The race to launch new heavy-duty pickup trucks is on.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles may be first to launch with its new extra-capable truck, the 2020 Ram HD. It will come in 2500 and 3500 models and is closely related to the all-new 2018 Ram 1500 light-duty truck that debuted earlier this year.
The all-new 2020 Ram HD truck is expected to debut in January at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Here’s everything we know about the 2020 Ram HD pickup truck:
What do the 2020 Ram HD models look like?
The 2020 Ram HD is styled like a bigger, beefier version of current Ram HD models. Buyers will find the lines and body design familiar but with more pronounced muscle. The truck also borrows headlight and taillight design from the new Ram 1500 light-duty pickup.
Some versions of the current Ram HD trucks use the traditional “crosshair” grille design, while others adopt a centered Ram badge and dual nostrils on either side. For the 2020 version, all Ram HD models will lose the crosshair in favor of the centered Ram badge.
What trim options will the 2020 Ram HD have?
The 2020 Ram HD will carry the same trim lines as the current truck. The base version, the Tradesman, is followed by the SLT and Laramie. Midlevel trims include the Big Horn and Laramie Longhorn. At the top of the lineup is the Ram HD Limited, which is also available as a Limited MegaCab with additional space for rear passengers.
The off-road variant is called the Power Wagon. It will be available in multiple trim levels.
What engine choices will the 2020 Ram HD have?
We don’t know what changes FCA will make to the powertrain in the 2020 Ram HD. The current trucks come with a variety of engines. There is a 5.7-liter V8 with 383 horsepower and a 6.4-liter V8 with 410 horsepower. A 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel six-cylinder comes in three different power levels, topping out at 930 pound-feet of torque. Ford and Chevrolet both offer more than 900 pound-feet in their heavy-duty models, too. FCA may bump up the power in that proven engine in an attempt to claim class-best figures.
Can the 2020 Ram HD go off-road?
Heavy-duty pickup trucks are typically not the off-road vehicle of choice for most adventurers. While the rugged frames and torquey engines are beneficial, in most cases they are too large and heavy for mud or tight trails.
Ram’s answer to that is the Power Wagon. The Power Wagon is a famous nameplate known for its capability in difficult terrain. Photographers spotted the new 2020 Ram Power Wagon, and images show it will retain the lifted suspension, off-road tires and integrated winch that have endeared it to buyers in the segment. The new Power Wagon should also come standard with locking front and rear differentials and a front anti-roll bar disconnect.
What does the interior of the 2020 Ram HD look like?
Spy shots that captured the 2020 Ram HD in the Laramie trim show a modern evolution of the current truck with influence from the fashionable new Ram 1500.
The 2020 Ram HD prototype sported an 8.4-inch touchscreen using the latest version of FCA’s Uconnect infotainment system. The new 2020 Ram HD also is expected to offer the massive 12-inch touchscreen with SiriusXM 360L that debuted on the Ram 1500 this year.
The Laramie pictured has heated and cooled seats and a heated steering wheel. Higher trims should come with styling features such as ornate stitching and etching on gauges, as well as belt buckles covering pouches on the back of the front seats. Current versions of the Ram HD are available with holding spaces in the floor of the back seat; the 2020 could implement innovative storage solutions introduced on the new Ram 1500.
Where will the 2020 Ram HD be built?
The 2020 Ram HD will be produced at FCA’s facility in Warren, Mich. Previous versions were built in Saltillo, Mexico.
When will the 2020 Ram HD go on sale?
The 2020 Ram HD is expected to go on sale in the second or third quarter of 2019.