New and Stronger, 2019 Ram Chassis Cabs Go Upscale

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Debuting at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, the medium-duty 2019 Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs boast new frames and chassis upgrades like those found on the news 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty pickup trucks revealed at the 2019 Detroit auto show. Maximum tow ratings for the commercial- and upfitter-oriented Class 3, 4 and 5 trucks will reach as high as 35,220 pounds, have a gross vehicle weight rating of 43,000 pounds and deliver a max payload of 12,510 pounds — all higher than ever before.

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The 2019 chassis-cab models will also get the 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 paired to the all-new heavy-duty eight-speed automatic transmission (for 3500 only) or the Aisin AS66RC six-speed (an option for the 3500, standard for the 4500 and 5500). The Hemi is factory rated at 370 horsepower with 429 pounds-feet of torque when mated to the six-speed, and 410 hp with 429 pounds-feet of torque when paired with the eight-speed.

On the diesel side, the all-new turbo-diesel 6.7-liter Cummins inline-six-cylinder delivers all the same upgrades (stronger and lighter block, smarter fuel injection, new exhaust valves and springs, aluminum oil and water pump housings, a bigger turbo and more) and is mated to the same six-speed transmission available with the Hemi engine, which offers right- or left-side power take-off availability. The improved Cummins is rated at 360 hp at 2,800 rpm and 800 pounds-feet at 1,800 rpm.

The redesigned front end and hood of the new medium-duty chassis cabs allow more air to circulate inside the engine compartment as well as more cooling air through the grille and bumper. Both these design changes helped engineers get more power from the engine.

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Of course, some of the biggest changes for these work trucks are inside the cab: Ram has taken many of its popular cabin material choices and layouts from the 2500 and 3500 HD lineup and moved them into chassis-cab trucks. So these, too, get the available massive 12-inch touchscreen and a newly designed dashboard and console layout.

The 2019 Ram chassis cabs will be offered in four trim levels — Tradesman, SLT, Laramie and the all-new Limited — for all three grade levels. At first glance, the idea of offering a fully loaded chassis cab doesn't make much sense because most will be specially upfitted as ambulances, cargo haulers or school buses, but Head of Ram Brand-North America Jim Morrison said the company has seen many equestrian enthusiasts personalize and upgrade the chassis cabs they use to tow their horse trailers thousands of miles per year. Ram is targeting that market with improved chassis-cab interior materials and features straight from the factory.v

All the technology investment made in the new 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 HD models moves straight into the chassis cabs in the form of more available safety features, including adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, park assist, a cargo-view camera in the bed, six-wheel tire pressure monitoring, adaptive front headlights and more.

The new 2019 Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs will go on sale by summer, with pricing released closer to their on-sale date.

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Comments

I want one now.

We've been through a decade of CAFE restrictions and wimpy trucks and we're starting to see light at the end of the tunnel.

Make My Truck Great Again!

Will someone tell me why ram still has so many transmission options?! I'm a ram guy but come on, there is no wimpy powers trike or duramax because of a lesser transmission, just one transmission and one output. Why did they even offer the 8 speed in the HD trucks if it's not pto capable?! All they need is the 6.4 hemi and the 6.7 cummins, with just the aisin 6 speed across the board, no Chrysler 6 speed, no zf 8 speed (in hd's).

6 speeds sounds a bit light nowadays for an auto.

A 6 spd is perfect for these trucks. They are heavy load carrying work trucks. They don't need to going faster then 70 mph EVER! Plus, the less gears, the less complex repairs will be. I would hate to think how much a 10 spd would cost to repair.

My TB SS had a 4 spd and I blew that to $h!t 5 years ago and it was $3k.

Having acknowledged that there is a demand for the Laramie and Limited trims, it would make sense to also offer the Mega cab. Horse, race and max RV pullers would appreciate the extra room.

Too bad Fiat goofed on using the old cab for these trucks. Already looking ancient.

Real nice shade of blue. Almost as nice as Ford's " Denim Blue". I don't understand why these chassis cab models are being only offered with the downgraded Cummins. Even the new 2500 gets more power then these do!! It makes NO sense. The trucks are really nice looking but the engine choices require some serious head scratching.

It's bad enough that Ram bailed on the new ZF 8 speed which
would have been a FANTASTIC choice for the standard version
Cummins but it would be nice if Ram offered an explanation as to why....

And nobody will buy these things with a gas engine in trucks
that will come equipped with a 4:10 rear. gulp..gulp..gulp..

The people who make these decisions-it really makes you
wonder what goes through their heads....

Six in a row; built to tow. OOOOOO

I don't understand why these chassis cab models are being only offered with the downgraded Cummins...Posted by: richardny66 | Feb 7, 2019

@R66

The Cummins can be user-tuned to do a lot more---but at what cost? I would put some faith in the people who build these things to get it right. Many customers are expecting their Cummins to go the distance without needing major work. I hear of people who put over a half million miles on one of these engines without breaking a sweat. It's about long engine life in my opinion.

Does the color matched bed come with it?

Too bad Fiat goofed on using the old cab for these trucks. Already looking ancient...Posted by: redbloodedxy | Feb 7, 2019

You cannot be serious! Those RAM pickups from the last generation dating back to 2009 or so are some of the most classic iron to come out of Detroit since the 55 Chevy and the 57 TBird.

I can't get your drift dude.

