NEW Australia-specific suspension settings and a host of optional extras feature in a raft of 2018 upgrades for the RAM 2500 and 3500 trucks, making them more comfortable, more convenient and more capable.
The suspension changes provide a smoother, more comfortable ride quality without impacting on the remarkable towing ability of the RAM 2500 and 3500 of up to 6.9-tonnes.
For 2018 all RAM trucks also come with the latest uConnect 4 system that brings a new 8.4-inch touch screen with pinch to zoom operation, Apple CarPlay and Android compatibility and USB flip connection.
The system allows two phones to be plugged in simultaneously and, at the touch of the screen, the system will switch between the two phones without them being plugged in and out.
New convenience features have also been added including rain sensing wipers and headlights that dip automatically for approaching vehicles. The load bay lights may now be set to come on automatically when the RAM is unlocked as well.
As a factory approved import that is built in North America, specifically for the Australian market, the RAM 2500 and 3500 may be ordered with factory fitted optional equipment, including RamBoxes, larger tub interiors and auto-levelling rear air suspension.
The standard RAM 2500 and 3500 are equipped with six seats; but for 2018 the RAM 2500 may now be ordered with five seats, which includes two bucket seats in the front. A Sports Appearance pack is also available for the 2500.
The package adds a range of features and additional equipment to give the RAM 2500 a more aggressive appearance and a more responsive driving experience. The additional features include a colour coded grille and bumpers and black side steps.
It also comes with performance-tuned shock absorbers, and black 20-inch rims, riding on Nitro 275/65 R20 All Terrain tyres, along with black badging and dark lined bi-function projector headlights.
The RAM 2500 and 3500 is powered by a 6.7-litre Cummins Turbo Diesel engine that boasts 276kW and an enormous 1084Nm of torque, matched to a six-speed gearbox, with switchable four-wheel drive with high and low range.
With a tongue and 50mm ball they can tow 3.5-tonnes; fit a 70mm ball to the tongue and this increases to 4.5-tonnes. Add a pintle and the maximum towing capacity is 6.9-tonnes.
Both models come with a full exhaust brake system with manual and auto settings as standard, that provides smooth, progressive speed reduction and reduces wear and tear on brakes.
Comfort and luxury is high on the agenda too, with an angled rear seat with back rest, storage lockers, a centre arm rest with cup holders, air vents and reading lights. Meanwhile, front the seats are both heated and cool-air ventilated.
The steering wheel is also heated; the pedals move electrically, along with the seats, windows and sunroof. There is a huge centre locker with yet more cup holders, which folds up to reveal another seat.
The dashboard, as well as the usual USB and 12-volt sockets, also has a 240-volt 100W mains power socket; the air conditioning is dual zone and it even has key operated remote starting – no more getting into an ice cold or boiling hot vehicle.
The RAM 2500 model range starts at $139,950 plus on-roads, while you can get into a RAM 3500 from $144,350 plus on-roads.