If you’re a Chevrolet truck guy or gal, you know Z71. The acronym carries a storied history that runs parallel with some of the most capable, yet affordable, off-road trucks ever offered to consumers. Ram has decided to take a page from this play book, and introduced the 4×4 off-road package for the three-quarter ton 2500 Heavy Duty.
As reported by our sister publication, Fiat-Chrysler Authority, Ram developed the package as a “value-priced option”, much like the Z71 package. While exterior changes are minimal, it’s the ramped up capability that pegs it as a true Z71 competitor.
The Ram 2500’s 4×4 package includes Bilstein monotube shock absorbers, a standard with a rear anti-spin differential and an underbody skid plate to help the pickup deal with the demands of off-road driving. The Hill-decent Control system featured on the Power Wagon is also standard.
The Silverado Z71 uses Rancho monotobe shocks, but other than a different shock supplier, the packages are nearly identical. The Silverado Z71 comes equipped with all-terrain tires, however.
The truck market is booming, and Ram knows it. As they say, copying is the most sincere form of flattery.