The next calendar year will be pretty interesting for all lovers of RAM pickups. Although we won’t see major redesigns of the most important models, such as the half-ton 1500 model, some novelties are still about to come. Among things worth mentioning, it’s good to know that the diesel engine won’t be available in light-duty models.
The biggest expectations are from the all-electric version of the RAM 1500, which is expected to come with a completely new design, riding on the new platform. Some sources speculate about 500 miles of range.
On the other hand, heavy-duty versions could receive a mid-cycle update. At this point, we still don’t know the details, but it looks like we could see some styling changes. On the other hand, the overall layout is about to remain the same. Finally, there are always-present rumors about comebacks of familiar nameplates, such as the highly-anticipated Dakota, as well as the unibody Rampage.
Let’s take a closer look at RAM’s lineup for the 2024 model year:
2024 RAM 1500
The standard half-ton pickup will probably carry on without more important changes. We are about to see a familiar design, which has been around since 2018. The current generation still has a lot of great things to offer, starting from superior ride quality. Base models come with coil springs, while more expensive variants can be fitted with air suspension, which is something you can’t get from rivals.
Another obvious advantage over rivals is interior quality. The 2024 RAM 1500 features a stylish cabin, with great build quality and nice materials, while the number of tech features is also pretty impressive. There is also the new digital instrument cluster, which makes this dashboard look even more upscale.
Under the hood, one big change will occur, as the diesel version won’t be available anymore. On the other hand, gasoline units will continue in the same way. Base models will continue with a familiar 3.6-liter V6, which comes with a mild-hybrid setup. On the other hand, the optional 5.7-liter HEMI V8 will continue in two variants, with or without electric assistance.
Of course, minor updates are always possible, so we won’t be surprised if we see new color options, new appearance packages and similar things.
The starting price should go around 39.000 dollars.
2024 RAM 1500 TRX Hellcat
The Blue Oval company has just released its new rival, Raptor R, so many wonders if RAM has prepared an answer to that. From what we know so far, the 2024 RAM 1500 TRX probably won’t feature significant changes. It will continue with familiar specs and features, though there are some minor tweaks that can make this pickup even better.
The next year’s model will continue with the same 6.2-liter Supercharged V8 engine, which features a max output of 702 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to move this large truck from zero to sixty in about 3.7 seconds, which makes it quicker than many sports cars. In order to deal with such power and mass, the truck features large 15-inch brakes at the front. One of the rumored updates for the next year is the addition of RWD drive mode, which would make this truck even more interesting to drive.
Besides the monstrous engine, the TRX also comes with a full load of off-road upgrades. The first thing you’ll notice is massive 35-inch tires. Furthermore, there is an off-road suspension, which includes Bilstein remote-reservoir dampers, as well as a rear locking differential. The TRX features 11.8 inches of ground clearance and it can go through 32 inches of water.
The current model starts at around 86.000 dollars and we don’t expect a bigger change increase in the future.
2024 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel
If you are interested in a diesel version of this pickup, this is your last chance to get one. The production of this version will end soon, probably in January next year, so the 2024 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel won’t be offered. The reason probably lays in low sales numbers.
We find this quite unfortunate because EcoDiesel has so many great things to offer. Of course, the core of this version is its 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel from VM Motori, which features a max output of 260 horsepower. We particularly like its massive torque, which goes up to 480 pound-feet of torque, which allows this truck to move with ease. The engine comes in pair with a smooth-shifting 8-speed ZF automatic transmission and the whole system works very well.
Thanks to the massive torque, the max towing capacity goes up to 12.560 pounds, which is pretty impressive for a pickup like this. At the same time, you may count on unparalleled fuel economy, which goes around 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.
2024 RAM 1500 Electric
The all-electric 2024 RAM 1500 is one of the most anticipated things for the next year. While the rivals have already prepared their electric pickups, RAM seems a little bit late in the game. However, we expect that this will be compensated with clear advantages regarding range and towing capacity.
Details about the drivetrain are still unknown but rumors suggest that all versions will come with four-wheel drive. The company promises higher towing capacity than its rivals. For comparison, the F-150 Lightning can go up to 10.000 pounds. The truck should be even more superior in terms of the max range. The company promises 500 miles of range, which is significantly more than the Blue Oval rival, which can make 320 miles on a single charge. The upcoming Silverado EV will be good for about 400 miles of range.
The 2024 RAM 1500 Electric will ride on the company’s new platform, called STLA, which will feature 800-volt battery technology, which will ensure respectable charging speeds and overall performance. In terms of the styling, we will probably see some similarities with the standard 1500, though there should also be plenty of details that accentuate the model’s all-electric nature.
We expect the launch date scheduled for the second half of 2023, while the base models should cost around 45.000 dollars.
2024 RAM 2500HD
Unlike the half-tone pickup, the HD lineup has been rumored to get a facelift. Allegedly, the 2024 RAM 2500HD is about to receive a facelift, which would include all kinds of interesting updates. The first thing that comes to mind is the styling, which could bring a few novelties, especially at the front. On the other hand, we don’t expect to see more important mechanical changes, considering that the current model already offers class-leading ride quality, in a combination with excellent towing and payload capacity.
The interior design probably won’t change much. Simply, the current cabin already looks great, with the combination of nice materials and great build quality. This means that we may also count on familiar configurations, which include three cab styles – Single, Crew and Mega Cab models.
