Su­per size me

Even with a Mega Cab, the Dodge Ram Long Hauler has only four seats

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Working Wheels - James Stan­ford

THE per­fect ve­hi­cle for longdis­tance tow­ing has been un­veiled: Dodge has rolled out a con­cept ute that could pull a trailer from Dar­win to Ade­laide with­out re­fu­elling.

It’s called the Ram Long Hauler and is, at this stage at least, a one-off. Dodge started off with a reg­u­lar 5500 Ram crew-cab ute, the big daddy of the range used for the tough­est jobs.

They then stretched it to a mon­strous 7.3 me­tres long. It weighs in at a hefty 4220kg.

En­gi­neers de­vel­oped a sec­ondary fuel tank that fits be­tween the chas­sis rails. And just in case that wasn’t enough, they added an­other tank to the ute bed.

All up, the long-dis­tance Ram has a huge com­bined fuel ca­pac­ity of 643 litres. The ex­act range would de­pend on what you wanted to tow and Dodge doesn’t pro­vide any fig­ures. But web­site Pick­up­truck.com reck­ons it would have to man­age some­where be­tween 2600km and 3218km lug­ging some­thing pretty heavy.

To cart around all that fuel, and what­ever you want to tow, you’d be want­ing a fairly pow­er­ful en­gine un­der the bon­net.

The Ram has a grunty 6.7-litre Cum­mins in-line, six-cylin­der turbo diesel with 1085Nm of torque. It works with the proven Aisin four-speed au­to­matic gear­box that sends power to the rear wheels but can also power a four-wheel drive set-up.

There is also a Dana 110 rear axle with dual wheels that helps bol­ster the ultimate ute’s lug­ging abil­ity. The ad­justable air­sus­pen­sion, mean­while, makes for a su­per-smooth ride.

Dodge took the reg­u­lar model’s Crew Cab pas­sen­ger area and turned it into the much larger Mega Cab, which aims to pro­vide op­ti­mum com­fort for the cho­sen quar­tet on those long hauls — that is right, de­spite all that space there are only four seats.

The rear seats, with footrests, are fully ad­justable. There are a fridge and tray ta­bles, as well as some US-spec su­per-sized cup hold­ers in the rear, and WiFi to en­sure full con­nec­tiv­ity. It would ap­pear Dodge has thought of ev­ery­thing to en­sure the big Ram doesn’t have to stop un­til its mas­sive tank runs dry. Ev­ery­thing ex­cept the toi­let breaks, that is.

Long and short of it: The Dodge RamLong Hauler

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