New 2015 Chrysler 300 and all-new 2015 Jeep® Renegade named to ‘Ward’s 10 Best Interiors List for 2015’

Source: Automotiveworld.com

After spending two months evaluating and scoring 42 vehicles based on fit-and-finish, comfort, material selection, ergonomics, information/displays, value, safety and design aesthetics, WardsAuto editors named the new 2015 Chrysler 300 and the all-new 2015 Jeep®Renegade to its “Ward’s 10 Best Interiors List for 2015.”“The FCA US interior design team pays meticulous attention to detail, whether it’s selecting the perfect materials and colour combinations to ensuring the communication experience is intuitive and simple to use,” said Klaus Busse, Vice President of Interior Design, FCA – North America.  “To have the Chrysler 300 and Jeep Renegade named to Ward’s 10 Best List signifies that we have achieved our mission to offer products that go above and beyond to meet the needs of our customers.”2015 Chrysler 300 Interior Design

Inside the new Brampton (Ont.) built-2015 Chrysler 300 passengers will be immersed in a sophisticated blend of hand-sculpted fluid shapes, high-quality and innovative material choices inspired by American cities, precision craftsmanship, state-of-the-art technology and thoughtful, clever features.

“In a world overpopulated with giant SUVs, the Chrysler 300C Platinum reminds us how glorious big sedans can be. The ’15 model takes the superb interior of the previous version up another notch with even more features, comfort and sumptuous materials. The quilted leather trim and patterned upholstery are similar to what we see on German luxury sedans costing three times as much. The huge touchscreen and Uconnect infotainment system is about the best at any price. Yet it also has wonderfully practical details, such as stout grab handles and a truly sturdy sunglasses holder. ‘I could live in this car,’ says one judge. Yes indeed. And live well,” said Drew Winter, Editor-in-Chief, WardsAuto World magazine.

When designing the new 2015 Chrysler 300, the team incorporated unique design elements and utilized authentic materials in an honest way to create an interior identity that is comfortable yet beautiful. The new 2015 Chrysler 300 interior was designed using three key principles:

  • Make an emotional design impact through use of high-quality materials
  • Include state-of-the-art technology
  • Use interior space wisely

Earning the right to be named a Ward’s 10 Best Interior is the new 2015 Chrysler 300C Platinum model — the new pinnacle of the Chrysler brand lineup — offering an all-new and exclusive two-tone Indigo/Linen interior inspired by La Jolla, California’s ocean views lined by sandy expanses and unexpected coves. This sedan’s interior environment features segment-exclusive use of quilted and perforated Nappa leather on front and rear seats. Highlighting this sedan’s world-class level of craftsmanship and comfort is a segment-exclusive use of quilted Nappa leather wrapping the seats and door panels. Once limited to exotic sedans priced tens of thousands more, ultra high-end Foligno leather from Italian leather expert, Poltrona Frau, wraps the instrument panel and sides of the centre console and is finished with French accent stitching. A two-tone Indigo/Linen leather-wrapped steering wheel is hand-stitched together and includes die-cast paddle shifters and a unique chrome accent ring to highlight the segment-exclusive 360-degree heated rim. Completing the interior environment is specially selected and hand-sanded natural pore wood stained in a matte-Mocha finish for greater beauty.

2015 Jeep Renegade Interior Design

The all-new Jeep Renegade interior features a rugged and energetic appearance that builds upon the Jeep brand’s legendary heritage. Its precisely crafted details, innovative and high-quality colour and material appointments, state-of-the-art technology, and clever storage features draw inspiration from contemporary extreme sports gear and lifestyles.

“The Jeep Renegade lives up to its name by bringing a rebellious new style to the overcrowded small SUV segment,” said Winter. The interior checks off all our boxes in terms of being roomy, comfortable and having excellent ergonomics – even the voice-activation system works flawlessly. But, the attention given to interior details and design is truly spectacular for a vehicle in this class. Whimsical design elements, bold, contrasting colours and stunning metallic bronze trim convey a sense of fun and adventure that sets it apart. The Renegade isn’t a ’cute ute,’ it’s the Cherokee’s badass little brother.”

