Ram defines 'Heavy Duty' with combined towing and payload capacity

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There are very few trucks on the road today that can match the overall capability of the new 2014 Ram Heavy Duty 2500 and 3500.

If you need a workhorse that has the power to tow or haul just about anything you or the hills of Western Pennsylvania can throw at it, this is the truck. Ram has also taken extra steps this year to make sure the ride is more comfortable than ever before when you’re heading back home from the work site.

Ram Heavy Duty owns best-in-class towing and best-in-class Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) titles. GCWR is defined by the maximum combined weight of the truck, payload and trailer. In 2014, it has been raised to 37,600 pounds, which again far surpasses the closest competitor’s 30,500-pound GCWR.

The 2014 Ram Heavy Duty also features a factory integrated 5th wheel and gooseneck hitch mount, 2.5-inch receiver hitch, electronic stability control (ESC) for dual-rear-wheels and body-to-frame hydro-mounts that provide improved ride quality.

“The new 2014 Ram Heavy Duty capability story starts with a new frame and suspension, complemented by powerful engines to deliver top-of-segment tow capacities of 30,000 pounds on the 3500 and 17,970 pounds on the 2500,” said Mike Cairns, chief engineer for Ram Truck of Chrysler Group LLC. “Although the Ram Heavy Duty line can haul like a freight train, customers will be amazed at the comfort level thanks to new link coil and air suspension options.”

The Ram Heavy Duty 2500/3500 lineup offers three different engine choices in either two-wheel or four-wheel drive configurations. The first choice is a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 that puts out 383 horsepower. The second gas choice is a new 6.4-liter HEMI V8 that puts out 410 horses.

If you need real power, the 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel puts out 385 horsepower and an amazing 880 lb./ft of torque. Both of the gas engines can run on regular octane fuel while the diesel runs on the new ultra low sulfur diesel, which is better for the environment and doesn’t smell anywhere near as bad as the old diesel fuels of yesteryear.

Twenty-five years ago, Ram and Cummins changed the face of heavy-duty pickup trucks forever. Together, the two companies have succeeded by combining dominant truck engineering and superb diesel powertrain designs. Competitors continue to chase this legacy, which began in 1989. Today, Ram’s 2014 Heavy Duty and Chassis Cab truck lines grip best-in-class titles in the number one truck purchase criterion: capability.

“You only need to look down the road to understand the Ram Heavy Duty customer and the capabilities that are required,” said Reid Bigland, president and CEO of the Ram Truck Brand for Chrysler Group LLC. “The 2014 Ram Heavy Duty 2500 and 3500 allow you to move more weight than any competitor while enjoying best-in-class ride and handling.”

This year, Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty trucks also add new innovations, including an all-new, five-link coil suspension with optional air suspension on Ram 2500 and a supplemental air bag suspension option on Ram 3500.

Heavy-duty trucks generally have suspensions equipped for constant, heavy payloads. This can result in a harsher ride when unloaded. The exclusive five-link coil design on the 2500 provides better articulation over obstacles than a leaf spring system, and the robust coil springs are more than up to the task of handling the loads required of a Heavy Duty Ram 2500.

If you opt for the optional air suspension for the 2500, an air bag replaces the coil spring, much like in the Ram 1500. One significant benefit to the new air suspension design is its load-leveling capability, which automatically detects load on the rear suspension from a trailer or payload. The air pressure increases until the vehicle reaches normal ride height, leveling the truck, improving stability and loaded ride.

The Ram 3500 will continue to feature the rear Hotchkiss leaf spring system on the Ram 3500, but will now offer a supplemental air suspension system. By adding supplemental air bags to the rear suspension, Ram engineers were able to soften the leaf springs, allowing for more unloaded suspension movement. When a high-load capacity condition exists, the air suspension automatically fills the rear air bags to level the truck to improve stability and ride quality.

Pricing for the new 2014 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty starts at $29,600, plus a $1,095 destination fee. The 6.4-liter HEMI option is priced $1,495 greater than a similarly equipped 5.7-liter HEMI -powered Ram Heavy Duty pickup and is the first gas engine available in the dual rear wheel 3500.

Regardless of the configuration and features you choose, the Ram Heavy Duty lineup is made to take on hard work. If you have tough towing or hauling jobs, the Ram Heavy Duty is the truck for you.

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