The 2012 Ram will probably extend current options to more models and create a few new option packages. Changes for 2012 will include high tech connectivity and communications upgrades. When you've already got a great looking full-size truck with the best handling and smoothest ride, there's not much sense in changing it too much.
While there has been some talk about adding a light-duty diesel with an engine from Fiat, that will probably not be available at the start of 2012. The two V8 engines currently offered will still pack the necessary punch, especially the 5.7-liter Hemi. Rumors of a 450 horsepower 6.4-liter Hemi V8 gas engine have not been confirmed either.
No styling changes are anticipated for the 2012 Ram from the 2011 model. The aggressive broad fenders and cross-hair grille create a bold look from the front. Even though this truck is at home on any work site, it's also easy to tame on city streets.
The 2012 Ram will have a two-door regular-sized cab, an extended Quad Cab and the Crew Cab. The Crew Cab has four standard doors and a bench-style back seat that can seat three adults comfortably. The Quad cab has smaller clamshell-style doors for rear access. The regular cab will offer a 6.3-foot bed and an 8-foot bed. The Quad Cab has room for the 6.3-foot cargo box while the Crew Cab has a 5.6-foot box. The various cargo beds will still be able to handle standard four by eight foot sheets of drywall and other building materials. The sheets would have to extend past the tailgate on the Crew Cab, but not by much.
Ram's strongest points have always been handling and the ride itself. Ram is the only full-size pickup to use a solid rear axle with coil springs for a smooth cruise. That translates into responsive steering and a bump-resistant ride, even on broken concrete.
The 2012 Ram will probably be available in the same four trim packages as in 2011. Buyers can select from the work-centered ST, the upgraded SLT, the sporty Sport version and the Laramie luxury model. Each trim package will have its own option packages. The SLT will have an Outdoorsman package and possibly a Bighorn version in some U.S. regions. The height of Ram opulence will be evidenced by the Laramie Longhorn, featuring leather assets and extra creature comforts to enable it to compete with other top-of-the-line luxury pickups like the GMC Sierra Denali or the Ford F-150 King Ranch.
Other likely goodies include backseat entertainment services by either Sirius or dealer-added FLO-TV. There's also a dealer accessory that turns the truck into a rolling Wi-Fi hot spot.