Fiat Chrysler has debuted the 2019 Ram Chassis Cab lineup, which will sit in direct competition to the new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Medium Duty Chassis Cab.
The 2019 Ram Chassis Cab will be offered in 3500, 4500 and 5500 variants, which cover Class 3, 4 and 5 gross vehicle weight ratings.
Base models will come with Ram’s 6.4-liter HEMI V8, which is rated at 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. The base transmission is a six-speed Aisin automatic, while a eight-speed auto is offered as an option on the truck for the first time ever. The optional Cummins 6.7-liter inline-six turbodiesel, which is rated at 360 hp and 800 lb-ft of torque, is paired with the Aisin inline-six and cannot be ordered with the eight-speed.
Ram says all HEMI V8 3500/4500/5500 Chassis Cab trucks are offered with cylinder deactivation and ‘Deceleration Fuel Shut-Off’, which shuts down certain cylinders when the truck is decelerating. The six-speed automatic transmission also offers an optional Power Take Off that can help safe fuel when accelerating.
Properly equipped Cummins diesel 2019 Ram Chassis Cab models have “a segment-leading towing capacity up to 35,220 pounds, the highest Gross Combined Weight Rating of 43,000 pounds and payload up to 12,510 pounds,” the automaker says.
Ram claims its chassis cab trucks are also the only trucks in the segment to offer offer adaptive cruise control, Forward Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and AEB with trailer brakes across all trim levels. Available trims include Tradesman, SLT, Laramie and the rather luxurious new Limited. For a work truck, the Limited offers surprisingly high-end features, like Ram’s large 12-inch touchscreen display, leather upholstery and real wood trim.
All 2019 Ram Chassis Cab models will be built at the automaker’s Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Coahuila, Mexico. Sales are expected to commence in the second quarter of 2019, with pricing to be announced at a later date. For reference, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Medium Duty starts at $48,465 for a 4500 HD model.