SPIED: 2018 Ram Heavy Duty Facelift, Possible Powertrain Updates
Cosmetic Update Should Presage Full Redesign for 2019
We recently caught a peek at Ram engineers testing a dualie pickup with some curious camouflage, suggesting the company will be giving its hard-working trucks a slight cosmetic facelift within a model year. As the images of the 4500/5500 chassis cab suggests, the truck’s cab and interior will likely stay the same, with changes focusing on the front fascia of the Heavy Duty.
We could also be looking at images of a mechanically updated Ram, particularly since the current torque champion will face stiff competition from the all-new Ford F-Series Super Duty and newish-and-improved Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra HD in the next few months. If that were the case, we’d expect higher power and torque ratings from all versions of the Ram’s 6.7L Cummins I-6 diesel. Currently, the engine family is available in three states of tune depending on what transmission is selected, with power ranging from 350 to 385 hp and torque from 660 to 900 lb-ft.
Incidentally, Ram will push a full redesign of the light-duty 1500 pickup out to customers for the 2018 model year, leading us to believe the cosmetic changes of the 2018 Heavy Duty will be meant to establish family cues with the all-new 1500. To that end, we suspect Ram will continue to use the crosshairs grille design for some time, as the spy photos clearly show the classic design cue behind the black camo.
Traditionally, heavy-duty trucks are redesigned about a year after their lighter-weight brethren, so we expect a totally new Ram Heavy Duty by the close of the decade. Until then, there will be this cosmetic refresh to keep Cummins and Hemi fans happy.
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