2022 Ram 3500 Laramie price and specs

Ram Trucks Australia has launched its most capable load-carrier in the form of the new 3500.

The heaviest-duty Ram pickup is a workhorse version of the just-released 2500, swapping the latter’s comfier rear coil suspension for leaf springs.

As a result it can safely handle an additional 850kg of payload and GVM.

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Ram Trucks Australia – the business name of distributor Ateco’s American Special Vehicles (ASV) – claims to be the world’s only authorised re-manufacturer of right-hand drive Rams.

That means it has agreements with Ram’s US headquarters. It partners with re-manufacturer Walkinshaw, a former partner in ASV that re-engineers Chevrolet Silverados as well.

Ram Trucks Australia says the 3500 underwent the same design, homologation, and manufacture processes as the 2500 and the smaller ‘DT’ 1500 – which we reviewed here.

That means 50,000 pre-build development hours, 80,000kms of rolling road testing, 50,000km of real-world road driving, and a 20,000km full vehicle durability test.

The re-engineered final products use a claimed 400-plus new parts.

“The all-new 3500 completes the task we set ourselves at the start of 2021: to deliver a full range of fit-for-purpose vehicles for the Australian consumer,” said RAM Trucks Australia National Manager Jeff Barber.

The company now sells the new and old-generation Ram 1500s, plus the 2500 and 3500 heavy duty twins.

Pricing

It’s $5000 more than the Ram 2500, and more or less the same as a 2500 with RamBoxes (closing tubs in each side of the load bed). You can’t option these on the 3500.

  • 2022 Ram 2500 Laramie Crew Cab: $157,950
  • 2022 Ram 2500 Laramie Crew Cab RamBox: $162,900
  • 2022 Ram 3500 Laramie Crew Cab: $162,950

All prices exclude on-road costs.

Engine

The Ram 3500 uses the same compacted graphite-iron block engine as the 2500.

That means a Cummins 6.7-litre turbo-diesel inline-six making 276kW of power at 2800rpm and an enormous 1152Nm of torque as low as 1700rpm.

The engine’s maximum rev speed is 3200rpm.

It’s mated to a six-speed automatic transmission (code 68RFE) and a 4×4 system with shift-on-the fly 4WD High, as well as low-range via transfer case.

Ram rates both the 2500 and 3500 to tow (braked) 3500kg with a 50mm ball, 4500kg with a 70mm ball, and a whopping 8000kg with auxiliary gooseneck hitch and air brakes.

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