The next-generation of Ram Heavy Duty pickups aren’t scheduled to arrive until 2020, so Fiat Chrysler has plans to update the truck for 2018 to help keep it competitive with the Ford Super Duty and Chevrolet Heavy Duty pickups.
Motor Trend photographers recently caught a pre-production prototype for the next-gen Ram Heavy Duty undergoing tests ahead of its debut. The trucks are expected to bring with them, updated engines, a revised interior and refreshed looks and should debut late this year.
The mule caught testing by MT was done up in a Power Wagon livery and had black coverings over its hood, front fenders, grille and front bumper. Ram’s recognizable crosshair-grille can be seen poking through the tarp-like material, however this version is the hexagonal-framed grille previously only seen on Ram 1500s. Some more modern looking, Ram Rebel-like headlamps are also pictured.
The 2018 Ram Heavy Duty will introduce more a powerful version of the Cummins inline-six diesel engine, with MT pegging it to produce as much as 1,000 lb-ft of torque. The 5.7-liter HEMI V8 is also rumored to be dropped from the engine lineup, with the 6.4-liter HEMI engine becoming the new Heavy Duty entry-level mill.
Check out the spy shots at this link.