Heavy duty trucks don’t get enough love, the 2023 RAM 2500 is here to change that. Recently it seems like everything is focused on the mid-size truck segment. And this is with good reason. They are very versatile. They can be used as a workhorse or for everyday agenda. Designers don’t neglect the interior and style, they try to make it as luxurious as possible. This is because trucks are a style statement today. Not just a vehicle that is going to haul and tow a lot of cargo. But some trucks are made to show their power and tow a lot. Hence we have heavy-duty trucks.
This segment isn’t quite populated so there isn’t too much competition. This makes the job much easier for RAM, Ford, GM and others. One of the top sellers in this segment is exactly the RAM 2500. But nothing lasts forever, so RAM has to give it a bit of a refresh to make it contemporary. This will help it stay on top of the pecking order and keep the crown of the topdog. The interior is where some changes might happen. On the outside, the pickup is poised to stay the same. Under the hood, we don’t expect anything to change, but RAM might surprise us.
2023 RAM 2500 Interior
The inside is not expected to change much. The new 2023 RAM 2500 has improved seating with heated and ventilated features. No massaging feature whatsoever. There is contrast stitching for some extra style points. Infotainment has standard connectivity and will be a touchscreen of 12 inches. Five people can sit comfortably in the new 2500. Dashboard and heads-up displays are present and you can track everything about the truck you want. Hands-free driving will probably happen. This will allow you to relax behind the steering wheel but not fall asleep. It remains to be seen how much of the roads the software covers.
Exterior and Colors
The look will be dictated by the trim you choose. We have the Tradesman, Big Horn, Laramie and Power Wagon. Some trims have a big aggressive front grille. A lot of air intakes there to cool the engine department. The hood is a bit sporty with some curves. The cargo bed has outlets, lights and a special cargo management system for your tools. There are running boards that help you get in and out of the truck. They lower automatically when you open the door. There are huge 20-inch wheels. They are lightweight alloys to shave off some weight and improve power to weight ratio. There are numerous colors for the exterior. We have Diamond Black, Granite Crystal, Billet Silver, Patriot Blue, Delmonico Red, Flame Red and Bright White.
2023 RAM 2500 Engines
There are currently three engines on offer for the 2023 RAM 2500. This is more than enough choice to feel spoiled. RAM thought about different appliances for the trucks and figured these are the best options. First up we have a powerful 6.4 liter V8 with 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. This comes with all-wheel drive and eight-speed automatic transmission. Transmission and all-wheel driving is the same on all three options as that gives the best benefits to the truck. There is also a 6.7 liter Cummins diesel inline-six engine.
This one can come with both rear or all-wheel drive which is a nice choice. This diesel has two variants. The first one has 370 horsepower and 850 pound-feet of torque. While the second one has 400 horsepower but so far it was reserved for the 3500 RAM. This can come with a six-speed automatic. The diesel engine is heavier than its petrol cousin. But it can tow and haul more which is where it counts when we talk about heavy-duty trucks. The max payload for the 2500 RAM is 2400 pounds and 19,000 pounds towing.
These are amazing numbers and no wonder it is top of a class truck. With the weaker 370 horsepower engine, we can pull 16000 pounds and haul 3200 pounds which is still a great amount. We would have liked to see at least a hybrid version of 2500. But it is a disappointment that RAM decided not to go that way. Hybrid powertrains have numerous benefits. Which include better power, more torque, longer engine life and cheaper to run long term. A dual motor setup works best, with one motor for each axle. It can even run on its own if you run out of fuel.
On top of that, they have recharging capabilities, so for example every time you break they charge a bit. An electric version would have even larger benefits. And we all know that an electric pickup is possible, due to F-150 Lightning. Perhaps there is too much trouble in changing the platform to accommodate for all the electric components. There is logistics in moving everything under the cabin and how that would affect the truck itself. Perhaps things will change before the release of the new RAM 2500.
The new 2023 RAM 2500 is not the cheapest truck to run. It is a workhorse and requires a lot of juice. This means that in the city you can get 12 mpg and 18 on the highway. This is mostly due to large engines that are under the hood. But simply putting a smaller engine doesn’t work, it wouldn’t be able to perform as well.
2023 RAM 2500 Prices
Expect to see this truck later in 2023, probably in fall. The fresh 2023 RAM 2500 will cost around $45000 which is normal for a truck of that size and type.