The upcoming 2020 Ram 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty pickups feature beefy dimensions and draw heavily from the design of their light-duty 1500 sibling.
Images captured by spy photographers show a range of model trims undergoing final testing near Fiat Chrysler Automobiles headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich. They include the work-ready Tradesman with dual rear wheels, the mid-level Laramie and the deluxe Limited. The Ram 2500-3500 HD is expected to debut in 2019.
The vehicles will be key to FCA’s plan to increase sales of its range of Ram 1500-3500 trucks. The brand released a revamped Ram 1500 earlier this year.
Through the first 10 months of 2018, the Ram 1500-3500 sold nearly 425,000 vehicles, an increase of 1.4 percent compared with the same period last year, according to Autodata.
That makes the truck the third top-selling vehicle in the U.S. in 2018 behind the Ford F-Series at 749,000 units and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500-3500 with 469,000.
The 2020 Ram 2500-3500 HD prototypes seen in testing are noticeably larger, with a higher ground clearance than the light-duty models. Otherwise the trucks share several design features with the new 1500 pickup.
Each has wide headlights on either side of a gaping front grille with horizontal bars. At center is a badge that will likely read “Ram” as it does on the 1500.
The vertical taillights also mirror styling seen on the 1500. Traditional reflector bulbs are present on lower trims, while LEDs line the curved housings on higher models.
The models spotted include a 2500 HD with a regular cab. The vehicle is likely outfitted in the Laramie trim. The front bumper features fog lights and tow hooks.
The second 2500 HD model is the top-level Limited trim. It has stylized LED lighting and dual nostril-like openings in the grille. The truck is a mega-cab configuration with more rear seating space than standard four-door crew cab models. Its camouflage reveals openings to access the company’s popular RamBox storage system.
The third vehicle sports dual rear wheels, meaning it is the 3500 HD model. The truck features a regular cab and is likely the base Tradesman trim. It is a work truck with little fancy equipment. There are no fog lights or LED strips. Five amber lights atop the roof indicate the truck exceeds 80 inches in width.
FCA is eager to bring its heavy-duty Rams to production to join the new 1500 truck. The iconic Power Wagon off-road variant has also been seen in development.
The current Ram 2500 offers three engines: a 5.7-liter V8, a 6.4-liter V8 and a 6.7-liter turbodiesel six-cylinder with three different power outputs. All three engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, while the diesel is available with a six-speed manual.
It is unclear whether the powertrains will carry over into the new model.
The 2020 Ram 2500 will be produced at FCA’s facility in Warren, Mich. Previous versions were built in Saltillo, Mexico.