Ford just announced a new off-road package available for the 2020 SuperDuty trucks! Unlike Ram’s Power Wagon which is only available with the 6.4L Hemi engine, Ford’s Tremor Off-Road package is available on trucks with the 6.7L Powerstroke diesel engine. The Tremor package is also available on Superduty trucks with the new 7.3L gas V8 engine.
What inspired this new off-road package? Ford claims that modern truck owners use their trucks for more than just work. People use trucks for work during the week. On weekends they take the family boat to the lake or go camping. The Tremor Off-Road Package lets Ford truck owners use their trucks for both work and play without compromising payload or tow capacity. Unlike some available truck packages, the Tremor package features numerous upgrades that make Tremor-equipped Superduty trucks very different from standard models.
What Trucks will feature the Tremor Off-Road Package?
Ford F-250 and F-350 Superduty trucks featuring the XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum trims can contain the Tremor package. Only single rear wheel configurations, even in F-350 models, will be available. A 6.75 foot bed is standard for all trucks with the Tremor Off-Road package.
What Off-Road Upgrades Does The Tremor Package Contain?
Ford trucks with the Tremor Off-Road package will feature 35 inch all-terrain GoodYear Wrangler DuraTracs from the factory! This is the biggest tire size ever placed on a stock truck from any manufacturer. These tires are wrapped around 18″ matte-black wheels. Trucks will also feature a 2″ lift in the front. Overall, these upgrades give this version of the Superduty 10.8 inches of ground clearance and best-in-class water ford of 33 inches. Approach angles of 31.65 degrees and departure angles of 24.51 degrees are the best ever found on a SuperDuty.
The Tremor Off-Road package also features unique progressive-rate leaf springs that make driving over rough terrain more comfortable without sacrificing towing capabilities. These new springs work with huge, new shocks custom-tuned for the best on-road and off-road performance. These shocks carry substantial amounts of oil to keep internal temperatures low.
Other Tremor Off-Road Package Features
Other features of this off-road package include an electronically controlled, locking rear differential and a new Dana limited-slip front differential. This front differential uses the trucks’ brakes to send power to the wheels when a tire has lost traction in certain drive modes. 2020 SuperDuty trucks with the Tremor package will be available with six different drive modes. Drivers can select normal, eco, tow/haul, slippery, or deep/snow modes. A sixth, rock-crawl mode is also available. Trail Control, a feature on the Raptor and Ranger trucks will also be available on this version of the SuperDuty. Off-road running boards and skid plates are also standard, to help protect these trucks.
When Can You Buy The 2020 SuperDuty Tremor Package Trucks?
This off-road package will be available on the 2020 SuperDuty trucks coming out in late 2019. We’ll have more information about these new trucks soon! Make sure you subscribe below!
2019 has been a major year for Ram with the release of the new body-style heavy duty trucks. They broke records with the new high-output 6.7L Cummins that can produce up to 1000 lb/ft of torque. You’ve probably seen them all over the internet or on social media. What you probably didn’t know, however, is that 2019 is also Ram’s 10th year anniversary as the official truck of the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs. To commemorate the anniversary, they will be producing 1,000 Special Edition Kentucky Derby 2019 Ram Heavy Duty Trucks. That’s right, only 1,000 trucks will be produced and available for purchase. Ram announced they will be available quarter 3 of 2019. Pricing for 2019 Ram Heavy Duty trucks featuring the Kentucky Derby package will start at $66,890 plus a $1,695 destination fee for 2500s. Ram 3500 trucks will start at $68,240 plus a $1,695 destination charge.
What does the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty Kentucky Derby Edition Include?
The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty trucks featuring the Kentucky Derby Edition will be based off of Ram’s new Limited trim models. Basically, this truck will feature all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a top-tier Ram truck with a couple of additional packages and add-ons included as well. These Heavy Duty trucks will include a 360 degree camera with trailer reverse guidance, fifth-wheel/gooseneck prep package, active hitch grid lines, air suspension with bed lowering, Forward Collision Warning, bed steps, and a DOT Safety Kit.
Interior of the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty Kentucky Derby Edition
2019 Ram Heavy Duty Kentucky Derby Edition trucks will feature Ram’s impressive 12″ UConnect Touchscreen display and navigation. Front and rear seating will include premium, full-leather seats with genuine wood and metal trim adorning the cabin. The leather seats are a black and saddle brown color scheme with medium Greystone stitching and piping.
Exterior of 2019 Ram Kentucky Derby Edition HD Trucks
The 2019 Ram Kentucky Derby HD trucks will also gain a premium billet-appearance grille and body-colored bumpers! Seven exterior colors are available, including Bright White, Pearl White, Delmonico Red, Diamond Black Crystal, Granite Crystal, Max Steel, or Patriot Blue. Exteriors will also include the new power-retracting running boards and the new bed step!
2019 Ram Heavy Duty Kentucky Derby Truck Configurations
2019 Ram Heavy Duty trucks featuring the Kentucky Derby package will be available with both the 6.4L Hemi V8 Engine and the 6.7L inline-6 cylinder Turbo Diesel Cummins. Only Mega Cab and Crew Cab configurations will be available, and both SRW and DRW will be available. The trucks will also have 4×2 or 4×4 offerings. For a full list of 5th generation Cummins Specs click here.
