The newest Dodge truck is the Ram 3500 chassis cab, rolled out the first of this month at the National Truck Equipment Assn. show in Atlanta. The 2007-model Class 3 carries a single-rear-wheel GVWR of 10,200 lb., while maximum GVWR for dual-rear-wheel models is 12,500 lb. When equipped with optional diesel power, the truck has a GCWR of 23,000 lb.

Standard power is a Chrysler V8 330-hp. Hemi engine; a new 6.7-liter Cummins High Output Turbo Diesel is also available. The Ram 3500 is offered in single-rear-wheel and dual-rear-wheel models and two cab-axle lengths (60 and 84 in.) are available.

Chrysler Group said other key features include:

  • All-new commercial-grade chassis

  • Flat “clean” frame rails with 34-in. frame rail spacing

  • 50-ksi steel one-piece C-channel frame

  • 52-gal. standard fuel tank

  • ”Best in class” interior room: 121.6 cu. ft. for Quad Cab models and 65.2 cu. ft. for regular cab models.

  • All chassis components are below frame surface, assuring versatility for virtually any up-fit application.

  • 15,000-mi. oil change intervals

  • Four-wheel ABS disc brakes

  • Optional exhaust brake

  • Extensive safety and security enhancements

The Ram 3500 offers a 6-sp. automatic transmission (diesel only) with PTO capability or a 6-sp. manual with PTO capability. An electronic-shift transfer case is offered as well as the factory-installed exhaust brake option.

Over a dozen advanced safety technologies as well as security features are available including:

  • Belt Alert enhanced seat-belt reminder system

  • Three-point belts with pretensioners

  • Energy-absorbing steering column