A brief list of highlights for the 2015 Ram 2500/3500 Heavy-Duty pickup trucks is out (in fact, Ram is the last of the three HD pickup makers to release its 2015 data), and it looks like Ram is serious about maintaining as many pieces of its segment-leading pie as possible.
To begin, the powertrain engineers have squeezed out 15 more pounds-feet of torque from the Cummins 6.7-liter inline-six-cylinder turbo-diesel, giving it a class-leading 865 pounds-feet of torque. That's 5 more pounds-feet than Ford's newly upgraded Power Stroke, and 100 more pounds-feet of torque than GM's Duramax. According to a Ram press release, the gains were a function of "more aggressive fuel delivery and turbo boost calibration."
Additionally, the Ram 3500 regular-cab long-bed 4x2 with the 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine option was newly rated with a gross vehicle weight rating that's about 100 pounds higher than the 2014 model, giving it more maximum payload capability, now topping 7,390 pounds. Likewise, the Ram 2500 maintains its towing leadership with the a maximum towing capacity (regular-cab Cummins 4x2 longbed) of 17,970 pounds.
Finally, Ram is boasting that its 2015 3500 model continues to have the best-in-class maximum towing capacity with up to 30,000 pounds of capability and the highest gross combined weight rating number at 37,900 pounds. Ram is the only manufacturer to state that all of its ratings adhere to the Society of Automotive Engineers J2807 criteria. We should note that Ford does not share Ram's opinion that the F-450 Super Duty is not a class (or consumer) competitor with the Ram 3500; Ram claims the 3500 is the best in the class — a claim that Ford also makes.
The exact GVWR, GCWR and maximum payload ratings for the 2015 Ram lineup have yet to be released (they're likely due near the beginning of September), but we'll post them as soon as we can.
To read the complete press release, click here.