Texas Ram Truck Owners rejoice! Ram is bringing back the Lone Star Edition to the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty truck lineup! The truck just debuted in Dallas at the DFW Auto Show today! Here is everything you NEED to know!
What Is Ram’s Lone Star Edition?
The Lone Star Edition Ram trucks are an exclusive edition for the state of Texas. It was initially offered in 2002 and Ram boasts it is a truck designed by Texans for Texans. It is only distributed in Texas and it was the first model made specifically for the state of Texas.
What is Included in the 2019 Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 Lone Star Edition?
Distinguished by its Lone Star tailgate and interior badges, the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty Lone Star is a powerful truck designed to meet the needs of Texas truck owners. 2019 Lone Star Heavy Duty Ram trucks come standard with Class V receiver hitches, electronic trailer brake controllers, and power trailer tow-mirrors. The trucks also include chrome door handles, bumpers, and grilles on the exterior of the truck. Lone Star trucks feature halogen reflective headlamps or upgraded LED headlamps. There are two available wheel options, either 18″ Steel wheels, or 20″ Chrome or painted aluminum wheels.
The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty Lone Star edition also offers Texans a variety of interior color schemes and two separate interior packages. The colors available for the interior are black/diesel Grey, Black/Light Brown, Light Frost/Black, and all Black premium cloth seats accented with unique finishes. An available equipment group package gives the Lone Star edition a closed upper dash compartment accented with a Lone Star emblem, power driver seats, and their 8.4″ Uconnect display.
Available Configurations: 2019 Ram HD Lone Star edition
2019 Lone Star edition trucks will be available in all cab configurations. This means trucks will be available in regular cabs, crew cabs, and even Mega Cabs for 2019! Bed lengths of 6’4″ for crew cab and mega cab models, and 8′ for regular cab and crew models. Trucks can also feature either two-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive. Engines available include the 6.7L Cummins turbo diesel or the standard 6.4L Hemi gas engine.
The 2019 Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 Lone Star editions will also be available with a monochromatic sport appearance package or a black appearance package to give truck owners a more personalized exterior. A tow-tech group and a safety group are two additional upgrades for truck owners wanting some more modern technology. 2019 Ram Lone Star trucks are also available with a number of function-centric upgrade groups like the bed-utility group, 4×4 Offroad group, a protection group, max towing package, and the premium lighting group.
How much does the 2019 Ram Lone Star Edition Cost?
2019 Ram 2500 Lone Star pricing begins at $37,465 plus a $1,695 destination charge. 2019 Ram 3500 Lone Star trucks begin at $39,095, plus destination. Remember, this is a base model though! The addition of one of the available Cummins engine will bump the price from $9,100 to $11,795 depending on the variation you select. Mega cab models also result in an up-charge of $1500 if it’s the same as the standard 2019 Ram truck pricing.
Upgrade Options 2019 Lone Star Edition
Monochromatic Sport Appearance Package $1,195
Black Appearance Package $2,595
Tow-Tech Group $2,425
Safety Group $2,195
So You Don’t Live in Texas
No worries! Ram released their new trucks with a myriad of new features and options to meet the needs of truck owners all across the country! You can read our complete article about the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty trucks here. Make sure you stay tuned! We will be covering everything about the New 2019 Ram Diesel trucks at Diesel Resource!
Ram has manufactured the 4th generation Cummins trucks for 10 years now. That’s ten years without a significant body style change! We know the new 5th generation Ram Heavy Duty is coming this Fall, but we didn’t know about some impressive new features until two weeks ago. We had the chance to drive the new 5th generation Cummins in the El Dorado Canyon in Nevada. Here are ten new features of the 5th generation Ram Heavy Duty you need to know about.
12″ Uconnect Display
Ram’s new 5th Generation Heavy Duty trucks boast the most impressive head unit we have ever seen in a pickup truck. The new touchscreen 12″ Uconnect system gives users the ability to configure the display in many different ways. The entire screen can show one app or divide into two different screens! This is a major upgrade over the old 8.4″ Uconnect display found in the 4th generation Ram trucks. Now, you can view your navigation on one half of the screen, while simultaneously viewing your apple carplay or Media screens on the other half.
New Camera Views
Heavy Duty Ram trucks finally received a 360 Degree available camera. This is a feature we have been waiting for as these trucks are massive! The 360 degree camera makes navigating tight spaces easy and less stressful! They didn’t just stop there either. The new 5th Generation Ram trucks also feature a split-screen camera view giving you a line of sight down the entire length of the truck and trailer. The screen adjusts left or right on either the passenger or driver’s side to give you an even better view.
Ram introduced an optional auxiliary camera to help keep an eye on precious cargo too. You can position the auxiliary camera in the interior or exterior of your trailer. This feature gives 2019 Ram truck owner’s a configurable camera view for whatever they tow. This is a very valuable asset to truck owners who frequently tow expensive horses. Now you finally have the capability of keeping an eye on your horses while you drive!
Power Running Boards
If you’re a diesel enthusiast like me, you’ve probably considered installing a set of Amp Research Power steps on your truck. They give you the functionality of a running board, without having to look at an ugly set of running boards every time you approach your truck. Higher trim 5th generation Ram HD trucks will now feature power running boards. When a door to the cabin is opened, the running boards extend, giving you easy access into the cab. After the door is shut, the steps retract, hiding from sight! Ram definitely accomplished form and function with the addition of this new feature.
