This is the closest we’ve managed to scoop any testing prototype of the next-generation Ram heavy-duty. This particular model is actually the 2020 Ram 2500 Tradesman. At least the newest reports claim that. Anyway, as you can see, the pickup truck reveals its all-new face for the first time and it’s pretty much as we’ve expected.
2020 Ram HD: Redesign Changes
The expected styling cues are actually an identical grille as one revealed with the 2019 Ram 1500, as well as a set of slimmer headlights. Regarding the lights, well, these won’t be the only one as the automaker plans to add at last two more versions. It’s going to be pretty much the same with the grille, though. Yes, the automaker will couple the 2020 Ram 2500 Tradesman with one version of the grille, while some other trims should have different designs. In other words, there will be no distinctive crosshair design anywhere near the new workhorse. Since we are talking about the starting Tradesman trim level, the potential buyers can expect unpainted bumpers and wheels made of steel. For some paint and alloys, you will have to spread the wallet a little bit more.
The rest of the exterior design still lies under the camouflage, so it’s pretty hard to presume what’s happening. However, regardless of the fact, we’ve managed to figure out that the new-generation Ram HD features broader doors and slimmer window glass. We are not so sure what they’ve done with the bed, but it definitely looks otherwise as well. The 2020 Ram 2500 Tradesman will also steal taillights from the smaller yet more popular Ram 1500.
Interior Changes and New Features
Inside, the workhorse will receive a total makeover without any doubt. The automaker will use soft-touch and high-quality materials, while the passengers should feel an additional enjoyment thanks to a more supportive bench and bucket seats. The 2020 Ram 2500 Tradesman will use an 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen as standard. However, the buyers will be able to get an optional 12.0-inch screen that integrates most non-climate functions and it’s mounted vertically. No matter which one you pick, it’s going to be coupled with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Unfortunately, Ram will keep the steering wheel untouched, so you can expect one that tilts and telescopes manually instead of a power-adjustable feature.
Just like the 1500 model, the redesigned Ram 2500 will host a lot better safety system. The standard list will include automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, and active lane control.
New Platform and Upgraded Suspension
Even though the automaker hasn’t confirmed anything so far, we are pretty sure that the 2020 Ram 2500 Tradesman rides on a new platform. The new chassis will reportedly shed some weight from the heavy-duty pickup truck and will most likely improve its rigidity. Also, the workhorse will be fitted with an upgraded coil suspension system that by using a new technology increases frequency-damping shock absorbers. Every new-gen Ram HD will have an optional four-corner air suspension that enables a bit softer ride but also stiffens during the more aggressive ride.
Under The Hood
Just like now, the 2020 Ram 2500 Tradesman will offer three engine options. However, every single of them will be better from the current ones. The base 5.7-liter V8 engine will get a slight power bumper, so in contrast to today’s 383 horsepower the heavy-duty truck will have 395 hp and 410 pound-feet of torque. The engine will have an optional mild-hybrid help in form of a 48-volt mild-hybrid system called eTorque that provides an additional 90 pound-feet of twist. Still, the system is mostly here to boost fuel economy. As for the more potent gasoline model, it’s going to continue with the awesome 6.4-liter V8. The mild hybridization will come as a standard feature with the engine. However, we still have no idea how much power is going to provide the updated mill. As for the only diesel, well, the latest rumors claim that it’s going to cross the 1,000 lb-ft barrier, but we highly doubt. Instead, the 6.7-liter Cummins turbo diesel will most likely be carried over for now. The carmaker, on the other hand, intends to add an updated version of an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
In addition to the 2020 Ram 2500 Tradesman, the car manufacturer will also introduce Big Horn, Laramie, Power Wagon, Laramie Longhorn, and the Limited models. This is going to happen early next year at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.