The first-generation Dodge Ram Trucks were designated
as 150 (1/2 ton), 250 (3/4 ton), and 350 (1 ton); the designations did not
change to 1500, 2500, and 3500 until 1994. The Dodge Ram engines were updated
1994 brought about many changes to the design of the Dodge
Ram truck including the, very popular, "semi-truck" look. Dodge also
introduced it's 8.0L V10 engine that truck enthusiasts so loved.
The third-generation Dodge Ram made it's entree in 2002 and
sported a larger grille, a new interior, a new frame, and an all new
suspension. These new design changes also helped to popularize installing
aftermarket Dodge Ram accessories. One interesting happening in 2003 was the
entrance of the Dodge Ram SRT-10 which would capture the title of the fastest
pickup on earth in 2004 with 500 horses. More Dodge Ram Info.
2002: New third generation Dodge Ram debuted for the 1500
half ton truck. Major updates included an all new frame, suspension,
powertrains, interior options, and sheet metal. The four wheel drive models
dropped the solid front axle and went to independent front suspension. This is
the first year for the new 5.7L Hemi engine that produces 100 more horsepower
compared to the 5.9L of the last generation.
2003: New third generation Dodge Ram 2500/3500 debuted this
year. The changes included new heavy duty frame, new engines including the 5.7L
Hemi, interior options, and new body styling. The new body styling was
influenced heavily by the previous generation. Unlike the 1500 half-ton the
2500/3500 kept the solid front axle for maximum longevity and durability.
2006: The Dodge Ram line-up was given a refresh with new
headlights and tail lights. A new cab was introduced the Mega cab. The new cab
featured 22" extra cab space, allowing seating for six with rear
recliners. 5.7L Hemi V8 engine comes with new multi-displacement system, which
increased fuel mileage by 3 MPG city and 4 MPG highway.
2007: New 6.7L Cummins turbo diesel introduced as an option
in 2500/3500 models replacing the old outdated 5.9L diesels. The new 6.7L
Cummins diesel was equipped with the new 6-speed transmission boosting
horsepower by 25 and the torque by 40lb-ft.
2009: The fourth generation Ram was release this year with a
new crew cab option that was larger than the quad cab models. It also features
new suspension, a new hemi engine option, and the Rambox storage option that
allows secure storage inside the truck's bed walls. The Rambox bed storage
option is only available on the 5'7" bed.
2010: 2010 was a big year for the Dodge Ram because it was
moved to its own division that was renamed Ram Truck. All truck models were
brought over under this division, including the Dakota trucks. 2010 was also
the same year that the new 2500/3500 models were available. They introduced new
suspension, engine options, new body styling and interior options. The quad cab
is no longer available on the 2500/3500 models. It was replaced with new crew
2012: The Rambox option was brought over to the 6'4"
bed and for the first time available on all truck models. The electronic shift
on the fly was made standard equipment on 4 wheel drive models and the manual
shift on the fly was dropped, except for the Power Wagon models.
2013: The Ram line-up was given a face lift with new
headlights and grille area. The new six speed automatic transmission is
standard throughout the lineup. Manual shift on the fly returned for the 2013
models. Ram brings a new 8-speed Torqueflite8 Automatic is a new optional
transmission that helps make the V6 Pentastar best in class fuel efficiency.
The 5.7L Hemi no longer has a steering pump which gains 5 extra horsepower
thanks to the new electronic power steering system.
2014: The 1500 half-ton is offered with a diesel option for
the first time in nearly 20 years.