Ram Trucks have just announced a new series of medium-duty Harvest Edition Chassis Cabs made just for America’s farmers.
Although they’re going to set you back quite a bit.
Last year, Ram introduced us to the Harvest Edition series of light pickups on the Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 chassis. Evidently they proved to be popular enough, but America’s farmers demanded more. More power, and definitely more hauling space.
So this year we get the 2018 Harvest Edition trucks in Class 3, 4, 5 medium-duty chassis cabs. That’s the Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 heavy-duty trucks, all of which have been cut down to have the most barebones of beds so that a farmer can haul a bale of hay without needing to lift it over a tailgate.
Each one is available in all four-door Crew Cab and two-door Regular Cab configurations.
Harvest Edition Rams are available in 4 colors: IH Red, New Holland Blue, Bright White, and Brilliant Black. IH Red and New Holland Blue are exclusive to the 2018 Harvest Edition and are named after Case IH and New Holland farm tractors. Both those brands are owned by CNH Industrial, which apparently shares some common ancestry with Fiat Chrysler. It seems like a stretch, but maybe it’ll mean more if you’re a farmer.
Power comes from either the proven 6.4-L HEMI V8 or the 6.7-L Cummins turbodiesel. An assortment of rugged equipment comes standard, such as a transfer case skid plate, side steps, fog lamps, and a rear back-up camera.
On the inside, there is an optional 8.4-inch UConnect screen which can support sat nav, 4G Wi-Fi capability, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. An auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and steering-wheel audio controls are all standard, with the Crew Cab getting a power-sliding rear window.
However, the Harvest Editions won’t come cheap. The Ram 3500 starts at $43,990, with the
4500 at $48,140 and the 5500 at $49,240. This doesn’t include the $1,695 destination charge either. Prices like that sort of flies in the face of the poor downtrodden farmer image that’s been carefully cultivated for decades, but whatever.
The Harvest Edition goes on sale third quarter 2018.