@richardny66- the lower power rating are because of the different emissions requirements on these engines- instead of being chassis certified, as in passenger vehicles and pick-ups, these are engine or dyno certified. that means they have to run a different, much tougher duty/emissions cycle. Because of the higher relative power demand, output needs to be dialed back to keep NOx within what the after treatment can handle. Basically, there's a limit to specific output above which NOx (because of rising cylinder pressures and temps) increases to levels which are not economically desirable.
Rental truck operators will gladly buy a gasoline truck for 8-10 grand less. Ford had enough customers buying V10s and asking for an update that they developed a whole new engine.

Keeping the old cabs saved time and money in retooling Warren Assembly- they can keep the same cab lines, except for swapping the Quad cab line to Mega cab.

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For all the guys who were beating the drum for RAM to overtake GM in 2019

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For all the guys who were beating the drum for RAM to overtake GM in 2019

Today FCA aka Fiat Chrysler revealed that their 2019 estimates for sales and profitability will be scaled back to address excess dealer inventories and changes in their Jeep lineup. As a result of the Chrysler press release today their share price lost more than 10 percent of its value.

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Posted by: papajim | Feb 7, 2019 11:40:22 AM

Post like this is why you are not taken seriously and why people use your "name" to mock you.
Why nor grow up and act like an adult.

My TB SS had a 4 spd and I blew that to $h!t 5 years ago and it was $3k.

Posted by: TNTGMC | Feb 7, 2019 8:07:06 AM

If you paid 3K for that tranny to be repaired, then you spent 2300.00 more than I did for my rebuild.

@ opinion

Well, that's a heck of a deal for $700. I had it beefed up to take over 600hp. I bet your little rebuild couldn't handle that HP/TQ.

Good job though getting a deal. I had one of the best known transmission guys do mine as well....piece of mind

Post like this is why you are not taken seriously and why people use your "name" to mock you.
Why nor grow up and act like an adult


@ full of $h!t

No one should ever post under anyone else's name. It's stupid comments like yours that proves you are the childish culprit. Grow up. Your the one who needs to act like an adult...hypocrite anyone

grow up and act like an adult.
Posted by: Just the truth | Feb 7, 2019

I AM an adult--acting is not required.

YOU are the one for whom it's an act. And NOBODY is buying it you moron.

@ tntOnline and papajim Your responses prove my point.

@TNTGMC Usernames are not set on this site. You can use whatever name you want to. When PUTC requires a login will be the day that their are set user names.

JUST WOW.


Brake Pedal Recall on 2019 Ram 1500 series--

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@ full of $h!t and his other fake friend

A user name belongs to the person who creates that name. If u can't respect that then you're the one with serious issues. Act like man/woman with some d@mn morals for once in your life. It's rather pathetic

@tntgmc

then why don't you respect mine?

LOL @ U

hypocrite

@TNTGMC

That's real rich coming from a racist bigot like you. Swallow a shotgun.

A user name belongs to the person who creates that name.


Posted by: TNTGMC | Feb 7, 2019 3:00:40 PM

“ Please remember a few rules before posting comments:

Try to be civil to your fellow blog readers.

Stay on topic. We want to hear your opinions and thoughts, but please only comment about the specified topic in the blog post.

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Sorry t roll. There is no rule or submission guideline that states what you claim

Stop with your lies

Wow. I see imposter will never learn. Too bad someone couldn't track him down and give him a good old fashion @$$ whooping.

Oh calm down there little boy. The fact that you get teased is because you were never that bright.

Just think about it, you are threatening yourself on the internet. How dumb is that?

Internet 1
TNTGMC 0.0

After talking to your mom post coital, she showed me your helmet you wore through high school.

DAMN! She told me the same thing the other night! @papajim, what night were you there???

^^^^ pathetic

No morals.....little fairy princess

Why dont u just use your own name?

You h@te your life that much u want to be someone else??😥😥😥😭😢

Wow. I see imposter will never learn. Too bad someone couldn't track him down and give him a good old fashion @$$ whooping.

Posted by: TNTGMC | Feb 7, 2019 3:50:58 PM

Notice he says someone because tntonline knows he can not do it.

How sure is papajim that Chevrolet will not be building excess inventory as well? Might not just be Ram with excess inventory. Chevrolet in the past has been known to have excess inventory and then forced to give large factory incentives to move the inventory. GM's stock value has increased by selling off assets and closing plants which works in the short term. Long term if GM continues to sell of assets and close plants means that it will not be a sustainable company. A good strategy if selling off the company is the end game and distributing the proceeds to the CEO, then the Board, and the remainder to stockholders.

GM's stock value has increased by selling off assets and closing plants which works in the short term

@Jeff S

How could you possibly know why one shareholder buys and another sells. GM is effectively fulfilling a strategy that its board of directors chose several years ago. FCA is seriously over capacity in North America, but their biggest areas of excess shop floor resources are dedicated to the production of small cars.

GM's shareholders are looking to sell or close underperforming assets, just as Ford and FCA are.

You should wash your hands after pulling that one out of your *ss.

@papajim--GM has the correct strategy for liquating. It is better to get something now than nothing later. GM will continue to sell or close plants long after eliminating cars. As I have said before but you conveniently chose not to admit that eliminating car models were necessary but GM will not stop there. I predict in a few years that GM will no longer be GM. That might not be a bad thing because GM might be beyond redemption. Take the money and run.



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