Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is busy testing prototypes for its new 2020 Ram Heavy Duty trucks.
Spy photographers found the new three-quarter ton pickup on public roads around FCA headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich.
The images provide the first glimpse at the 2020 Ram Heavy Duty models expected to debut in late 2018 or 2019 to challenge the likes of the Ford F-Series Super Duty and Chevrolet Silverado HD.
FCA is nearing completion on its light-duty flagship Ram 1500 that will debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this January.
That model has been seen uncovered, sporting a more modern and sleek style than its outgoing version.
While the Ram HD models were reportedly developed alongside the Ram 1500, progress was pushed back to allow for a grand entrance from its smaller counterpart first.
There is little in the new images to determine whether the Ram HD will follow the same drastic design changes as its 1500 sibling. Through heavy black camouflage panels, the Ram HD appears to use the same headlights and “dual nostril” front grille as current Ram 2500 Limited and Longhorn models.
However, the rest of the camouflage may be hiding significant changes to the truck’s body, cabin and bed.
The new Ram HD has a lot to live up to. The Ram 2500 Power Wagon is one of the most iconic pickup nameplates and the 2018 Ram 3500 boasts a class-topping 930 pound-feet of torque. FCA has also released a number of popular special edition models to attract buyers looking for custom style.
Ram trucks are some of the most desirable vehicles on U.S. dealer lots today. Through the first 10 months of 2017, total of the sales of the Ram pickup truck line topped 419,000 units, an increase of 3.5 percent compared with the same period in 2016.
That makes the Ram 1500-3500 the third best-selling vehicle in the country this year, behind only the Silverado 1500-3500 at 471,000 vehicles and the F-Series at 734,000.