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Spy Shots—’20 RAM 2500 Tradesman Reveals New Design

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  1. SID297

    SID297 OWNER/ADMIN Staff Member Administrator

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    From SEMA

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    Here’s the ’20 RAM 2500 (Tradesman) in its most revealing camo to date.

    The current RAM HDs are getting long in the tooth, having been on sale since 2010 and only receiving a minor facelift in 2014 (lights, grille, updated interior). The new HD trucks look to fall in line with the recently debuted 1500, and in the process, ditch the crosshair grille (which will only live on via the Charger, Durango, Journey and Grand Caravan)—a hallmark of the truck since the mid-’80s.

    Other exterior styling runs parallel to the 1500, but in a more muscular fashion. Inside, the RAM HD mimics the 1500 with thoughtful design and premium materials. Tech should come from the Uconnect 4, with or without navigation, with an 8.4-in. screen and the optional Uconnect 4C NAV infotainment system with the massive portrait-oriented 12-in. touchscreen center console display.

    Current power is derived from three engines—A 383hp 5.7L V8 with a compressed natural gas option, a 410hp 6.4L V8 and a 6.7L turbodiesel inline-six—available in three tunes: 350 hp with 660 lb.-ft., 370 hp with 800 lb.-ft., and 385 hp with 930 lb.-ft. torque rating. The 5.7L and 6.4L are paired to a six-speed automatic transmission, while the three versions of 6.7L can be paired to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. Expect the 6.7 to get an additional power bump in hopes of one-upping the F-350 and Silverado 3500, which currently feature more horsepower and similar torque.

    The next RAM HD is slated to move its production location from Saltillo, Mexico, to Warren, Michigan, in 2020, in time for the next-generation heavy-duty’s start of production. Expect an official debut sometime in 2019, with Detroit being an obvious choice.

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  2. STAMPEDE3

    STAMPEDE3 SAULS BROTHER Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Guess I May wait another year....
     
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    Stateguy Active Member Established Member

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    Where the hell are the 8 speed transmissions? The ones that live behind the hellcat should be able to live behind the 6.4


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  4. SID297

    SID297 OWNER/ADMIN Staff Member Administrator

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    Not likely in a heavy truck towing a heavy load. The Ford 10R140 is on its way though.
     
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    gimmie11s Dont be a Hybred Premium Member Established Member

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    Exactly^^.

    Ford is leagues ahead of the other two in truck trans strength--and has been for a long time.
     
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  6. GTSpartan

    GTSpartan Yield right!!!! Established Member

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    FWIW, The 6R80 isn't even a Ford design, and is built under license from the same company that makes the 8spd for Chrysler. ZF
     
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    SID297 OWNER/ADMIN Staff Member Administrator

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    The difference is Ford knows how to tune it.
     
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    SID297 OWNER/ADMIN Staff Member Administrator

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    Also, is my favorite ZF trans:

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    GTSpartan Yield right!!!! Established Member

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    Not trying to take away anything from Ford, just pointing out that most people probably have no idea it isn't their design.

    Also, the ZF is working on a HD truck spec version of their 8spd.
     
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    gimmie11s Dont be a Hybred Premium Member Established Member

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    Ill assume this was aimed at me.

    My comments were surrounding the "truck" trans... ala 5r110 and 6r140. I have never read that either of those are ZF designed.
     
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  11. 03cobra#694

    03cobra#694 Want to play a game? Staff Member Super Moderator

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    The 10 speed in my 150 is amazing.
     
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    Who cares if Ford designed it. How I look at it they found the right trans to make their truck better than the rest. That’s a win in my book for Ford.

    Probably also why F150’s are 10k+ more than their competitors....


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    +65k Love the 10 speed...I had the 6 speed in my '15 and my '17 has the 10.....Light years better smoothness, deceleration, and I get 2 MPG more with the 10 speed in an identically configured truck.

     
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    I wonder how long Chrysler will offer the manual transmission for the HD trucks. I am pretty sure its the last full size truck with stick.
     
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    If they carry over the interior from the 19+ 1500's they'll sell well.

    Can't believe Chevy pushed out a 2008 interior on their new 1500's.
     
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    It's the last one. I'll be surprised if it makes it into the new generation.

    Word is the ISB may be up for a major upgrade.
     
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    If it comes with the same HP numbers as the PS and duramax, they are really going to need a new manual and I don't know if they sell enough to design one to live behind that much power.
     
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    They’ll likely continue to sell a derated version with the stick shift if they continue to offer it.


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  19. VRYALT3R3D

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    I wonder how much the take rate is on the cummins-manual for Ram. It has to be very very low. I considered ordering one before it is "too late." The problem is finding a dealer that has one in stock to test drive. No Dodge dealer within a 250 mile radius of me has one in stock
     
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    Transmission and brakes/suspension, I thought like in 2004 (or so) Ford increased the size of everything that put them way out front.

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