Ahead of a debut tomorrow at NAIAS 2019, Ram has released images and details of the redesigned 2020 Ram Heavy Duty line. Reading through the press release, one claim stands out the most “1,000 lb.-ft. of torque.” Not only is Ram claiming to have produced the most capable hauler of the heavy-duty truck segment, but inside and out, it has given the Ram HD lineup the same refresh treatment that helped make the Ram 1500 Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year.
Powering the base model heavy duty Ram is a 6.4-liter HEMI that produces 410-hp and 429-lb.-ft. of torque, mated to an 8-speed automatic. Optioning up to the all new 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engine is where Ram HD shoppers will find the bonkers 1,000 lb.-ft. of torque.
Leaving no body panel untouched, the Ram HD sheds 143 lbs. weight by utilizing aluminum where it can, specifically the hood. Aluminum is further used in the frame, however high-strength steel is in place where rigidity is most necessary. Separating itself from the competition, rear air suspension benefits on-road driving dynamics and allows the truck bed to lower by the press of a button, for easier loading. Active noise cancellation and acoustic glass aim to provide Ram HD drivers with a quiet, luxury car-level experience inside the cabin.
Carrying over the handsome looks of the Ram 1500, the Ram HD’s redesigned exterior has a more defined overall look, as body lines from the quarter panels sculpt a learner and less blocky look. Dominate as ever, the front end presents the Ram brand’s characteristic “RAM” grille, as large and commanding as ever, each trim receives a unique design, accounting for six different grilles.
Inside the Ram HD is class-leading interior space, with more than 12 storage combinations. What will likely impress customers the most is less about the cabin space and more about the cabin’s content. Premium materials and new textures are offered in more colors than the outgoing model, cover the Ram HD’s interior with a diverse range of looks across all trim lines.
An instrument cluster wrapped in hand-stitched leather and a dash accented with wood grain inserts provides a nice touch of luxury for the upper trim levels. Adopting more features from its little brother, Ram HD offers the same vertical 12-inch Uconnect 4C infotainment display found in the 1500 models as an option, while a 7-inch Uconnect unit comes standard across the board. All models receive push-button start and a rotary shift dial, along with five USB ports, a wireless charging base, and up to three 115-volt ports for anything you’d plug into the wall at home. Speaking of wall outlets, Ram’s fan-loved RamBox storage compartments will now receive a 115-volt outlet, as well.
If there was anything the Ram HD was lacking before, this year’s refreshed design, added technology, reduced weight, and absurd amount of torque shows a strong effort from Ram to keep its heavy duty line in lockstep with the success of the Ram 1500.