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2012 Ram 3500 SLT 4D Crew Cab Details
The Heavy Duty Ram models are offered in three different cab styles--Regular Cab, Crew Cab and Mega Cab--as well as 6'-4" or 8' cargo box lengths. Crew Cab models are designed for occasional backseat use, while Mega Cab models have adult-size backseat accommodations--much like a full-size SUV. The 3500 can include a dual rear wheel (DRW) setup for heavy-duty towing and both versions may be either equipped with a 383-hp, 5.7L V8 or a 350-hp, 6.7L Cummins in-line six. The gasoline engine comes with a standard 6-speed automatic, while the diesel offers a 6-speed manual or optional 6-speed automatic.
The latter is actually the stronger option for towing, as it makes a mighty 881 pound-feet of torque at just 1500 rpm. The big diesel is also quite efficient while meeting 50-state emissions rules without using exhaust fluids, and it's the only diesel in this class to include an exhaust brake. With either engine, a part-time 4-wheel drive system that includes low range is available.
Major trim levels for the Ram HD models include the SL, SLT, Laramie and Power Wagon. Each of these trims comes with the gasoline V8, and all but the Power Wagon can be optioned with the diesel.
Compared to the light-duty Dodge Ram 1500 trucks, the heavy duty Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 trucks get a unique grille, hood and bumpers. Tow ratings range up to 17,600 pounds, with maximum payload of 5,130.
A new integrated trailer brake control is now included in SLT, Outdoorsman, Power Wagon and Laramie models, and information from the system displays in the in-dash vehicle information center.
The interior of the 2012 Ram 2500 and 3500 models can vary quite dramatically, with interior appointments spanning a wide range from a vinyl split bench in base SL models up to premium cloth benches or buckets in much of the lineup and premium leather in top Laramie models.
The Ram HD models can be equipped with a number of features that haven't been offered in work-oriented HD models of the past. A heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, heated and ventilated front seats, memory seats, adjustable pedals, a navigation system and Sirius Backseat TV are all on offer. Other more work-oriented upgrades include larger mirrors and skid plates.
Most of the safety features of personal light-duty trucks are also included in the Ram HD trucks, including side-curtain airbags, supplemental side airbags, and anti-lock brakes. A rear parking-assist system is available.
Tough, Work-oriented Construction
Full Set Of Luxury And Entertainment Options
Serious Towing And Hauling Ability
Stump-pulling Cummins Turbo-diesel
The biggest news for Ram's heavy duty line in 2012 is the addition of a new 6-speed automatic transmission, paired with the 5.7L Hemi V8, which replaces the previous model years' 5-speed unit. The new transmission is stronger than the outgoing gearbox, and it features both lower first and higher final gear ratios.
Rambox storage is now available across all models, and electronic stability control is now standard on single rear wheel trucks. Inside, a new steering wheel has been fitted, and a trailer brake controller is now standard on SLT, Outdoorsman, Power Wagon, Laramie and Laramie Longhorn.
The Ram 2500 and 3500 are heavy-duty trucks that sacrifice some ride quality and maneuverability, compared to lighter-duty pickups, in favor of improved towing and hauling ability.
The heavy-duty Ram models are, like rival models from Chevrolet, GMC and Ford, far more luxurious and comfortable than their predecessors, even as they haven't given up any serious work ability. Entertainment and connectivity features abound and hint that these trucks see use well beyond the construction site. Ram says that the 2500 and 3500 are the first in their segment to offer an available 10-speaker surround-sound system, as well as a number of other premium options such as Sirius Backseat TV.
6.7L I6 Cummins turbo-diesel engine
6-speed manual transmission w/OD
3.42 rear axle ratio
HD engine cooling
Electronic shift-on-the-fly transfer case
Anti-spin rear axle differential
11.5" dual rear wheel axle ring gear diameter
Four wheel drive
730-amp maintenance-free battery
6'4" pickup box
Class IV receiver hitch
Trailer tow wiring -inc: 4-pin connector
7-pin trailer wiring harness
Trailer brake control
HD front shock absorbers
HD rear shock absorbers
Front stabilizer bar
Pwr 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
Diesel exhaust brake
17" x 6.0" steel wheels -inc: bright wheel skins (N/A w/AR9 Single Rear Wheel Group)
LT235/80R17E all-season BSW tires (N/A w/AR9 Single Rear Wheel Group)
Dual rear wheels
Center wheel hubs
17" steel spare wheel
Full-size spare tire
Winch-type spare tire carrier
Bright front bumper
Bright rear bumper
Front air dam
Body-color headlamp filler panel
Cab clearance lamps
Box & rear fender lamps
Black pwr trailer tow mirrors -inc: supplemental signals, courtesy lamps, heated glass
Tinted glass windows
Pwr sliding rear window
Variable-speed intermittent windshield wipers
Front license plate bracket
Body-color/chrome door handles
Uconnect 130 -inc: AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player
Audio input jack
SIRIUS satellite radio -inc: 1-year service *N/A in AK or HI*
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