Not to be outdone by Toyota, who unveiled their 2010 Tundra last week, Chrysler LLC unveiled a new line of commercial versions of its Dodge Ram truck–the 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty trucks and the 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs–at the Chicago Auto Show.
The most notable thing about these new trucks is that for the first time, Chrysler is making them available with large crew cabs. Now you can take the whole crew out to a job, because the trucks can carry 5-6 passengers without cramming them in there.
Are these trucks a good deal during a recession when trucks are less attractive and the #1 industry that people use these vehicles for (construction) is hurting worse than most? Let’s wait for Chrysler to announce the price before we make that decision.
Executive Vice President for Product Development Frank Klegon said at the Chicago Auto Show that the 2010 trucks, due out in the fall, give Dodge the newest truck lineup in the industry.
The commercial work trucks, with the Ram’s trademark semi look, are targeted toward small-business-tradesmen, as well as users who need to customize the trucks to their work needs.
The trucks will be available for the first time with crew cabs to carry five or six passengers.
“This is a great opportunity for us” since crew cabs are half the heavy-duty truck market, Klegon said.
Buyers will have a choice between a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine and a 6.7-liter Cummins diesel.