Towing is a big deal in the truck world. It seems like every year Ford, GM, or Stellantis has some bonkers new peak torque and max towing figures to boast about, and the number of slick new towing-related tech features available from the Big Three has grown precipitously in recent times. Now, Stellantis is testing a brand new set of high-tech towing mirrors for the Ram HD model line that should arrive with the truck’s next mid-cycle update for 2023.
The new mirrors have been spotted on at least two prototypes already, and they pack a lot of electronics into a relatively tight package. According to Mopar Insiders, both power- and manual-extending versions will be available, and they’ll house power-adjustable heated glass, spotter glass, LED puddle lights and turn signals, blind spot indicators, rear- and forward-facing spotlights, 360-degree cameras, and new tow cameras.
Visibility is everything when you’re towing, but here’s to hoping you never scrape a mirror off in a tight parking garage and have to pay to replace it.
The “New” 2023 Ram HD
Not much else is expected to change as the Ram HD line enters the 2023 model year. The 2500 and 3500 will continue to be based on the fourth-generation DJ and D2 platforms, respectively, and the sheet metal will remain unchanged – save perhaps for a new hood design reserved for certain models.
Tow cameras have become an increasingly big focus for truck manufacturers as they’ve grown cheaper to source and higher in image quality for a given small package size. Today, Chevrolet offers up to 8 cameras with 15 different views – including 4 for the hitch alone – on its full-size Silverado. Ford also takes cameras very seriously on its F-Series model line, offering things like a 360-degree camera and bed cam. Stellantis knows that in order to keep the Ram HD competitive despite its old age, the model line needs to step up its game with regard to towing visibility.