Ram also announced that the Ram 1500 Tradesman would be available in Crew Cab and Quad Cab models to complement the regular-cab Ram 1500 Tradesman models already on sale. The Ram 1500 Tradesman was a value-priced package for half-ton trucks for small business, construction, and commercial fleet uses.
The Ram 1500 Tradesman is powered by a 310-horsepower 4.7-liter V-8 FFV engine. Chrysler says the engine cranks out 330 lb-ft of torque, can tow up to 7700 pounds, and is rated 20 mpg highway. The 390-horsepower 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 is optional. The Hemi ups the ante with 407 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Ram 1500 Tradesman models also get unique steel wheels and a factory-applied sprayed-in bedliner. Models equipped with the 4.7-liter V-8 come with the RamBox cargo system including lighted, lockable storage for tools and adjustable tie downs. Other features include a Class IV receiver hitch and four- and seven-pin trailer connectors.
Also available is the Ram 1500 Tradesman HD. The HD version of the half-ton truck is available only as a two-wheel-drive, long-bed, regular cab pickup. It has a towing capacity of 11,500 pounds, and a payload of 3125 pounds.