By on June 27, 2017

2018 Ram 2500 Limited Tungsten Edition, Image: FCA

As the current-generation Ram 1500 nears the end of its life cycle and its Heavy Duty siblings await either a refresh or something more significant, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has decided to offer its most luxurious pickup to date. Tungsten, which has the highest melting point and tensile strength of any metal on earth, lends its tough-sounding name to new Ram trim slotting above the existing top-rung Limited.

For 2018, the Limited Tungsten Edition becomes the latest and greatest pickup from an automaker known for tossing out special editions like Halloween candy. What can a buyer expect from a Ram 1500, 2500 or 3500 decked out in Tungsten duds? Well, besides an MSRP above $55,000 for a rear-drive 1500, you’ll find a truck Mick Jagger might enjoy.

Oh yeah, there’s suede. The Light Greystone headliner is the segment’s first in this material, Ram boasts, acknowledging that there’s no real ceiling for pickup opulence these days. Velvet curtains were not mentioned anywhere in Ram’s press release.

2018 Ram 2500 Limited Tungsten Edition, Image : FCA

“The Limited Tungsten Edition is the highest trim level Ram has made available,” said Mike Manley, Ram’s global brand chief. “The new Tungsten Edition is an example of how Ram directly responds to customer input by offering the industry’s most luxurious pickup. Premium truck buyers will recognize the attention to detail, surrounded by quality materials.”

As high-zoot pickups and SUVs are a surefire way to mine coin, Ram isn’t being stingy with its new range-topper. Buyers can check the Limited Tungsten Edition box on any light-duty or HD four-door pickup, regardless of drive wheels or bed length. If you’ve always wanted suede in your dually, so be it.

Tungsten chrome festoons the exterior of the model, starting at the grille and moving on to the model’s oversized lettering and badging. Body-colored mirrors, bumpers, running boards, and door handles mingle with a sport hood on 1500 models, or a normal one in HD guise. At each corner you’ll find satin-painted Limited wheels.

2018 Ram 1500 Limited Tungsten Edition, Image: FCA

While light-duty models get standard air suspension, all Tungsten Editions receive navigational radio, remote start, backup camera, power adjustable pedals with memory, heated steering wheel, front ventilated and heated seats, heated rear seats and the brand’s RamBox storage (HD buyers must opt for the 6’4″ bed). A standard 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment screen allows users to access Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and SiriusXM Guardian.

Nice features to have, but what about the kind of luxury you can rub with your hand? Ram has that covered. All Tungsten Editions arrive with “Natura Plus” Frost and Indigo-colored leather covering almost every surface, backed up with real wood for that rolling drawing room atmosphere every buyer desires. The kind of room lit with warm, low-wattage bulbs containing tungsten filaments. A room that says you’ve climbed to the top. Your friends will fear you.

As Ram claims 40 percent of its HD pickups roll off the lot in one of three premium trims, the tougher models weren’t exempted from this latest coat of luxury varnish. Starting at $55,120, 1500 model Tungsten Editions represent a $2,245 increase over the previous highest trim level. Deals can expect the new trim on their lots in the third quarter of this year.

A next-generation 1500 should arrive next year as a 2019 model, making this something of a swan song. Will this trim, or another like it, continue on in the new model? Knowing the market (and knowing FCA), you can almost guarantee it.

[Images: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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43 Comments on “Ram Ups the Luxury Payload, Drops Curtain on 2018 Limited Tungsten Edition...”


  • avatar
    bumpy ii

    So, any guesses as to the next high-trim truck metal? I’m betting on molybdenum.

  • avatar
    ajla

    A “Tungsten” edition without any actual tungsten in the interior?

    Unimpressed. 3/10.

  • avatar
    JohnTaurus

    Will the paint on the bezel surrounding the infotainment peel and look 20 years old after 2 years?

    Will it be for sale on craigslist in 6 years for $2000 needing repairs nobody cares to invest in?

    Will it rattle and buzz like the Saturn’s being discussed in the previous article?

    Failure. Money pit. Ram.

    • 0 avatar
      PenguinBoy

      I’m not so sure – it seems this is one segment that FCA does alright in. It’s not hard to find examples of old and / or high mileage Ram pickups. The current truck may be a bit dated, but there’s nothing to suggest it won’t last six years. I have a bit of seat time in the current Ram pickups and they seem like decent products to me.

      I neither need nor want a full sized pickup for my personal vehicle, but if I did, I would consider a Ram, along with Ford and GM. This seems to be one segment the domestics do right – my bigest complaint with all of them is they have become excessivly large, but that problem is hardly unique to Ram.

