Why should workers have to settle for a basic truck?
At the this year's Detroit Auto Show, FCA revealed the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty with a monstrous 1,000 lb-ft of available torque. We were instantly impressed with how Ram integrated the lovely interior from the 1500 truck on the new Heavy Duty models and now, FCA is continuing to wow us with the reveal of the 2019 Ram Chassis Cab models at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show.
As with the standard Heavy Duty models, the new 2019 Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab models benefit from the same class-leading interior as well as a wealth of other segment-leading features. If you need a true rough and tumble work vehicle but also want a comfortable interior, these are the trucks for you.
The standard powertrain is a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 producing up to 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque paired to an Aisin six-speed or eight-speed automatic transmission. The 3500 chassis cab with this engine also included cylinder deactivation, which functions under light load. Another version of this engine produces 370 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque.
There is also an available Cummins 6.7-liter inline-six turbo diesel, which produces 360 hp and 800 lb-ft of torque. This new Cummins engine uses compacted graphite iron in the block to dampen vibrations and reduce weight by 60 pounds compared to the outgoing engine.
Ram claims a class-leading 35,220-pound towing capacity, gross combined weight ratings of 43,000 pounds, and a payload of 12,510 pounds. These truck also feature optional exclusive Power Take-Off (PTO) for left and right side components, which can be used to power various accessories.
Even though these Chassis Cab trucks were designed with workers in mind, Ram hasn't skimped on the interior. There will be four trim levels available including Tradesman, SLT, Laramie, and the new Limited. Limited trims feature Ram's excellent 12-inch UConnect Infotainment display paired to a 750-watt Harman Kardon Audio System with 17 speakers with 8-inch subwoofer.
Buyers will be able to choose from 12 different storage combinations in the center console boasting up to 39 liters of storage. The console includes optional wireless charging and five USB ports (three up front and two in back). If you need a bit more power, there are two available 115-volt three-prong plugs which can handle up to 400 watts for charging electronic devices or using power tools.
The rear seats can be folded up to reveal additional storage space in the cab and Ram has included a secondary folding floor, which creates a flat storage area in the second row. This wonderful interior isn't just for show, it also features plenty of class-exclusive safety options. The new 2019 Ram Chassis Cab is the only truck in the segment to feature passive and active safety features such as Forward Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Adaptive Cruise Control. The ParkSense Park Assist system is also class-exclusive and provides a 270-degree field of vision plus a cargo-view camera.
If you just want your work truck to feel like, a work truck, there are more basic trim levels available without all of the fancy electronics inside. As with the Ram 1500 and Heavy Duty models, Ram continues to blow us away with its new trucks and we expect these Chassis Cab models to be extremely popular among fleets and construction companies.
The 2019 Ram Chassis Cab is built in FCA's Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Coahuila, Mexico and will be available in the second quarter of 2019. Pricing is not yet available but will be revealed later this year.