When designers of the 2015 Jeep Renegade began the interior design process, they started with a fresh canvas and simple design brief: create a small SUV that they themselves would aspire to own. This objective is strikingly apparent in the Renegade’s dynamic lines, hand-sculpted forms, and emotional character. The 2015 Jeep Renegade’s iconic design sets it apart in the global marketplace.

The 2015 Jeep Renegade interior was designed using four key principles:

  • Make an emotional design impact
  • Use high-quality materials with an inspired colour and materials story
  • Integrate the latest state-of-the-art technologies
  • Develop clever storage and intelligent use of space

The interior of the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade has a distinctive form language which Jeep designers have titled “Tek-Tonic.” The Tek-Tonic design theme is defined by the intersections of soft and tactile forms with rugged and functional details. Major surfaces such as the sculpted soft-touch instrument panel are intersected with bold functional elements like the passenger grab handle. Indispensable for off-road adventures, the robust handle is borrowed from its big brother, the legendary Jeep Wrangler. It cleverly integrates into the passenger air vent to create a unique sculpted element. The unique centre vent “air-pod” and anodized accents draw inspiration from performance goggles and boots used in extreme sports.  Unique protective clamps that surround the Uconnect touchscreens, shifter bezel, and front-door speaker bezels exude strength and precision. The clamp surrounding the touchscreens is embossed with “Since 1941,” paying homage to the Jeep brand’s legendary history.

The Jeep Wrangler – Best Resale Value in Canada

Via: The Globe and Mail

The Jeep Wrangler claimed top honours for best resale value in Canada by percentage, as announced Wednesday by Canadian Black Book (CBB), the country’s largest publisher of wholesale used-vehicle prices.

Holding close to 70 per cent of MSRP after four years, the Wrangler placed first in CBB’s 10th annual Best Retained Value Awards and also won the compact SUV category for the fifth straight year. CBB compared values of 2011 models in 20 classes.

Resale value matters because “depreciation is still the biggest cost of ownership,” Bailey says. “We all watch gas prices, but … people should stop and look at the future value. It may be a great deal month to month, but in the ownership period it may be more expensive.”

He adds, “Some people buy a car and drive it until there is nothing left, but most people want to eventually sell their car, so it is important to consider,” Bailey says.

“Sometimes spending a little more today will net you more on the back end,” Bailey says.

Canadian Black Book in addition to publishing new and used vehicle prices, provides an online tool that assesses the future value of any vehicle.

Testing The AWD of Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep

Via: Crave Online

Spring is creeping across the country, while snow and ice are losing their grip on America. Fortunately, there were still plenty of winter’s fingerprints in Canada not too long ago when Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep brought automotive test drivers north to size up the automakers’ All-Wheel Drive and winter driving systems.

At a winter test track outside bitterly cold Montreal, the automaker family offered up nearly their entire vehicle line for evaluation for a collection of auto journalists sent to see how well the machines stood up to black ice, low grip and other winter driving scenarios both off-road and at speed. Front and center was the performance capabilities of the companies’ All-Wheel Driving systems.

The difference between AWD and four-wheel drive relies mainly on the amount of technology built into each system. Four-wheel drive improves on front wheel drive by taking the power to all four wheels, improving grip and providing a more stable ride over snow, ice, off-road terrain, etc.

All-Wheel Drive is a more modern and advanced system that uses some amount of artificial intelligence to control the amount drive going to the wheels individually. The most advanced AWL systems available use a computer in difficult driving conditions to sense which wheel has the best grip. Once the system reads which wheel(s) have the most stable contact patch, AWL sends torque that way — balancing the power between gripping and slipping wheels to keep the car moving forward. AWL keeps the process going, calculating in microseconds and continually adjusting power distribution

While any number of the Jeeps and Dodge trucks standing by were more than able to deal with winter driving conditions both on track and off-road, I opted to test the best AWD performance vehicles on the scene. The 2015 Dodge Charger Rallye trim level packs less raging power than the new Charger Hellcat, it still offers a roaring HEMI V8 and that same essential winter driving tool – AWD.

