Compared to other car manufacturers like Ford and GMC, the heavy-duty offerings from Ram have been slightly outdated. The present generation of models from Ram has been existent since 2009, and it is now high time that its models got some changes. However, if you expect a redesign, you might have to wait a little longer. Having said that, the new 2017 Dodge Ram 3500 will still be a top model, as far as heavy-duty truck segment is concerned. Some of its best features include top quality interior, excellent ride quality, great torque and amazing towing capability. At the beginning of this century, the Dodge Ram 3500 was offered with three models, having diesel and petrol six-cylinder Cummins engines along with HEMI V8. These models came with both rear drive and full drive, weighing more than 5 tons and having dual tires in rear axles and increased payload. Currently, this model is in the third generation of its production.
2017 Dodge Ram 3500 – Cabinet Body Styles and Trim Levels offered
The 2017 Dodge Ram 3500 is offered in three cab styles- 4 door Mega Cab, four-door crew cab and two door regular cabs. Also, a dual rear wheel or single rear wheel configuration is offered with each body style. There are mainly six trim levels, including:
- Laramie Limited
- Laramie Longhorn Dually
- Lone Star/Big Horn
The two top trim levels are equipped with premium features like LED tail lights, cargo view camera, dual zone auto climate control, heated and ventilated seats. With Mega cab configuration, options are even better. The Dodge Ram 3500 is one of the best models, as far as Ram Trucks are concerned. Those who have driven this truck will know about its massive hauling and towing capacity. Despite having great towing and payload figures, this vehicle does not compromise on ride quality, comfort or luxury. The level of refinement offered with the Dodge Ram 3500 2017 is solely dependent on how customers want to equip them. If you are just looking for a truck with exemplary towing and hauling capability, the base Tradesman model should serve you well. However, if you prefer having premium materials and interior niceties, you should opt for Laramie Limited or Laramie Longhorn models.
Engine Configuration of 2017 Dodge Ram 3500
The standard engine for the 2017 Dodge Ram 3500 is a 5.7 liters V6 engine, capable of generating 383 hp along with 400 lb-ft of torque. A diesel inline six cylinder engine and a 6.4 liters V8 engine serve as the other options. The 6.4 liters V8 unit generates as much as 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. On the other hand, there are three output versions of Cummins turbo diesel unit:
- 350 hp and 660 lb-ft of torque
- 370 hp and 800 lb-ft of torque
- 385 hp and 900 lb-ft of torque
Fuel economy is believed to be great as the vehicle will deliver 26 mpg in cities and 31 mpg on highways.
2017 Dodge Ram 3500 – Price and Availability
The 2017 Dodge Ram 3500 will arrive in the first half of 2017 with a price tag of approximately $32,285 for Regular Cab. As of now it is expected that 2017 Ram 3500 will compete with Ford F-450.