For the 2018 model year, Ram added the off-road specialized version of its “three-quarter ton” truck called the Power Wagon and made same changes in the trims organization. However, Chevy HD and GMC HD trucks returned to the game with the new 6.6-liter Duramax V-8 engine while Ford’s Super Duty Series is all-new.
We expected that Ram would firstly respond with the all-new 2018 Ram 1500 and that heavy-duty trucks would follow with the redesign for the 2019 model year. However, the latest reports suggesting the redefined Ram 1500 will likely arrive early 2018 as the 2019 model while HD versions will be on delay for a year or two. So, it seems now that 2018 Ram 2500 won’t respond on Ford’s redesign but we hope that turbodiesel engine might return in the torque battle.
2018 Ram 2500: Styling
The styling of Ram’s trucks including the three-quarter ton version hasn’t actually changed much since their last redesigns which for the Ram 2500 goes back in 2010. The things won’t change for the 2018 Ram 2500 either as it will likely continue in the same form as the actual version. Ford and GM, however, made their trucks somewhat more modern in terms of styling but we found that Ram’s rugged appearance has a strong character and more traditional approach which surely has its strong fan base.
In that context, this truck will continue to dominate on the road with its signature cross-hair grille which will be available in different themes depending on the trim level. The model will arrive in several trim levels including Tradesman, SLT, Big Horn, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, Limited and off-road-ready Power Wagon. Two bed lengths, 8-foot and 6-foot 4-inches, and three cab styles will also be on the offer.
Inside the cabin, the quality of materials and equipment level will depend on the trim level but no matter what level of money you spend the great build quality will quarantine durability. The base models will come with vinyl upholstery and flooring. The next trim will bring the cloth upholstery while the leather will be available starting from the Laramie models. Aside from that, this truck will be available with the comfortable bucket seats and heating and ventilating features. Unique trim accents and stitching will also add a more style to model’s cabin.
With the great comfort, the Ram trucks will also offer responsive Uconnect infotainment system with the 8.4-inch screen and smartphone compatibility. The safety aspect of this truck could be improved with the addition of the advanced safety technology.
2018 Ram 2500: Powertrains
Ram’s heavy-hauler, the 2018 Ram 2500 will likely offer the same range of engine options with some possible upgrades. A six-speed automatic will likely remain the only transmission with an upgraded version for the Cummins diesel engine.
The base engine will be a 5.7-liter V-8 engine which can run on the gasoline or compressed natural gas. In either way, this engine should produce around 383 horsepower and torque of 400 pound-feet.
A more powerful gasoline engine option will be a 6.4-liter V-8 which should stay around the current power and torque levels. It can deliver in its current variant 410 hp and torque of 429 lb-ft.
Where things could change is the 6.7-liter turbocharged Cummins diesel engine. In order to regain the highest-torque title this engine will be improved in upcoming years and in the base case scenario for the 2018 model. The current variant combined with the upgraded 6-speed automatic transmission can produce 385 hp and torque of 900 lb-ft in the Ram 3500. The version on the Ram 2500 delivers peak horsepower of 370 hp and 800 lb-ft of torque. The redesigned 6.7-liter turbodiesel in Ford’s Super-Duty models now tops with 440 hp and 925 lb-ft of torque.
2018 Ram 2500: Arrival, Price
The 2018 Ram 2500 should arrive late this year. The base variants should be available from around $32, 000. The price will easily exceed $50k with additional equipment and luxury features.