By Patrick Rall
While Dodge and Ram don’t have any involvement in the 2012
Geneva Motor Show that opened yesterday in Switzerland, the Chrysler Ram Truck
brand made an announcement of its own here in the US – introducing two new cab
options for the popular Ram 1500 Tradesman.
The Ram Tradesman was originally introduced strictly with a
regular cab option but for the 2012 model year, buyers can now opt for the Crew
Cab and Quad Cab configuration on new Ram Tradesman trucks. The Tradesman is the second least expensive
truck in the Ram 1500 lineup – coming in less than a thousand dollars more than
the entry level V6-powered Ram 1500 ST.
The Ram Tradesman package was introduced for the 2012 model
year, combining V8 powered with a work truck devoid of things that work trucks
really don’t need. In the past, someone
who wanted a Ram 1500 work truck had to either deal with a less powerful engine
in a production work truck or they had to buy a trimline that had a V8 and more
capabilities while also paying for amenities that one doesn’t need in a work
All 2012 Ram 1500 Tradesman come standard with the 310
horsepower 4.7L V8 but buyers can opt for the more powerful 5.7L Hemi V8. Also, there 1500 Tradesman HD is available
with the 383 horsepower Hemi V8 from the Ram HD lineup to make for the ultimate
light duty work truck with a low price thanks to the exclusion of items that a
buyer doesn’t need in a hard working truck.