Ram’s next-generation Heavy Duty pickup truck has just been spied testing in three-quarter-ton 2500 HD guise ahead of its launch next year, most likely as a 2020 model. For the new generation, Ram Trucks will move production of its Heavy Duty models from Mexico to FCA’s Warren Truck Assembly Plant with a $1-billion investment, just as soon as Sterling Heights Assembly gets up to speed with Ram 1500 production and the Warren plant is permitted to stop pumping out light-duty trucks.
Not much is visible through the camouflage, but the all-new, 2020 Ram 2500 HD and its higher-spec kin are expected to receive a more sleek, modern front-end look in-line with the new light-duty 1500. We anticipate that FCA will have made clever use of high-strength steel in critical places throughout the frame and cabin – much as it did with the 2019 Ram 1500 – in order to save some weight. The all-new light-duty pickup weighs about 225 pounds less than the outgoing version.
We’ll be very interested to learn whether or not the next-generation Ram 2500 HD leverages mild-hybrid technology like the new Ram 1500 to deliver more low-rpm torque and better fuel economy. Both benefits might make a 48-volt Belted Alternator Starter system a no-brainer for potential Heavy Duty truck buyers – especially fleet customers. As for internal combustion engines, we expect the 2020 Ram 2500 HD will soldier on with its current two: a 6.4-liter Hemi V8, and a turbocharged, 6.7-liter Cummins diesel I6.
Then again, rumors abound that FCA will soon retire all or part of its Hemi engine range due to ever-tightening emissions standards. We’ll have to wait to find out.
Be sure to check out the latest 2020 Ram 2500 HD spy shots over at Allpar.com.