The flagship Ram 3500 pickup truck will join the wider range here in Australia by the end of the year.
The Ram 3500 Laramie is set to launch in Australia before Christmas and will represent the pinnacle of the Ram pickup range.
Offered in a single grade known as the 3500 Laramie, it’s the largest, most capable and the most expensive full-size ute in the increasingly popular Ram range.
Priced from $162,950 before on-road costs, the 3500 isn’t cheap but does demand some extra expense from additional labour costs procured from the right hand drive conversion at Walkinshaw’s factory in Victoria.
Over 50,000 pre-build development hours along with 50,000km of real world driving and a 20,000km full vehicle durability test went into the development of the 3500 for Australia.
The Ram 3500 largely carries over the level of specification from the 2500 Laramie which is priced slightly cheaper from $157,950 before on-road costs
The 3500 will use the same engine as the 2500, a 6.7-litre turbo diesel inline-six cylinder engine sourced from Cummins. Outputs are rated at 276kW of power and 1152Nm of torque.
That power and torque will help the 3500 move a payload of 1724kg and tow up to 8000kg, almost double that of the 2500. This is due to the 3500 using a two-stage longitudinal leaf spring rear end in comparison to the 2500’s coil rear end.
Keep in mind that in order to tow such a large amount safely, the 3500 would need to be fitted out with air brakes and an auxiliary gooseneck hitch.
A six-speed torque-converter automatic transmission is also standard for both models and includes a low-range transfer case.
The 2022 Ram 3500 Laramie comes with a three-year/100,000km warranty that also includes roadside assistance. Servicing is scheduled every six months or 12,000km.
The Ram 3500 has many of the same features also found on the new 2500.
Inside, the biggest highlight is the 12-inch touchscreen which acts as the command centre for the whole car. Uconnect, Apple CarPlay and GPS navigation all feature here.
Ram also includes a 7.0-inch driving display housed within the instrument cluster and a 10-speaker Alpine stereo system is fitted as standard.
The interior features leather upholstery with front occupants treated to heated and ventilated front seats along with dual-zone climate control and a heated leather steering wheel as standard.
On the exterior, you will receive a 1930mm long cargo tub, power tailgate, sunroof, LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, 18-inch alloy wheels and built-in trailer control.
Two options are available: metallic/pearlescent paint (including Flame Red) which costs $950 and the Driver Assistance 1 package which will set you back $1950.
On the safety side of things, the 3500 is well equipped with forward collision warning with active braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot monitoring and 360 degree cameras. It also comes standard with front and rear park assist.
2022 Ram Australian prices
All prices exclude on-road costs.
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