The Society of Automotive Engineers recently introduced a new designation standardizing maximum towing ratings, with the aim of sorting out the mess automakers have made with their internal measurements of towing capacity. Called J2807, the new system’s first champion is none other than Ram, who have gone all-in with the standard.
Autoblog reports all 2015 light- and heavy-duty Ram pickups will use J2807. The new ratings are as follows:
- Ram 1500 with 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 – 7,600 pounds
- Ram 1500 with 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 – 9,200 pounds
- Ram 1500 with 5.7-liter Hemi V8– 10,650 pounds
- Ram 2500 with 6.4-liter Hemi V8 – 16,300 pounds
- Ram 2500 with 6.7-liter Cummins inline-six diesel – 17,970 pounds
- Ram 3500 with 6.4-liter Hemi V8 – 16,420 pounds
- Ram 3500 with 6.7-liter Cummins inline-six diesel – 30,000 pounds
Automakers wanting to use the SAE towing standard must put their offerings through a battery of tests, ranging from handling checks, to being able to climb a grade without slipping below a designated speed. No word on when other manufacturers will adopt J2807.