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The Ram 1500 Laramie Limited priced at $45,700

The new Ram Laramie Limited debuted at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show as the new range-topping luxury truck for the Chrysler Group and now we have a look at the early pricing for both the 1500 and 2500 heavy duty models – with the new luxury trimline arriving later this year as one of the most expensive options in the Ram lineup.

The 2012 Ram Laramie Limited is designed to be the ultimate luxury level Ram pickup, similar in design to the Ram Laramie Longhorn but the new Limited trimline does away with the strong western themes of the Longhorn models. There Laramie Limited is the top of the Ram lineup in terms of amenities so it should come as no surprise that this new high end trimline also sits atop the pricing charts.

The Ram 1500 Laramie Limited equipped with the 5.7L Hemi, rear wheel drive, the Crew Cab configuration and a 5’7” bed carries a starting price of $45,700 plus a destination fee of $995 for a total price of $46,695. This makes the Ram 1500 Laramie Limited the most expensive half ton pickup from Chrysler by $2,575 over the Laramie Longhorn. Compared to the entry level Ram 1500 ST with the Crew Cab, the Hemi V8 and rear wheel drive which comes in around $32,295 (with destination), the Laramie Limited’s luxurious trimmings adds more than $14,000.

Those who need more towing and hauling capabilities out of their new luxury pickup can also opt for the Ram Laramie Limited in Heavy Duty guise and the pricing for the Ram 2500 Laramie Limited begins at $48,775 (with destination). This includes the 5.7L Hemi, the Crew Cab configuration, rear wheel drive and a 6’4” bed (short wheel base) although buyers of the Laramie Limited HD models can also opt for the 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel, the Mega Cab layout and four wheel drive.

Prices have not been announced for the options available on the Ram 2500 Laramie Limited but with the Cummins diesel adding $7,195, four wheel drive tacking on another $3,445 and the Mega Cab option adding $1,000 to the Laramie Longhorn, we can expect similar upcharges for these features when the new Ram Laramie Limited hits dealerships – for a total price that very easily tops the $60,000 mark with these few (yet very significant) options. For comparison, the 2012 Ram 2500 ST with the Crew Cab and rear wheel drive (the 5.7L Hemi is standard) comes with a starting price of $33,140 so the Laramie Longhorn edition with the same drivetrain and chassis layout carries a price some $15,600 more than the entry level pickup.

These prices may seem lofty to the average new truck buyer but with the growing popularity of these luxury level pickups, the American automakers have been quick to respond with trucks that offer high end luxury without ditching any of the capabilities of a real truck. The Ram Laramie Limited joins Ford’s Platinum trimline in offering true luxury packages in a pickup truck with gobs of interior comforts that you would expect from a modern luxury sedan but unlike the sexy Chrysler 300C – the luxury level Ram 1500 and 2500 offers a great deal more cargo space and capabilities for a weekend getaway.

Wealthy individuals who own fancy toys like boats, classic cars or other large items that need to be towed have long endured the punishment of having to get out of their Chrysler 300C or Cadillac CTS-V to climb into a truck that falls well short of the luxury amenities that these upper-crust individuals are accustomed to but with the introduction of the new Ram Laramie Limited, the wealthy can have a Ram that does it all and does so in style. Click here for a look at all of the features of the new Ram Laramie Limited 1500 and 2500.

Source: Autoblog