New Medium-Duty Trucks From Dodge

March 29, 2011

The Dodge Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks were named 2011 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year by Work Truck magazine. In an online vote, the two big Rams beat 19 other trucks that were voted on by professional fleet-truck managers.

The award will be featured in the May/June issue of Work Truck magazine as part of a full-length article on the two trucks. In Early March, Dodge said that it will offer 2012 Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab commercial trucks with an optional 30,000-pound gross combined weight rating. This is in addition to the stock 26,000-pound capacity. The increased weight is part of an optional Max Tow setup that buyers can get in regular and crew cab models in two-wheel- or four-wheel-drive options.

The Ram Max Tow upgrade also comes with new transfer case gears, a beefed-up chain and sprocket, enhanced transmission software and wider-ranging heat management systems. It’s available on Ram Chassis Cab trucks that have the optional Aisin six-speed automatic transmission and 4.88 rear-axle ratio. An axle with a ratio of 4.44 comes standard on 4500 models.

Dodge powers the Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab with a commercial-grade 305 hp 1600 rpm 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel.. All Ram 4500 and 5500s come with a six-speed manual transmission. 

Also new for 2012, Dodge will offer a Class 3 Chassis Cab truck. Ram 3500 Chassis Cabs come with a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 and a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine and tranny increased the gross combined weight rating by 3,000 pounds to a new figure of 20,000 pounds.

Significant features on Ram Chassis Cabs are an exhaust brake that Dodge claims is 49-percent stronger than the nearest competitor and extra-large brake rotors and pads. A further upgrade to the trailer brake controller on Chassis Cabs makes the truck more capable for towing. Finally, Dodge provides a five-year, 100,000-mile warranty on its Chassis Cab trucks, so you get award-winning coverage as well.

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