2021 Ram HD Preview: Changes, Features, Towing Capacity

Heavy Duty pickup trucks aren’t as they used to be. Besides excellent working capabilities, modern 3/4- and 1-ton pickups are also designed to provide superior comfort and ride quality and Ram HD series are a perfect example. Completely redesigned a year ago, these trucks now offer even more rigid chassis and better towing capacity. However, they also offer class-leading interior quality and comfort. Therefore, we are pretty sure that the next year won’t bring any particular novelty. Of course, the 2021 Ram HD might come with some new optional package in the offer, or with new exterior colors. Still, we are pretty sure that most of the things are about to remain the same.

This means you will have a wide choice of different models. They come in different body styles, with different engines and with big differences in terms of standard equipment, not to mention a pretty wide price range of these models. We expect to see 2021 Ram Heavy Duty models sometime in the last quarter of the year.

2021 Ram HD

2021 Ram HD Design

In terms of base design characteristics, these models are heavily based on the standard light-duty 1500 model. All versions of the Ram pickup were redesigned last year and now feature even better performances. Obviously, there are improvements in all aspects, including completely new styling. The first thing you can notice is a completely new grille design, as there is no famous crosshair layout anymore. Given the model’s age, we have no doubt that the next year will bring no bigger changes. Still, keep in mind that some 2021 Ram HD rumors suggest new packages and similar kinds of updates. That seems quite possible, considering that the 2020 model was also introduced with a couple of novelties, such as Night Edition, more standard safety features etc.


This is the aspect where Ram models really stand out. Of course, these pickups are also class-leaders in terms of towing capacity. Still, that margin isn’t as big as it is the case with the cabin quality. Compared to rivals, these models are completely different dimensions. They feature pretty much the same layout you can find in the standard 1500 models, which looks more like a premium SUV than a truck from the inside.

2021 Ram HD Interior

Besides fine materials and great overall quality, this truck also comes with impressive features in terms of technologies. Base models come standard with an 8.4-inch touch screen while a new vertically-oriented 12-inch unit is available. In both cases, you may count on the excellent Uconnect system, as well as on Android Auto and Apple CarPlay that come as standard features. Also, we should mention five USB ports and up to three 115-volt outlets, which is really impressive.

2021 Ram HD Engines

When it comes to engine options, don’t expect any particular changes. Both 2021 Ram 2500 and 3500 models will carry on with two familiar units in the offer. Base versions are equipped with a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine that puts out around 410 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. It comes in pair with a smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic. Still, most drivers prefer to pay extra to get the famous 6.7-liter inline-six turbodiesel from Cummins. This one provides class-leading towing and payload capacities. This engine comes in two variants. Standard versions are good for about 370 horsepower and 850 pound-feet of torque, while the 2021 Ram 3500 will be able to get with a more powerful version as well. That more powerful version delivers around 400 horsepower and an astonishing 1.000 pound-feet of torque.

This engine takes the credit for Ram’s impressive towing capacity, which goes up to 35.100 pounds. The max payload capacity is as impressive, as you may count on up to 7.680 pounds.

2021 Ram 2500

Safety Features

When it comes to safety features, we don’t expect many changes compared to the current model. That means that all versions will come standard with systems like lane-keeping assist and adaptive steering, as well as parking sensors. In higher trim levels, you can also get goodies like adaptive cruise control with stop, forward-collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with trailer coverage, and rear cross-path detection and lane-keeping assist.

2021 Ram HD Release Date and Price

Considering that no significant changes are about to come for the next year, we are pretty sure that the 2021 Ram HD will hit the market sometime late in the year. When it comes to the prices, base models should go around 35.000 dollars.

Both 2500 and 3500 models will be available with the same trim level options in the offer, with pretty much the same list of standard features. The offers start with the Tradesman which goes around 35.500 dollars for the 2500 model, while the 3500 would cost you additional 1.500 dollars, roughly. The Limited trim stands at the top of the offer, with a starting price of 63.500 dollars for 2500 model and 65.000 dollars for the 3500 model.



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