While attention has been drawn to General Motors Specialty Vehicles setting up shop in Australia, Ram has been busy refreshing its entire range of US-style pickups. The third and final addition for 2021 is the huge 3500 Laramie.
It will sit above the already launched 1500 and 2500 Heavy-Duty in the locally-converted right-hand drive line-up of factory-approved utes. Like its (relatively) smaller siblings, Ram Australia has put the 3500 through an extensive design and testing program for the right-hand drive version, including 50,000km of real-world driving.
The 3500 Laramie is powered by a 6.7-litre inline six-cylinder turbo-diesel engine built by specialists, Cummins. It makes 276kW of power and a whopping 1152Nm of torque. It pairs to a four-wheel drive system and a two-stage longitudinal leaf solid axle.
The combination of these elements – a potent engine and strong chassis – helps make the 3500 one of the most capable utes on the market, with a braked towing capacity of 8000kg and a payload of up to 1724kg.
“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,” explained Ram Trucks Australia national manager, Jeff Barber.
“The 3500 is a remarkable vehicle that cements our product offering in 2021. Only RAM Trucks Australia can deliver such a vehicle thanks to our robust and detailed planning, development, remanufacturing, and testing programme in conjunction with our local and global partners including Stellantis (formerly Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, US).”
Given its size and capability the new Ram doesn’t come cheap, starting at $162,950 (plus on-road costs) for Laramie Crew Cab.
By comparison the Ram 2500 Laramie Crew Cab starts at $157,950, while the latest 1500 Laramie Crew Cab is priced from $114,950.