Dodge Ram Long-Hauler Concept Truck revealed

AutoTrader NZ
Published 3 September 2020

Dodge is toughening up the image of its Ram pickup truck with the release of its Ram Long-Hauler concept, set to go on display around the US shortly to gauge public opinion.

The Ram Long-Hauler is based on a Class 5 Ram 5500 Chassis Cab, and Dodge says it is designed to suit the needs of anyone that tows multiple or heavy trailers, drives long distances or small business owners looking for a “work horse” at the job site.

Designers started with a Class 5 Ram 5500 Crew Cab and converted to a Mega Cab passenger compartment, added an 8-foot box and upped the range between refueling stops with a mid-ship fuel tank. Combined with a second frame-mounted tank and a third, optional, bed-mounted auxiliary tank, total fuel capacity is 170 gallons (645 litres).

With a 5104mm wheelbase, the concept Long-Hauler from Ram measures 7315mm in length, height is 2009mm and estimated curb weight is 4218kg. Total load capacity is 37,500 Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR).

The powertrain for the concept truck includes an inline six-cylinder 6.7-litre High Output Cummins Turbo Diesel engine rated at 800 lb.-ft. of torque. The Ram’s diesel engine is mated to a six-speed, Aisin AS68RC automatic transmission with four-wheel-drive transfer case coupled to a 4.88 Dana 110 axle with dual rear wheels.

It rides on a full Kelderman Air Suspension front and rear and 19.5-inch Alcoa aluminium wheels, and ther suspension package is self-leveling with kneel feature.

On the exterior, brilliant black paint is accented by white gold metallic lower two-tone including body side moldings and wide wheel flares at the front and rear. Up front, a bull bar extends the entire width of the vehicle. For full use of the bed, the spare tyre is located under the box.

Inside, the Long-Hauler includes 2+2 leather seating with a specific, high comfort driver seat. Rear passenger comfort is assured with power-adjustable footrests and a rear centre console that includes a refrigerator, cup holders and tray tables.

In-cabin power includes 115V and 12V outlets front and rear., and there is interior Wi-Fi. Additional cabin features also include a laptop storage area and a safe for valuables.

There is also a tyre pressure monitoring system, rear axle temperature gauge and exhaust gas temperature and boost gauges.

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