The truck market is constnatly going through cycles, and up next are big debuts from GM, Ford and Ram. Quite literally, as all three makes are set to roll out new or updated versions of their Class 2b and Class 3 trucks. At Ford, a new Super Duty is expected for the 2024 model year. For GM, both an updated Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD are expected for the 2024 model year as well. And at Stellantis, the Ram Heavy Duty will receive an update for the 2023 model year. And as one does with an updated vehicle, both the Ram 2500 HD and Ram 3500 HD will likely feature more power and technology than the previous model.
According to prototypes spied out in the open, the updated truck will likely feature a new Ram-air style hood to help the engine breathe a little better, suggesting that it could be a higher horsepower (or torque) unit. More airflow also implies improved cooling, which could mean even stronger towing and payload numbers out of the mighty Cummins diesel I6 engine.
Another big upgrade for the Ram 2500 HD and Ram 3500 HD is expected to be a Magna-sourced Clearview camera monitoring system, which can switch between a regular rearview mirror and a video display in order to help with visibility, especially while towing. The display is customizable with up to three camera views visible at the same time, as well as multiple fields of view. Some versions of the 2023 Ram 3500 will also receive the tech.
The truck market is heating up, but not so much for models powered by traditional gasoline and diesel engines. Instead, electricity is the new goal post, and Ram will have to showcase that it wants to be a player in that sector by releasing its own electrified lineup.
Ram has already confirmed that a fully electric variant is on its way for a fall 2022 debut, but we’ll have to wait a little longer to see if any kind of electric powertrain will be making its way to something larger.
Although we’re not expecting it for the 2023 Ram Heavy Duty, Stellantis has also said that future large pickup trucks could run on a hydrogen fuel cell rather than purely electric, so we’ll just have to wait and see what the brand has in store.