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2014 Ram 3500 Overview
Have to get some heavy hauling done in style and comfort? Check out the 2014 Dodge Ram 3500 heavy-duty full-size pickup. With an expected suspension reworking and an additional V8 gas engine due for this year, this most appealing of workhorses should also retain its arguably best-in-class interior and rugged profile to provide a maximum of payload-toting, trailer-towing, winter-busting duty.
Available in 4 basic trims levels, the entry-level Tradesman, the lower midlevel SLT, the upper midlevel Laramie and the top-shelf Laramie Longhorn, this brutish heavy hauler will likely also remain offered in the Lone Star/Big Horn and Laramie Limited sub-trims. All trims should remain delivered with standard rear-wheel drive (RWD), while all 4 additionally likely will remain available with terrain-taming part-time 4-wheel drive (4WD). The 4WD-equipped 3500s ought to again boast manual or electronic hi-lo gear selection, depending on the trim level, as well as a locking rear differential and auto-locking hubs.
Additionally, 3 cab configurations, the 3-seat Regular Cab (Tradesman and SLT only), the 6-place, 4-door Crew Cab (all trim levels) and the super-roomy 6-passenger Mega Cab (SLT, Laramie and Laramie Longhorn), also with 4 doors, will doubtless return for this year. And then, expect a reprise of a pair of bed lengths, with Regular Cab trims sporting the 6.4-foot standard bed or the 8.2-foot long bed, Crew Cabs also boasting either length and Mega Cab trims offered with only the 6.4-foot standard bed. Oh, and all 3500 trims can again be delivered with burden-bearing dual rear wheels.
A 5-link coil-spring rear suspension is new for the 2014 Ram 3500 lineup, as is an available load-leveling rear airbag suspension system, with the standard 5.7-liter Hemi V8 and the optional 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel inline 6-cylinder (I6) slated to be joined by an available 6.4-liter Hemi V8 gas-burner.
Speaking of engines, the standard powerplant delivered with all Ram 3500 trims is, as mentioned, a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 that comes mated with a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission to put out 383 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Towing with the proper equipment is again expected to remain maxed out at 11,850 pounds.
Should some seriously massive torque be required, the optional 6.7-liter turbodiesel I6 offers 350 hp and 660 lb-ft of torque with its standard 6-speed manual transmission, and 370 hp/800 lb-ft of torque with the optional 6-speed shiftable automatic. With the optional and trim-exclusive heavy-duty 6-speed Aisin shiftable automatic transmission, meanwhile, the turbodiesel is slated to crank out 385 hp and a class-leading 850 lb-ft torque. Towing is maxed out at over 18,000 pounds with the standard Class V hitch and wiring in the Aisin-equipped Ram 3500 turbodiesel, while fifth-wheel and gooseneck towing capabilities again climb to a most impressive 30,000 pounds.
Finally, look for the 2014 Ram 3500 lineup to offer an available 6.4-liter Hemi V8 gasoline engine that should pair up with the standard-duty 6-speed shiftable automatic for 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. Towing numbers have yet to be posted for this new Hemi, while mileage figures for any of the 3 powerplant choices are not available.
Appearance-wise, the base Tradesman trim level in Regular-Cab garb sports 18-inch steel wheels, and a trailer hitch and wiring. Inside, look for vinyl upholstery, cruise control, tilt-wheel steering, air conditioning and an AM/FM stereo with 6 speakers and a USB port. Crew and Mega Cab versions, meantime add in full power accessories, including heated power-adjustable outside mirrors, as well as a folding rear seats.
The up-ticked 3500 SLT tosses in a sliding rear window, chrome bumpers and cloth upholstery, with Crew Cab and Mega Cab variants also tossing in a power sliding rear window and floor mats all around. Additionally, these roomier versions of the SLT can be converted into the Big Horn/Lone Star sub-trims with added chrome exterior pieces, quad headlights, upgraded interior accents and satellite radio.
Introducing some luxury into the lineup, the 6-passenger-only Laramie flaunts 18-inch polished alloy wheels, heated power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, reclining rear seats and a remote garage door opener, just for openers. A rear-view camera and dual-zone climate controls, as well as simulated wood cabin accents and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and memory for driver's settings also mark this high-end trim level. Bluetooth hands-free calling, meanwhile, is bolstered by a 10-speaker audio system with memory-card slot and all this techno-bling comes together under the auspices of upgraded Uconnect 8.4 voice-command technology.
At the top of the Ram 3500 heap, the Laramie Longhorn boasts such added goodies as front bucket seats (for 5-passenger accommodations), step running boards, premium leather upholstery and power-adjustable pedals, not to mention rear parking sensors. Also expected to return are further upgraded cabin accent materials and a hard-drive-based navigation suite with real-time traffic.
Look for lower trim levels to remain eligible for many of the standard stuff found in higher trims, while things like a single-CD player, a trailer brake controller, auxiliary switches and a spray-in bedliner, along with the touted RamBox cargo management system are additional options in both package and standalone form. Higher Ram 3500 trim levels, meantime, can be ordered with an available power sunroof, remote engine start, rear-seat DVD entertainment and tubular side steps, again either as part of a package or individually.
The 2014 version of Ram’s 3500 heavy-duty pickup line should once again sport standard 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and front, and in Crew and Mega Cab variants, rear head airbags.
Dusk-sensing headlights are also expected to remain endowing all trim levels, as will a post-collision safety system. The SLT and higher trim levels additionally should boast standard turn-signal-integrated mirrors and the option of a security system, while the Laramie and Laramie Longhorn remain slated to carry standard front fog/driving lights and a remote antitheft alarm.
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