2016 Ram Heavy Duty


Truck Month at Crystal City Dodge Ram in Cathedral City is in full swing this year with the 2016 Ram Heavy Duty.  The goal of the Ram Truck Brand is to build the best trucks in the industry. In the heavy-duty pickup segment, it means Ram must have the best capability, the highest towing, and the most power for drivers throughout Southern California. In 2016, Ram continues to offer the most capable three-quarter and one-ton pickups in the segment, with Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty trucks offering more innovative features than any competitors' trucks.

Heavy-duty trucks generally have suspension equipped for the constant, heavy payloads needed for worksites around the Coachella Valley. This can result in a harsher ride when unloaded. The Ram 2500 offers a choice between two segment-exclusive rear suspensions for best-in-class ride and handling - a five-link coil system or air suspension system. The five-link coil design provides better articulation over obstacles than a leaf spring system, and the robust coil springs are more than up to the task of handling the loads required of the Heavy Duty Ram 2500 - up to a segment-best 17,980 pounds for towing.

The Ram 2500, available at Crystal Ram in Cathedral City, also offers a rear air suspension system. An air bag replaces the coil spring, much like on the Ram 1500. Load capacity is not sacrificed and the Ram 2500's best-in-class ride and handling gets even better, crushing the competition with two doses of engineering innovation - five-link coil standard and air suspension option. Another benefit to the air suspension design is the load-leveling capability, which automatically detects load on the rear suspension from a trailer or payload. The air pressure increases until the vehicle reaches normal ride height, leveling the truck and improving stability and loaded ride.

The Ram 3500 continues to utilize the rear Hotchkiss leaf spring system, but now offers a supplemental air suspension system on single rear-wheel (SRW) and dual rear-wheel (DRW) applications. By adding supplemental air bags to the rear suspension, Ram Truck engineers were able to soften the leaf springs, allowing for more unladed suspension movement. When a high-load capacity condition exists, the air suspension automatically fills the rear air bags to level the truck to improve stability and ride quality - even when pulling a best-in-class 31,210-pound load around Palm Springs.

At 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, 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. Ram 2500 and 3500 offer gooseneck or fifth wheel capability. In Southern California, 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 an in-box connection junction and a standard Class 5 receiver hitch with a four- and seven-pin connector on the bumper.

Ram Truck is expanding the configuration availability of the Ram 2500 compressed natural gas (CNG) to include Regular Cab and 2WD. Equipped with a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8, the Ram 2500 Heavy Duty CNG pickup is designed for fleet and retail customers and offers cost and emissions benefits, using an abundant, domestically sourced fuel while reducing America's dependence on foreign oil. The 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 delivers best-in-class horsepower and best-in-class torque among heavy-duty pickups with gasoline engines. Engineered to deliver capability, durability and bang for the buck, the largest displacement V-8 in its class provides a worthy gas-power option to the segment's overall standard-bearer - the 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel.


The Ram Heavy Duty also features another innovation, the industry-exclusive Ram Active Air intake system. When the intake system senses extreme heat, it draws cooler air from the front of the vehicle - a function that also engages at high altitudes for superior throttle response in low oxygen environments. When conditions are wet from snow, ice or water fording, the system pulls air from an under-hood inlet, clear from snow packing and water.

The Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty models uphold a bold presence while retaining comfort and styling. The Ram Heavy Duty features segment-leading technology, while every model offers specific content. The Ram 2500 is available with a choice of 17-, 18- and 20-inch wheels, including an all-new design for the Limited model. Other wheel options add forged aluminum, polished with painted, White Gold-painted pockets and cast aluminum with silver inserts. A cargo-view camera, mounted in the center high-mounted stop lamp, provides a view of the bed for easier fifth wheel or gooseneck trailers as well as monitoring bed loads. The 2016 Ram Heavy Duty allows users to switch the view of the 8.4-inch screen from back-up camera to cargo view with the touch of the screen. Also, a new bed lighting system uses bright LEDs mounted in the rear corners of the bed to enable better visibility when working late hours throughout Palm Springs and the rest of the Coachella Valley, using the cargo-view camera or connecting/disconnecting trailers.


A 3.5-inch vehicle information center screen is a standard feature. A thin-film transistor, 7-inch multi-view display is available on SLT and higher trim levels. The 7-inch screen features fully customizable function and configurability, giving the owner a variety of systems to monitor from transmission temperature to navigation.

The Ram Heavy Duty is available in 12 standard colors. Red Pearl, Luxury Brown, and Pearl White are available in monotone or two-tone, depending on the model.

Ram Heavy Duty pickups are also available at Crystal Ram in an additional 18 specialty paint options, including Midnight Blue, Case Construction Power Tan, Case IH Red, New Holland Construction Yellow, New Holland Agriculture Blue, and Robin Egg Blue.

The Ram Heavy Duty here at Crystal Ram in Cathedral City is backed with a best in class 5 year/100,000 miles on diesel engines and unsurpassed 5 year/60,000 miles on gas engines. The powertrain-limited warranty covers the cost of all parts and labor 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 also is transferable, allowing customers who sell their truck during the warranty period to pass the coverage to the new owner. The standard three-year/36,000-mile Basic Limited Warranty provides bumper-to-bumper coverage for the Ram Heavy Duty, from the body to the electrical system.

Crystal Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
36444 Auto Park Drive
Cathedral City, CA 92234
(877) 477-8221


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