The heavy-duty lineup is about to get a mid-cycle update. Those are the latest reports we are getting about the Ram pickup. The current generation has been around for a while and considering that the rival models are about to bring novelties in the next year, it’s no wonder that 2023 RAM 3500 is about to come with some of them as well, allegedly. At this point, we are still waiting for the officials to hear more on this subject.
From what we can hear, this update will bring novelties in various aspects. First of all, we are about to see some styling updates. Naturally, new standard and available features are expected as well. Finally, we expect to see novelties under the hood, as the new transmission has been rumored, for the diesel version. On the other hand, we don’t expect to see bigger interior changes.
The 2023 RAM 3500 should hit the market sometime in the second half of 2022.
2023 RAM 3500 Design
When it comes to the overall design, the 2023 RAM 3500 won’t change. The current generation has been around for a while but still offers modern mechanics and class-leading ride quality. We particularly like the suspension setup, which ensures a high level of comfort, besides excellent working capabilities. Furthermore, higher trim levels are also available with adjustable rear suspension.
On the other hand, we could see a couple of novelties regarding exterior design. This particularly refers to the front end styling, which should come with some revisions. We would expect to see a little bit more rugged look, with an upgraded grille, headlights and similar parts. Both bumpers could be revised as well, while we also expect to see typical mid-cycle updates, such as new color options and similar things.
On the other hand, the 2023 RAM 3500 interior shouldn’t change. The current model features an attractive cabin, with nice materials and great build quality. It is still the best-looking cabin in the class, by a fair margin. Therefore, there is no need for changes and updates at the moment. Of course, things like new color schemes are always welcome.
The next year’s model will continue in familiar cab styles and bed sizes. You can choose between Regular-cab, crew-cab, and Mega Cab configurations, with standard (6 foot 4 inches) or long (8 foot) cargo beds.
Features and Trim Levels
We presume that this update could bring novelties in terms of standard equipment as well. Most likely, the trim level organization will remain the same, while each version will come with a couple of novelties.
So, the trim level organization should include familiar names – Tradesman, Big Horn, Laramie, Long Horn and Limited.
The Tradesman will continue as a typical workhorse, with most basic features only. The current model comes with steel wheels, manual accessories, vinyl seats, 5-inch touchscreen, cruise control etc.
The Big Horn brings upgrades like trailer brake controller, chrome exterior trim, power accessories, cloth upholstery etc.
The Laramie is a mid-level option, with standard features like 18-inch alloy wheels, LED lights, leather seats, dual-zone climate control, 8.4-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration, heated seats, heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, satellite radio, 9-speaker audio, parking sensors etc.
The Longhorn adds goodies like premium upholstery, unique styling details, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot and more.
Finally, there is the Limited trim, with extras like 20-inch wheels, power running boards, wood accents, 12-inch touchscreen, wireless charging, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert etc.
Also, there are standalone options like dual rear wheels, Night Edition package, 17-speaker premium audio system, digital rearview camera, fifth wheel, forward collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control etc.
2023 RAM 3500 Engines
When it comes to the powertrain, standard models will continue with a familiar 6.4-liter HEMI engine, which puts out around 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. The engine comes in pair with an 8-speed automatic transmission and this combination works great.
On the other hand, we might see some changes in the diesel model. The engine will probably remain untouched, so you may count on two variants of the well-known 6.7-liter Cummins inline-six. The base version puts out 375 horsepower and 850 pound-feet of torque, while a more powerful variant is good for 400 horsepower and 1.075 pound-feet of torque.
The current diesel version uses a 6-speed automatic transmission from Aisin, which does a fine job, despite the “lack” of gears. However, the competition uses 10-speed units, so we might see something similar from the 2023 RAM 3500 as well. Some rumors suggest that the new RAM 3500 could use a 10-speed Allison transmission.
2023 RAM 3500 Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 RAM 3500 will hit the market sometime in the second half of 2022, with a starting price of around 38.000 dollars. Chevy Silverado 3500HD and Ford F-350 are key competitors.