Ram has offered the first public glimpses of the new 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty Lone Star pickups. Distinguishable by unique Lone Star tailgate and interior badges, the model is available only in Texas.
“First and foremost, the Ram Heavy Duty Lone Star edition is a powerful, hard-working truck that meets the demands of Texas truck buyers,” said Reid Bigland, head of Ram Brand. “Trucks are a big part of life in the Lone Star State, and Ram offers the segment’s best combination of performance, strength, luxury and technology.”
In 2002, Ram Truck recognized the strength of the pickup market in Texas and began offering an exclusive edition for the state. The Ram Lone Star edition was the first truck designed by Texans and built specifically for Texans, and since its introduction Ram has sold more than 270,000 units.
The new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty boasts up to 1,000 foot-pounds of torque and improved handling, ride and towing capabilities. Active noise cancellation, anti-vibration devices and acoustic glass contribute to a quiet cabin.
A new, 98.5-percent high-strength steel frame offers greater capacities, reduced weight and high levels of torsional rigidity. Lightweight materials in the frame, powertrain and an aluminum hood also reduce overall weight by up to 143 pounds.
A 360-degree surround-view camera with trailer reverse guidance view provides a single display-screen view of both sides of a trailer to assist drivers in maneuvering towing setups. A new auxiliary exterior camera improves visibility with custom positioning in and behind trailers.
Advanced trailer Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) accommodate up to six pickup tires and 12 trailer tires with up to four trailer profiles.
Ram Heavy Duty Lone Star models are equipped with standard Class V receiver hitches, electronic trailer brake controllers and power trailer tow mirrors.
They also include chrome door handles, bumpers and grille surround, as well as halogen headlamps with optional LED lighting. Standard 18-inch steel wheels can be upgraded to 20-inch chrome or painted aluminum wheels.
Ram Lone Star is offered with a choice of two interiors packages and four colors. An optional equipment group features a closed upper-dash door with a Lone Star nameplate badge, a power driver seat and Uconnect 8.4-inch multifunction touchscreen. The trim is available with Black/Diesel Grey, Black/Light Brown, Light Frost/Black or all-Black premium cloth seats accented with new interior finishes.
Seating is available in two-passenger bucket, three-passenger bench, five-passenger bucket or six-passenger bench seating options.
The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty Lone Star is available with a choice of 4x2 and 4x4 powertrains, Regular, Crew and Mega Cab body configurations and 6-foot-4 inch (Crew and Mega) and 8-foot (Regular and Crew) bed lengths.
The 410-hp, 429 foot-pounds of torque 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine with class-exclusive 8-speed automatic transmission is standard. The segment’s most powerful engine—the 1,000 foot-pounds-of-torque 6.7-liter High Output Cummins Turbo Diesel—is available on Ram 3500 models. An 850 foot-pounds Cummins is also available on both the 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty models.
Several other option packages are available for the Lone Star in order to give buyers their choice of function-specific enhancements. They include a Bed Utility Group, a 4x4 Off-road Group, a Protection Group, Max Towing Package and Premium Lighting Group.