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Ram trucks is growing the range of options for the tradesman trim work truck today, adding crew cab and quad cab models to the lineup.
The tradesman trim package is made to fit the needs of the contractor or small business owner, offering the most power and towing capability with the least amount of luxury interior appointments to make the truck powerful and affordable.
Previously, the tradesman could only be purchased in regular cab models with the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 as the sole engine option. Now you can extend your Ram work truck by buying either the crew cab or quad cab models, both of which will seat 6 people. The crew cab gives you more backseat room for your passengers, while the quad cab gives you more bed space and less passenger room. Also newly available with the tradesman trim is the smaller 4.7L V8 which makes 310 hp and 330 lb. ft. of torque.
Standard options include Ram box, link-coil rear suspension, class IV hitch receiver, 4 and 7 pin trailer connections, forward opening doors on quad cab models, factory installed bed-liner, six speed automatic transmission and a 6 speaker stereo setup.
The Ram Tradesman quad cab will start at $27,330, the Crew Cab will start at $29,810 and the 1500 regular cab Tradesman will have a base price of $22,370.
Debuting alongside the updated Heavy Duty models, Chrysler’s new Ram truck brand unveiled the Ram Tradesman today at the Chicago Auto Show as a budget oriented model for fleet customers, small contractors and for use on construction sites.
The Tradesman might be light on the frilly things, but it’s ideally equipped where it counts with a standard 5.7-liter Hemi V8 making 390-hp and 407 lb-ft of torque and offering 10,450 lbs of towing capability thanks to a standard Class IV hitch and upgraded engine and transmission coolers.
Available as a regular cab short-bed (6′ 4″) or an 8-foot long bed, the Tradesman will be available as either a 4×2 and 4×4.
Outside, 17-inch steel wheels come standard, while inside it’s equally utilitarian with vinyl or cloth seats.
Standard equipment includes a locking tailgate, rear wheel well liners, a 3.55 rear axle ratio, 700-amp battery and 17-inch wheels. Inside it gets AC, a 12-volt outlet, six-speaker audio system, assist handles, tilt steering and variable intermittent wipers. (Yup, the basics).
Plenty of options will be available, however, including 3.21 and 3.92 rear axle ratios, power locks and windos, remote keyless entry, a spray-in bedliner, Bluetooth, cruise control and a trailer brake controller.
Available in Q2 of this year, the Ram Tradesman will be attractively priced from just $22,780 including the destination charge.
GALLERY: Ram Tradesman
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