Chrysler Canada: Ram Heavy Duty Upgrades Deliver Class-Leading Torque and Towing

- Cummins Turbo Diesel now rated at 800 lb-ft of torque
- Class-Leading 22,700 lb (10,297 kg) maximum trailer tow weight
- Gross Combined Weight Rating increased to 30,000 lbs (13,608 kg)
- Legendary Cummins Reliability and Durability backed by an unsurpassed 5-year 160,000km Diesel Warranty
- Cummins-equipped Ram Trucks offer class-leading diesel exhaust brake
- Ram is only heavy-duty diesel pickup that doesn't require Diesel Exhaust Fluid

WINDSOR, ON, Feb. 10 /CNW/ - Ram Truck today announced a series of upgrades to its Heavy Duty truck lineup that will give it outright class supremacy in trailer towing.

Now boasting the ability to pull a segment-leading 22,700 lb (10,297 kg) maximum trailer weight, the one-tonne Ram 3500 Heavy Duty will get a performance boost to its 6.7-litre Cummins Turbo Diesel Engine that will increase its torque to 800 lb-ft and be upfitted with a package of components that will increase its gross combined weight rating (GCWR) to an unsurpassed 30,000 lbs (13,608 kg).

"We know our Ram Heavy Duty truck owners very well, which is why we know that for them, best-in-class towing and performance reign supreme in what they want from their truck," said Ed Broadbear, Vice-President, Marketing, Chrysler Canada Inc. "The 800 lb-ft performance upgrade announced today, combined with our Cummins' proven reputation for reliability are sure to meet our customer's high expectations."

800 lb-ft of High-Output Torque

A new powertrain control module (PCM) with revised performance calibration allows the High-Output 6.7-litre, six-cylinder Cummins Turbo Diesel to reach peak torque at 1,600 rpm and exceed the previous model's output from 1,200 through 2,800 rpm. While peak horsepower remains unchanged (350 @ 3,000 rpm), the engine's new calibration delivers more than 40 additional horsepower at typical highway cruising speeds.

Behind the powerful, High-Output Cummins lies a new higher-rated torque converter. The Ram's new torque converter improves engine/transmission integration for better towing capability on grades and optimizes engine performance.

In addition to the new PCM and torque converter, the 800 lb-ft Cummins-powered Ram Heavy Duty trucks receive a new crankshaft damper, reducing engine noise and vibration (NVH).

Ram Trucks with the uprated 800 lb-ft Cummins will feature a special "High Output Cummins" badge on their tailgates.

Best-in-Class Maximum Towing

When equipped with the "Max Tow" towing-optimization package, the Ram 3500 Heavy Duty maximum trailer weight is rated up to 22,700 lbs (10,297 kg)., the highest trailer weight in its class.

Since the launch of the new Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty for the 2010 model year, towing capability has been the trucks' strong suit, with a long list of towing-friendly features including the most powerful standard exhaust brake in the segment (diesel-equipped models). This feature reduces brake fade, prolongs brake life and provides unmatched confidence and safety when hauling heavy loads on downhill grades.

Ram also has the largest brakes of any heavy duty pickup; 14.17-in.x1.54-in. (360mm x 39mm) front and 14.09-in.x1.34-in. (358mm x 34mm) rear with an integrated anti-lock brake system (ABS) that increases brake life and braking stability.

Tow ratings for the Ram 3500 Heavy Duty meet 100 per cent of 2013 model year SAE testing standards.

30,000 lbs. GCWR

Dual-rear-wheel-equipped Ram 3500 Heavy Duty pickups with the Max Tow package are now rated at an unsurpassed 30,000 lbs (13,608 kg) GCWR - up from 24,500 lbs (11,113 kg).

For maximum towing, Chrysler Group Powertrain engineers gave the Ram 3500 an improved dual-rear wheel axle with a 4.10 gear ratio, new rear-axle pinion, new helical gears, upgraded bearings and a heat-dissipating, finned aluminum differential cover.