On the other hand, some sources speculate about the engine upgrade. Allegedly, the company could offer a more capable version of the Cummins engine in the 2500HD model, with 1.075 pound-feet of torque. Currently, the 3/4-ton pickup is available only with the base version of this engine, with 370 horsepower and 850 pound-feet of torque. On the other hand, the gasoline version will continue without changes.
For a long time, we’ve been hearing about the new transmission for the diesel unit. However, it looks like RAM won’t rush with this change. The good-old 6-speed automatic from Aisin will probably remain active until the full redesign.
The starting price should go around 44.000 dollars.
2024 RAM 2500HD Power Wagon
Just like the rest of the 2500HD lineup, the Power Wagon will also continue without more important changes. This is an off-road version of the pickup, which comes with all kinds of upgrades. Of course, the most important are off-road features, such as standard four-wheel drive, upgraded off-road suspension, a two-speed transfer case, as well as locking front and rear differentials, disconnecting sway bar, skid plates, all-terrain tires etc.
The 2024 RAM 2500HD Power Wagon will also continue with a full load of exclusive styling details, which accentuate the model’s off-road nature. Some of the highlights are goodies like a more prominent blacked grille, powder-coated bumpers, blacked fender flares and other parts, unique wheels and tires, and graphics. Things aren’t all that exclusive on the inside, though there are a few unique details.
Under the hood, the Power Wagon will continue with the well-known 6.4-liter V8 HEMI engine, which puts out around 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque, and comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The 2024 RAM Power Wagon will cost around 72.000 dollars.
2024 RAM 2500HD Rebel
The 2023 model year brought a new trim level called Rebel. This is another off-road version of the pickup, but with a little bit different design approach than the Power Wagon. It is more rudimental and, therefore, more capable in terms of towing and hauling.
The Rebels trades some off-road features for a higher level of utility. Unlike the Power Wagon, it doesn’t feature such soft springs. It is more basic in this aspect and features smaller suspension travel. Also, it doesn’t feature a disconnecting sway bar, so the off-road performance is at a slightly lower level. Still, there is a pretty decent amount of off-road features, such as an electronically-locking rear differential, 33-inch all-terrain tires, standard four-wheel drive etc.
The lack of off-road potential is compensated with a much higher level of utility. While the Power Wagon can to around 10.500 pounds, the Rebel is good for a pretty impressive 16.870 pounds. Also, the max payload goes up to 3.140 pounds. Just like the Power Wagon, the RAM HD Rebel comes with a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine, with a max output of 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque.
The starting price currently goes around 68.000 dollars and we don’t expect bigger changes for the next year.
2024 RAM 3500HD
Just like the 3/4-ton sibling, the 2024 RAM 3500HD will also come without more important changes. We expect to see the same overall design, which has so many amazing things to offer. Once again, one of the main strengths is superior ride quality. At the same time, the level of utility is impressive. Diesel versions can tow up to over 37.000 pounds, which are class-leading ratings, according to RAM.
This version is available with the more powerful version of the 6.7-liter Cummins inline-six turbodiesel. That version puts out around 400 horsepower and a class-leading 1.075 pound-feet of torque, which is the main reason why this pickup offers such an impressive towing rating.
The rest of the lineup is also quite capable. There is also the base version of the diesel engine, with 370 horsepower and 850 pound-feet of torque, as well as the gasoline model, equipped with a 6.4-liter HEMI V8, with a max output of 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. The gasoline engine comes in pair with an 8-speed automatic transmission, while diesel models use the good-old 6-speed Aisin transmission.
The starting price goes around 46.000 dollars.
2024 RAM Dakota
We’ve been gearing rumors for years and it looks like this could finally be the year of Dakota’s comeback, according to the latest reports. Simply, mid-size pickups are very popular these days, so it’s hard to imagine RAM not taking its piece of the cake.
At this point, there are two possible scenarios for the new Dakota. The first and more likely scenario is to see a Gladiator-based design. In that case, the new pickup would share mechanics with Jeep’s pickup, while the key differences will come in terms of aesthetics. The other, less likely scenario, is to see a truck based on the full-size RAM 1500.
In any case, some of the things are quite easy to be predicted. The engine lineup is a perfect example and we are pretty sure that base models will come with a 3.6-liter V6, which puts out around 285 horsepower. There is also a possibility to see a few more powertrain options, such as a 2.0-liter turbo-four, as well as a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel.
Also, we expect that the 2024 RAM Dakota could be offered not just in a crew cab layout, but also with the single cab layout, so the starting price should go under 30.000 dollars.
2024 RAM Rampage
This is another rumored comeback. Older generations probably remember the coupe ute from the ‘80s, which was the last time the company used this nameplate in serial production. On the other hand, there was also a 2005 concept, with a boxier styling but still a unibody design.
These days, the market for unibody compact pickups is getting bigger. Ford came up with the Maverick, while Hyundai introduced the new Santa Cruz. Both models are based on compact crossovers (Bronco Sport and Tuscon, respectively), so we presume that RAM would do the same.
So, it’s not hard to imagine the new 2024 RAM Rampage based on models like Jeep Compass. We would see a unibody layout, with crossover-like mechanics. Of course, such a design approach means sacrificing towing and hauling capacity to some point but on the other hand, it also means a much better ride quality, whether it’s about comfort or handling.
When it comes to powertrain, the company’s well-known 2.0-liter turbo-four with 270 horsepower seems like a logical choice and it would probably come in pair with a 9-speed automatic gearbox. Price-wise, we would expect something like 25.000 dollars for base versions.