The Montreal test track allowed ample space to open the throttle a bit on the well-packed snow and ice, in between wide circle turns and straight line stops and starts. As I hit the gas on the straights and in the wider, rimshot turns, I could feel the AI within the big, loud Charger’s AWD system balancing and rebalancing the V8 power. I could let the end out when I wanted for a bit of drifting, but — with deft use of the throttle and a light touch on the steering wheel — the Charger Rallye never spun or lost its way on its test runs.

charger

My favorite vehicle of the day — and the finest performer even on an icy track — was the latest edition of the Chrysler 300. I admit I’ve always liked the 300 and consider it the finest performing vehicle in the line (with the exception of aspiring, though affordable supercar, the aforementioned Hellcat). For whatever reason, this particular car speaks to me. It feels good under me. My driving skills relate well to it. It feels comfortable, speedy and well-balanced. I would own one.

But, the question on that blustery, snowy day was how well the sophisticated luxury sports sedan would stand up to 50 mph speeds on inches of snow crammed atop packed ice.

With the Chrysler AWD systems on full as part of the car’s all-weather driving package, the 300 was just as deft, entertaining and exiting to drive — flirting with 50 mph down the straightaways in full-on slick conditions.

This Chrysler / Dodge / Jeep event (and other like it) prove clearly that the AWD technology is so far along that residents of any winter states in the U.S. or Canada would be foolish to opt for makes and models that don’t offer it’s winter defying smarts.

Tis The Season To Give

At an announcement this morning at its Canadian Headquarters in downtown Windsor, Chrysler Canada gave the residents of Windsor-Essex County over one million reasons to smile as local Company employees and retirees have donated $1,062,355.72 to the United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County 2015 campaign. This donation marks the single largest pledge towards the United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County and the 27th straight year that Chrysler Canada employees have donated more than $1 million.

Keeping with the holiday theme that it is better to give than to receive; this year’s campaign pledge total was presented as a gift-wrapped cheque that was unwrapped by employees in front of a Canadian-made 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT 392.

“Giving generously to the United Way has been a long-standing tradition of our Chrysler Canada plant and office employees,” said Mike Brieda, Plant Manager, Windsor Assembly Plant, Chrysler Canada. “With this year’s employee donation exceeding one million dollars, the United Way is one step closer to securing their annual campaign objectives and maximizing their  outreach programs to better the lives of those in the community who are in need.”

“Chrysler Canada, Unifor Locals 444, 195, 1498 and ONA Local 8 always pull together to support their community through United Way,” said Lorraine Goddard, CEO, United Way.  “Over the years, they have contributed millions of dollars to the United Way campaign.  They’re an important part of our community, and we’re so fortunate and grateful for their financial contributions, sponsorship and volunteer support.”

“Unifor Local 444 and its members have always supported the United Way knowing that the outreach programs and support that comes from them is second to none throughout Windsor and Essex County,” said Dino Chiodo, President, Unifor Local 444.  “I’m very pleased of the effort and contributions from our members who gave, as they know they are ‘Community Partners Making A Community Difference.’”

Chrysler Canada employees have set a proud example of giving back to their community with donations of over $1 million for over a quarter of a century. The participation rate for the 2015 campaign was 51 per cent, with an average employee pledge of $324. There were 643 employees this year that gave at the “Friends Level,” which means employees contributed $500 or more. There were 147 donations at the “Leadership Level,” for those individuals who contributed $1,000 or more.

As of Dec. 5, the United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County campaign overall total now stands at $3,377,655. Local residents can also help join the cause and help give back to assist those most vulnerable in our community.  The public is encouraged to take part and donate generously for this year’s United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County 2015 campaign.

Best family car under $30,000: Chrysler 200

By:  Special to the Star, Published on Tue Nov 18 2014

Intimate, elegant, exciting: when did we start using those words to describe family cars? Push the start button on a Chrysler 200, a Hyundai Sonata or a Mazda 6 and you will experience such pleasures and more. There is no need to feel deprived or anonymous anymore when motoring your way to the parent-teacher meeting. Driving a glamourous mid-sizer like the Chrysler 200 is an instant mood enhancer. The family car may be under assault from crossovers, but for smart folks who want better handling and standout style, the choices get better every year in this category.

Base price: $27,995

As tested: $29,995

The powerful engine, the leather interior, the Sport button makes it a feature-rich family car with Euro-style glamour.