Harman Kardon Sound System
I previously owned a 2017 Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn truck for about a year and I loved the Alpine sound system that came with the truck. Sound quality was fantastic and I could easily adjust my audio settings to match whatever type of music I was listening to. Ram’s 5th Generation HD trucks in higher trims feature a redesigned, 17-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. Harman Kardon sound systems are commonly used in luxury cars like Mercedes, BMW, or Maserati. On the new Ram Heavy Duty trucks, this system even complete with a 750-Watt Amplifier and an 8″ Subwoofer. Ram clearly spared no expense when it came to interior design this year, but this sound system is definitely a highlight!
Bed Lowering System
Loading gooseneck or fifth-wheel trailers can often be a pain in the butt. You have to line up your truck properly with the trailer. Then you may have to raise or lower your trailer to properly connect it to your truck. 5th Generation Ram trucks now have a really neat feature to make loading your trailers easier. By pressing a button, you can activate Ram’s new Bed Lowering Mode. This new feature lowers the bed about 2 inches, allowing you to possibly avoid adjusting trailer height. It’s a convenient feature that makes accessing your bed slightly easier. I’m a fan of anything that saves me time or effort, so I’m all for the new bed lowering system.
New Led Headlights from the factory /w Adaptive Front Lighting System
Factory headlights are disappointing across the board when it comes to diesel trucks. Even though projector headlights have been utilized on the 4th generation Ram trucks, the light output from the factory halogen bulb is still very poor. One of the first upgrades I complete on any truck I purchase is LED or HID lighting. The light output is much greater, allowing you to see better at night. Ram’s new 2019 Heavy duty trucks now have three available headlight variations. Lower trims, will receive new halogen reflective headlights. Middle trims will gain LED lighting in a reflective housing. High end models like the Laramie Longhorn or Limited models will receive LED projector headlights.
Models using LED projector headlamps also gain Ram’s Adaptive Front Lighting System or AFS. The AFS system gives headlamps up to 15 degrees of movement in each direction of travel. This will help drivers gain better vision when making turns at night!
Trailer Tire Pressure Monitoring System
TPMS or Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems are standard in practically every diesel truck available. What about your trailer’s tires though? Trailer tire pressure is very important when towing heavy loads. It can be really time consuming to check trailer tires when they have more than one axle too. One of the most practical features added in the new 5th generation Ram heavy duty trucks is a new trailer tire pressure monitoring system. Now you can monitor trailer tire pressure from the instrument cluster. The new TPM systems can be used with up to four different trailers, giving you tire pressure of up to 12 trailer tires at a time.
New Safety Features
Several safety features were added to the 5th generation Ram trucks. Adaptive cruise control was added to give drivers a “smarter” cruise control. This feature helps slow the vehicle down when approaching someone ahead of you. Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking also help drivers brake more quickly and provide a boost to the safety aspect of driving a Ram Heavy Duty truck.
While the tailgates found on 5th generation Ram heavy duty trucks are still no match for the new GMC tailgates, they did receive a couple of modern touches. Tailgates drop by pressing a button on nicer trims. Ram also added dampening control to remove the dreaded slamming of your tailgate. Ram also incorporated a new bed step that provides an aesthetic and functional solution to getting into your bed.
SiriusXM with 360L
With the 5th generation Ram Heavy Duty, Ram partnered with SiriusXM to give truck owners the ultimate radio experience. SiriusXM 360L includes more than 200 channels, thousands of recorded, on-demand programs, and increased play-by-play sports offerings. SiriusXM 360L recommends different channels and shows to you based on your preferences and listening habits. Perhaps the coolest feature however, is the ability to customize the settings and presets of multiple drivers.
With the available High Output 6.7L Cummins, Ram took the trophy in 2019 for first truck to reach 1,000 lb-ft of torque from the factory. While this number is very impressive, I wanted to test the new 5th Generation Cummins-equipped Ram HD trucks for myself. Last week, I flew to Las Vegas to put the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty trucks to the test in the El Dorado Canyon. Steep grades, sharp turns, and narrow roads made for ideal testing conditions. Almost every model and trim was present, along with a variety of trailers and loads to tow up and down the canyon.
2019 Ram Heavy Duty Performance
If you’ve ridden as a passenger when I drive my trucks, you would know that every time I drive, I’m pushing my diesel truck to the limit. Diesels are built for work. Why go easy on them? With the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty trucks, I took the same approach.
What We Liked
1,000 Ft-Lb Torque Straight From the Factory
The 5th generation Cummins made history this model year. The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty truck paired with an Aisin transmission will be the first truck in its class to reach the 1,000 ft-lb torque milestone. The engine underwent many changes to meet this mark. A new CGI block is used that is lighter and 75% stronger. Advanced Cylinder heads provide better cooling and durability. The fuel system is now a 29,000 PSI system. Turbochargers received some changes on the compressor side. Any diesel enthusiast knows that when it comes to engines, Cummins is at the top of the list. Even though the 6.7L platform underwent a couple of changes, it still holds true to its inline, six cylinder design. The 6.7L Cummins is a major sell-point for the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty trucks.
