Something is missing out on. It isn’t really instantly apparent, however when we lastly capture on it ends up being difficult to disregard. There’s a great deal of Ram drifting around the space right here in Tarpley. Texas on the banners in the hotel lobby, on top of the spec sheets for the 2010 Dodge Ram Power Wagon 4×4 and other sturdy 2500 and 3500 series trucks as well as on the name tag we’re requireded to use to obtain previous security– however valuable little Dodge.
All these products include photos of the familiar Ram’s head logo design with the word “Ram” inhabiting the area where “Dodge” typically figures plainly.
This isn’t actually a surprise, or a minimum of it should not be, since the Chrysler Corporation has actually revealed the development of a brand-new Dodge Ram brand. None people had actually believed this represented much of a departure, however the view from right here indicates a singular focus on Ram as the truck department’s brand from right here forward, Ã la GMC.
Or not. Another statement is anticipated in November to spell all of it out; nobody using a Ram hat or a Ram golf shirt is rejecting or verifying anything today.
Like It Ever Was
The story of the 2010 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty 2500 and 2010 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty 3500 trucks is not always about exactly what has actually altered; instead, it’s simply as much about exactly what has actually stayed the exact same. Ram item organizers concluded that clients for sturdy trucks are a conservative lot that value the reliable technique, particularly when it concerns the internal-combustion hearts beating inside their industrial-strength monsters.
The brand-new 2010 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks are powered by the exact same 5.7-liter Hemi V8 (ranked at 383 horse power and 400 pound-feet of torque) and 6.7-liter inline-6 Cummins turbodiesel (350 hp; 650 lb-ft of torque) as last year. These relied on engines feel as strong as ever, and they can be coupleded with the very same transmission providings as previously, which is a conventional five-speed automatic for the Hemi and an option in between a six-speed handbook or six-speed automatic for the diesel.
The individuals who appreciate the 2010 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty will definitely understand exactly what they’re in for and ought to in theory nurture none of the doubts that might appear when brand-new engines remain in play, such as Ford’s brand new Scorpion 6.7 liter V8, a turbodiesel that looks mighty on paper however however stays an unidentified in the field. There is a risk in this short-term method, as Dodge might end up on its back foot in a year or 2 need to the competitors’s brand-new engines carry out well and bring in the obligation of HD truck purchasers.
Ditto the Suspension
When we look inside the wheelwells of any of the brand-new 2010 Dodge Ram Heavy-Duty trucks, we see that their suspensions and frames are mostly carryover.
Two-wheel-drive 2500-series designs have the exact same independent coil-spring suspension with dual control arms that we saw in 2014. And the 4×4 variation trips on a five-link live front axle and coil springs, albeit with a little beefier u-joints and knuckles to accommodate the 300-pound boost (from 5,200 to 5,500 pounds) in the front Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) on designs geared up with the diesel motor.
Things are similar in the back, where the outbound HD truck’s leaf-spring architecture is kept. This isn’t really a vote of no-confidence for coil springs, nevertheless (which our own screening has actually revealed to work rather well on the back end of the medium-duty Dodge Ram 1500 trucks).
Since these durable Rams have much greater payloads (up to 5,150 pounds) and pulling capabilities (up to 18,500 pounds) than the Ram 1500, weight on the rear axle can differ considerably. Put the option of leaf springs to that their spring stiffness can be quickly adjusted with unique assistant and overload leafs to produce a considerable boost in spring rate as they compress, with outstanding resilience over the long run.
Trip convenience is assisted right here by the addition of a brand-new hydraulic cab-to-frame install at the rear corners of the Crew and Mega taxis. Found basically midway along the frame rails, these installs are tuned to decrease the vertical stabbing that includes driving an unloaded HD truck on irregular surface areas. It works well adequate on the farm-to-market roadways in Texas that we drove with the Ram HDs, however the difficulty provided by the cement pieces of a California highway will certainly need to wait till we get a truck for full-blown screening.
Extra modifications to the 2010 Dodge Ram HD truck’s frame were needed to accommodate the brand-new Crew Cab, which initially appeared on the Ram 1500-series truck to excellent recognition.
The Quad Cab that Dodge gave the truck market to terrific honor (and instant replica by its competitors) and made use of till in 2013 didn’t have sufficient rear legroom, however its use in the Ram HD allowed Dodge making finish with simply 2 wheelbases for its sturdy truck a 140.5-incher for the regular-cab long bed and the Quad Cab brief bed, and a 160.5-inch variation for the Quad Cab long bed and Mega Cab brief bed variations.
The brand-new Crew Cab is a complete 9 inches longer than the much-maligned Quad Cab (which was initially indicated just for light-duty street trucks), which suggests 2 more wheelbase options have actually been contributed to the HD list. The 2010 Ram Crew-short now trips on a 149.4-inch wheelbase while the 2010 Ram Crew-long is now a leviathan on a 169.4-inch wheelbase. The regular-cab long bed and Mega Cab brief bed continue to be on the exact same wheelbases they had previously.
Diesel dually consumers who wish to pull their large fifth-wheel trailers can lastly combine an 8-foot bed with the Crew Cab, getting rid of an issue we experienced throughout our 2006 Heavy-Duty truck contrast test where rear-seat legroom comfy enough for long-distance travel would just be had with the Mega Cab and its obligatory 6-foot-4 bed.
Beyond this, the brand-new taxi method makes it possible for the 2010 Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 HD trucks to maximize all the great ergonomics, outstanding fit and surface, and luxury features that defined the taxi’s intro for the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500. Which indicates you can pack up on alternatives like UConnect satellite navigation, satellite radio, Bluetooth, rear-seat home entertainment, an iPod connection, 110-volt power outlets the works.
Power Wagon is back in a huge method. Instead the Power Wagon is an old-school off-roader much better matched to mudding and winching in the backcountry than jumping throughout the desert at high speed.
Offered just on the 2500 SLT Crew Cab 4×4 with the 5.7-liter hemi and the brief bed V8 (base cost $39,430), the whole plan is one huge $6,500 (approximated) alternative.
The Power Wagon plan brings you an electronic locking differential with 4.56:1 equipments for both the front and rear axle. plus a front stabilizer bar that can be detached for more wheel articulation, all managed by in-cab electrical switches. There’s a 12,000-pound Warn winch set up behind the chrome front bumper, with a 12-foot pendant for push-button control. A brand-new incorporated electronic trailer brake controller is wired and prepared to go on the lower dash, supported by a Class IV trailer drawback and a sturdy generator and battery.
Special springs and Bilstein monotube shocks are incorporated with BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A tires in size LT285/70R17 to take on the rocks and filth. There are skid plates galore and the entire enchilada is topped with Power Wagon decals on the hood and flat-black graphics on the hood and lower body sides.
A weekend of heavy rain turned the presentation course in Texas into a mud hole, however that just goes to demonstrate how well this truck works. Our Power Wagon is getting caked with more mud than the truck’s handlers truly wish to see, however the huge Ram survives all of it with a shrug, as if to state, “Is that you’ve got?” When we get house, do not fret; we’ll feed you some rocks.