FCA is one of the dominating forces in the SUV segment. However, their lineup is still missing few pieces. One of them is a full-size model. Well, fans of this brand will not have to wait for too long, since it seems that 2020 Ram Ramcharger is on the way. This SUV used to be the largest one in the lineup. It will bring back the old characteristics – the base for the SUV will be the truck’s platform. The all-new Ram 1500 and its body-on-frame architecture will make a full-size model tough and durable.
Currently, the largest unit in the lineup is Jeep Grand Cherokee. Rivals are already using their big trucks to build SUVs. Ford Expedition is based on the F-150, and Chevy Suburban uses the same platform as Silverado 1500. The Ramcharger was a part of the lineup back in the past. However, due to slow sales, the vehicle was discontinued in 1993. Ram tried to bring it back in 1999, but the project collapsed after just two years. Since 2001, Ramcharger is not in production. Now, the 2020 year edition will have some similarities with its predecessor (size and utility), but it brings a new design. Do not expect to see this big rig in 2-door configuration.
2020 Ram Ramcharger Engines, Specs
Since it is based on the Ram 1500 truck, we can figure out what kind of drivetrains to expect from the 2020 Ram Ramcharger. The only dilemma is if the SUV is getting a V6 or a V8 as the entry-level engine. Well, the smaller unit could be only used as the first option, but no one expects it to be the No1 pick. A 3.6-liter Pentastar powertrain can produce 305 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque.
Well, if a V6 is not there, the base unit will be a 5.7-liter V8. In this case, the 2020 Ram Ramcharger will offer to its buyers these outputs: 395 hp and 410 lb-ft. This is enough power and torque to tow 11,500 pounds for the truck. However, for SUV these figures will be decreased. Still, the Ramcharger will be one of the leaders in towing capacity. An 8-speed automatic transmission is a power router.
Upper trim levels will have in offer a 6.4-liter Hemi engine with the capacity to produce 410 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque through the same transmission. A rear-wheel drive is standard and AWD optional, both for 5.7-liter and 6.4-liter unit. The important part of the drivetrain is an eTorque system. This is a mild-hybrid configuration, where electric batteries are going to replace the alternator. You won’t get any extra power, but the saving in fuel economy is notable.
Since the truck is getting a diesel engine, its close sibling, the 2020 Ram Ramcharger is coming with the same drivetrain as well. That is a 3.0-liter turbodiesel unit. An EcoDiesel machine is going to provide the SUV with 250 hp and 420 pound-feet of torque. Its main rivals by Ford and GM are also getting new engines from their trucks. Towing capacity of the Ramcharger diesel will be around 10,000 pounds. Instead of an 8-speed gearbox, the engine sends power through a six-pace transmission.
What Will 2020 Ram Ramcharger Look Like?
In the past, the Ramcharger was a truck turned into an SUV. Now, the situation is not so simple. The new shell must be attractive and interior space is used more passenger-friendly. With seating for seven or eight persons, the 2020 Ram Ramcharger will be the largest SUV in the family. Well, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is getting a three-row version next season, but it is not going to offer as much space as the new model.
We don’t have too many official clues, but the SUV will come with standard equipment buyers can find in the Ram 1500 truck. The Trackhawk edition would get a 707-hp rated Hellcat engine. Trailhawk edition will be there as the off-road oriented model. The new Dodge Ramcharger will also offer a premium model.
There are no doubts that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are part of the infotainment system. An 8-inch touchscreen display is a command center for audio and entertaining. Besides that, you will see the rear view of the camera. Navigation and parking sensors are optional, as well as the 12-inch display. A rear-seat DVD player, zonal climate control, and ventilating for front buckets are things you will find on top of the line SUVs. The 2020 Ram Ramcharger is also going to offer a lot of space for passengers in the third row. Still, there will be room behind these seats for cargo. In case you need more, foldable seats will provide extra space.
2020 Ram Ramcharger Release Date and Price
The Ramcharger’s last comeback was predicted for 2017. However, the return never happened. Now, it seems more likely than ever. Also, we doubt that so serious company will disappoint its fans again. Well, they are still not unveiling anything official. Sources are various, most of them claim they have leaking info, but everything is still just a speculation. We can say that the price of the new 2020 Ram Ramcharger will be around $50,000. This is the starting point for most full-size SUVs.