Unparalleled Towing Capability
It didn’t matter what trailer I pulled, how fast I drove, or how steep the grade, the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty trucks paired with the high output 6.7L Cummins engine and the Aisin Transmission pulled better than any truck I’ve previously driven. Even with a 35,100 lb load, the trucks made moving the trailers look effortless. After sitting behind the wheel, I felt comfortable and confident that the truck could accomplish any towing task easily. The standard 6.7L Cummins engine paired with the 68RFE transmission also pulled astonishingly well. We drove for two hours with a 15,000 pound trailer just to get to our primary test-drive event. In that span of time, we had to navigate the highways, winding roads, and traffic! While I won’t tell you the highest speed we reached, let me tell you this- for a small period of time, I completely forgot I was pulling a trailer at all. The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty truck with the standard Cummins engine felt as if it was unloaded.
While I don’t particularly like these transmissions compared to Ram’s competitors, both the Aisin and the 68RFE performed very well under load. Journalists drove the trucks up and down the El Dorado Canyon for over four hours! After talking to different journalists, and along with my own experiences, transmission fluid temperature never spiked above 180 degrees. In fact, I personally never had the temperature rise above 176 degrees. My stock 2018 Ram 2500 Megacab has reached higher temperatures in Florida with lighter loads!
There is no doubt in my mind that the 5th Gen Ram diesel trucks drive significantly better stock over the 4th gen. Ram really stepped it up this year in terms of unloaded driving. Shift points felt firm and purposeful. On previous generation trucks, downshifts could be almost painful at times. That is not the case with the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty. A new dual core processor is used for faster communication in the transmission. The Dual Core processor helps execute quicker shifts and greatly improves shift quality. You can definitely feel the difference.
Maintain Speed Downhill Easily
The trucks’ capability to maintain a safe speed going downhill was very impressive. Even with a 35,000 pound trailer at a steep decline, I only had to press the brakes a handful of times in a 4 Mile stretch. One thing I did notice was that the engine braking felt significantly smoother than my current 2018 Ram 2500. Sometimes it can feel a bit clunky on my truck. This is especially the case when traditionally braking in tandem with the engine brake. The new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty engine braking system was practically flawless.
While I personally enjoy the sound of a diesel engine, I understand why a quiet cabin is important to so many of you. The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty trucks are the quietest they’ve ever been. Even with the hood open, the 2019 6.7L Cummins engine is unbelievably quiet. Ram also made improvements to the cabin itself to reduce external noise by up to 10 db. Acoustic glass and active noise cancellation help make this possible.
What We Didn’t Like
Two Variations, Two Different Outputs
While the new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty trucks are more capable than ever, they aren’t perfect. Due to the fact that there are two different available 6.7L Cummins engines, you won’t get the 1,000 lb-ft of torque unless you opt-in for the high output Cummins paired with the Aisin Transmission. There is a very noticeable difference between the two.
When compared to competitors, the 2019 standard 6.7L Cummins engine still falls a bit short. Both Ford and GM trucks produce over 400 horsepower and 900 ft-lbs of torque across their entire spectrum of diesel trucks. Can you notice the difference when towing? Nope. But if you’re someone who commutes in a diesel truck, this could be a pain-point.
Transmissions Improved, But Still Fall Short
Both the 68RFE and Aisin equipped 2019 Ram HD trucks feel significantly better on the road, but they still fall short compared to GM or Ford’s transmissions. The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty still feels like a truck. GM and Ford trucks feature 8 or 10 speed transmissions offering superb ride quality and effortless shifting, like a car.
Towing technology was big theme amongst automotive manufacturers this year. Because of this, I was curious as to what Ram would offer their customers to help their customers tow easier.
What We Liked
Bed Lowering Mode
Ram introduced a bed lowering mode on 2019 HD models. Drivers can now lower the truck’s bed 2.5 inches by pressing a button. This is a very useful feature for truck owners who tow frequently as trailer hook-up time is greatly reduced. When used in unison with Ram’s active grid lines you can easily line up your gooseneck trailer and ball. Once positioned correctly, simply press the button again and the truck raises. I think this feature will also make it easier for owners to enter the bed.
While Ram’s HD tailgate doesn’t have the functionality we recently discovered on newer 1500 trucks, it still received some modern touches. For higher trims, you can lower the tailgate at the press of a button inside the cabin. I think this is a valuable feature as you now no longer have to exit the truck to open the tailgate. Tailgates now offer dampening control too, so you can’t slam them.
2019 Ram Heavy Duty trucks will gain a couple of camera views geared towards towing. A split camera view is now available, giving you a line of sight down both sides of the vehicle. I really liked this feature as we had the opportunity to pull some very long trailers. Both Cargo and Rear-view cameras are also still included. Cargo cameras now, as I touched on previously, feature active grid lines to help drivers easily line-up their gooseneck or fifth-wheel trailers. Auxiliary cameras can be used to provide an extra camera view of the rear-end of any trailers or inside the actual trailer. Ram also added a 360 degree camera for the truck. It made navigating tight spaces and sharp turns very easy.
Trailer Tire Pressure Monitoring
Monitoring trailer tires can be a very time consuming, but important task for drivers who tow. With Ram’s 5th generation heavy duty, drivers have the ability to add up to five trailers with tire pressure monitoring systems. The first truck I drove had this feature. It gave me peace of mind knowing that all I have to do is flip through a couple of screens to check on my trailer tires. If trailer tire pressure falls 10% or more, you actually get a warning too.
