Following this year’s reveal of the all-new, 2019 Ram 1500 light-duty pickup, there’s a range of brand-new heavy-duty Ram trucks on the way, and spy photographers recently provided us our first look at the next Ram 2500 HD with a regular, single-row cabin. The truck was spotted testing on public roads, covered head-to-toe with obfuscating camouflage and body-masking padding.
You can see the new crop of spy photos over at Motor1.com.
To our eyes, it looks like the front end design of the new Ram 2500 HD will maintain a look more in-line with that of the current 2500 (and outgoing 1500) than that of the all-new Ram 1500 – although it’s hard to be sure through the camouflage. This contradicts expectation, but the grille and headlights look taller and more stout than the skinnier, sleeker elements on the 1500’s fresh new face, suggesting that FCA could incorporate a bit more visual separation between its light- and heavy-duty trucks than the last time around.
As for what’s known about the next-generation Ram Heavy Duty trucks, the answer is: virtually nothing. Production will shift from Mexico to Warren, Michigan as soon as FCA starts turning out the new Ram 2500 HD and its ilk by 2020, putting it in the same plant as the forthcoming Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, but that’s the only certain detail of substance. In all likelihood, the same choice of 6.4L petrol V8 or 6.7L diesel Cummins I6 will linger, although there’s still a big question mark surrounding whether or not the internal combustion engine will be assisted by some sort of hybrid system.
The all-new, 2019 Ram 1500 features an available Belted Alternator Starter (BAS) mild-hybrid system, but that system might not be robust enough for an application as demanding as helping drive a heavy-duty truck.
Stay tuned for more on the all-new Ram 2500 HD and other Heavy Duty Ram trucks as it becomes available.