Revealed at this week's 2009 Chicago Auto Show, the 2010 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty lineup continues its trend toward greater comfort and improved towing prowess -- punctuated by an expressive, big-rig design. Hoping to build upon the momentum generated by its well-received light-duty Ram late last year, Dodge has added a crew cab option (the 2500 crew cab is pictured above) to the HD lineup for the first time, and boasts of improved overall capability and interior upgrades. The HD models will be available in the fall.

With a 90% take-rate, the 6.7-liter Cummins diesel is clearly the Ram HD's most popular engine choice. As such, the Cummins hasn't received any changes and still pumps out an extra stout 650 lb-ft of torque @ 1500 rpm and a peak 350 hp at maximum high-idle speed of 3000 rpm. In an effort to further clean up emissions, a particulate filter has been added to the exhaust system that Dodge claims drops NOX emissions by 90%. The 50-state legal diesel meets 2010.5 emissions standards and requires oil change intervals at 7500 miles. Major overhauls can wait until the odo hits 350,000 miles. Also available is the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8. Updated in 2009, it produces 383 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque @ 4000 rpm thanks to an increased compression ratio, active intake manifold and variable valve timing.

Those opting for the diesel have their choice between the G56 six-speed manual and a 68RFE six-speed automatic. A heavy-duty 545RFE five-speed automatic is the sole transmission option on the V-8. Both five- and six-speed automatics include an Electronic Range Select, which allows the driver to limit the highest gear and manual up- and down-shifts. For four-wheeling duties, purchasers can choose between two transfer cases: A manual operable NV271 unit for the ST and Power Wagon and an electric, shift-on-the-fly NV273 case on SLT and Laramie models. Available axle ratios consist of 3.42, 3.73, 4.10 or 4.56.

Passenger space comes in three flavors, but first the regular and crew cab. Storage space abounds in each, from front and rear door panels, to seatbacks and even the floor. A redesigned center console is now large enough, Dodge claims, to store a laptop and provides a power outlet. A lower bin allows for hanging files. Combined, the glove boxes offer 800 cu in. of storage space. And then there's the Mega Cab, which claims the greatest interior space, length and size of anything in class. The cargo volume stands at 72.2 cubic feet; the cab stretches 111.1-in long; the rear-door openings are larger; and the rear seats even recline.

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Dodge Introduces "New Crew" of Ram Heavy-Duty Pickups
New 2010 Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500: Ultimate Heavy-Duty Pickup Trucks

* The New Crew: the 2010 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty is available for the first time in a crew-size cab model -- providing Dodge with a formidable entry in the highest-volume part of the heavy-duty pickup segment (approximately 50 percent)
* Cummins and HEMI(r): Choice of legendary diesel- and gasoline-fueled powerplants
* 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel produces 350 horsepower (261 kW) at 3,000 rpm and 650 lb-ft. of torque (881 N.m) at only 1,500 rpm. The 6.7L meets the most stringent of 50-state emission requirements and includes a segment-exclusive standard exhaust brake
* 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 delivers 383 horsepower (286 kW) at 5,600 rpm and 400 lb.-ft. of torque (542 N.m) at 4,000 rpm. Features variable valve timing for greater efficiency and performance
* Improved driving dynamics:
* Ride greatly improved with re-tuned suspension components
* New C-pillar with fluid-filled hydro mounts
* Handling of fully loaded vehicle greatly improved with new suspension tuning
* Ram 3500 with dual-rear wheels, diesel engine, automatic transmission and 4.10 rear axle has an increased Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of 25,400 lbs.
* Ram Heavy Duty 2500 Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) increases to 9,600 lbs. from 9,000 lbs., a 600 lb. increase on crew cab and Mega Cab 4x4 models equipped with the Cummins Turbo Diesel engine
* Increased front Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) of 5,500 lbs. on 4x4 models equipped with the 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel engine allows for more front-weight carrying capability including greater snowplow weights
* Premium front seating with heat and ventilation; heated rear-seats, heated steering wheel; automatic temperature control; two-tone upholstery; memory seats, radio and mirrors; navigation; adjustable pedals and numerous infotainment options including SIRIUS Backseat TV(tm) with three channels of programming, uconnect tunes with a 30-gigabyte hard drive and an available first-in-segment 10-speaker surround-sound system
* Numerous storage options including in-floor storage
* Ram Heavy Duty 3500 offers superior towing capability at 18,500 lbs. and a maximum payload of 5,110 lbs.
* Offered in three cab styles (regular cab, crew-size cab and Mega Cab) and two cargo-box sizes (6-foot-4-inches and 8 feet), single and dual-rear-wheel configurations
* Integrated trailer brake controller
* Available in five distinct trim levels - ST, SLT, TRX, Laramie and Power Wagon
* Exterior styling differentiates light-duty and heavy-duty models with unique grille, hood and bumpers
* More than 25 safety and security features
* B20 package available to fleet customers only
* Trucks to arrive in fall, 2009

Dodge Introduces "New Crew" of Ram Chassis Cabs
Built on proven chassis and frame, new 2010 Dodge Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs deliver complete commercial package


* All-new crew cab increases leg room six inches
* All-new design and exterior styling includes chromed lean-forward grille, new sheet metal, bumper, mirrors, headlamps and a taller hood for more cooling capacity
* Best-in-class fuel economy (14 percent better than Ford F-550 and 23 percent better than GMC C5500), largest standard fuel tank (52 gallons), 4500/5500 largest front brake rotors (390 mm) and calipers (66 mm), standard diesel exhaust brake, standard diesel 24,000 lb. Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) and optional 26,000 lb. GCWR package are both best-in-class on 3500
* All-new comfort and convenience features include all-new heated and ventilated seats, heated steering wheel, automatic temperature control, memory systems, express up/down windows and automatic headlamps
* All-new optional integrated trailer brake controller
* Four all-new upfitter switches integrated into the instrument panel, each capable of running 25 amp loads using 12-gauge wires (continuous) and a dedicated under-hood power distribution center
* Polished 19.5-inch aluminum wheels available on 4500 and 5500 models
* Legendary HEMI(r) and Cummins powertrains: Cummins Turbo Diesel to deliver best-in-class fuel economy (Ram 4500/5500 models). Ultra-clean 2010 diesel emissions-compliant with new diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) injection based on urea injection Selective Catalyst Reduction (SCR) technology
* Unsurpassed standard diesel engine warranty: 5 years/100,000 miles
* Powerful HEMI V-8 with Variable Valve Timing (VVT) to improve fuel economy up to 4 percent (Ram 3500)
* Six-speed automatic and manual transmission with Power Take-Off (PTO) capability
* Diesel engine base alternator to increase to 180 amps from 136 amps
* More than 25 safety and security features
* Comprehensive commercial-grade service and support with Body Builder Guide and hotline support from engineering team
* B20 package available to fleet customers only
* Truck to arrive in fall, 2009

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