The RAM 2500 has officially arrived in Australia. Following the same design, homologation, and manufacture processes that the recent RAM 1500 DT underwent; that is 50,000 hours of pre-build development; 80,000km of rolling road testing; 50,000km of real-world road driving; and a 20,000km full vehicle durability test.

“All-new 2500 starts the roll-out of our next generation Heavy Duty trucks,” says RAM Trucks Australia National Manager Jeff Barber.

“Built for serious assignments, the all-new 2500, which will be joined soon by the next-gen 3500, sets new benchmarks in performance, capability, technology and luxury.

“Only RAM Trucks Australia can deliver such a vehicle thanks to our robust and detailed planning, development, remanufacturing, and testing programme in conjunction with our local and global partners including Stellantis (formerly Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, US).”

The 2021 RAM 2500 is powered 6.7-litre in-line six-cylinder Cummins turbodiesel delivering 276kW of power and 1,152Nm.

Drive is through a six-speed automatic. Changes designed to improve the electronically controlled transmission’s shift quality include new variable-force solenoid controls for the torque-converter clutch. A new reverse accumulator improves shift feel when placing the transmission into park from reverse, while drive-to-park shifts are also improved through refined hydraulic control.

The all-new 2500 is equipped with a BorgWarner electronic transfer case, giving 2WD, 2WD High, Neutral and 4WD Low.

New front and rear axles have been engineered to improve durability, handle industry-leading payload and towing capabilities, minimise NVH, and take advantage of opportunities to optimise weight.

There’s a new lighter aluminium bonnet, a larger front grille and a front bumper with larger openings. The result is greater airflow to the largest turbo intercooler RAM has ever adapted to its heavy-duty trucks.

The all-new 2500 offers the RamBox cargo management systems includes versatile, weatherproof, lockable, illuminated, and drainable storage bins.

The central controls up and toward the driver, improving overall reachability of system controls. It has Uconnect 4C NAV on a 12-inch fully configurable touchscreen. The screen can display one application, such as the navigation map, across the whole 12-inch screen, or can be divided to operate two different applications at once.

The all-new 2500 features a 7-inch, full-colour, 3D animation-capable driver information display. A reconfigurable function enables drivers to personalise information inside the instrument cluster. There’s even a digital rear-view mirror.

The RAM 2500 comes with an Alpine 10-Speaker Premium Audio System including a sub-woofer.

An active noise cancellation system and acoustic glass reduce ambient cabin sounds by nearly 10 dB, making it the quietest RAM Heavy Duty ever.

The new HVAC system features 30 percent more air flow at lower noise levels, including larger front defroster vents for better performance.

RAM Trucks Australia is the world’s only RAM-authorised manufacturer of right-hand drive RAM trucks. The relationship with RAM Trucks in the US began back in 2013 and continues to innovate to deliver a no compromise, full-size pick-up truck that leads in durability, technology and efficiency.

The all-new RAM 2500 starts at $157,950 plus on-road costs for Laramie Crew Cab, rising to $162,900 plus on-road costs for the Laramie Crew Cab with RamBox.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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