Rebel Yell: 2017 Ram 1500 gets blacked-out treatment; other trucks get more chrome

September 28, 2016

The 2017 Ram lineup is going big before it makes its move back up to Sterling Heights in Michigan.

The truckmaker announced Wednesday that several trims are getting special treatment this year, ahead of the next-generation Ram's debut late next year or early 2018.

We already know about the Ram 1500's Night package that adds a blacked-out front grille and rear Ram raised lettering, but a brief refresher in case you missed it: blacked-out front and back fascias, black lettering, black 20-inch wheels, black running boards and a Mopar-tuned cat-back exhaust and cold-air intakes.

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Ram also announced that it's top trims in the Ram 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty models would get a 6.4-liter V-8 as a no-cost upgrade over the 5.7-liter V-8, and an available off-road package that adds Bilstein shocks, limited-slip differential, all-terrain tires, tow hooks, and skid plating.

Longhorn models across the lineup will add a bright chrome grille and chrome side molding, in addition to standard keyless ignition, automatic high-beam headlights, and rain-sensing wipers.

All 1500, 2500, and 3500 trucks in the Limited trim can be ordered with the Night's black tailgate letters as an option.

For Texas truck buyers—of which, there are many—Ram is adding a new Lone Star Silver edition with a brighter grille, chrome side-view mirrors, cloth and vinyl buckets, 20-inch wheels, and a Lone Star badge up front so everyone on the road can know where your truck came from.

The Lone Star Silver Edition will be offered later this year in Texas, the rest of us will see the rest of the Ram truck upgrades later this year too.

Yes, everything is bigger in Texas. Even the badges.

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