According to fresh reports coming from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, we should expect a bevy of substantial improvements when it comes to the Ram pickup truck lineup. Previously known as part of the Dodge line of light trucks, the Ram Trucks brand has been functioning separately since 2010. In order to keep pace with Ford and General Motors competitors, the 2018 Dodge Ram has a number of significant updates in store for its customers. To name just a few, the Ram 1500 is due to arrive completely redesigned for the 2018 model year, while the 2500 and 3500 models are expected to bring major improvements in the engine department. The company also plans to give its truck lineup a more aerodynamic design, including restyled front grilles across the range. Some of the recent reports suggest that the 2018 Dodge Ram is most likely to be released in late 2017.
2018 Dodge Ram Updates
Perhaps the most notable changes are expected from the 2018 Ram 1500 which will ride on an all-new platform. Thanks to the longer wheelbase and bigger cabin that have recently been spotted on a test mule, the next generation of this capable truck will grow in size noticeably compared to the outgoing model. As a result, the new 1500 will sport larger door openings and more rear-seat cargo space.
With regard to the latest trend of reducing curb weight introduced with the new Ford F-150, the upcoming Ram’s half-ton pickup is also expected to use more lightweight materials than before. However, it is not very likely to adopt an all-aluminum chassis like its Ford counterpart.
2018 Dodge RAM Engine Lineup
As for the heavy-duty lineup, Ram is currently working on improving its diesel engine range. Namely, the 2500 and 3500 trucks will benefit from an upgraded version of the turbocharged 6.7-liter Cummins diesel V6. While the engine currently produces 350 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque in its least powerful variant, the 2018 Dodge Ram is rumored to receive a slight output increase as well as improved fuel efficiency. On top of that, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 available with the Ram 1500 will get direct injection as well as an optional turbocharger. That said, expect the Ram truck lineup to become increasingly competitive in this hotly contested segment within the next few years.