Ram-Ford pickup truck fight continues with an updated 3500HD Diesel. The manufacturer wasn’t as generous as we thought it would be, but the full-fledged oil-chugging vehicle is featuring a really mighty drivetrain. Some rumors indicated that the 2018 Ram 3500HD Diesel could reach a magical figure of 1,000 lb-ft, but that hasn’t happened. Instead, the topping oil-burner pumps out whopping 930 pound-feet of twist, pushing towing capacity to 30,000 pounds.
Just like the 2017 model, the 2018 Ram 3500HD Diesel will host three power options. However, just the most potent version got an updated mill. It still uses a 6.7-liter Cummins inline-six turbodiesel, which will develop 385 horsepower at 2,800 rpm and 930 pound-feet of torque at 1,700 rpm. These 30,000 pounds of towing capacity comes only if you pick the model with Ram’s new fifth-wheel hitch design. The oil-chugging is paired with Aisin six-speed automatic transmission. Now, it’s important to know that Cummins hasn’t developed the improved by itself. No, they have done that together with Ram, so it’s going to be exclusively offered with the range-topping HD3500 Diesel.
As for the other two oil-burner trucks, they are also using the 6.7-liter Cummins. However, the differences between the options are enormous. The base HD truck gets just 350 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque using a six-speed manual transmission. On the other hand, the mid-specs version is rated at 370 horsepower and 800 lb-ft of twist, but it’s mated to a 68RFE six-speed automatic gearbox. All options are using a standard rear-wheel drive, but the buyers can choose the optional 4WD.
The updated engine is the biggest and almost only change regarding the truck. The 2018 Ram 3500HD Diesel gets not a single change inside, while the interior sports just a new front bumper with a larger air intake.
Ram hasn’t released pricing information at the moment, but it will in the coming months, so stay tuned.