What We Didn’t Like
Ram added a couple of tow-centric features to their arsenal. However, they still fall a little short compared to other manufacturers’ recent towing innovations. For example, certain Ford trucks can back themselves up while pulling a trailer. If you’re someone that is very comfortable pulling a trailer, I doubt these features really matter to you. Either way, it seems Ram wasn’t as concerned with trailer innovation in 2019 compared to their competitors.
Ram has always done very well when it comes to their trucks’ interiors. With the fifth-generation Ram trucks, I was looking for them to maintain their dedication to interior excellence. The 4th generation Ram trucks had very impressive interiors, but could they improve? Absolutely! Here are my thoughts.
What We Liked
An Interior For Anyone’s Needs
Ram has always excelled at providing a large spectrum of interiors to meet the needs of any customer. Want a basic work truck? The Tradesman model is perfect. Want a truck that turns heads, and offers luxury that even certain luxury cars don’t contain? The Laramie Longhorn or Limited Trims are right up your alley. Want something in between? The Big Horn is a perfect solution for customers wanting some luxury for their work trucks. In 2019, the new Ram HD trucks will have six total available trim packages. Only five trims are available with diesel engines.
With the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty Trucks, there are now 3 different available head units. Tradesman models feature the 3″ Uconnect system. Ram’s 8.4” Uconnect is available middle level trims like the Big Horn or Laramie. Ram’s top tier trims including the Laramie Longhorn and Limited trims gain an exclusive 12” Uconnect headunit.
The 12” Uconnect System single-handedly brought another level of luxury to Ram’s pickup truck line. A split screen feature gives greater connectivity, allowing you to keep track of both your navigation and media screens simultaneously. You can also view the different available camera views simultaneously with another screen. Navigation visibility is also greatly increased. The large screen allows you to see a significant distance ahead of you without having to zoom out.
I was instantly impressed sitting in the new truck. Ram added a significant amount of leather to all of the touch points in the truck. Wherever you rest your arm or however you sit, you will be more comfortable than ever before. To make the trucks even more comfortable, Ram added 4-way adjustable headrests. Front passengers gained all functions of the power seats. Heated and vented seats have three levels for optimum control. While I don’t live in a cold climate, I’m very happy Ram made some crucial changes to their HVAC system. A new inline heater helps bring heat faster to customers in colder climates. Ram also raised HVAC outlets up-front to help rear passengers receive more air.
Sound System Revamp
Previously, higher trim packages featured an Alpine sound system. While the Alpine sound system sounded pretty good, it is no match for the new 17 Speaker Harman Kardon Sound System. The new sound system even includes a subwoofer and amplifier. Ram also partnered with Sirius to give customers a new Sirius XM on demand experience.
New Center Console Design
The center console on new Ram HD trucks, labeled a Swiss Army knife by their lead interior designer, is the best center console I’ve seen to date. It boasts 40 liters of storage space, that can be configured by the driver. There are three adjustable positions, giving Ram truck owners the ability to configure the storage space to their distinct needs. The center console also has five USB ports and features wireless charging.
What We Didn’t Like
A Few Features Could Take the Trucks to Another Level
Ram hit a homerun with their 12″ Uconnect, but they were missing a couple of key features I was looking for. Even the highest trims still feature a regular sunroof. The addition of a Panoramic Sunroof would’ve furthered Ram’s pursuit of best-in-class interior. I would’ve also liked to see a digital gauge display. Chevrolet’s new Silverado HD trucks along with the GMC Sierra HD trucks have this feature. GMC even took it one step further by offering a head up display. Other than that, it was so difficult to find things we didn’t like with the interiors of the new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty Trucks.
Ram offers many different trims to meet the various needs of consumers. Basic models, however, are arguably too basic. I believe the 3″ Uconnect screen should be enlarged. It’s 2019, no head unit should be smaller than the screen of my iPhone.
Ram trucks are known for their big-rig look straight from the factory. Does the 5th generation maintain that same big-rig look? Definitely! Here are our thoughts on the new interior.
What We Liked
Antennas have always been an eye sore on heavy duty trucks. Especially when you invest significant money on a show truck, you’ve always had to invest in an aftermarket antenna, like the 50 cal. bullet antennas. With the new 5th generation Ram trucks, they actually removed the antenna all together and included it in the “shark fin” on top of the cab! This is true for every trim!
An Almost Invisible Bed Step
One last feature I appreciate is the bed step beneath the rear bumper. GM has four steps to access the bed on their new HD trucks, however, they’re all integrated into the bumper or the side panels of the truck. While functional, the aesthetics just aren’t there. Ram’s new bed step hides beneath the bumper. This step is easily pushed in and out with your foot resulting in a more aesthetic solution.
Sharp New Exterior
Ram’s 2019 Heavy Duty is definitely a looker. A new grille featuring 30% more surface area adorns the front end. The new trucks feature three available headlight styles. Higher trims gained LED projector headlights with directional control. The new headlights look fantastic and provide a much better light output than standard halogen lamps. Middle level trims feature LED reflector headlights, and low level trims still have halogen reflector headlamps. Finally Ram trucks will be available with factory LED lighting. It The front bumper holds new fog lamps and redesigned tow hooks. Certain tow hooks even feature a chrome finish for a luxurious look.
Round fenders are still present on the new trucks, allowing easy installation of bigger tires and wheels. New Ram logos and badges give the truck a more chiseled appearance. The sides of the trucks look very similar to the fourth generation overall.
