Fuel prices are hurdling past $4, and automakers everywhere are tripping over themselves as they introduce hyper-efficient small cars.
Well, all except the Chrysler Group. The automaker plans to show what it is calling the Ram Long-Hauler Concept at special events throughout truck country to check the interest of the buying public.
The Long-Hauler truly lives up to its name. With two standard mega-size fuel tanks, plus an optional bed-mounted third tank – Ha, you almost fainted when you had to fill one – allow the concept truck to carry up to 170 gallons of diesel. Ram didn’t offer a fuel-mileage figure, but surely your bladder capacity will define when you stop far more than fuel needs.
Of course, that much fuel will be necessary to power this supersized brute. Based on a Class 5 Ram 5500 Chassis Cab, the rig has a wheelbase of 197.4 inches – just 5.4 inches shorter than the overall length of a Dodge Grand Caravan. It has an overall length of 24 feet and has an estimated curb weight of 9,300 pounds.
The Ram Long-Hauler is designed to suit the needs of anyone who tows multiple or heavy trailers, drives long distances or small business owners looking for a “work horse” at the job site. Fifth-wheel travelers would salivate over this thing.