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Ram has opened the order books for its updated 2023 Ram 2500 diesel, and you can order one now. The new heavy-duty truck is one of the most anticipated new trucks of 2023. For 2023, Ram updated its heavy-duty trucks with several cool new features and looks.  Should you dive in and order one now?

What’s new on the 2023 Ram 2500?

You can now order a 2023 Ram 2500 diesel truck.
2023 Ram 2500 | Ram

The most obvious difference to the new Ram 2500 is its new trim that updated the look of the truck, most notably the hood and front clip on the Laramie and Limited models. Inside, though, is where you’ll see the most changes. For 2023, the Ram 2500 gets a new optional 12-inch digital gauge cluster, new trailer reverse steering controls, and a new camera system that allows behind-trailer view and blind-spot view.

Buyers of these big trucks often tow, and Ram is catering to those folks with its new trucks. For example, you can now order a Trailer Reverse Steering Control system that allows you to turn a trailer while backing up with a simple knob on the dash.

What diesel engine will dodge use in 2023?

2023 Ram 2500 diesel engine
2023 Ram 2500 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel I6 engine | Ram

Ram killed the diesel in its smaller Ram 1500 trucks for 2023, but the Cummins Turbo Diesel lives on in the big trucks. The Cummins continues to put out mind-blowing torque figures for towing and in 2023 it puts out an astounding 1,075 lb-ft of torque. That means that with the right towing package, the Ram heavy-duty trucks can tow 37,090 pounds in the 2500 version, or up to 20,000 in the 2500 version.

Of course, fans of gasoline powered engines can order the 6.4-liter Hemi V8 that for 2023 makes 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque. You can also forget about any range anxiety with these trucks. You can also order a massive 50-gallon tank on the 2023 Ram 3500 Crew Cab.  

Will the 2023 Ram get an Allision transmission?

For 2023 the Ram 2500 diesel trucks come with Ram’s old-school 68RFE six-speed transmission. GM’s trucks, the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD and the GMC Sierra HD come with a much more modern Allision 10-speed transmission. For 2023, Ford’s newly updated Super Duty trucks also get a new 10-speed transmission. With more gears, the Chevy and Ford big trucks can stay in the powerband longer, which helps with acceleration and heavy-duty tasks like hill climbing, especially when towing.

However, Ram issued a recent recall due to overheating issues with the 689RFE, according to TFL Truck.

How much is a 2023 Ram 2500 or 3500?

Ram 2500 Tradesman in white
2023 Ram 2500 Tradesman | Ram

The new Ram trucks saw a slight price increase over the 2023 models of about $1,000. The new 2023 Ram 2500 Tradesman, the basic work truck, starts at $44,390. The top line 2500, the Limited, starts at $85,555. There are so many options available, it’s nearly impossible to list them. However, four-wheel drive is a $2,900 option, the towing package adds $1,695, and the Leve 2 equipment group is another $4,910.

For the 3500, however, starts at $46,495. It has similar options, but it is rated for mor towing capacity. The 3500 has rear leaf springs for durability, while the 2500 has a smooth-riding four-wheel independent suspension system. The new Rebel package is a premium off-road version similar to the Power Wagon that can also be ordered with the diesel.