2014 Ram 2500/3500 HD: First Look

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To say there are big suspension changes to the 2014 Ram Heavy Duty model lineup would be a gross understatement. This comes on the heels of other big changes made to the 2013 Ram HD's frame, which allowed it to brag about having the highest maximum tow capacity of any truck in its class — by a wide margin.

Here are just some of the highlights we know so far. The 2014 Ram 2500 HDs will now be offered with a standard heavy-duty rear link-coil suspension with an optional airbag option. One-ton models, which are still offered with leaf spring live axles, will get a heavy-duty rear airbag suspension option as well. Both suspension options, as well as the new coil springs offered on the three-quarter-ton Ram HDs, were motivated by the need to improve the overall ride quality. No pricing for the air suspension has been announced at this time.

More big news surrounds the fact that Ram will be the first in the segment to offer two gasoline engine options for its HD lineup with the existing 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 matched with the all-new and MDS-equipped 6.4-liter Hemi V-8. The bigger Hemi is essentially a carbon copy of the smaller one with a slightly larger bore and stroke. Society of Automotive Engineers ratings for the 6.4-liter are 410 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 429 pounds-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. Both gas engines will be offered with a six-speed automatic, and the existing 6.7-liter inline-six Cummins engine — still to be offered in three horsepower and torque ratings like the 2013 models – can be paired with a six-speed manual and two six-speed automatics. The 6.7-liter Cummins high-output turbo-diesel will be mated to the heavy-duty six-speed Aisin (AS69RC) transmission.

The more powerful Hemi and upgraded suspensions should improve some of the Ram HDs' rougher edges quite a bit, but we'll have to wait and see how they haul and pull.

The 2014 Ram 2500 HD will start at $30,695 (including destination); more pricing information will be available later this summer.

For more information about the 2014 Ram 2500 and 3500 changes, click here for the press release.

For the most up-to-date specs on the 2014 Ram HD, click here.

Editor’s note: This post was updated to include available pricing information.

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Comments

Coil springs on a HD is a bad joke.

@ Jason - a bad joke?

Kinda like torsion arms in a HD?

Give it time.

The market place will decide.

Guys, don't forget that Heavy Duty trucks get different power ratings than half tons. Look at the 6.2 in the F-150 and the F-250/F-350... 411HP vs 385

@Jason, Absolutely, the rear coil spring thing is nothing more than a gimmick Fiat expects potential owners to be stupid enough to fall for. The 3500 are sticking to leaves. That should tell you something.

Semis use airbags like the 2500, railcars use springs like the 2500, that should tell you something.

There's no reason a coil spring can't work well. Coils can be and are used in massive applications.

How well they execute it is the question but I don't think it's anything to be scared of.

Chrysler has always had great engineers. Chrysler known as the engineering company. No doubt this new 2014 RAM truck will be a class leader. Don't just take my word for it ....ask pickuptrucks.com's Lou.

@Hemi V8
I agree Fiat/Chrysler has had many great engineers. It's a pity this doesn't translate over to a quality product. For decades we, or I should say Chrysler have produced 3rd world quality products. This will change.........................one day.

We at Fiat spa are helping you people at our subsiduary, Chrysler. We are training your workforce to have pride in their work.

One day, hopefully in the near future Fiat Ram's will be of the same quality as the Chinese Great Wall pickup.

That's our goal at Fiat, to assemble Chinese standard pickups as a minimum.

It's been great talking to you Hemi V8 or as you should be known now................VM V6.

Yes trains use coils, but the coils are the size of baseball bats and have almost no flex.

Looks to be 18" wheels?

All i can say is well done ram on your heavy duty grocery getter as that is all it will be good for. ford and GM are sure to pick up extra sales on this one.

@Ramguy- dodge is not the first to offer diesels in a half ton. Gm had a turbo diesel in their half tons in the 90's.

@Ken, that is because they should be proportionate to the amount of weight they have to deal with. If you put railcar suspension on a pickup, then you might as well not even have suspension.

It appears the 2500 is a good balance between the 1500 and 3500 now. Traditionally, there has been little difference between 3/4 and 1 ton trucks.

Ram strategy is obviously 1 ton for towing heavy loads most of the time

2500 for towing heavy loads some of the time, but comfort and off-road capability takes priority for when it is driven empty most of the time. You have kept going back and forth between a 1500 and heavy duty truck, wishing for the perfect medium. I just wish there was a 4.5-5.0 V8 diesel option for this truck.

1500 for comfort, daily driving, towing light-to medium loads.

@JohnM - you are off by at least a decade. IIRC, they came out in 1982 and were available in 1/2 tons and SUV's. The engine was junk. It was unreliable with poor longevity. Most guys ended up swapping them out for SBC 350's. I don't know of a single truck or SUV still running with an original diesel engine of that era.

I'm surprised as well at the low numbers. Maybe these are unofficial. Even though I'm a GM truck guy, we are all family. It wouldn't surprise me if the official sae numbers for the GM 6.2 came in a bit higher.

