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2021 RAM 2500: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - July 22, 2020

Model Preview

The fifth-generation RAM 2500 arrived in 2019 with a tweaked look, new powertrain options, an upgraded frame, and more. In 2020, this heavy-duty pickup remained mostly unchanged, except for its new 50-gallon fuel tank and new optional safety features. With its design still fresh, we expect the 2021 RAM 2500 to hit showrooms as a carryover model.

As a carryover model, we expect no changes to the 2021 RAM 2500’s design. We expect it to continue with all the same styling cues, including the massive grille, wraparound headlights, eye-catching hood ridges, and more. It’ll also continue with all the weight-saving efforts the new-generation RAM 2500 debuted with, including an aluminum hood, and high-strength steel body panels and frame, that helped it trim up to 143 pounds.

Inside, we also expect no changes to the 2021 RAM 2500. During its redesign, the RAM 2500 gained a more modern cabin that included a new steering wheel, more color contrasts, an upgraded center stack, upgraded upholstery, additional sound-deadening materials, and a cleaner HVAC interface. This heavy-duty pickup also gained loads of new tech, including active noise-cancelation, an available 12-inch Uconnect 4C infotainment system, a configurable 7-inch driver-information center, five USB ports, and more. We expect the 2021 RAM 2500 to continue with the same looks and features inside.

RAM 2500

The current RAM 2500 boasts a trio of powertrain options, starting with a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 that pumps out 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque and pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The diesel engines start with a 6.7-liter inline-six Cummins with 370 hp and 850 lb-ft of torque and top out with an upgraded 6.7-liter with 400 hp and 1,000 lb-ft of torque. The lower-output diesel engine pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission, while the 400-hp variant uses an Aisin AS69RC heavy-duty six-speed automatic. We expect the 2021 RAM 2500 to carry on with the same powertrain options.

Like most heavy-duty pickups, the current RAM 2500 hasn’t been through crash tests, nor do we expect it to. What we know is it has available advanced safety tech, including cargo and surround-view camera systems, blind-spot monitors, forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, parking sensors, and active lane control, on higher trim levels. We expect the safety features to remain the same in the 2021 RAM 2500.

Pricing & Release Date

There is no official debut date for the 2021 RAM 2500, but we expect it to arrive in early 2021 based on previous release schedules.

Pricing also remains unconfirmed, but early reports indicate the 2021 RAM 2500 will range from $35,970 to $68,030 (destination fees included).

This heavy-duty pickup will compete with the Chevy Silverado 2500HD, Ford F-250 Super Duty, and GMC Sierra 2500HD

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