RAM 1500 Tradesman Heavy Duty Discontinued

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Noticeably missing from the 2013 RAM 1500 lineup is the Tradesman HD model, and chances are it won’t be returning anytime soon, if ever.

The 1500 Tradesman HD looked like a 1500 but sported the suspension and chassis parts from a RAM 2500 HD. The goal was to offer half-ton buyers a stronger option, and RAM was one of the first major truck makers to do so with the 1500 Tradesman HD. But with the new half-ton models going into production next year, and the RAM HD models getting a redesign for their next-generation, building the 1500 Tradesman HD is probably not very high priority.

The 1500 Tradesman HD featured a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 under the hood with 383-hp and sported an eight-foot box. Its towing capacity was almost 4,000 lbs more than the non-HD model.

[Source: PickupTrucks.com]

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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