Suspension

When it comes to suspension, the 2019 Ram 3500 and any higher models will continue to use the traditional leaf spring setup as in previous models and the 2019 Ram 2500 is expected to continue to use a coil-link rear suspension as in models that were produced prior to the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty. Although not 100% certain, there is a possibility that the solid front axle will change. The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty could have a lot of the same technology that the 1500 has.

Body

As far as the body of the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty is concerned, there will be some updates. The truck's body is not expected to undergo much change from the A-pillar back, but from the A-pillar forward, there will be unique sheet metal, larger headlamps that flank inward towards the truck's grille while keeping the "big rig" look.

Although the pickup box will not experience any change, the tail lamps will resemble the tail lamps used on the 2019 Ram 1500, as will the rear bumper design which features a lower pad to help with climbing over the tailgate. The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty's interior will also have the Ram 1500's dash design but will have a column shifter as opposed to the rotary knob gear shifter as well as AUX buttons to replace the toggle switches. It is unknown whether the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty will have the panoramic sunroof or reclining seats but instead will come with a standard-size sunroof.

Technology

As far as technology goes, the new 2019 Ram Heavy duty will continue to have all three Uconnect infotainment systems like the 1500. These are 5-inch, 8.4 inch and 12.1 inch systems with SiriusXM 360L, a new system that offers smart content and more variety for a personalized experience. It has On-Demand Streaming audio. Exclusive SiriusXM on-demand programming will be available for the first time in the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty truck. The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty will be the second vehicle to have the new system. New technology will also feature towing mirrors with 360-degree cameras and adaptive cruise control.

Landmark Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is your source for all information on the upcoming 2019 Ram 2500.

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