Skip to main content

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

2017 Ram 2500/3500 Heavy Duty Night
Image used with permission by copyright holder
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.

Stephen Edelstein
Stephen is a freelance automotive journalist covering all things cars. He likes anything with four wheels, from classic cars…
Entry-level Cadillac Optiq EV promises 300 miles of range for $54,000
2025 Cadillac Optiq front three quarter view.

The 2025 Cadillac Optiq will be the General Motors luxury brand's entry-level EV when it starts production late this fall. But it won't have entry-level specs.

After unveiling the Optiq in November 2023, Cadillac is now filling in some of the blanks on this electric crossover SUV's spec sheet. We now know that the Optiq will feature a standard dual-motor all-wheel drive powertrain tuned for 300 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque, along with an 85-kilowatt-hour battery pack providing an estimated range of over 300 miles. Like other GM EVs, the Optiq will be capable of one-pedal driving, with regenerative braking adjustable via a steering wheel paddle.

Read more
2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E Rally first drive: old pony learns new trick
2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E Rally driving on dirt.

With its Mustang Mach-E, Ford promised an electric SUV imbued with the spirit of the iconic Mustang performance car. Now well into its production run, the Mach-E is living up to its Mustang billing in that, like the traditional internal-combustion Mustang coupe and convertible, Ford wants to grow the herd of Mach-E variants.

Introduced for the 2021 model year, the Mach-E is nearing the point where most vehicles would see a redesign, or at least a major update. That seems especially pressing given the accumulation of fresher competition in the form of the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, and Chevrolet Blazer EV. But instead of a redesign, the big news for the 2024 Mustang Mach-E is a new Rally model designed for dirt-road driving.

Read more
Kia EV3 vs Hyundai Ioniq 5: Can the EV3 take out Hyundai’s best EV?
White Kia EV3

The Kia EV3 has finally been announced, and it could well become the best low-cost electric car yet. The new EV keeps many of the design elements that I loved about the Kia EV9, but in a much smaller body and likely at a much lower price.

However, the Kia EV3 will go head-to-head with a number of other electric cars that we already consider to be the best in the lower-cost segment. One of those is the Hyundai Ioniq 5, which is loved for its stylish design, solid range, and superfast charging speed.

Read more