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Chrysler Details 2013 Ram Chassis Cabs in Halo Truck Line

October 03, 2012

The 2013-MY Ram Chassis Cab 5500.
The 2013-MY Ram Chassis Cab 5500.

The 2013 Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab Halo truck line is receiving an all-new interior, the latest infotainment technology and exclusive upfit solutions, according to a Chrysler announcement on Sept. 27. The new Chassis Cab also offers a powertrain warranty of 5 years/100,000 miles.

“Our efforts to simplify upfitting and reduce total cost of ownership have made Ram a popular choice for industrial, commercial and even personal applications,” said Fred Diaz, president and CEO, Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico — Chrysler Group LLC. “We see an opportunity to grow our share in the Chassis Cab segment and Ram is offering best-in-class capabilities with class-exclusive features to get the job done and attract new customers."

The new 2013 Chassis Cab best-in-class capability ratings, according to Chrysler:

  • Best-in-class Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR)
  • Best-in-class towing
  • Best-in-class front Gross Axle Weight rating (GAWR) on 4500 and 5500

Ram Chassis Cab engineers design trucks for upfits and develop features to ease installation of multiple systems and bodies without interference or difficult relocation of components, including:

  • Industry standard frame lengths of 60-inch, 84-inch, 108-inch and 120-inch
  • No components or lines above the rear frame rails
  • Through-the-frame plumbing and electrical
  • Removable/ movable exhaust and frame components
  • DEF refill port is conveniently located at the rear of the cab on the driver’s side to ensure easy access at pump stations

According to Chrysler, the 2013 Ram Chassis Cab also holds class-leading features in:

  • Extended maintenance cycle (15,000 mile oil change, fuel filter life)
  • Brake life with advanced engine exhaust brake
  • Upfit integration
Start of production of the 2013 Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab is scheduled for the first quarter of 2013 at the Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Coahuila, Mexico.
Start of production of the 2013 Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab is scheduled for the first quarter of 2013 at the Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Coahuila, Mexico.

Engineering

Along with alterations in the suspension, Ram engineers improved the 2013 Chassis Cab steering, such as a repositioned drag link and a new steering damper with new valving.

The 2013 Ram Chassis Cab comes equipped with updated engine, transmission and body mounts for class-leading noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) characteristics.

Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab commercial trucks are available with an engineering-approved, upfitter-friendly solution for customers who require back panel removal on regular cab trucks. Because the instructions were created and approved by Ram commercial truck engineers, the cutaway design retains the structural integrity of the truck.

Electrical

As the Ram Chassis Cab continues to offer more feature content, it created the need for a technology that allows more information to be electronically communicated within the truck. The new Powernet system allows both high- and low-speed data networks to be equipped with as many as 40 individual modules, all designed to improve vehicle performance and enhance the comfort and safety of driver and passengers.

A majority of the commercial truck customers need to tie into the electrical system and certain fleet customers require access to vehicle information. A new vehicle system interface module (VSIM) is capable of communicating between aftermarket modules and various Chassis Cab control modules. The class exclusive module acts as a secure gateway to the vehicles’ electrical systems and data bus architecture to enable safe, secure plug ‘n play connectivity for up-fitter use.

New for 2013, an optional dual 220-amp alternator system on the diesel-equipped Ram Chassis Cab provides electrical capability for the higher electrical loads required in select upfits such as emergency lighting and electric clutch pumps.

Powertrain

The 3500 chassis cab comes standard with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 gasoline engine. The engine produces 383 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and generates peak torque of 400 lb.-ft. at 3,950 rpm. Mated to the 66RFE six-speed automatic transmission, the HEMI features enhanced fuel efficiency and power output, thanks to the incorporation of variable valve-timing and a compression ratio of 10.5:1. Refinements and other applied technologies provide the latest-generation HEMI with performance and fuel economy improvements to rival multi-valve V-8 offerings.

Ram offers two engine variants based on the 6.7-liter Cummins:

  1. The first version features 320 horsepower at 2,800 rpm and 650 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,500 rpm — an increase of 15 horsepower and 40 lb.-ft. torque over the previous offering. The engine is paired with Ram’s segment-exclusive six-speed manual transmission, which features a wear-compensating clutch for consistent performance and a dual-trunion shift tower to accommodate a compact shift pattern.
  2. A second high-output diesel delivers 325 horsepower at 2,800 rpm and generates best-in-class torque of 750 lb.-ft. at 1,600 rpm. The engine is paired with a new Aisin six-speed automatic transmission (AS69RC) and marks the first time a high-output diesel is offered in Chassis Cab.

The new AS69RC transmission features more robust components and a new controller that improves shift performance, transmission efficiency and drivability when compared to the previous model. The new transmission is designed for higher engine ratings and enables a left-side PTO option, as well as allowing for a split shaft PTO configuration. Fire pumpers, dump beds, cranes and onboard compressor/generators are typical PTO based upfits.

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