2022 RAM 2500 Preview: Changes, Allison Transmission, Release Date

The current generation of Ram’s HD series has been around for a relatively short time and normally, we wouldn’t expect to see any bigger changes for the 2022 RAM 2500, as this is still far away from the end of the production cycle. However, it looks like FCA wants to make these trucks even more competitive, as various reports are suggesting changes for the next year. These won’t be any aesthetical changes, but rather those mechanical ones. More precisely, there is a big chance to see this truck with a new transmission, at least when it comes with diesel-powered models.

This change could completely change the picture in the HD truck world but even the current model is pretty capable. So, there is no doubt that other aspects of the vehicle will probably remain the same. This doesn’t refer just to gasoline engines, but also to things like features, equipment etc. We expect to see this model sometime in the second half of the next year.

2022 RAM 2500

2022 RAM 2500 Could Get Allison Transmission

Without any doubt, the most important potential change for the 2022 RAM 2500 would be a new transmission. This refers to the diesel version, as the gasoline model is expected to carry on with a familiar 8-speed ZF-sourced gearbox. On the other side, the Cummins engine could easily switch to Allison’s transmission.

The current model relies on a proven and well-known 6-speed unit from Aisin. The Japanese manufacturer developed a particular version for the Cummins turbodiesel and the two units work pretty well together, especially in terms of pulling and overall working performances. However, many experts like to highlight the transmission’s lack of gears, compared to rivals, which use 10-speed units. In practice, this means slightly lower fuel economy and overall refinement.

Therefore, the solution may lay in a 10-speed automatic from Allison. This transmission can be found in the new Silverado HD and it is currently the best among the Big Three. That’s why many reports suggest Ram could turn to Allison, instead of waiting for Aisin to develop a new unit. In any case, take this with a big reserve, considering that officials are still quiet on this matter.

2022 RAM 2500 Design

While changes in terms of transmission sound like, we have no doubt that the rest of the truck will remain pretty much unchanged. Visually, there is always a possibility to see some tweaks. Still, we doubt that the 2022 RAM 2500 will come with too many of them. The overall appearance will remain the same, and the same thing goes for mechanics, apart from the potential transmission switch. The suspension setup will certainly remain the same, as it provides by far the smoothest ride in the class, without sacrificing any working capabilities.


The same thing goes for the interior design too. Simply, the current cabin is by far the best-looking in the class, as it takes a lot of inspiration from the half-ton 1500. The materials, build quality and overall layout seem pretty luxurious and higher trim levels can even compete with some SUVs in terms of luxurious and overall refinement. Furthermore, higher trim levels can also come packed with all kinds of advanced tech goodies.

2022 RAM 2500 Interior

Speaking of the trim levels, we presume that each version would come with some additions to the list of standard equipment. On the other side, the overall trim level organization will remain the same. Therefore, the offer will start with Tradesman, which is a typical workhorse. Big Horn and Laramie are mid-level options, which gradually add more and more standard equipment. Finally, Longhorn and Limited trims are in the domain of luxury. We should also mention the Power Wagon, which comes with loads of mechanical upgrades and provides some pretty respectable off-road performances.

2022 RAM 2500 Engines

Apart from the possible addition of new transmission, changes under the hood are not expected. Therefore, base models will carry on with a well-known 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine, which puts out around 410 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. This engine will definitely carry on in pair with 8-speed automatic transmission.

On the other side, the diesel version relies on a well-known 6.7-liter inline-six turbodiesel from Cummins. It puts out around 370 horsepower and 850 pound-feet of torque. More powerful versions of this engine are reserved for 3500 models.

2022 RAM Power Wagon

2022 RAM 2500 Release Date and Price

The 2022 RAM 2500 release date is expected to be scheduled for the second half of 2021. Despite the potential transmission switch, we don’t expect bigger changes in terms of price, so base models should go around 36.000 dollars.



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9 Replies to “2022 RAM 2500 Preview: Changes, Allison Transmission, Release Date”

  1. From the picture, i see you’ve got a knob for the transmission. Truck needs a standard gear shift. I’ve got a dodge with a an eight speed with the knob, hate both. You’ve got something that works perfect, don’t fix {screw it up}. The more gears you got, the more you have to go wrong.

    1. Ronnie dykes says:

      True but u think the 10 speed would be good with the cummings diesel because around here they have problems with the trans going out

  2. vince says:

    I really wish RAM would do something about the Pilar behind the rear door on the Crew Max Cabs. Take a page form Toyota and make the door bigger. Looks so bad on Ram Trucks.

  3. Tim says:

    I hate the giant hump in the floorboard on the passenger side

  4. Carlos Pina says:

    Take another lesson from Toyota, make the rear seat move forward to allow more recline. No need for the mega cab.
    I know it was the main reason why I bought the Toyota crewmax.

  5. Danno says:

    So then if Ram HD’s have the same transmission as the GM 3500’s, it will be a GM designed and built tranny, not an Allison built but with an Allison name tag, as per the following link from Allison – https://ir.allisontransmission.com/news-releases/news-release-details/chevrolet-offer-10-speed-fully-automatic-allison-branded
    Or will this be a re-branded Allison made by ZF?

  6. Rick says:

    Sure would like to know release date and if the Allison tran will be available this year (2022) I am going to buy this year 2500 but do want the Allison

  7. Frank Jenkins says:

    I am planning to buy a 2022 Ram truck. I have seen several articles about the upcoming vehicles with the Allison transmission. None on the trucks in transit to Ram dealerships have the Allison transmission. The Ram site that allows truck configurations does not offer the option for the Allison transmission. Is this transmission option likely or just a rumor?

    1. admin says:

      Hi Frank.
      FCA is still not out officially with the change. It seems like they delayed it for 2023 YM.
      Thanks for reading.

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