An Updated Look, But Not A Total Redesign
I love the 4th generation Ram trucks, so I was very interested to see how the 5th generation Rams would compare. 5th generation Ram HD trucks look like a modernized 4th generation truck. GM made some significant changes to their trucks’ exteriors which have come with significant controversy. I’m glad Ram stuck within similar design boundaries for their new trucks.
Power Running Boards
Running boards don’t always add to the aesthetic aspect of a truck’s exterior, but they serve an important purpose. Many truck owners purchase aftermarket running boards like the Amp Research Powersteps. Ram’s Limited trims now come standard with electrically powered running boards. When a door is opened, the running boards extend. This gives easy access into the cab. After a door is closed, they contract and hide from sight! I’ve always wanted a set of Amp Research steps, so this is a feature I really appreciated.
What We Didn’t Like
Halogen Headlamps Should Disappear
While two variations of the new headlamps feature LED lighting, halogen reflective lighting is still present on Tradesman models. In my opinion, LED lighting should be used across the board. They provide longer life and better light output. If Tradesman trucks are built with function in mind, doesn’t it make sense that they receive the most functional headlights? In the HVAC company my family owns, we have several work trucks as a part of our fleet. Sometimes we have to work late at night. We would definitely benefit from longer lasting and brighter headlamps.
Beds Weren’t A Priority
The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty trucks offered some significant improvements over 2018 trucks. One area I found lacking innovation was the truck bed. When compared to GM’s new DuraBed, it’s clear this is one area Ram wasn’t focused on. No significant mentions of the bed were made during presentations either. There is a lot of room for improvement. We’re hoping for additional tow hooks and better utilization of cargo space in the future.
Disclaimer: For this event, Ram paid for our travel and stay in Las Vegas. It did not have any impact on our review of their trucks.
Ram made history with their optional Aisin/Cummins combination capable of 1000 lb-ft of torque this year. They didn’t just claim the trophy for first truck to 1000 lb-ft of torque, but they are also introducing a myriad of new features to make the daily struggles of Ram truck owners easier. A new body style was introduced to give trucks a fresh, new look. Ram really worked hard to create an all-new truck capable of whatever you throw at it. While we have a good grasp on these trucks’ capabilities, we have had zero details about pricing! Today, Ram released their pricing for new 2019 Heavy Duty trucks, both the Ram 2500, and Ram 3500. 2019 Ram heavy duty trucks will start at $33,395 along with a $1,695 destination fee that is not included. Ram Cab and Chassis trucks including the Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 will start at $34,750.
Starting prices reflect 4×2 models featuring Ram’s standard 6.4L Hemi V8 Engine. Prices go up quickly based on upgrades like 4×4, upgrades in trim, or the optional 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel. The standard 6.7L Cummins with a six-speed 68RFE transmission is a $9,100 upgrade. High output Cummins trucks with the available Aisin transmission are an $11,795 upgrade. MegaCab models are available for an extra $1500.
Don’t forget! The pricing for 2019 Ram Heavy Duty trucks listed above does not include destination charges or the addition of one of the available Cummins Engines! Add the respective upgrade cost for complete pricing for a cummins equipped truck!
Ford just released the first details on their new 2020 Super Duty trucks coming out this Fall. Major performance changes include two new available engines, a new transmission, and chassis upgrades. Because of these changes, Ford managed to post increases in both towing and payload ratings! In fact, Ford is labeling the 2020 Super Duty as their most powerful and capable heavy duty truck to date. New interior and exterior designs, along with new smart trailer technology will also be added. Here is what we know so far.
2020 Super Duty Performance
Two New Engines
Ford’s 2020 Super Duty will have two new engine offerings in addition to their existing 6.2L Gas V8. First, a new 7.3L Gasoline powered V8 engine will be available on the new Super Duty. Ford believes this engine will be the most powerful Gas V8 engine in its class. A new third generation 6.7L Powerstroke V8 diesel engine will also be available. The new Powerstroke engine will utilize a new 36,000 PSI fuel injection system, new injectors, and a redesigned variable-geometry (VGT) turbocharger to achieve higher horsepower and torque numbers. How much higher? That information isn’t available yet, but as soon as we have more details, we’ll be sure to share!
The new 6.7L Powerstroke will receive critical structural improvements to the cylinder head, block, connecting rods, and bearings to achieve higher output and cylinder pressure. Steel Pistons were also added, resulting in higher firing pressure capability and less friction.
New TorqShift 10-Speed Transmission
The 2020 Super Duty will receive a new 10-Speed TorqShift transmission this Fall. All 2020 Super Duty trucks, not just the diesel, will be available with the new TorqShift. This new transmission features a much wider gear ratio range than the previous 6-Speed, to handle the most difficult towing tasks. Class-exclusive live-drive PTO (Power Take Off) will still be available. The Live-Drive PTO option allows customers to power accessory industrial equipment or accessories with the truck in motion. New drive modes like eco, slippery, ,deep sand and snow are now available. Ford managed to accomplish all this while utilizing the same space and only adding 3.5 pounds to the new TorqShift!
Numerous interior changes were made to higher trim packages. Updated decorative appliqués were used on doors and the media bin door of Lariat trucks. Platinum Super Duties added Onyx Argento wood. Interiors of 2020 Limited trim trucks received an overhaul. Ebony and Highland Tan colors grace their new interiors. Genuine leather, ash wood, and brushed aluminum adorn the trim. The leather-wrapped instrument panel topper, door armrests, seating, and console lids all received decorative stitching. Floor mats now feature an embroidered Super Duty logo. Miko suede is even used as a headliner for Limited trucks too.
