The new 2018 Ram pickups will be arriving in dealerships sometime this August Photo Ram Truck

The new 2018 Ram pickups will be arriving in dealerships sometime this August. (Photo: Ram Truck)

Ram Truck beefs up 2018 model 3500 HD pickup

OEM boosts diesel engine torque and adds new in-house designed fifth wheel hitch.

With the start of 2018 model year production, Ram Truck is boosting the capability of its 3500 HD pickup model; increasing available torque for its optional diesel engine package and adding an optional fifth wheel designed by Ram Engineering that can tow up to 30,000 lbs.

Working closely Cummins, Ram said the 3500 model for 2018 will feature higher boost limits through a variable geometry turbo and flow rate increases through the fuel delivery system for its optional Cummins 6.7-liter I-6 diesel engine.

Those improvements produce an additional 30 lb.-ft. of torque for 930 total lb.-ft. of torque.

Ram noted that its 30,000-lb. fifth-wheel towing uprating will allow customers to move away from Class 4 and 5 trucks to haul trailers that would have otherwise been limited to 24,000 lbs.

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Ram 3500 Heavy Duty maximum gooseneck and conventional hitch maximum trailer weight ratings for the 2018 model year are 31,210 lbs. and 20,000 lbs., respectively.

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