Uconnect Delivers an Array of State-of-the art, Innovative and Easy-to-Use Features and Services for 2015

Chrysler Media

2015 Chrysler Group vehicles will allow customers to stay connected to the information they want and need while remaining focused on the road. Each vehicle comes equipped with a Uconnect system, which can provide drivers with a range of available communication, navigation and entertainment features or connected services.

Consumers can choose the Uconnect system that suits their individual needs. Drivers have the ability to make handsfree phone calls, receive turn-by-turn directions as they navigate to their location or stream Internet radio. Car and truck buyers have a variety of options to choose from, including:

Uconnect communication features: 

  • Handsfree calling: Simply push a button to receive an incoming phone call, or use your voice to place an outbound call.
  • Voice-text reply: Once a compatible mobile phone is paired to the Uconnect system, drivers can also reply to a text message using 18 predefined messages

Uconnect entertainment features: 
Drivers can enjoy music and information with a variety of entertainment options, which include:

  • AM, FM, HD or satellite radio
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • CD Player
  • USB
  • SD Card
  • AUX Port
  • Drivers can use the switches on the back of the steering wheel, their voice, the touchscreen display or knobs and buttons to control a bevy of entertainment options.

Uconnect Navigation features: 
Uconnect has partnered with the leaders in navigation to help ensure drivers know where they are, where they are going, and how long it will take to get there. Drivers have access to points-of-interest, well-designed maps and turn-by-turn directions that broadcast over the vehicle’s audio system. A Driver Information Display (DID) inside the instrument cluster also provides drivers with real-time, full color directions at a glance.

Uconnect Access: A suite of connected services

  • Explore the next generation of in-vehicle connectivity with an included 6 or 12-month trialin properly equipped vehicles. Uconnect Access offers a variety of services leveraged by abuilt-in data connection
  • Remote lock, unlock and start: Drivers can remotely lock or unlock their doors and start their vehicle from virtually anywhere in the U.S by using their smartphone or computer
  • 9-1-1 or Assist Button: Located on the rearview mirror, drivers can get connected to emergency service providers, roadside assistance dispatchers and vehicle information specialists
  • Yelp Search: Drivers looking for popular locations around them can use their voice to conduct a Yelp search
  • Voice texting: With the voice texting service, drivers can use their voice to send, or reply to, a personal text message
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot: Vehicle owners can transform their vehicle into a Wi-Fi Hotspot on-demand for a day, week or month so passengers can check e-mail or browse news sites

Uconnect Access via Mobile: 
With an included five-year trial, Uconnect Access Via Mobile is an extension of Chrysler Group’s Uconnect Access that allows customers to enjoy their personal Internet radio accounts and stream audio content using their own mobile device data plans. The result: a truly personalized listening experience.

Uconnect Access Via Mobile seamlessly brings four popular Internet radio apps into the vehicle:

  • Aha by Harman
  • iHeartRadio
  • Pandora
  • Slacker

SiriusXM Radio
Customers purchasing any new 2015 Chrysler Group vehicle equipped with satellite radio receives
a one-year subscription to the SiriusXM service with access to the premium programming lineup, including every NFL game, Howard Stern, every NASCAR race, Oprah Radio and MLB Network Radio, plus access to SiriusXM Internet Radio of smartphone and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com.

SiriusXM Travel Link and Traffic
Drivers using SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link have access to a suite of services that include:

  • Traffic speed: Color-coded roads on your navigation screen show traffic speed in major metro areas
  • Accidents, construction and road closures: Receive traffic alerts, including accidents, disabled vehicles, construction, and road closures.
  • Alternate route guidance and mapping: In-vehicle navigation systems and detailed traffic data allows drivers to choose alternate routes and receive updated directions to avoid congested roads
  • Fuel prices: Get detailed information on fuel prices and the ability to sort by lowest price, fuel type, distance or brand names
  • National weather information: Receive coast-to-coast weather data, including current conditions, five-day forecasts, and weather maps
  • Sports scores: In-game and final scores, as well as weekly game schedules, for world-class professional sports and college programs
  • Movie listings: Detailed local movie theater listings, including start times and ratings

