If you’ve got some heavy duty trucking to do, Ram has the answer. It’s unveiled its 2016 lineup which takes muscle power to the next level by adding even more towing power and torque.
Ram already held the best-in-class, or king of the hill, title and now it is merely extending its distance from the pack. The 2016 models are also getting a minor price increase.
“Ram maintains leadership in all three pickup segments offering best-in-class fuel efficiency, best-in-class towing, best-in-class power and best-in-class payload. Ram continues to break records in the most important consumer-driven titles of the pickup truck market and we’re not slowing down,” says Bob Hegbloom, President and CEO, Ram Truck Brand.
The current 3500 model gets a best in class 30,000 pounds towing capacity and 865 pound-feet of torque. However, the 2016 model with the Cummins 6.y-liter inline-six diesel will have an even greater towing capacity of an SAE J2807-certified 31,210 pounds matched with a whopping 900 lb-ft of torque. Ram claims that this is the most torque ever to be offered in a mass-production vehicle.
In order to compensate for the huge torque and towing capacity additional rear axle ring gear hardware is being added in the form of 12 to 16 bolts on all of the trucks with the 11.8-inch axle. Other bolts are also added along with stronger material in the differential case in order to improve durability.
Ram is also naming the 3500 as getting the best available pickup truck payload with 7,390 pounds, or over 3.5 tons, with the 6.4-liter engine.
The heavy duty 2500 also gets a best-in-class towing with 3/4-ton towing capacity of 17,980 pounds. The littlest, yet not so little, Ram 1500 is not to be left out of the fun and gets a fuel economy of 29 mpg highway when equipped with the 3.0-liter ecodiesel engine for – yes – a best-in-class as well.
Hegbloom says “Ram has bookended its innovation leadership in the pickup segments and thoughtfully engineered better trucks, including our Ram 1500 with real-world fuel economy approaching 30 mpg and the Ram 3500 with a mind-boggling 31,210 pounds of towing capacity, even on the hottest day. Our 2016 Ram Trucks own pertinent, functional titles while delivering award-winning interiors and exclusive features that entice customers.”
The 2016 2500 and 3500 will start at $31,485 and $31,990 respectively, which is an $800 increase on the 2500 and a $580 increase on the 3500. Both models will be arriving in dealer lots this fall.