Ram's line of 1500-series trucks has received a noteworthy overhaul for he 2013 model year, gaining features like an eight-speed automatic, a 3.6-liter V6 option, stop-start, electric power steering and air suspension. Changes for the no-frills Tradesman trim are also afoot, with the 1500 Tradesman HD scheduled to join the list of vehicles headed to The Great Crusher in the Sky according to a report on PickupTrucks.com.
Introduced only a year ago, the 1500 Tradesman HD body hid internals from the 2500 HD, and was powered by a 5.7-liter HEMI with 383 horsepower (instead of the 310-hp, 4.7-liter V8 used by the other Trademan models), had an eight-foot box, and bested the towing capacity of the non-HD by nearly 4,000 pounds.
The reasons for its disappearance aren't clear, but with the entire Ram line going through a wide range of revisions and upgrades, a more clear-cut, back-to-basics heavy duty work truck could see the light. PickupTrucks.com suspects it wouldn't be crazy "to see some new option packages that attempt to stretch some boundaries and definition yet again."