There are only so many ways to slice a heavy-duty pickup truck, so spy photos of the 2020 Ram 3500 HD single-cab dually don’t look all that surprising. There’s the cabin up front with the long bed trailing behind it riding on a four-wheeled axle. Ram won’t redefine the HD pickup truck market with its 2020 Ram HD. Instead, the burly workhorse will get a host of exterior and interior updates that not only make it more capable but bring it in line with the redesigned 2019 Ram 1500. This isn’t the first we’ve seen of the Ram 3500 HD; however, it is the first time our photographers spied a dually.
Styling should borrow heavily from the Ram 1500, which means the 3500 will likely ditch the iconic crosshair grille. This means it could come with a version of the 1500’s wide, bold grille and sleek headlights. The 3500 should also have a more muscular exterior design similar to the 1500 – such as an aggressive hood.
Inside, the story should be the same. Expect many elements from the 1500 to reappear in the 3500. This means it will receive a thoughtful layout using premium materials throughout the cabin. Uconnect 4 should be available both with and without navigation. Optional will likely be the Uconnect 4C NAV infotainment system with its 12-inch, portrait-oriented touchscreen center console display.
While an updated exterior and interior matter, it’ what’s under the hood that often moves these HD trucks from showroom floors to driveways. Currently, there are three different engines available. There’s a 5.7-liter V8 producing 383 horsepower and a 6.4-liter V8 making 410 hp. The last available engine – a 6.7-liter straight-six turbo diesel – comes in three tunes: 350 hp and 660 pound-feet of torque, 370 hp and 800 lb-ft, and 385 HP with 930 lb-ft.
A six-speed auto gearbox is available for the 5.7 and 6.4 V8 while the 6.7 can be paired with either a six-speed manual or automatic. These engines should continue into the 2020 model year. However, expect the 6.7-liter I6 to get a power increase so it can compete with the Ford F-350 and Chevy Silverado 3500, both of which offer similar torque but far more horsepower.
Expect the 2020 Ram 3500 HD to debut sometime in 2020.