2019 Ram Heavy Duty to Start at $33,395 Plus Destination
Available Cummins Engine Adds $9,100, High-Output Cummins Demands $11,795
The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty will start at $33,395 plus $1,695 destination, for a total base price of $35,090. That sum will net its owner a Ram 2500 Tradesman 4x2 in a regular cab, longbed configuration, up $350 over the equivalent 2018 Ram Heavy Duty. That slight increase seems like a reasonable price to pay for the new pickup’s totally redesigned high-strength steel frame, impressive new interior fitments, and revamped powertrain offerings.
Speaking of powertrains, Ram will again offer two versions of its legendary Cummins Turbo Diesel I-6. The cheapest Cummins, mated to a Ram-designed six-speed automatic transmission, will add $9,100 to the price, bringing with it 370 hp and 850 lb-ft. The headline-busting high-output Cummins will demand $11,795 owing to its incredible 400 hp, 1000 lb-ft of torque, and mandatory Aisin six-speed gearbox.
At the other end of the pricing spectrum from the base Tradesman regular cab, the Ram 3500 Limited Mega Cab 4x4 will cost $68,745 with destination with its standard 6.4L Hemi V-8 and TorqueFlite eight-speed gearbox. With that high-output Cummins 6.7L I-6 on board, a Limited would start at a breathless $80,540. And we’re not even sure if that price would include dual rear wheels or single rear wheels, so the Ram 3500 could even be available in a more expensive configuration! Nevertheless, a machine so equipped would be a very impressive performer when towing or hauling, and the Limited’s all-new interior is one of the most luxurious on the marketplace, full stop. Luxury sedans from established marques could take a lesson from Ram’s stupendous new interior.
Between those two pricing brackets, Ram will offer the 2019 Heavy Duty in a variety of configurations. Regular-cab pickups will be available in Tradesman or Bighorn trims, while crew cabs add the Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited trim levels, in either 6.5-foot or 8-foot bed configurations. Meanwhile, the spacious Mega Cab offering is unavailable as a Tradesman, but it does offer Bighorn, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited variants. The regular cab and crew cab are available with two- or four-wheel drive, while the Mega Cab is a four-wheeler only.
Also available will be the Ram 2500 Power Wagon, a 4x4 with a crew cab body. Equipped only with the Hemi V-8 and eight-speed automatic, the Power Wagon will start at $54,545 with destination, a price that brings Ram’s Articulink suspension bits, disconnecting front sway bar, standard Warn 12,500-pound winch, and more to the off-road special.
A heart-of-the-market 2500 Bighorn 4x4 in a crew cab configuration will start at $46,695 with the shortbed or $46,895 with the longbed. Adding the standard-output Cummins to that package would require $55,795 and $55,995, depending on bed choice. Moving to a 3500 Heavy Duty with the same trim level and drivetrain would cost $48,045 with the shortbed or $48,245 with the longbed—adding the standard-output Cummins would push those prices to $57,145 and $57,345. And opting for a Ram 3500 instead of a 2500 unlocks the high-output Cummins; so equipped, a Ram 3500 Bighorn 4x4 crew cab would start at $59,840 with the shortbed or $60,040 with the longbed.
In addition to pricing out the Heavy Duty pickup, Ram also announced starting pricing for the new-for-2019 Ram Heavy Duty Chassis Cab. Starting at $36,445 with destination, the Chassis Cab will be available in 3500, 4500, and 5500 configurations, although pricing for individual models (including the Chassis Cab–first Limited trim level) has not been announced.
There’s no denying that new pickups are getting more and more expensive, but it’s also impossible to refute their newfound comfort and convenience features, ever-expanding capability, and modern styling and luxury. With fleet-friendly base pricing, a wide variety of configurations and trim levels, and three impressive powertrain offerings, it’s fair to say there’s probably going to be a Ram for every HD truck customer.
Source: Ram Trucks