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Detroit LIVE: 2019 Ram Heavy Duty unveiled with up to 1,000 lb-ft of torque

by Drew Johnson

The 2019 Ram 3500 is capable of towing more than 35,000 pounds.

Ram has introduced its all-new lineup of 2019 Heavy Duty pickup truck models at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Highlights of the new range include a high-output diesel with 1,000 lb-ft of torque, an available 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a new eight-speed automatic transmission for V8-powered models.

As in years past, Ram's Heavy Duty models will be available in 2500 and 3500 grades. Regardless of spec, all 2019 Ram HD models get a new frame made of 98.5 percent high-strength steel. Other improvements across the board for the 2019 model year include frequency response damping shocks, upgraded infotainment systems and available semi-autonomous driving aids.

Both 2500 and 3500 models ship standard with a 6.4L gas V8 making 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque. As mentioned earlier, Ram HD models equipped with the gas V8 use a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

Ram's familiar 6.7L Cummins turbodiesel makes a return for 2019, generating 370 horsepower and 850 lb-ft of torque in its standard form. A revised six-speed automatic is the only transmission available with the entry-level diesel engine.

For those that do some serious hauling, a new high output version of the Cummins 6.7L straight-six will be available in the 2019 Ram 3500. Thanks to a stronger block, forged connecting rods and a bigger turbo, the optional high output motor makes 400 horsepower and a staggering 1,000 lb-ft of torque.

In order to cope with that kind of power, 3500 models equipped with the H.O. diesel engine will use an upgraded six-speed Asin automatic transmission. Ram has also strengthened the truck's available two-speed BorgWarner transfer case and added a 12-inch rear axle.

Rams says 3500 models equipped with the high output diesel will have a payload capacity of 7,680 pounds and will be capable of towing 35,100 pounds.

On the suspension front, all HD models will get four-corner frequency response damping shocks that constantly adjust based on road conditions to deliver the smoothest ride possible. Ram 2500 models further benefit from coil rear springs. In order to handle heavier payloads, 3500 models use a traditional leaf springs on the rear axle.

Both 2500 and 3500 models are also available with an option rear air suspension system, which further promises to enhance the truck's ride quality. But in addition to be softer-riding, the air system is also useful for hauling cargo. A new bed lowering mode automatically reduce the rear height of the truck, making it easier to load heavy objects into the bed.

For those that do more off-roading than hauling, the Ram Power Wagon makes a return for the 2019 model year. Factory upgrades include a lift, front and rear locking differentials and a new 12,000 pound winch that uses a synthetic line for greater durability. The Power Wagon also comes with a 360 degree camera and a forward-facing camera with guidelines to make it easier to navigate off-road trails.

2019 Ram HD models are available in a wide variety of specs and trims, but all feature upgraded interiors with nicer materials and upgraded infotainment systems. High-end Limited and Laramie Longhorn models boast luxurious interiors complete with leather-covered dashboards, real wood accents and an over-sized center touchscreen display.

Safety features have also been upgraded for the new model year and include available adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and an emergency braking system that can work in tandem with a trailer's braking system.

Ram hasn't announced an on sale date or pricing information for its 2019 Heavy Duty lineup, be we expect to hear more on those topics in the coming weeks.

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