Control your Uconnect system, features and services your way

The intuitive controls on your Uconnect system are easy to find and easy to use and help keep you focused on the drive – serving you the information you need, when you need it. Drivers can control their Uconnect system their way, using the touchscreen display, steering wheel-mounted controls, voice recognition technology or traditional knobs and buttons.
  • Steering-wheel audio controls: Change from FM to satellite, from one channel to another, adjust the volume or change music tracks without ever taking your hands off the wheel. Rocker-switch buttons are mounted where your fingers rest on the backside of the vehicle steering wheel
  • Touchscreen displays: Control navigation, entertainment, climate, and phone from one place. View album art and artist information, weather, or street maps and points of interest
  • Voice Command: The available Uconnect Voice Command is a voice-activated communication system that allows drivers to operate their mobile phone, music and navigation system handsfree to stay focused on driving. When a compatible Bluetooth mobile phone is initially connected to the system, the phone book within a mobile phone is automatically downloaded, synchronizing as many as 5,000 phone book entries, which can then be selected by simply saying a contact name. The feature also allows drivers to switch radio modes, tune to SiriusXM Radio, AM, FM and HD and request real-time information, such as fuel prices, from the available SiriusXM Travel Link using natural voice commands. The handsfree option promotes driver focus, freedom, value and flexibility.
Bluetooth-equipped cell phones also feature Message Access Profile (MAP) with advance text-messaging that:
  • Announces receipt of a text message
  • Audibly identifies sender
  • Reads the message
This industry-first voice recognition system uses the embedded connectivity to access cloud-based voice-recognition and enable advanced text messaging, which converts the spoken word into verbatim text messages. Communication is limited only by the user’s vocabulary.
Visit DriveUconnect.com to learn more about specific Uconnect systems, features or services available in the 2015 Chrysler Group vehicle lineup.2015 Chrysler Group vehicles will allow customers to stay connected to the information they want and need while remaining focused on the road. Each vehicle comes equipped with a Uconnect system, which can provide drivers with a range of available communication, navigation and entertainment features or connected services.Consumers can choose the Uconnect system that suits their individual needs. Drivers have the ability to make handsfree phone calls, receive turn-by-turn directions as they navigate to their location or stream Internet radio. Car and truck buyers have a variety of options to choose from, including:

Uconnect communication features: 

  • Handsfree calling: Simply push a button to receive an incoming phone call, or use your voice to place an outbound call.
  • Voice-text reply: Once a compatible mobile phone is paired to the Uconnect system, drivers can also reply to a text message using 18 predefined messages

Uconnect entertainment features: 
Drivers can enjoy music and information with a variety of entertainment options, which include:

  • AM, FM, HD or satellite radio
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • CD Player
  • USB
  • SD Card
  • AUX Port
  • Drivers can use the switches on the back of the steering wheel, their voice, the touchscreen display or knobs and buttons to control a bevy of entertainment options.

Uconnect Navigation features: 
Uconnect has partnered with the leaders in navigation to help ensure drivers know where they are, where they are going, and how long it will take to get there. Drivers have access to points-of-interest, well-designed maps and turn-by-turn directions that broadcast over the vehicle’s audio system. A Driver Information Display (DID) inside the instrument cluster also provides drivers with real-time, full color directions at a glance.

Uconnect Access: A suite of connected services

  • Explore the next generation of in-vehicle connectivity with an included 6 or 12-month trialin properly equipped vehicles. Uconnect Access offers a variety of services leveraged by abuilt-in data connection
  • Remote lock, unlock and start: Drivers can remotely lock or unlock their doors and start their vehicle from virtually anywhere in the U.S by using their smartphone or computer
  • 9-1-1 or Assist Button: Located on the rearview mirror, drivers can get connected to emergency service providers, roadside assistance dispatchers and vehicle information specialists
  • Yelp Search: Drivers looking for popular locations around them can use their voice to conduct a Yelp search
  • Voice texting: With the voice texting service, drivers can use their voice to send, or reply to, a personal text message
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot: Vehicle owners can transform their vehicle into a Wi-Fi Hotspot on-demand for a day, week or month so passengers can check e-mail or browse news sites

Uconnect Access via Mobile: 
With an included five-year trial, Uconnect Access Via Mobile is an extension of Chrysler Group’s Uconnect Access that allows customers to enjoy their personal Internet radio accounts and stream audio content using their own mobile device data plans. The result: a truly personalized listening experience.

