Ram Trucks: Setting the Bar on Fuel Efficiency, Power, Payload and Towing
September 15, 2015
The Ram 1500 continues to move forward with two mid-year 2015 offerings that carry into the 2016 model year – the Ram 1500 Rebel and Ram 1500 Laramie Limited.
The Ram 1500 Rebel brings a one-of-a-kind off-road design to the full-size truck segment. Rebel features an all-new grille with a prominent billet silver “RAM” letter badge. Departing from the brand’s iconic “cross-hair” designs, the blacked-out Rebel grille tops a completely new black off-road front bumper design with a durable powder-coated surface, which incorporates a billet silver skid plate, new front tow hooks and new LED fog lamps. Black bezel bi-functional projector headlamps with LED marker lights lie beneath an aluminum, twin-snorkel sport hood. Continuing around to the rearview is a bold new “RAM” stamped tailgate with blacked-out lettering.
The Rebel’s trail-running capability gets a boost with 1.0-inch raised ride height for improved off-road approach, departure and breakover angles. Bilstein-supplied front and rear shocks – with unique tuning and a new steering calibration – are matched to the Rebel’s increased ride height. A softer rear stabilizer bar provides improved dynamics. Beefy 33-inch (LT285/70R17E) Toyo Open Country A/T All-terrain tires are mounted to the all-new 17-inch silver and black cast aluminum wheels.
Inside, Rebel is every bit as brawny and rugged as it is outside, featuring dramatic, industry-exclusive seating elements. High-durability technical grain vinyl seats are finished in Radar Red and Black with Sedoso fabric inserts embossed with the Toyo tire tread pattern matching Rebel’s actual footprint.
Ram Truck brand also has taken the Ram Laramie Limited – the benchmark in truck opulence – to an even higher level of sophistication and attention to detail. The Limited’s all-new grille is the most prominent change to the exterior. As the leading point, its new billet port grille breaks from the long tradition of a crosshair styling with bold “RAM” lettering. The side profile of the Limited is dressed in chrome body-side molding, mirrors, door handles, window molding and standard wheel-to-wheel side steps. Matching the new front grille theme, a new tailgate design is fixed with a 20-inch-wide, bright chrome “RAM” badge so onlookers can clearly identify the truck, coming and going. A new chrome accent strip lines the base of the gate.
Subtle stitching accents, pinstriping, unique materials and patterns are found throughout the interior. A new console bin houses a cellular phone and tablet holder, which can be concealed with a new tambour wood sliding door. The door is made from Black Argento wood, the chosen timber for the Limited interior. The collective silver pinstripe theme runs throughout the cockpit.
All 2016 models will inherit the new center console design. Laramie Longhorn will use its own variant of the tambour door found on the 2015 Laramie Limited. Bluetooth connectivity is now available on entry-level radios for handsfree driving in all Ram 1500 trucks.
The 2016 Ram 1500 leads pickup truck fuel economy with the exclusive 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine delivering 240 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 29 miles per gallon (mpg). The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine is mated to the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. Together, the powertrain system delivers an outstanding combination of fuel efficiency and towing capability up to 9,200 pounds.
Ram Truck offers the best value in half-ton trucks with a starting price of $24,970, plus $1,195 destination, and includes a standard 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine.
2016 Ram 2500/3500 Heavy Duty
The Ram Truck brand’s goal is to build the best trucks in the industry. In the heavy-duty pickup segment, that equates to the best capability, highest towing and most power. In 2016, Ram continues to offer the most capable three-quarter and one-ton pickups in the segment:
- Power – Best-in-class 900 lb.-ft. of torque with 6.7-liter Cummins
- Towing – Best-in-class 31,210 pounds with Ram 3500
- Towing – Best-in-class 17,9810 pounds with Ram 2500
- Payload – Best-in-class 7,390 pounds with Ram 3500
- Power – Best-in-class 410 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque with 6.4-liter HEMI V-8
- Capacity – Best-in-class Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of 39,100 pounds with Ram 3500
- Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty trucks offer more innovative features than the competitors’ trucks, including a five-link coil suspension with optional air suspension on Ram 2500 and a supplemental air bag suspension option on Ram 3500.
The 2016 model year brings a new Ram Laramie Limited design offering. The benchmark for premium trucks is taken to an even higher level of sophistication and attention to detail. Featuring high-quality materials, such as all-black, full leather seating, real wood interior components and unique badges, Limited is a “black-tie” luxury alternative to the popular southwestern-themed Laramie Longhorn edition pickup.
The Limited’s all-new grille is the most prominent change of the exterior. As the leading point of the new Limited, its new billet port grille breaks from the long tradition of a crosshair styling, with bold “RAM” lettering. A new front park-assist system, mounted in the bumper, gives audible warning of nearby objects.
2016 Ram 3500/4500/5500 Chassis Cab
Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks are the brand’s halo trucks for capability. Engineered and designed for extreme daily work, the Ram Chassis Cabs are built for an unrelenting duty-cycle with direct customer input.
The Ram Chassis Cab line is specifically designed to meet the needs of construction, landscaping and heavy delivery businesses. They offer best-in-class Gross Combined Weight Ratings (GCWR) of 37,500 pounds, best-in-class towing capability of 29,600 pounds, best-in-class rear frame strength of 50,000 psi and best-in-class dual-tank fuel capacity of 74 gallons.
2016 Ram Chassis Cab trucks can be ordered with an optional ParkSense Package, which now includes a new front park-assist system. This exclusive feature further enhances safe operation and complements the current backup camera offering. The feature improves total cost of ownership and reduces potential damage by audibly warning the driver of impending contact.
Handsfree driving is a must and Ram Chassis Cab trucks offer the latest infotainment technology. New for 2016, entry-level radios are now available with Bluetooth.
Ram chassis cab trucks – part of Ram’s lineup of commercial trucks – meet and exceed customer demands for capability, total cost of ownership, quality, reliability and dependability (QRD) and power and performance.