Ford’s 2020 Super Duty didn’t receive a full body-style redesign like GM or Ram. Instead, they opted to make subtle changes to optimize performance. A new front-end improves cooling and lighting performance. A new high-airflow grille on all Dually trucks increases powertrain cooling capacity. This is accompanied with a new bumper and air dam for further improvements in air induction and cooling capacity. New LED headlights give the 2020 Super Duty a new look too. Higher trims feature headlights that maintain continuous accent lighting. New tail lights, rear bumpers, and tailgates bring style to the rear end of the new Super Duty trucks too.
Every diesel truck manufacturer has added significant trailering technology to their 2020 model trucks so far. Therefore, Ford had to make some pretty big strides in towing technology too. As a result, they will be introducing a new Pro Trailer Backup Assist to their 2020 Super Duty. Drivers will be able to use the Pro Trailer Backup Assist knob to steer the truck using the rear camera. With this feature, Ford hopes to make it much easier to navigate tight spaces. This is made possible by the trucks’ Trailer Reverse Guidance System that shows trailer angle and direction. Then, it provides steering advice to easily back-up your trailer. In addition, the Pro Trailer Assist feature can be used in conjunction with all trailers, even fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailers.
Ford is adding FordPass Connect on every new 2020 Super Duty too. As a result, Super Duty owners will have connectivity no matter where they are, with Wi-Fi access for up to ten devices. New Safety features are also standard on XLT and higher trims, including lane-keeping alerts, Pre-Collision Assist, and a blind spot monitoring system with trailer coverage will be available. Wireless charging and USB-C ports will also be added to Super Duty trucks.
Don’t Miss Out on more 2020 Super Duty News
Because Ford’s first release was vague in certain areas, we are positive more Ford Super Duty news is coming! Because we get new Super Duty information periodically, you need to stay tuned for the latest news! All of the photos used in this article were provided courtesy of Ford’s Media group. Let us know what you think about these new Super Duty trucks!
Whether you’re a Duramax, Powerstroke, or Cummins fan, you know that there are some small details that can really be a pain in the a$$ or a serious eye-sore when it comes to your truck. Unfortunately, you usually don’t notice these minute details until after you buy. While you put up with them, life would be a lot easier if they just had a better design from the manufacturer. GM just released their 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD, and 2020 GMC Sierra HD Duramax trucks. While you may not appreciate the new body style yet, you will appreciate these 5 small, convenient features that make a BIG difference on the 2020 Duramax.
DEF Fill Location
When it comes to Duramax trucks, I have always HATED how the DEF fill location is under the hood. While you don’t have to deal with it that often, it’s just so inconvenient. No matter what precautions I take, I ALWAYS manage to spill some DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid). I can actually remember one distinct occasion when the cheap spout of my BLUE DEF bottle actually came off. Diesel exhaust fluid went all over my truck, and I was angry to say the least. Well guys and gals, GM finally moved the inlet under the fuel cap. Now, just like your Cummins and Powerstroke friends, you can fill your DEF tank from under your Fuel Door. Hooray!
GM’s Biggest Eye Sore: The DEF Tank Location
It took me a while to get accustomed to the new LML trucks when they came out. The only thing I noticed was how huge the DEF tank was and how awkwardly it was located. It was actually why I waited until the L5P to get another Duramax. I just couldn’t get past it because I knew it would drive me nuts. Then, the L5P was released, and I just couldn’t resist buying the truck because of their sheer performance numbers. But guess what? That DEF tank still made me bitter every time I approached my truck, until finally, I bought some running boards. While they helped, it still didn’t resolve my issue as the DEF tank was still glaringly obvious. GM finally moved the Diesel exhaust fluid tank, and relocated it further back on the Frame and out of sight.
New Bed Steps: Easier access to the front of your Bed
GM’s corner steps integrated into the Duramax trucks’ rear bumpers are an awesome feature that make getting into the bed a lot easier. What about accessing the front of the bed without hopping in though? This is something every truck has struggled with. Running boards or nerf bars were the only solution! Not any longer! GM just introduced new bed steps that are located in front of the rear wheel openings to make accessing this area much easier.
New Easy-Access Engine Block Heater Outlet
Because I live in Florida, this isn’t one of my pet peeves, but i’m sure it drives a few guys up north bonkers. Engine block heater outlets are an eye sore when situated behind the grille or near the bumper. We’re uncertain if this issue was resolved on GMC trucks. However, Chevrolet placed the engine block heater on the lower, side portion of the front bumper. The new Engine block heater outlet is unnoticeable and better protected from the elements. You no longer have loose hanging cords or have to open the hood for plug-in.
New Snow Prep Package
Snow plows aren’t something we use every day in Florida. I know how important they are to you guys up north though. We’re not sure about GMC, but Chevrolet introduced a new snow prep package. Chevrolet designed the front end of these trucks for easy removal of the Air Dam and skid plate for easier installation of snow plows and their hardware. You don’t even have to drill additional holes in your front bumper! We can all appreciate the goodness of a bolt-on design. When you take the plow off your truck, your truck will now maintain its clean, aesthetic appearance.
Chevrolet took many of the photos used in this article. You can find them here.