I thought I just read on allpar the the 6.4 will have the as69rc option transmission available. I don't know if it would only be available in a 4500/5500 series truck though.
If it is available in a reg cab one ton (6.4+as69rc) with 3.42 gears. This will be the best work truck out there BAR NONE! ford should have upgraded their v10 with direct injection and cylinder deactivation, and put in a pickup, now ram has the advantage if what I say above comes true. the gearing on the as69rc is the reason why. higher first and second gear then lower third and fourth with the same final drive I think. If the cylinder deactivation works good and it can run 3.2l a lot of the time I would think the mpg should be up a little from a 5.7. All speculation till I get my hands on one!

This truck will Coil Springs will tow more then Ford or Gm. So why are people acting like its a stupid idea???

Wish my 2012 power wagon had that 6.4 in it

I think all of the mfgs.should have to tell what how much horsepower these engines are putting to the ground. I have owned a lot of the 60 and 70's veh
I would like and explanation of those old engines pushing anywhere from 190 to 290 HP was so much stronger than today's 300 to 425 HP engines today

I agree ram is stepping up there game, whoever said we all win because others will have to follow suite hit it right on the head! My brothers 01 ram was a pos and never dreamed of buying one again but 11 years later I went truck shopping and got the ram 1500 and so far it's been a great truck with zero problems and the ride gets comments from everybody how smooth it is. I like the coil spring in the 2500 may have to upgrade or get the 1500 diesel, so many options!

Question:
What is the maximum goose neck hitch weight that the 2014 3500 DRW Ram HD Cummins 4wd Automatic will handle with its new Air Bag Assist??? 7000-8000#'s????
Horse Haulin Paul
Michigan

More things to break...
I'll keep my old-school suspension.

I appreciate the choices available, VS FORD and GM, however, how much testing is done on this stuff and are they using over the counter parts that are affordable and durable. What scares me is the haste to be different, RAM has nothing to prove at this point, they are unique at their approach and in my area have a lot of loud Yay Sayers. GM I believe will update their Diesel and Ford will follow suit. If FORD's 6.2 is as reliable and sturdy as their Ecoboost 3.5, them maybe they can just low boost and show these clowns some real HP/TRQ numbers.

Looks like some promising updates. I am very curious to see how the rear coil and coil based bag set up perform in hauling and towing. We know the leaf spring set up will rock, but jury is out on the coil spring set up for 2500. Coils do well in the Ram 1500, but that is only rated at 10,000 pounds at the most, below Ford's 11,300, and trust me, I have pulled 11,100 pounds with my 11 Ecoboost FX-4 and it was very stable and settled at 60 mph. Not sure how coils will stand up is the 2500 is pulling over 12k pounds, but I am sure Ram did it's homework in this department. I give them extreeme credit for breaking the boundaries yet again. I am die hard Ford, but theese Rams are freaking enticing to me. I just hope quality is improving.

@Mike......I think a lot of the issue is all of the emmissions controls on theese cars. Also, a lot of vehicles have some sort of torque management built into the pcms as to protect there powertrains from shock of acceleration between shifts and so on.

@Mike - The way HP and torque ratings are measured and reported changed in the 70's by the SAE. In actual fact, pre-70's engines would have less HP and torque than current engines if they were retested by current standards.
@MatthewJohn has a valid point as various traction/stability control systems, and engine/driveline management systems are designed to protect the driveline. Under certain conditions, they will not seem as powerful as older engines. Another factor is the fact that current drivelines have more gears in the transmission. An engine feels different if it has to work through 3 gears than a current 6 speed or even Ram's 8 speed. Fuel injection is also a game changer. Power is much more seamless than what one got out of a 4 barrel carb.

Yah just what I want to do support the Mexican and Italian economy. Make that sucker in the USA then I am all in.

Dodge V-10 was the best gas towing motor. A little weak on horsepower by today's standards (310), but 450 lb. ft, with most available off-idle. Monster engine. Not much for MPG (8-10). I have 377,000 miles on mine, still pulls like new. No leaks/doesn't burn any oil. Heads have never been off. We need a V-10 Hemi!

I am in need of a 3/4 ton. With the new coil rear, I was ready to pull the trigger. Then learned of the air suspension option. I can order a 2014 today with coil or wait till February to order the air.

I was hoping someone would have insight on coil vs. air for the following factors:

1. Ride comfort with no load or tow
2. Leveling with a 9,000 lbs bumper pull.
3. Do the Air chambers (balloons) wear out and need replacing.

Thanks for your input.

I CAN'T SEEM TO GET A STRAIGHT ANSWER ON THIS QUESTION, OR I'M NOT LOOKING IN THE RIGHT PLACE?! CAN SOMEONE ANSWER THIS FOR ME??
IN THE 2014 RAM LARAMIE 3500, WHAT IS IN THE REAR SUSPENSION?? ARE THEY LEAF SPRINGS OR COIL?

To KW... Sounds like you had bad luck or you're full of it. My Ram 1500 has 187k and has had minimal issues for the use and mileage. No engine or transmission repairs to date. Never left me on the side of the road and I live in the Desert. It's done loads better than my buddies with the competitors trucks. At least 80k of my miles are towing as i use to tow daily for work. Know I drive daily with 800-1800 lbs in the bed. Do some research, lots of happy high mileage rams out there.

@Ramguy radiator shutters was not new in rams they were around in the 1960's on trucks although 2 ton up. They stopped using them as the fan hub/clutch was invented and shutters were heavy and expensive to maintain (as soon as they bumped anything and got bent they didn't operate properly, most commonly birds and such)



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