Uconnect Access Via Mobile seamlessly brings four popular Internet radio apps into the vehicle:

  • Aha by Harman
  • iHeartRadio
  • Pandora
  • Slacker

SiriusXM Radio
Customers purchasing any new 2015 Chrysler Group vehicle equipped with satellite radio receives
a one-year subscription to the SiriusXM service with access to the premium programming lineup, including every NFL game, Howard Stern, every NASCAR race, Oprah Radio and MLB Network Radio, plus access to SiriusXM Internet Radio of smartphone and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com.

SiriusXM Travel Link and Traffic
Drivers using SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link have access to a suite of services that include:

  • Traffic speed: Color-coded roads on your navigation screen show traffic speed in major metro areas
  • Accidents, construction and road closures: Receive traffic alerts, including accidents, disabled vehicles, construction, and road closures.
  • Alternate route guidance and mapping: In-vehicle navigation systems and detailed traffic data allows drivers to choose alternate routes and receive updated directions to avoid congested roads
  • Fuel prices: Get detailed information on fuel prices and the ability to sort by lowest price, fuel type, distance or brand names
  • National weather information: Receive coast-to-coast weather data, including current conditions, five-day forecasts, and weather maps
  • Sports scores: In-game and final scores, as well as weekly game schedules, for world-class professional sports and college programs
  • Movie listings: Detailed local movie theater listings, including start times and ratings

Control your Uconnect system, features and services your way

The intuitive controls on your Uconnect system are easy to find and easy to use and help keep you focused on the drive – serving you the information you need, when you need it. Drivers can control their Uconnect system their way, using the touchscreen display, steering wheel-mounted controls, voice recognition technology or traditional knobs and buttons.
  • Steering-wheel audio controls: Change from FM to satellite, from one channel to another, adjust the volume or change music tracks without ever taking your hands off the wheel. Rocker-switch buttons are mounted where your fingers rest on the backside of the vehicle steering wheel
  • Touchscreen displays: Control navigation, entertainment, climate, and phone from one place. View album art and artist information, weather, or street maps and points of interest
  • Voice Command: The available Uconnect Voice Command is a voice-activated communication system that allows drivers to operate their mobile phone, music and navigation system handsfree to stay focused on driving. When a compatible Bluetooth mobile phone is initially connected to the system, the phone book within a mobile phone is automatically downloaded, synchronizing as many as 5,000 phone book entries, which can then be selected by simply saying a contact name. The feature also allows drivers to switch radio modes, tune to SiriusXM Radio, AM, FM and HD and request real-time information, such as fuel prices, from the available SiriusXM Travel Link using natural voice commands. The handsfree option promotes driver focus, freedom, value and flexibility.
Bluetooth-equipped cell phones also feature Message Access Profile (MAP) with advance text-messaging that:
  • Announces receipt of a text message
  • Audibly identifies sender
  • Reads the message
This industry-first voice recognition system uses the embedded connectivity to access cloud-based voice-recognition and enable advanced text messaging, which converts the spoken word into verbatim text messages. Communication is limited only by the user’s vocabulary.
Visit DriveUconnect.com to learn more about specific Uconnect systems, features or services available in the 2015 Chrysler Group vehicle lineup.

Chrysler Canada: Ram Launches 2015 Heavy Duty Models

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with a Trifecta of Claims: Best-in-class Power, Towing Capacity and Payload Capacity

  • New Cummins 6.7-litre calibration adds 15 lb.-ft. of torque, edging out even Class 4 pickup competitors to a best-in-class 865 lb.-ft.
  • 2015 Ram 3500 crushes the competition with up to 13,608 kg (30,000 pounds) of SAE J2807-spec. towing capacity, beating the closest competitor by nearly 1.5 tons
  • 2015 Ram 2500 holds best-in-class 8,151 kg  (17,970 pounds) of towing capacity, while adhering to SAE J2807 test criteria
  • New best-in-class payload of 3,352 kg (7,390 pounds) (Ram 3500)
  • Ram maintains credibility and customer confidence as the only automaker to align with the SAE J2807 towing standard across light-duty and heavy-duty full-size pickups
  • Best-in-class Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of 17,191 kg (37,900 pounds)
  • The first 2015 Ram Heavy Duty trucks begin rolling off the factory line this week
  • Unsurpassed diesel powertrain warranty – five years/160,000 km
August 25, 2014 , Windsor, Ontario – Canada’s Longest-Lasting Pickups takes heavy-duty towing and hauling seriously. With this week’s start of 2015 model year Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty production, the truck world’s “King of the Hill” further adds to its most-capable claims. 

