Spy Shots: 2020 Ram HD Trucks Testing in the Open

December 04, 2018 by Ryan ZumMallen, @Zoomy575M

Spy shots of Ram’s new line of 2020 heavy-duty pickup trucks reveal they have beefy curves and a large, distinctive front grille.

Photographs obtained by Trucks.com show the new trucks in four separate variations during testing in Auburn Hills, Mich. The vehicles are expected to debut in early 2019, possibly at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

According to the photos, the 2020 Ram 2500 and 3500 will follow the design lead of their light-duty 1500 sibling by adopting a gaping, horizontal look with prominent “Ram” badging in the middle, a move away from the brand’s familiar crosshair grille.

The images come just one day after Ram was caught testing the final production design of its Power Wagon 2500, the off-road version.

The vehicles spotted in Auburn Hills include the top trim Ram 2500 Limited, the roomier Limited MegaCab, the upscale Laramie Longhorn and the mid-level Big Horn.

The Ram 2500 Limited (Photo: Brian Williams/For Trucks.com)

The Ram 2500 Limited is distinguished by its chrome grille and surround, wave-patterned bars and dual nostrils on either side of the Ram badge. It has chrome wheels, side mirrors, door handles, tow hooks and a side strip with “Limited” badging.

The Limited MegaCab (Photo: Brian Williams/For Trucks.com)

The Limited MegaCab features similar chrome trim. Its cabin is extended to provide more interior space, and its bed features RamBox cargo storage.

The Laramie Longhorn (Photo: Brian Williams/For Trucks.com)

The Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn wears wide grille bars and full chrome surround on the front fascia, including the front and rear bumpers. The steering wheel appears made from wood, introduced in previous versions of the trim.

The Big Horn (Photo: Brian Williams/For Trucks.com)

The Big Horn trim is presented on the dual-rear wheel Ram 3500. It has a plastic honeycomb grille design, black bumpers and more traditional headlamps. Fixed running boards provide easier access into the cab, where higher trims likely have automatically deploying boards.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles also currently offers the Ram HD in Laramie, SLT and base Tradesman trims.

Available powertrains in the upcoming 2020 models are unknown. Current Ram HD trucks use a 5.7-liter V8 engine, a 6.4-liter V8 engine or a 6.7-liter turbodiesel six-cylinder in three different power outputs up to 930 pound-feet of torque.

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD – unveiled Tuesday – boasts 910 pound-feet of torque. The Ford Super Duty currently offers 935 pound-feet of torque and is expected to be redesigned soon.

Sales in the full-size truck segment are extremely competitive. Ram sold 477,000 trucks through the first 11 months of 2018, a 4.5 percent increase over the same period in 2017.

That makes the Ram 1500-3500 the third-best-selling vehicle in the U.S. behind Chevrolet and Ford trucks.

Chevrolet sales are flat through the first 11 months of the year at 518,000 trucks. Ford has seen sales top 821,000 units for a jump of 1.8 percent compared with the same period last year.

The 2020 Ram HD will be produced in Warren, Mich. Previous versions were built in Saltillo, Mexico.

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4 Responses

  1. kevin l mccune

    I wish this torque pissing-contest would go away, these trucks are more than powerful enough now, why not fall back to big gas mill torque output with the economy advantage? (30 mpg here’s looking at you )

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    • Steve Myers

      @Kevin l mccune:

      If you drove one an HD Truck everyday pulling a 20k lb plus 40′ long 5th wheel, you would have a different opinion.

      The RV community is a huge market for Diesel 3500HD+ trucks, and uses every ft/lb of touque these trucks can produce. 1k ft/lb is not just a bragging right, it is in desperate need.

      What RAM is bringing to the table is not just more power, it’s also stepping up to FORD in means of safety features (360 cameras, ACC for when not towing but still having to drive a mammoth size vehicle on the road, a NAV system that is big enough without pulling out a magnifying lens to see, parking sensors so we can stop rolling over little Porsche 91x cars that park behind us.) ..the list for how far RAM is behind Ford is long, but growing g shorter by the MY.

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  2. Steve Myers

    Are these not MY2019 trucks to be built in Mexico, and not MY2020 built in USA?

    FCA could only dream of re-fitting Warren to build a new model HD truck in such a short time.

    I do believe that FCA will indeed pull the HD trucks out of Mexico and build them back where they should, in the USA, but it won’t be until MY2022 at best.

    The trucks shown here are 4.5 Generation MY2019RAMs, not MY2020.

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