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RAM HD: 3 New Special-Edition Heavy-Duty Trucks

In late September, RAM chose the State Fair of Texas in Dallas to roll out three 2018 RAM HD (Heavy-Duty) versions, providing the public its first up-close-and-personal look at the 2018 HD Laramie Longhorn Southfork Edition, 2018 HD Lone Star Silver Edition and 2018 HD Harvest Edition.

Texas consumers buy more pickup trucks than those of any other state. In fact, RAM sells nearly two-and-a-half times as many trucks in the Lone Star State as in the next highest-volume state. With roughly 85 percent of the 2.4 million State Fair visitors passing though its car show, the State Fair provided an ideal showcase for an early peek at these trucks.

In addition to the RAM HD iterations, RAM also presented the 1500 versions of the Harvest Edition and Laramie Longhorn Southfork Edition.

2018 HD Lone Star Silver Edition

Lone Star is a grade exclusive to Texas, and it’s RAM’s best-selling trim there. More than 50 percent of all RAM 1500 trucks sold in Texas wear the Lone Star badging. Although there is a 1500 Lone Star Silver Edition, Ram only debuted the HD version in Dallas. It’s entry-level price is $46,130.

Qualifying for the HD Lone Star Silver Edition are 2500/3500 Crew Cab versions powered by a range of engines, such as the 6.4-liter Hemi V8 or the Cummins I-6 Turbo Diesel, which delivers a whopping 930 lb-ft of peak torque.

Over and above the HD Lone Star, the Silver Edition receives upgrades like a grille with chrome surround, chrome wave mesh inserts and a unique Lone Star badge, chrome outboard mirrors, wheel-to-wheel chrome side steps, chrome door handles, polished 20-inch wheels and front tow hooks.

2018 Laramie Longhorn Southfork Edition

Loaded with lots of what RAM calls southwestern design iconography, the Laramie Longhorn Southfork Edition looks as exclusive as it is. Chosen as the 2016 Luxury Pickup of Texas by the Texas Auto Writers Association, it’s available on 1500/2500/3500 Crew Cab/Mega Cab versions with a long or short cargo box. Pricing begins at $52,615 for the 1500 version and $57,015 for the HD.

A stretched chrome Longhorn badge on the tailgate distinguishes this model from other RAM trucks. Inside, the seats are wrapped in full-grain leather with red stitching, and leather also covers the A-pillar and B-pillar grab handles. Real wood accents and a suede headliner add to the luxury.

2018 Harvest Edition

RAM calls its Harvest Edition model the first truck designed specifically for the agriculture industry. That may be overstating it a bit, but the fact that it only comes in Case IH Red and New Holland Blue does make it unique in the segment. First unveiled a month earlier at the Farm Progress Show in Illinois, the State Fair of Texas was the Harvest Edition’s first appearance at an auto show.

Available as 1500/2500/3500 in Quad, Crew and Mega Cab configurations, Harvest Edition pickups can be fitted with any available box length and powered by the full range of available powertrains, including the Cummins 6.7-liter Turbo Diesel.

Among some of its farmer-targeted features are black tubular side steps, spray-in bedliner, mud flaps, rubber floor mats, skid plates and tow hooks (4X4 models). The HD versions also come with on/off-road tires and a cargo-view camera. Prices for the 1500 begin at $41,305. The Heavy-Duty models start at $47,630.

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Russ Heaps
Russ Heaps
Russ Heaps is an author specializing in automotive, financial and travel news. For nearly 35 years he has covered the automotive industry for newspapers, magazines and internet websites. His resume includes The Palm Beach Post, Miami Herald, The Washington Times and numerous other daily newspapers through syndication. He edited Auto World magazine, and helped create and edit NOPI Street... Read More about Russ Heaps

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