Ram 3500 models will offer increased torque ratings of 865 lb.-ft. and an increased payload capacity of 3,352 kg (7,390 pounds), while maintaining a class leading maximum tow rating of 13,608 kg (30,000 pounds).

Ram is the only automaker to back its heavy-duty towing claims using the SAE J2807 testing criteria.

“Ram maintains leadership throughout its pickup line by offering best-in-class fuel efficiency with our Ram 1500 EcoDiesel of 8.4 L/100km (34 mpg) highway, best-in-class towing with our Ram 3500 at 13,608 kg (30,000 pounds) and best-in-class payload at 3,352 kg (7,390 pounds) with our Ram 3500,” said Bob Hegbloom, President and CEO — Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “Ram owns best-in-class attributes in the areas that are most important to truck customers.”

Working closely with Cummins, a more aggressive fuel delivery and turbo boost calibration to the 6.7-litre I-6 produces an additional 15 lb.-ft. of torque. This improvement places the coveted engine ahead of the competition with 865 lb.-ft. of torque, while maintaining performance and EPA compliance. The Ram 3500 continues towing leadership at 13,608 kg (30,000 pounds) and adds a new notch in its belt with a chart-topping payload capacity of 3,352 kg (7,390 pounds). The payload claim was made possible by challenging the Ram 3500 6.4-litre HEMI V8 pickup with an increase in GVWR of 45 kg (100 pounds), now 6,260 kg (13,800 pounds) GVWR.

“Ram has driven innovation in the heavy duty segments and intelligently engineered a better truck than our competitors, including a 13,608 kg (30,000 pound) towing monster,” said Mike Cairns, Director— Ram Truck Engineering, Chrysler Group LLC. “Our 2015 Ram Heavy Duty Trucks own all three relevant titles in the segment: towing, payload and power, while delivering an impressive level of comfort and features unavailable elsewhere in the market.”

Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickup trucks are assembled at Chrysler Group’s Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Coahuila, Mexico.

POWERTRAIN
With Chrysler Group’s all- 6.4-litre HEMI V8, the Ram Heavy Duty delivers  best-in-class horsepower and best-in-class torque among pickups with gasoline engines. Compelling numbers tell the story of this 16-valve engine with 410 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and a peak torque rating of 429 lb.-ft., at 4,000 rpm.

Other engine options include the 5.7-litre HEMI V8, standard equipment for the Ram 2500 and 3500 (SRW). The engine produces 383 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and generates peak torque of 400 lb.-ft. at 4,000 rpm. The 5.7-litre HEMI V8 is mated to a 66RFE six-speed automatic transmission.

The renowned 6.7-litre Cummins Turbo Diesel I-6 is available in three versions. The first version is paired with Ram’s segment exclusive six-speed manual transmission. This combination delivers 350 horsepower at 2,800 rpm and 660 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,400 rpm. The second option matches the Cummins to the 68RFE six-speed automatic transmission. The diesel engine cranks out 370 horsepower at 2,800 rpm with 800 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,600 rpm.

Dominating torque charts, the 6.7-litre Cummins High-Output Turbo Diesel I-6 for Ram 3500 is paired with the Aisin six-speed automatic transmission (AS69RC), leaving no doubt to Ram Heavy Duty’s capability. In addition to 385 horsepower at 2,800 rpm, the most powerful Cummins generates best-in-class torque of 865 lb.-ft. at 1,700 rpm.

FRAME
Ram Heavy Duty trucks feature frames built with high-strength 50,000 psi steel, including eight separate cross-members, hydroformed main rails and fully boxed rear rails for optimal strength and mass efficiency. Chassis controls on the Ram Heavy Duty ensure reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) measurements and improve ride and handling characteristics. Standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC) on single and dual-rear-wheel equipped trucks, and body-to-frame hydro-mounts provide improved ride quality.

