RAM Trucks Australia’s new RAM 2500 has officially arrived. The mighty truck that currently out-powers, out-tows and out-hauls every other pick-up available has already undergone significant testing and is ready for Australian conditions.
The 2021 RAM 2500, which is soon to be joined by the next-gen 3500, is one of the most powerful, most capable pick-ups in the segment with the proven 6.7-litre inline-6 Cummins turbodiesel delivering 276kW and a mighty 1,152Nm.
It has a maximum braked towing capacity of up to 8.0-tonnes (when fitted with the appropriate hitches). Giving maximum effort all day, the RAM 2500 steps forward with new benchmarks in ride and handling, luxury, materials, innovation, and technology.
It creates a bold and unique appearance that results in a more integrated look that aligns with the mechanical capabilities of the truck. Interlocked with the new, lighter aluminium hood, a much larger and more aggressive front grille opening leads with confidence.
The new front bumper is cut with larger openings, providing greater airflow to the largest turbo intercooler RAM has ever adapted to its heavy-duty pick-ups. More than 20 sensors surrounding the new RAM 2500 are seamlessly integrated to make them less visible.
The front air dam helps mould the most aerodynamic heavy duty truck RAM has offered, while full LED headlights make for a distinctive front end. The side of the truck flows with trademark RAM style.
Body-side lines tie together the front fender and cab doors, while an all-new interlocking side-step design incorporates deep tread patterns and a RAM logo.
The interior mirrors the design expressed on the recently launched Ram 1500 DT with unmatched luxury, materials, innovation, and technology extending well past any competitive offerings.
All-new features, technology and premium materials help the redesigned 2500 continue its interior leadership with quality, technology and luxury.
The new instrument panel combines a strong, structurally interlocking appearance, pushing the central controls up and toward the driver, improving overall reachability of system controls.
The 2500 features the Uconnect 4C NAV on a 12-inch fully configurable touchscreen, which can display one application, such as the navigation map, across the whole 12.0-inch screen, or can be divided to operate two different applications at once.
It also sports Alpine 10-speaker premium audio, and a 7.0-inch, full-colour, 3D animation-capable driver information display, with reconfigurable function that enables RAM truck drivers to personalize information inside the instrument cluster.
The display is designed to visually communicate information, using graphics and text, quickly and easily. A digital rear-view mirror further ups the technology ante. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, along with satellite navigation.
On the road, the all-new 2500 is equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission, and a BorgWarner electronic transfer case, giving 2WD, 2WD High, Neutral and 4WD Low.
New front and rear axles have been engineered to improve durability, handle industry-leading payload and towing capabilities, minimise NVH, and take advantage of opportunities to optimise weight.
Wide front frame rails enable front suspension springs to be positioned slightly outboard – an enabler for generating positive roll stiffness. In the rear portion of the new frame, the structure includes fully boxed rear rails.
The rear-axle structural crossmember with provisions for gooseneck hitches has been upgraded for 2021 to accommodate the increased towing capacity.
With an emphasis on comfort, the next-gen 2500 has been redesigned to be the best riding, handling, and towing heavy-duty RAM ever.
The new 360-degree surround-view camera with trailer reverse guidance provides a single display-screen view of both sides of a trailer to assist drivers in manoeuvring towing setups.
There is also a second rear-view camera integrated in the centre high-mount stop lamp (cargo-view camera) to monitor payload in the bed and can also be used to align trailers.
Frequency Response Damping shocks are provided on all four corners. The valves of an FRD shock automatically adjust for the type of vertical wheel input, allowing the 2500 to have sports-car-like suspension for handling and a supple suspension on rough terrain.
A new braking system upgrades the callipers, booster and master cylinder. Combined with a larger-ratio pedal swing, the 2500 delivers a more confident and powerful execution with little effort from the driver.
One the safety front, the new RAM 2500 pickup features adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with active braking, trailer sway control, lane departure warning, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross path and trailer detection.
The new RAM 2500 starts at $157,950 plus on-road costs for the Laramie Crew Cab, rising to $162,900 plus on-road costs for the Laramie Crew Cab with the RamBox storage system.