Truck Yeah The trucks are good! The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty’s banner feature, at least in terms of the torque wars between American truck brands, is its 1,000 lb-ft of torque and 35,100-pound towing capacity. But in addition to those numbers, Ram also claims features like adaptive cruise control and auto braking will work with 35,000 pounds in tow. Ram’s Heavy Duty brand includes trucks like the 2500 and 3500, which debuted for the 2019 model year at the Detroit Auto Show Monday. As we learned from some early information overnight, the new Heavy Duty ups its torque numbers from a max of 930 lb-ft to 1,000 lb-ft, and towing capacity from a max of 31,210 to 35,100 pounds. It’s a decent jump, if you’ve got your life in tow behind you. But during the truck’s official debut Monday, Ram had some additional claims. Ram said the new Heavy Duty would have some of the major safety features we’re used to in new vehicles—adaptive cruise control with full stop, forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking—and that those safety and braking features would work with a full 35,000 pounds in tow. Ram didn’t say anything about the remaining 100 pounds in the truck’s towing capacity, but we’ve asked for clarification. Ram didn’t show any tests or footage of the features working with a trailer on the truck during the debut, but if auto braking does work with 35,000 pounds hooked onto the back, that means the new Heavy Duty has quite… [Read full story]
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