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If you’re a diesel enthusiast like me, you may have seen some shots of Chevrolet’s Silverado HD prior to their official debut. They’re vastly different than any truck Chevrolet has made so far. The 2020 Silverado HD features a redesigned exterior that is taller, wider, and longer. Compared to the 2019 Silverado HD crew cab SRW standard box, the new 2020 counterparts have a 5.2″ longer wheelbase, they’re 10″ longer, 1.6″ Taller, and 1.4″ wider. When I said they’re taller and bigger overall, I meant it.
It’s also the most capable Chevy to date, featuring a max towing capability of 35,500 lbs. A myriad of new features inside and out make using the truck and towing easier, including new integrated bed steps and the DuraBed cargo box. Five trims are available for Chevrolet’s new HD: the Work Truck (WT), LT, LTZ, Custom, and High Country Editions. While there are differences in features across the trim spectrum, it’s crystal clear that Chevrolet built all of these trucks with one thing in mind. Functionality.
How do we know all this? Chevrolet actually invited us out their event where we, along with some other media members, had exclusive access to these trucks. Here is what you need to know about the all new 2020 Silverado HD.
2020 Silverado HD New Exterior
The 2020 Silverado HD is Chevrolet’s third new Silverado in 18 months. The Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD were released last year, as well as Chevrolet’s new Silverado 1500. While all these trucks are coming out around the same time, they don’t share any similarities when it comes to their exteriors. In fact, the only metal the Silverado 1500 and the Heavy duty shares is the roof. The new generation 2020 Silverado HD received a major overhaul from their previous L5P too.
A massive new grille paired with a hood that contains a larger hood scoop gives the new Chevy HD’s cooling system a boost. New headlights were added, as well as optional fog lights, and clearance lamps. For the first time ever, Chevrolet’s heavy duty trucks also have LED strips built into the headlights of certain models. While it’s a small detail, I believe it adds significantly to the luxury aspect of these trucks.
New tow mirrors are standard on all new 2020 Chevrolet HD trucks. These new tow mirrors extend and retract, and have an available power extension feature to make adjusting the mirrors while driving easy. A larger surface area gives Chevy HD owners a larger view of what’s behind their trucks. New spot lamps that face forward at 45-degree angles provide better illumination at night and the mirror housings actually contain side-view cameras that can also be paired with puddle lights and rear spot lamps.
Compared to the 2019 Silverado HD crew cab SRW standard box, the new 2020 counterparts have a 5.2″ longer wheelbase, they’re 10″ longer, 1.6″ Taller, and 1.4″ wider. When I said they’re taller and bigger overall, I meant it.
Chevrolet’s New DuraBed
As someone who uses their truck daily for work, a truck’s bed is critical to me. Chevrolet really outdid themselves with their new DuraBed cargo box. For the first time ever, Chevy HD’s won’t share a bed with their lighter-duty relatives. These beds add 6.7 inches of width of useable space to standard box models. The standard box receives an added 3 inches of length too. This results in an added 14% increase in total cargo box volume for regular bed trucks, and a 9.5% increase for long bed application.
Chevrolet managed to add in a variety of other useful features as well. Chevrolet’s EZ-Lift/Lower tailgate was so impressive to me the first time I saw it. They were so impressive I purchased an aftermarket part, the Dee Zee Tailgate Assist to have these features on my own truck. The new tailgates for these trucks takes innovation a bit farther. They have an exclusive power up/down feature to raise and lower the tailgate. Gone are the days of the slamming tailgate or struggling to lift a heavy tailgate! Gone are the days where you need to lift or lower your tailgate yourself too. Twelve fixed tie-down rings and an available 120V power outlet also add to the functionality of Chevrolet’s new DuraBed.
2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Performance
While the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD equipped with the L5P Duramax didn’t post any noticeable gains in the Horsepower and Torque departments, Chevrolet once again added to the functionality aspects of these trucks. Increasing towing capacity by 52% was a tall task. In order to accomplish this feat, a new 10-speed Allison Transmission was partnered with the 6.6L L5P Duramax engine. This will allow the truck to deliver 910 lb/ft of torque in lower gears. A new, variable speed, 28 inch cooling fan was added, along with the addition of several blades to the existing oil cooler. Engine braking capacity was also increased by 14%.
“4 Auto Mode” is electronically controlled by Chevy’s new Autotrac active two-speed transfer case, allowing the truck to shift between 4WD and 2WD in varying road conditions. An enhanced version of their existing ladder-frame was created to support the new GCWR of up to 43,500 lbs. Larger, more durable front and rear axles, as well as beefed-up prop-shafts were used to achieve “best-in-class-so-far” tow capacity.
Interior & Trailering Technology
Chevrolet made just as many drastic changes regarding their interiors and their new trailering technology. Similar to GMC’s Sierra HD, the 2020 Chevy HD trucks received the addition of numerous trailering technologies. So many, in fact, that we will write a separate article altogether to cover it all in detail. Fifteen unique camera views give drivers unparalleled visibility. I’m the most excited for their transparent trailer view, which gives you a view as if the trailer wasn’t there. The 2020 Chevrolet HD trucks also gained auto park brake assist and park grade hold assist features.
Drivers and front-seat passengers enjoy class-leading head and leg room. Crew Cabs gained three inches of leg room. The trucks also received a new infotainment system and an available head-up display. Higher trim models also gained a digital gauge display.