Ram HD trucks get a new 6-speed transmission in 2012

Chrysler has announced that when the 2012 Ram HD trucks hit the market later this year, they will feature a new optional 6-speed automatic transmission for models with the Cummins Turbo Diesel for those who don’t care for the standard 6-speed manual transmission.

When equipped with the 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel and the new 6-speed automatic transmission, the 2012 Ram 2500 and 3500 churns out 350 horsepower and an awesome 800lb-ft of torque at just 1,500rpm. When that drivetrain is fitted into the 2012 Ram 3500 with the Max Tow package, these trucks are capable of towing an incredible 22,750lbs – a bragging right that makes the Ram 3500 the best in class. Also, the Ram’s Cummin Turbo Diesel is able to reach these lofty numbers without the annoying hassle of using Diesel Exhaust Fluid – while still meeting emission standards in all 50 US states.

Chrysler used the announcement of this new automatic transmission to proclaim that the Ram Heavy Duty lineup has gotten more efficient with the addition of this new transmission but they do not mention how much of a difference it makes in overall fuel economy. We can expect those numbers to be revealed closer to the actual release dates but considering the fact that the diesel market is not dictated nearly as much as the gasoline segment, a few extra miles per gallon will come as more of a perk than a feature that buyers consider.


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