Our spy shooters have been very busy lately. Here are a few photos of the next-gen Ram 3500 HD MegaCab. From the looks of it, they're really focusing on engine and rear axle cooling. Whether this is a new Cummins with a tiny exhaust or a bigger Hemi (also with a tiny exhaust) we can't say, but it's interesting. Here's what our shooter wrote us:
"Ram is readying a face-lift for its heavy-duty truck lineup, and we just caught a revamped Ram 3500 dualie prototype testing on public roads. We hear a major overhaul is planned for the full-size Ram trucks in the 2017-2018 time frame, but the truck market, probably more than any other segment, is about continuous improvement to remain competitive. Hence, the updated truck prototype caught here, clearly meant to answer the recently updated Ford Super Duty and the new HD pickups from GM that are headed toward the market."
The face-lifted 3500 HD gets a new grille, along with other possible front fascia tweaks. We expect that a lot of the interior changes and upgrades recently applied to the 1500 will be put into action on the heavy-duty models. One other noteworthy aspect that is clearly visible on this prototype is the massive front control arm seen underneath the bodywork. This change may signal an overall beefing-up of the chassis, to make it more rugged and durable, better able to handle even greater payloads. Meaningful, nuts-and-bolts improvements are the kinds of things that matter to serious truck buyers.