    • 0 avatar
      iNeon

      Please show me a list of $2,000 2011 Ram trucks.

    • 0 avatar
      alff

      My guess? No, no and no. Dodge does alright with their trucks.

    • 0 avatar
      Carlson Fan

      I like them loaded up for comfort, couldn’t give me a stripper PU, but this is a little over the top for me. I don’t need anything nicer than a GMC in SLT trim.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Here it is, the same exact truck for the past eight years; now with more Brougham!

    • 0 avatar
      TwoBelugas

      Gee, it’s so terrible that people can buy a truck that has been in production for a while and has its bugs worked out.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        I’d have less of an issue if my $15,000 dollar $30,595 retailed 2WD crew truck didn’t msrp above $55,000 (or at least give me a 2500 for north of 50 grand for fracks sake). I don’t think the Tungsten Editions emblems are dipped in… gold.

        “Well, besides an MSRP above $55,000 for a rear-drive 1500, you’ll find a truck Mick Jagger might enjoy.”

        • 0 avatar
          TwoBelugas

          THen you will love the 10000 dollar Tundra that people are still paying MSRP on despite it being the butt of jokes in its segment as well has having older bones than the Rams.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            While you have a point on platform age of Tundra,
            do you really think Chrysler puts more content in Ram than Toyota puts into the Tundra?

          • 0 avatar
            TwoBelugas

            No idea why I can reply to the post below, but yes, FCA puts way more thoughts into the 1500s than Tundras. Off hand what Rams offer in 1500s that Toyotas neglected in Tundras:
            -wide spread availability of regular cabs, Tundras are dropping the RC for 2018 since they virtually eliminated it for years now on dealer lots
            -8 speed transmission
            -segment competitive 24v V6.
            -diesel(when Feds allow them)
            -coil suspension
            -air suspension option
            -off road package that’s not a shock-and-sticker kit

            There is more but I’m not a Ram fanboy. These are just what I can think of. Don’t get me started on what GM offers over the Tundras…

          • 0 avatar
            ajla

            “-off road package that’s not a shock-and-sticker kit”

            The TRD Pro isn’t any more deserving of “shock-and-sticker” status than the Rebel.

            The HD Ram offers the Power Wagon and that plays in a different class of capability.

          • 0 avatar
            TwoBelugas

            You should probably look into how the available suspension set up on the Ram is light years ahead of the Tundra’s primitive leafs. The TRP Prof package is exactly what it sounds like, a shocks and stickers package.

        • 0 avatar
          JimZ

          i never cease to be amazed at how fervently so many of you b!tch about cars/trucks you have zero intent on buying.

  • avatar
    gomez

    I really wish Ram would stop using that fugly nostril grille and go back to the crosshairs.

  • avatar
    Cactuar

    Those roof mounted lights look silly. Why would anyone want their luxury pickup to look like a tow truck? The extra subtle lights on the Raptor is how it should be done.

  • avatar
    stingray65

    Put an Alfa Romeo grill and badges on it and FCA would no doubt have the best selling Alfa model in America.

  • avatar
    stuki

    Sad they can’t offer anything more fundamentally exclusive, like the Rambox on an 8 foot, or something. But I guess what the market wants, is just a nominally “higher” trim level than what the guy down the street leased last year. Exactly what that “higher” amounts to, aside from sticker price, isn’t really all that important.

  • avatar
    Carlson Fan

    I like them loaded up for comfort, couldn’t give me a stripper PU, but this is a little over the top for me. I don’t need anything nicer than a GMC in SLT trim.

  • avatar
    chuckrs

    For that money, you could get two or three really nice late WM300 Power Wagons from the 1960s with a 318 V8 and maybe the disk brake conversion. In addition to Warn lockers, Dana axles, hi-lo transmission and the ability to carry about a ton of whatever – cross country at that. Also, you’d get your money back out whenever you got tired of it (or them).
    Downside, its a for real truck, if that sort of thing bothers you. Also, fuel consumption is probably consistent with a typical small bulldozer.

  • avatar
    deanst

    Ram Tungsten – because what screams strength more than a lightbulb filament.

    Ram Tungsten – because that whole brighter idea lightbulb thing worked so well for Ford.

    Ram Tungsten – because the history of rusting rams while be obliterated with an association to a rust resistant element.

  • avatar
    Whatnext

    Sergio tries to slip you the tungsten.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    I’m holding out for the Ram Rhodium Edition

  • avatar
    RS

    Good move by Ram. It’s relatively easy to do and will be profitable. See Denali…


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