Ram beefs up towing ability
FROM 2018, RAM’S HEAVY-DUTY 3500 PICK-UP TRUCK WILL be able to tow 13.6-tonnes when fitted with a fifth-wheel hitch.
It’s a significant upgrade that lifts the maximum fifth-wheel tow rating by almost three tonnes.
The increase follows upgrades that see the truck’s Cummins in-line six-cylinder turbodiesel motor’s peak torque rise to 1261Nm.
Ram worked closely with Cummins to upgrade the 2018 diesel. Improvements include higher boost limits through a variable geometry turbo and flow-rate increases through the fuel delivery system, lifting peak torque by 41Nm.
The 13.6-tonne fifth-wheel towing rating has been made possible by a hitch design developed in-house by Ram Engineering.
Ram says the new hitch will allow customers to move out of Class 4 and 5 trucks to haul trailers weighing in at more than 13 tonnes.
Fiat Chrysler New Zealand sells right-hand drive versions of the 3500 and the 2500 – which has a lower tow rating – with sales of the two models averaging about five a month. Both utes are priced at more than $160,000.
Ram’s 2018 model 3500 heavy-duty pick-up will be able to tow 13.6 tonnes when fitted with a fifth-wheel hitch.