SPIED: 2020 Ram 2500 / 3500 Heavy Duty in Three Trims and Bodies
Next-Generation Modernized Pickup Keeps Muscular Styling
The 2019 Ram 1500 has barely been on sale for six months, but like the ingrates we are, we can’t help but look forward to what the fullsize truck manufacturer will trot out next. Stoking those flames of anticipation are spy photos of the 1500’s big brother, the Heavy Duty, spotted testing in three body styles, each in a different trim level.
Overall, the trucks look a fair bit like the current-generation Heavy Duty pickup, although there’s a healthy dose of the smaller 1500 in there as well. The new truck’s sleek, windswept grille ditches Ram’s formerly signature crosshairs, like the 1500. But unlike the somewhat understated 1/2-ton, the Ram 2500 and 3500 sport larger headlamps, taller grille, and more separated fenders, maintaining the Peterbilt/Mack/VNL look that made the Ram pickup a household name in 1994.
Making a return for 2020 will be Ram’s much-adored Mega Cab configuration, seen here in Limited trim. On the current generation, this massive cabin allows for lots of rear-seat recline and plenty of locked, secured storage behind the passengers. We assume there will be more in the way of creature comforts for 2020’s Mega Cab, given how much the 1500 does in terms of rear-seat comfort, even with a smaller crew cab. The Limited model seen here also sports Ram’s adaptive LED headlights and sensor-heavy LED taillights
Also spotted on the road was a Ram Big Horn regular cab with single rear wheels. Distinguished by its billet-style grille and halogen headlights, the Big Horn should likely be the volume seller of the Ram Heavy Duty lineup, though not as a regular cab. Expect trucks like this to be limited mostly to the worksite, and even then, a Big Horn might be a bit too luxurious for most fleets.
That kind of setting will be ideal for the third truck spotted today. Ram’s entry-level Tradesman was seen trundling around in a dual-rear-wheel configuration, making it a genuine workhorse ready to haul construction materials, fifth-wheel trailers, and more. That hard-working attitude comes courtesy of the 6.7L Cummins turbodiesel I-6 that will almost assuredly come standard on the dually, as it does today. We predict a bit of a power and torque boost for 2020, helping the big Ram keep up with the 935–lb-ft Ford F-Series Super Duty’s Power Stroke diesel. Currently, the Cummins is available with a maximum torque output of 930 lb-ft. (Your move, General Motors.)
We should see the Ram Heavy Duty make an official debut at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, exactly a year after its 1500 little brother took its first bow.
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