As we all know, the new Ram 1500 is going to be released later this year, and it is set to go into production in 2018. However, it looks like the small 1500 is not going to be the only one to receive an update. No that long ago test mules for what seemed to be the 2018 Ram 2500 have been seen. These were fresh from the factory as the entire underside of the vehicles looked brand new. While so far there is still little information about a new 2500, it looks like Ram is ready to go all out and release a brand new set of vehicles. While the official details are still scarce, there are plenty of rumors about 2500, some of which being quite interesting, to say the least.
2018 Ram 2500 Release Date In Detail
Just like with the smaller 1500, the 2018 version of 2500 is expected to be an all new vehicle. This means its chassis will be revised, likely in order to offer more structural rigidity while weighing less than before. The early rumors suggest the truck could get a new high strength steel frame as well as a different suspension setup. It looks like some of the higher end models could get an air-suspension system.
The rumors about the latter started when a camouflaged 2500 had most of its suspension components covered by black plastic accents in order to hide them. It seems that with this upgrade the 2018 Ram 2500 would be able to tow more and also carry more in its bed while also maintaining a great level of comfort and control despite the load. The release date is unfortunately still under wraps, but it looks like the new model might be released roughly a year after the smaller 1500.
The camouflaged test mule of the Ram 2500 2018 had its front end covered. However, it seemed that the actual cabin was the same as that of the ongoing model. This is likely because it was just a placeholder. Most rumors seem to suggest the production version of the Ram is going to be heavily based on the upcoming 1500. Expect it to receive the same type of larger cross-hair grille and the same slim headlights. The bumper is also expected to look more muscular than before while both the front and rear fenders should be wider. The truck will likely come with all new wheel designs, and it should boast a new cab design as well. The wheel wells are also likely going to be slightly curvier than before while the mirrors could get an entirely new design.
Inside the Cabin
Here the upcoming 2018 Ram 2500 is more than likely going to receive a very similar interior to that found on the upcoming 1500. Expect it to get a less-vertical design than before which was a real problem with its predecessor. On top of that, the materials are expected to be slightly improved while the space available inside the cabin should be slightly better than before. Things like frontal collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert, a lane-keep assist feature and even an adaptive cruise control system should be added at least as optional extras.
2018 Ram 2500 Under the Hood
The ongoing 2500 is available with a few different engines which are able to put good amounts of power to the ground, but none of them is all that efficient. The upcoming 2018 Ram 2500 is likely not going to change much in this regard. The base version is still likely going to boast the same 5.7 liters naturally aspirated iron-block Hemi V8. With around 383 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, this should be enough for most people. The optional 6.4 liters naturally aspirated V8 is expected to get a new fuel delivery system.
This would help it provide better fuel efficiency while delivering more power as well. The 6.7 liter turbocharged inline-six Cummins is set to receive an update as well. At this point, it seems most rumors seem to say the Cummins may end up developing north of 1,000 lb-ft of torque and over 400 horsepower. The fuel efficiency may also get better with the help of a new transmission, but this has yet to be confirmed at this point. The gasoline-powered engines are also expected to be mated to a new eight speed automatic.