The Laramie Limited’s all-new front grille is the most prominent exterior change customers get with this new luxury trim level.
The new Laramie Limited trim package – unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show – is available for the Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 models and features all-black, full-leather seating, real wood interior components and unique badges. It is considered the “black-tie” luxury alternative to Ram’s southwestern-themed Laramie Longhorn edition pickup.
The Laramie Limited interior starts with an all-black leather cockpit – the seats are covered in Black Natura Plus premium leather with Graystone leather piping riding the stitching peaks. Using an idea borrowed from the Longhorn trim, the Limited’s rear flap-closure seatback map pockets feature chrome Ram-lettered buckles.
The Ram 1500 Laramie Limited luxury trim will be available in the second quarter of 2015 as a 2015 model. The Ram Laramie Limited 2500 and 3500 will be available in the third quarter as a 2016 model.
Piles of snow and below-zero temperatures in Houghton, MI, and Bemidji, MN, among other "hostile" winter areas are where the Ram Engineering teams suits up to run severe cold weather and snow plow testing on the company's various truck models.
Ram engineers run trucks through 12-inch-deep slush and immediately park the truck overnight in a refrigeration facility set at minus 20 degrees. The truck is then inspected top to bottom to assure components and systems are functioning properly. An independent heating system keeps just enough diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) above freezing temperatures to allow engine start up while meeting tailpipe emissions.
Ram engineers create a convoy of trucks and drive in-line for hours on end in Arctic "blast" or extreme wind events, switching positions in the order. The leader pulls a “drag” or rake to kick up ice and snow to test the performance of windshield wipers, lighting, defrost and systems related to the engine.
The Raminator, a monster truck sponsored by Ram Truck and driven by Mark Hall, broke the Guinness World Records record for the "Fastest Speed for a Monster Truck" at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, TX,, last December, reaching 99.1 mph.
FCA recently put on display a rare 1963 Chrysler Turbine Car at the 2015 Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS). A total of 50 Chrysler Turbine Cars – with their signature bodywork crafted by Carrozzeria Ghia of Turin, Italy – were built between 1963 and 1964. They featured experimental powertrains and were typically loaned to members of the general public for three month test periods.