With the war for heavy duty pickup truck sales in full swing between the Detroit Big Three, Chrysler’s Ram Brand has upped the ante against Ford and GM by announcing that it has managed to squeeze even more torque out of its mighty 6.7 liter Cummins High Output diesel engine which is available exclusively in the Ram 3500 and allows the truck to exceed its domestic rivals in several categories.
While horsepower is unchanged at a stout 385 horses, a reworked fuel delivery system, as well as tweaked tuning for the turbocharger allow the engine’s torque figure to climb from 850 lb-ft of torque, to a beefier 865 lb-ft which is higher than the diesels wielded by Ford and GM. The revised torque figure does not affect the already best in class 30,000 lb tow rating in any shape or form, but it does allow the payload figure to inch up from 7,320 lbs, to a best in class 7,390 (a small but noteworthy increase).
Bob Hegbloom, Head Of The Ram Truck Brand elaborated further on this accomplishment as well as the broader advancements by the brand in general stating “Ram maintains leadership throughout its pickup line by offering best-in-class fuel efficiency with our Ram 1500 EcoDiesel at 28 MPG, best-in-class towing at 30,000 pounds, best-in-class power at 865 lb.-ft. and best-in-class payload at 7,390 pounds with our Ram 3500,” said Bob Hegbloom, Head of Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “Ram owns best-in-class attributes in the areas that are most important to truck customers.” He was also quick to point out that unlike many rivals Ram is the only brand that complies with rigorous SAE J2807 testing standards when it comes to overall towing ability.
Buyers looking for a solid workhorse but do not require the herculean capability offered by the 6.7 liter H.O engine can also choose to equip their purchase with a 5.7 liter V8, an SRT derived 6.4 liter V8, or a de-tuned version of the 6.7 liter diesel engine for a balanced blend of efficiency and hauling capability. Ram’s revamped lineup of 2015 Heavy Duty models will begin to trickle into Chrysler showrooms during the next few weeks, but in the meantime, the brand has released a brief video detailing the changes for 2015 which can be seen below