Your Best Look Yet at the 2020 Ram 2500 HD

Sam McEachern
by Sam McEachern

The new light-duty Ram 1500 debuted in January of this year, but Fiat Chrysler is still busy at work developing the work-ready Heavy Duty model.

A prototype for the 2020 Ram 2500 HD was recently spotted testing by AutoGuide’s sharp-eyed photographers, providing us with our best look yet at the new pickup.

Like the light-duty version, the new Ram 2500 HD will toss out the crosshair grille from the Dodge days in favor of the new Ram fascia. The interior will borrow heavily from the Ram 1500, sharing a near-identical design with the same available upholstery, trim and technology options. That will hopefully include the massive portrait-oriented 12-inch touchscreen on higher-end models as well.

SEE ALSO: 2019 Ram 1500 Review

As for the engines, expect the 5.7-liter V8 and 6.4-liter V8s to make a return, along with the 6.7-liter turbodiesel. The six-speed transmission may be replaced by a unit with more gears to provide better fuel economy, but Ford and GM are powering forward with six-speed units, so FCA may as well.

Another big change for the next-generation Ram HD is where it will be built. Production is slated to move from FCA’s plant in Saltillo, Mexico to Warren, Michigan. The Ram 1500 is built in Sterling Heights, Michigan – just a short 15-minute drive from the Warren plant.

Expect the 2020 Ram 2500 HD to debut sometime next year.

Discuss this story on our Ram HD Forum.

Sam McEachern
Sam McEachern

Sam McEachern holds a diploma in journalism from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, and has been covering the automotive industry for over 5 years. He conducts reviews and writes AutoGuide's news content. He's a die-hard motorsports fan with a passion for performance cars of all sorts.

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  • Iammrmail Iammrmail on May 10, 2018

    No matter how good their products look they still have the poorest quality of any automotive manufacture, and people still buy their products. You deserve it

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    • Jack Prick Jack Prick on May 12, 2018

      I am pretty happy with my ram 2500. I have owned it since new and it now has 330,000 miles on it. It has been the most reliable vehicle I have owned, and I have owned Toyota's and Honda's as well. What is your source for "poorest quality" comment?

  • K03sport K03sport on May 10, 2018

    what is exactly "new" on the truck and why do they need a camo'd mule to test it? Why not drop the "new" stuff in an older body style unless they are testing pre-production parts/panels inside and out checking for squeaks and rattles? Or are they testing suspension stuffs on a pre-production model? That I can believe, but then again, how much if this stuff is "new". FCA just needs to focus on building 1000 trucks per day and get their quality spot on. Once they master 1000/day then they can try to do 1100, then 1200, and so on and so on all the way up to their goal of 1400/day.