- New RAM Power Wagon version
- 4x4 Off-Road Package available
- Three V-8 engine options
The 2017 RAM 3500 offers superb capability that makes it a fit for any work site with plenty of towing and payload capacity to handle jobs of any size. This year, RAM has added a new, off-road-capable Power Wagon version to the line-up as well as an available 4x4 Off-Road Package.
RAM makes two heavy-duty pickup trucks, the 2500 and 3500. The 3500 is offered in three versatile cab styles: Regular, Crew, and Mega. There are also two bed sizes: 6-feet 4-inches, which is offered with the Crew and Mega Cabs, or an 8-foot bed that is available with Regular and Crew. Exterior styling on the Heavy Duty ram trucks is similar to what you see on the RAM 1500 half-ton; a large, RAM branded grille leads the way with liberal use of chrome separating out the different trim levels. The Power Wagon design has a uniquely styled exterior with a new grille, bumpers, wheels, and graphics.
Under the hood, there are three available V-8 engines. The base engine is a 383-hp, 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 that makes 400 pounds-feet of torque and takes gas or compressed natural gas. Also available is a 410-hp, 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 that makes 429 pounds-feet of torque. Lastly, there is also 350-hp, 6.7-liter Cummins turbo-diesel I-6 that makes 660 pounds-feet of torque when mated to a six-speed manual transmission. With the six-speed automatic equipped, the diesel’s output is bumped up to 370-hp and 800 pounds-feet of torque. Both V-8 engines only come with a six-speed automatic. Four-wheel drive is optional. RAM also offers a robust powertrain warranty on its engines; gas engines get 5-year/60,000 miles, while diesel engines get 5-year/100,000 miles.
Inside, the 3500 features a new center console that has a holder for both a mobile phone and a tablet, which can be concealed with a sliding door. Bluetooth connectivity is also standard now across the model lineup. The 3500 is offered in Tradesman, SLT, Laramie, Laramie Limited, and Longhorn trim levels. The new Laramie Limited is a luxurious, modern take on the pickup truck and it gets many unique stylish touches like black wood trim pieces and premium leather. The Power Wagon comes with its own unique interior with special badging.
Standard safety features include front airbags, antilock brake, electronic stability system, and a new switchable rear view camera display. The driver can now switch between a view from the rear bumper or a camera mounted above the cargo bed which makes reversing while using the gooseneck trailer hookup much easier. The available 4x4 Off-Road Package includes hill-descent control, tow hooks, a skid plate, Bilstein shocks, a limited-slip differential, and on-/off-road tires.