Fans of heavy-duty trucks can’t wait for the next season. All three big companies are preparing new generations of these working mules, and it will be interesting to see what kinds of surprise we will get. Well, the most interesting models will definitely be these that can tow the most. Properly equipped, the 2020 Ram 3500 Mega Cab Dually will be on par with Ford F-350 and Chevy Silverado 3500 HD trucks, both with gooseneck dual-rear-wheel configuration.
Spy photos of all these trucks are already out. The latest ones are showing exactly what to expect from 2020 Ram 3500 Mega Cab Dually. Well, other versions were spotted too. The new Ram HD series will be available with Regular and Crew Cab configurations as well. The Mega cab model of Ram 3500 is not going to be available for an entry-level version and with a long box. All other models will have this size of the cabin.
2020 Ram 3500 Mega Cab Specs
The base drivetrain for the upcoming new generation of Ram HD trucks will still be a 5.7-liter V8. However, this unit is producing power for Ram 2500 model. For more serious towing, Ram 3500 offers a 6.4-liter Hemi mill with the capability to produce 410 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque. Mega cab, on the other hand, cuts the twisting power to 370 pound-feet. But, this is for the standard offer.
To add a dual rear wheel setup, the heavy-duty truck must use a turbodiesel Cummins engine. So, the 2020 Ram 3500 Mega Cab Dually comes with a 6.7-liter turbo V8 under the hood. But, this engine can deliver different outputs, depending on setup.
For 2020 Ram 3500 Mega Cab Dually, the turbodiesel engine is capable to produce 385 hp and over 930 pound-feet of torque. In base variants, the engine delivers 350 hp and 660 lb-ft, and mid-range models return 3370 hp and 800 lb-ft. The engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic AISIN transmission. This is a standard combination that maximizes output.
2020 Ram 3500 Mega Cab Performance and Features
So, the 2020 Ram 3500 Mega Cab Dually needs a turbodiesel engine. Besides that, the only transmission available for this package is AISIN six-speed automatic. Dual rear wheel setup includes 17×6 inches wheels. So, the Max Tow Package will remove a petrol Hemi engine, its transmission, and all axles ratios with packages that include towing improvement. Also, the Dually truck is not offering any other but 17-inch wheels.
Features we are getting with 2020 Ram 3500 Mega Cab Dually Max Tow Packages are:
Axle Ratio 4.10 that brings lower RPM. On the other hand, this will improve acceleration, towing capacity, climbing grades, and efficiency.
5th wheel towing group with a trailer hitch, gooseneck ball, 7-pin connector in the bed, and covers for all new holes.
Auto level air suspension (rear)
5th wheel hitch by Mopar.
Cargo view camera.
High-mounted stop light.
This entire upgrade will cost $3,500 if you already have a diesel engine and parts required by it.
2020 Ram 3500 Mega Cab Dually Trim Levels and Configurations
The base Tradesman model of the 2020 Ram 3500 is not going to offer a Mega cab configuration. Again. But, this setup is available from SLT trim. This is the only truck where buyers can choose between Regular and Mega cab. Already Big Horn and Laramie are cutting the base trim. All upper levels will feature Mega cab as the upgrade for Crew cab.
Compared to Crew cab, the 2020 Ram 3500 Mega Cab Dually will be available only with a short bed. Regular cab brings only an 8-feet box, while the Crew Cab has both of them. Finally, there are 4×2 and 4×4 drive modes.
2020 Ram 3500 Mega Cab Dually Towing Capacity
All these upgrades, configurations, and numbers mean nothing if the truck doesn’t gain a towing capacity. The 2020 Ram 3500 Mega Cab Dually will be able to tow 31,300 pounds. This is a significant upgrade from 17,000 pounds of towing capacity that 6.4-liter Hemi engine can do. Also, the diesel engine with the lighter setup is not so powerful. Without the dual rear wheel, the truck with Cummins unit can pull 27,000 pounds.
2020 Ram 3500 Mega Cab Dually Price and Release Date
Since test mules are already on streets, the 2020 Ram 3500 Mega Cab Dually will probably come early in 2019. We suppose the FCA is aiming Detroit Auto Show as the right place for the debut. The Mega cab truck will come with the rest of the lineup. When the trucks come out, we will know more details about trim levels.
Also, we are eagerly waiting to hear pricing of the next-gen 2020 Ram HD pickup trucks. Well, the base models are not going to suffer too much. The Tradesman pickup will start from $35,000. The cheapest 2020 Ram 3500 Mega Cab Dually is coming with SLT trim level. This one, with the petrol engine, costs $45,000. To upgrade it with Max Tow Package, all changes, including diesel engine, will cost $15,000. The 4×4 will add $3,000. The luxurious Limited model starts at $80k.