From Hard Working Trucks
Ram introduced a new special-edition Night package for the 2017 Ram 1500 that provides straight-from-the-factory customized looks.
Based on the Sport model, Night adds blacked-out features, including wheels, grille and badging, which Ram says enhances the already bold visual presence of the monochromatic performance package.
“Much like our incredibly successful Ram Rebel, the Ram 1500 Night fills the growing customer demand for factory-custom trucks,” said Mike Manley, head of the Ram Brand for FCA-Global.
“Truck enthusiasts want vehicles that define their personality and style. The new Ram Night package builds upon the Ram Sport – one of the best-looking trucks on the road – and adds black-out details that custom truck enthusiasts revere.”
Ram first adopted the blacked-out badging look with the 2013 Ram 1500 Black Express package.
The 2017 Ram 1500 Night starts with key Sport appearance cues, including body-color fascia and body-color rear bumper with dual chrome exhaust tips, body-color power-folding mirrors and door handles. Also adopted from the Sport are black-bezel bi-functional projector headlamps with LED marker lights and black-bezel tail lamps to match forward lighting.
The Sport interior features standard high-back heated cloth bucket seats with 10-way power adjustment, power-adjustable pedals and automatic temperature control with dual-zone climate control.
The new Ram 1500 Night package adds:
- A black grille surround with black “Hex Perf” pattern inserts.
- Bold “RAM” stamped tailgate with blacked-out lettering from Ram 1500 Rebel model.
- Black Ram’s head grille badge.
- Flat black Ram 1500 door badge.
- Flat black 4×4 tailgate badge (if applicable).
- Flat black 5.7L HEMI door badging (if applicable).
- 20-inch x 9-inch gloss black aluminum wheels.
- P275/60R20 black sidewall all-season tires.
The Night package is available on Regular Cab, Quad Cab and Crew Cab 1500 Sport models, in both two- and four-wheel drive, long and short bed lengths and with a choice of 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 or 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engines.
A long list of options and upgrades are available on Night editions, including the lighted and lockable RamBox cargo management system with adjustable tie-down cleats and dual-purpose bed extender/divider, Sport performance hood and black running boards.
Additional Mopar performance parts options include a cat-back exhaust and cold-air intake. The 1500’s link-coil suspension, which, according to the manufacturer, delivers the industry’s best ride and handling, can be enhanced with the addition of an optional active-level four-corner air suspension system with multiple driver-selectable ride heights and load leveling features.
The Ram 1500 Night is available in Bright Silver Metallic, Bright White, Brilliant Black, Flame Red and Granite Crystal Metallic.
Production of the 2017 Ram Night begins early fourth quarter 2016 at the Warren (Michigan) Truck Assembly Plant. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.
Ram 1500 Sport
The Ram 1500 Sport blends a Pentastar or HEMI engine with monochromatic visual performance cues.
Ram 1500 Sport is powered by a standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 /TorqueFlite 8 combination, delivering 305 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque along with 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway fuel efficiency.
For those seeking more power, the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with variable valve timing and fuel-saver technology is available. Its 395 horsepower/410 lb.-ft. of torque is mated to a TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission and delivers 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway.
The Ram 1500 Sport is available in Regular, Quad and Crew Cab models in both two- and four-wheel drive.
The Sport comes standard with heated high-back bucket seats with full center console, heated steering wheel, halogen projector headlamps, body-color grille, front fascia, mirrors and rear bumper and 20-inch painted/polished aluminum wheels with outlined white letter tires.
Ram 1500 fuel-saving systems include technologies such as a thermal management system, pulse-width modulation and active aerodynamics, including grille shutters and air suspension.
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