While pickups have gone a long way from the days of seeing just construction sites and crop fields – they now have high-tech toys all around, including aluminum and even carbon-fiber builds – there’s still room for the truck that goes out daily to get the job done.
The simple utilitarian pickup doesn’t need all the bells and whistles of the models that might never see a day of work in their life – and Ram knows that, so they decided it was time for yet another Ram 1500 version, called the Tradesman. It has all the styling cues of the new generation Ram 1500, but makes do without all the bling – halogen projector headlights without LED running lights, plastic black trim in lieu of all the chromed trim and simple, durable five-spoke steel wheels, along with a Class III trailer hitch and four- and seven-pin trailer wire connectors.
Ram offers the new Tradesman trim with the Quad Cab with a 6-foot, 4-inch bed; the Crew Cab with 5-foot, 7-inch bed and Crew Cab with 6-foot, 4-inch bed. Powertrain choices start with the new 305-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 fitted with the E-Torque mild-hybrid system and continue with the 395-hp 5.7-liter V8 with or without the E-Torque system. Both 4×2 and 4×4 setups are available, with ratings of up to 12,750 pounds for towing and up to 2,300 pounds of payload.