As part of the Max Tow upgrade to the Ram 3500, the truck will also get a new engine-mounted, oil-to-coolant transmission cooler to moderate operating temperatures during trailer towing.

All Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickups will also get upgraded power steering oil coolers to manage the larger loads.

Cummins Turbo Diesel - Exclusive to Ram

If you looked up "bulletproof" in the dictionary, you'd find a picture of the Cummins Turbo Diesel engine. With its inline-six architecture and cast iron block and head, this engine has been providing decades of reliable service in everything from agriculture and construction equipment to over-the-road heavy trucks.

Ram Heavy Duty pickup trucks powered by Cummins diesel engines have been the benchmark of power, durability, reliability and fuel economy since 1989, the first model year that Ram offered the Cummins engine. This partnership is defined by more than two decades of long-lasting, hard-working history - more than any other diesel pickup combination in the marketplace.

Cummins Turbo Diesel-equipped Ram pickups are the only heavy-duty pickups to meet 2010 EPA emissions regulations with an engine and aftertreatment system that has been proven in more than 250,000 customer trucks since 2007 without the need for Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF).

The one-tonne Ram 3500 Heavy Duty comes standard with the Cummins Turbo Diesel.

Ram 2500 Heavy Duty pickups equipped with the optional 6.7-litre Cummins Turbo Diesel and automatic transmission (5.7-litre HEMI engine is standard) also get the 800 lb-ft performance upgrade.

High Output Cummins-equipped Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickups and the 30,000 GCWR Max Tow package will go on sale in the second quarter 2011.

About the Ram Truck brand

With a work-hard, play-hard attitude, the Ram Truck brand offers the boldest, most powerful and capable pickup truck lineup on the planet.

Introduced in 2008, the Ram 1500 is a game changer in terms of its ability to "outsmart" and "out-tough" the competition with its bold exterior design, crafted and refined interior, engineering excellence, superb innovation and best-in-class features and amenities.

The Ram Truck brand added to its award-winning truck lineup with the introduction of the 2010 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty trucks. Ram heavy-duty trucks provide customers with first-time innovations and features along with new standards of strength, utility and driveability, building on the Ram's leadership in the heavy-duty pickup segment.

The Ram Truck brand is further enhancing its commercial vehicle presence with a "new crew" of commercial-grade work trucks: the new 2011 Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs. Led by an all-new crew cab, the new 2011 Ram Chassis Cabs are built on a proven frame and chassis, and engineered for maximum uptime, optimum performance and enhanced commercial capability.

Ram Truck sales increased 74% in Canada in 2010, establishing an all-time annual sales record and finishing the year as the fourth highest selling vehicle in Canada.

In January 2011, Ram Truck built off this strength by establishing a new January sales record enroute to being the third highest selling vehicle in Canada.

About Chrysler Canada Inc.

Chrysler Canada is entering its 86th year with a total of 16 all-new or completely redesigned vehicles - including the legendary Jeep Grand Cherokee, iconic FIAT 500, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Grand Caravan.

In 2010, Chrysler Canada reported a sales increase of 26 percent, achieving the highest year-over-year sales growth in Chrysler Canada history, along with establishing annual sales records for the Dodge Grand Caravan minivan, Ram pickup truck and Dodge Journey crossover. As a result, Chrysler Canada gained two full percentage points of share - more than any other manufacturer in Canada - and was the only manufacturer to hold two of the top five best-selling vehicles in the country - Dodge Grand Caravan and Ram truck.

In January 2011, Chrysler Canada reported its fourteenth consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth.

Additional information and news from Chrysler is available at http://www.media.chrysler.com.

SOURCE Chrysler Canada Inc.

For further information:

Daniel Labre
(514) 630-5089 (office)
(514) 235-7512 (cell)
daniel.labre@chrysler.com

LouAnn Gosselin
519-973-2253 (office)
519-984-2600 (cell)
Louann.gosselin@chrysler.com

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