Blackout: Ram 2500 and 3500 Night editions debut at the Chicago Auto Show

2017 Ram 2500/3500 Heavy Duty Night
Ram has been embracing its dark side lately.

At the 2017 Detroit Auto Show last month, the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) truck brand debuted a new Black edition of its 1500 Rebel off-road model, and prior to that it unveiled a Night edition for other versions of the 1500. Now, it’s adding the Night edition option to its heavy-duty trucks as well.

The 2017 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty Night models debut this week at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show with styling features similar to the 1500 Night. The new package should give both heavy-duty trucks a cleaner, more stylized look.

The Night models feature monochromatic exterior trim packages, meaning the major trim elements are finished in the same color as the body, rather than the contrasting colors, chrome, or unpainted plastic used on other models. The 2500 and 3500 Night models also get black exterior badging, and massive, capitalized “RAM” lettering on the tailgate, similar to the Power Wagon model.

Despite the name, the Night package is actually available in some more sunny colors, including Bright White, Bright Silver Metallic, and Delmonico Red Pearl, as well as Brilliant Black Crystal and Granite Crystal Metallic.

The Night package is available on single rear-wheel versions of the Ram 2500 and 3500 in the four-door crew cab configuration only. Buyers can choose rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, as well as any of powertrains already available on either model. These include 5.7-liter and 6.4-liter Hemi gasoline V8s, as well as a 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel inline six.

Production of the 2017 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty Night models should start around the time you read this, meaning the trucks will arrive in dealerships in the coming weeks. Pricing starts at $46,840.

Product Review

The 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country is a do-it-all Swedish army knife

Volvo laced up its smallest station wagon in hiking clothes to create the V60 Cross Country. It's a lifted, all-wheel drive wagon that laughs at icy roads while coddling its occupants. We travel to Sweden to try it out.
Smart Home

Ring adds color night vision to wired security devices and HDR to wireless ones

Ring rolled out color night vision to its wired security products with cameras such as the Spotlight Cam Wired. At the same time, Ring added HDR control to its battery-powered security devices including the Video Doorbell 2.
Cars

Bentley Bentayga Speed surpasses Lamborghini Urus as world’s fastest SUV

The Bentley Bentayga Speed has wrested the title of world's fastest SUV from its cousin, the Lamborghini Urus. But the Bentley is just 1 mph faster than the Lamborghini. It requires 626 horsepower to achieve that top speed.
Product Review

Bigger battery and folding top add appeal, but BMW’s i8 remains ultra-niche

Want a high-performance vehicle that's more than just a frightening driving experience? Desire the look and feel of a sports car with the road manners of a luxury commuter? The BMW i8 is for you.
Cars

The hottest of all Mini hatches is coming with a Batman-approved design

The Mini John Cooper Works GP concept first seen at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show will go into production in 2020, Mini has confirmed. The John Cooper Works GP is the ultimate performance version of the Mini Cooper.
Cars

Report: Amazon and General Motors may invest in electric pickup company Rivian

General Motors and Amazon may invest between $1 billion to $2 billion for minority stakes in U.S. startup Rivian, an all-electric truck company, Reuters reports. Rivian introduced the R1T pickup at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto show.
Cars

Ford F-150 recall: Fault could cause vehicle to downshift into first gear

Ford is recalling 1.48 million F-150 vehicles over a potential fault that could cause it to suddenly downshift into first gear. The automaker said it's currently aware of five accidents related to the issue.
Cars

Volkswagen’s hot-rodded T-Roc R is ready to shred its tires to confetti

Volkswagen released a teaser sketch to preview a hot-rodded SUV named T-Roc R. Insiders suggest it will be closely related to the mighty Golf R, meaning it will pack a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at about 300…
Cars

Honda’s Urban EV is shaping up to be a high-tech, high-style electric city car

Honda will travel to the 2019 Geneva Auto Show to unveil a close-to-production prototype that previews an adorable, city-friendly electric car. The Urban EV will offer about 155 miles of range, and its interior is a tech lover's dream come…
Cars

Audi’s Geneva-bound Q4 E-Tron concept will give us a glimpse of the future

Audi has released a trio of teaser sketches to preview the Q4 E-Tron concept. Scheduled to make its debut at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show, the design study takes the form of an electric SUV with a muscular design and a tech-filled interior.
Cars

Tesla’s Dog Mode lets good Samaritans know that Fido’s A-OK

Tesla's latest over-the-air software update adds two features called Sentry Mode and Dog Mode. Sentry Mode records footage and alerts the owner if someone breaks in, while Dog Mode runs the A/C so owners can safely keep their dogs in their…
Cars

Rock out in the carpool lane with Singing Machine’s Carpool Karaoke microphone

Carpool Karaoke fans can count down the days till summer. That's when Singing Machine's Carpool Karaoke microphone will be available. Connect the Carpool Karaoke Mic to your car radio to make your next road trip a mobile karaoke party.
Emerging Tech

With CabinSense, cars will soon know who’s riding in them and respond accordingly

What if your car could know who's riding in it and customize the entertainment and safety options accordingly? That’s what's promised by the new CabinSense in-car Occupancy Monitoring System.
Outdoors

General Motors cycles into a new market with its first-ever ebikes

When General Motors launched a public campaign last year to name its new ebike brand, many wondered if Bikey McBikeface might win out. But it didn't. Instead, it's called Arīv, and the two bikes are up for pre-order this week.