Centre frame rail sections are roll-formed, an efficient means for maintaining consistent strength in less complex longitudinal sections. In the rear portion of the frame, the structure includes fully boxed rear rails and a factory-installed rear axle cross-member with provisions for fifth wheel and gooseneck hitches.

SUSPENSION
Heavy Duty trucks generally have a suspension equipped for constant, heavy payloads. This leads to a harsher ride when unloaded. Ram innovation leads again. The Ram 2500 takes lessons learned from the Ram 1500 with a segment exclusive five-link coil rear suspension system. Loaded or unloaded, the 5-link coil system provides exceptional ride and handling. The five-link coil design incorporates support at all major points of force. Leaf spring suspensions struggle to combat axle wrap by using staggered shock absorbers (one mounted on the front of the axle tube and one mounted on the rear of the axle tube). The superior design of the five-link coil system functionally resists unwanted axle rotation. Leaf spring configurations also lack lateral support, forcing the leaf ends and shackles to hold against lateral loads — a task they’re not particularly good at and one reason competitive leaf-sprung rear suspensions shutter on rough surfaces. Additionally, the Ram 2500 offers a rear air suspension system for automatic load levelling and greater versatility.

The Ram 3500 continues to feature the rear Hotchkiss leaf spring system, but offers a supplemental air suspension system (late availability). By adding supplemental air bags to the rear suspension, Ram engineers were able to soften the leaf springs, allowing for more unladed suspension movement— even with a best-in-class 13,608 kg (30,000 pounds) trailer.

In the front, the Ram Heavy Duty line features an advanced three-link front suspension to ensure roll stiffness. Greater roll stiffness, also known as body roll, is an important characteristic in taller vehicles and especially trucks with heavy payloads. Roll stiffness is measured by the amount the truck’s body tips side-to-side, independently of the wheels, during cornering.

BODY
The Ram Heavy Duty comes equipped with robust engine, transmission and body mounts, including pioneering hydro-mounts at C-pillar positions for class-leading noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) characteristics despite the truck’s aptitude for higher payloads and towing.

The Ram Heavy Duty trucks feature a factory-installed seven-pin trailer tow connector in the truck bed, included with the optional fifth wheel or gooseneck tow prep package. Ram is unmatched in terms of offering the most complete “hitch ‘n go” towing prep package found anywhere in the heavy-duty category. Additionally, Ram features a standard Class 5 receiver hitch with four- and seven-pin connectors on the bumper. A tailgate handle-mounted, rear high-definition camera backup system is available with dynamic imaging in the 8.4-inch display. Also, the available cargo-view camera located in the centre high-mounted stop light (CHMSL) provides a view of the bed for easier connection to fifth wheel or gooseneck trailers as well as monitoring bed loads.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Ram Heavy Duty customers can enjoy the convenience of an exclusive cargo camera, power folding mirrors and a combination, power rear-sliding window with defrost. Also, central locking includes the RamBox cargo management system and tailgate power locks, creating a convenient solution for locking all exterior doors and storage with one push of a button. Auto rain-sensing wipers and SmartBeam headlamps also are available, adding to a truckload of content offered in Ram Heavy Duty.

Total Cost Of Ownership And Unsurpassed Diesel Powertrain Warranty – Five Years/ 160,000 Kilometres
Operating costs are of great consideration for owners who use their trucks for work. The Ram Heavy Duty holds class-leading features in:

  • Extended maintenance cycle (oil change intervals of up to 24,000 km, fuel filter life on diesel)
  • Brake life with advanced engine exhaust brake and largest brakes in the segment

The 2015 Ram Heavy Duty is backed with an unsurpassed five-year/160,000-km Diesel Powertrain Limited Warranty. The powertrain-limited warranty covers the cost of all parts and labour needed to repair a covered powertrain component – engine, transmission and drive system. Coverage also includes free towing to the nearest Ram Truck dealer, if necessary. The warranty is also transferable allowing customers who sell their truck during the warranty period to pass the coverage on to the new owner. The standard three-year/60,000-km Basic Limited Warranty provides bumper-to-bumper coverage for the Ram Heavy Duty, from the body to the electrical system.