By Mauricio Lezcano / carsntravel.com / Photos FCA US
For 2018 Ram Pickup combines refinement, efficiency and Class with the new Ram Limited Tungsten Edition.
Ram Truck brand is taking truck opulence to the highest level with the introduction of the new 2018 Ram Limited Tungsten Edition; The enhanced interior and exterior trim aligns with Ram’s leadership in design and luxury.
Ram Tungsten builds on the popular Limited trim with an even higher level of sophistication and attention to detail. Notable additions are a truck segment-first Light Greystone suede headliner and ultra-premium Natura Plus Frost and Indigo-colored premium leather throughout the cabin including the seats, instrument panel, steering wheel, center arm rest and doors. Tungsten models also feature Indigo-colored carpet with rubber floormats and snap-out Frost and Indigo carpeted inserts. Real wood interior components and unique badges complete the first-tier trim.
Leading the exterior on Ram’s halo trim is a Tungsten Chrome grille with large R-A-M lettering, a design modeled after the Limited. The Tungsten Edition adds a sport hood to the body-color matched bumpers, mirrors, door handles and running boards. Headlamps feature a Black surround borrowed from the Sport model, clearly distinguishing the new model. Across the back, body-colored R-A-M letters cover the tailgate. Tungsten Chrome accents and badging with unique Satin-painted Limited wheels complete the highest-level trim available from Ram.
In addition, Ram Tungsten also is equipped with air suspension, navigational radio, remote start, backup camera, power adjustable pedals with memory, heated steering wheel, front ventilated and heated seats, heated rear seats and RamBox (Heavy Duty, 6-foot, 4-inch bed only). The standard 8.4-inch Uconnect radio includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and SiriusXM Guardian.
Three engine options are available; Aptly branded EcoDiesel, the 3.0-liter powerplant is a turbocharged 60-degree, dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) 24valve V-6 engine, which produces 240 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque and is more efficient than all available pickup trucks. This abundant torque from the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine is the enabler for 9,200 pounds of towing capacity while delivering fuel economy of 29 mpg on the highway.
The 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with variable-valve timing offers 305 horsepower, 269 lb.-ft. of torque and fuel economy of 25 mpg.
The legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with fuel-saving cylinder shut-off and VVT provides up to 22 mpg, 395 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque.
Like the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 gasoline engines, the EcoDiesel V-6 is mated to the TorqueFlite, the only eight-speed automatic transmission offered in the half-ton class.
The luxury truck segment has grown significantly in the past nine years since Ram was launched as a stand-alone truck brand. Affluent truck buyers know that the new generation of luxury pickup trucks like the Ram Limited Tungsten Edition offer many of the features found in premium-priced cars and SUVs, but also offer hard-working capability that no passenger car can match.
The manufacturer’s suggested retail price starts at $53,595.00, the one I drove included the Limited Package $3,200.00, Limited Tungsten Edition $1,825.00, Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover $595.00, 3.92 Rear Axle $95.00, Anti-Spin Differential Rear Axle $435.00, Power Sunroof $1,095.00, Single Disc Remote CD Player $345.00, Ram Box Management System $1,295.00 and Trailer Brake Control $295.00, and it came in at $63,870.00 including destination charge $1,395.00. The EPA fuel economy estimates 15 MPG City and 21 MPG Highway with the 5.7-Liter V8 HEMI Engine.