The current generation of Ram’s HD series has been around for a couple of years but it looks like we are about to see some pretty big changes for the next year. According to the latest reports, FCA prepares a new transmission for these trucks, including the 2022 Ram 2500. More precisely, FCA is about to sign a contract with a new supplier. We are talking about a diesel version. On the other side, gasoline models will carry on in the same way.
Other than a new transmission, the 2022 Ram 2500 will continue with pretty much the same design characteristics. We count on the same overall layout, same styling and same interior design, which is by far the fanciest in the class. Other than the new transmission, things under the hood are about to remain the same too. We expect to see the 2022 Ram 2500 sometime in the second half of the next year.
2022 Ram 2500 Could Get New Transmission
The current model uses a well-known 6-speed unit from Aisin. This transmission is still pretty competitive but not exactly at the same level as units from rivals, which use more modern 10-speed gearboxes. That the reason why Ram wants to replace it and there are two options in the game when it comes to replacements.
One of them is ZF transmission. The two companies have done a pretty good job with several FCA models, so it’s no wonder that many reports suggest the same kind of cooperation in the case of the 2022 Ram 2500. However, the second option sounds more likely in our ears. It’s about Allison, which already supplies a new Chevy Silverado with a new 10-speed unit. We could see this unit under the hood of Ram HD models as well, but some sources also suggest that the famous American company is working on a completely new 9-speed transmission, designed especially for diesel trucks. Sounds quite obvious, doesn’t it?
2022 Ram 2500 Engines
While we are about to see a new transmission, the engine lineup is about to remain the same. You may count on two familiar engine options, where base models use a well-known 6.4-liter HEMI unit. This engine is good for about 410 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. This engine comes coupled with an 8-speed automatic transmission
For most truckers, the diesel seems more interesting. Of course, we are talking about a 6.7-liter inline-six turbodiesel from Cummins, which in its base variant delivers 370 horsepower and 850 pound-feet of torque. Some sources suggest that the 2022 Ram 2500 could come with a more powerful version of the engine in the offer, with a max output of 400 horsepower and 1.000 pound-feet of torque.
2022 Ram 2500 Redesign
We expect no design changes for the 2022 Ram 2500. This is still a pretty fresh model, which looks good and rides even better. Compared to the 3500 model, it features softer rear springs, in order to provide a smoother ride. Compared to the competition, it is far superior in this aspect. Visually, it comes with a familiar appearance, based on the standard 1500 half-ton pickup, with upgrades that make it more muscular. When it comes to novelties, the best we could see for the next year are new color options.
The same thing goes for interior design. No bigger changes are about to come and that definitely won’t be an issue. Simply, we are talking about by far the best looking cabin in the lass. Materials are great, as well as the build quality. Moreover, higher trims look pretty luxurious, nearly on par with numerous SUVs.
The trim level organization is about o remain the same, so you may count on models like Tradesman, Big Horn, Laramie, Long Horn, Limited and Power Wagon.
The Tradesman is a typical workhorse and you won’t find too much luxury there. It comes with things like steel wheels, without power accessories, and with vinyl upholstery. Also, it comes with a quite small 5.0-inch touchscreen.
The Big Horn adds things like chrome exterior trim, 18-inch steel wheels, an integrated trailer brake controller, remote locking and unlocking, a power-sliding rear window, remote ignition, cloth upholstery etc. So, we could say it’s a bit of an upgrade. Higher trim levels like Laramie, Longhorn and Limited are gradually adding more and more standard equipment.
Finally, there is the Power Wagon, which comes with loads of off-road upgrades. Some of the highlights are things like all-terrain tires, off-road shock absorbers, tow hooks, skid plates, a manual transfer case, electronically locking differentials with a 4.10 axle ratio, hill descent control, an integrated front winch, and an electronic disconnect for the front stabilizer bar.
2022 Ram 2500 Release Date and Price
We expect to see the 2022 Ram 2500 sometime in the second half of the next year, with the starting price around 35.000 dollars. Of course, key competitors will be models like Ford F-250 and Chevy Silverado 2500HD.