Ram beefs up tow­ing abil­ity

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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.

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