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It's back in black: 2020 Ram Heavy Duty Limited Black Edition debuts

The Ram Heavy Duty Limited Black Edition is new for 2020.

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

The 2020 Ram Heavy Duty Limited Black Edition makes safely blacking out possible. Ram's newest model builds on the Ram HD's Limited trim level and adds a monochromatic package the includes exterior and interior enhancements.

Ram is selling the edition on its 2500 and 3500 HD models. It retains the same level of capability as the traditional Ram HD pickup. Ram Heavy Duty offers a towing capacity of 35,100 pounds and a payload capacity of 7,680 pounds.

It is available with either a 4x2 or 4x4 drivetrain and the buyer's choice of a 6.4-liter HEMI V8, 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel six-cylinder, or 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel six-cylinder high output engine.

2020 Ram Heavy Duty Limited Black The model has black accents inside and out.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

"Ram is committed to continuous improvement and that includes looking for ways to deliver unique models with features and durability that continue to win over more and more buyers. Offering a customized look directly from the factory allows customers even more personalization and greater usability," said Mike Koval Jr., Head of Ram Brand. "The new Ram Heavy Duty Limited Black Edition is another example of how we deliver the most luxurious pickups in the industry."

The exterior of the HD Limited Black Edition features black exterior accents including a grille with “RAM" lettering, door handles, size-view trailer tow mirrors, tow hooks, badging, and headlight and taillight bezels. Single rear-wheel models will ride on standard 20-inch black aluminum wheels. Dual rear-wheel models have 17-inch black aluminum wheels with machined eyelets.

The Ram HD Limited Black Edition comes standard with a 12-inch infotainment touch screen. The Ram 3500 is available with the industry's only supplemental rear air bag system with Hotchkiss leaf springs.

The Ram Heavy Duty Limited Black Edition has a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $62,745.

Ram Heavy Duty Limited Black Edition trucks begin reaching dealerships in the third quarter of 2020.

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The concept has been extensively modified for a life lived off the beaten path.

GMC

Overlanding has become a world of its own, with several parts and vehicle customization companies, media publications, and guide services popping up all over the place. GMC realizes this, and to capitalize on the overlanding craze, the automaker built a Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX off-road concept to show off at the Overland Expo Mountain West 2021, which took place last week.


GMC Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX Concept The OVRLANDX concept carries a kitchenette, solar panels, and more.GMC


Some of the upgrades on the truck include:

  • Cast-iron control arms
  • A heavy-duty front bumper with winch
  • Front and rear electronic locking differentials
  • An off-road jack and mount
  • Multimatic DSSV dampers
  • Off-road rocker panel protectors


Listing the rest of the upgrades would take more words than anybody cares to read but rest assured that they are plentiful and impressive. GMC says that the concept truck gained legitimate capability from the upgrades. The approach angle is 27.7 degrees, and the truck can ford water up to 32.1 inches, which come thanks to a ground clearance of 10 inches and a custom-built snorkel system. The truck rides on 17-inch wheels wrapped in 33-inch BFGoodrich KM3 mud-terrain tires.

Since it's an overlanding concept, the truck needs the ability to support its passengers well off the beaten path. To do that, GMC gave the Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX a cooler and kitchenette, solar panel, and a truck bed storage system with drawers.



GMC Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX Concept You can build something similar to the concept with off-the-shelf parts.GMC


As a concept truck, it's unlikely the AT4 overlanding rig will make it into production as it sits. That said, it's an interesting idea for an intrepid Canyon owner to use as a blueprint. Outside of the chassis work, most of the parts and upgrades can be purchased and installed without a major hassle, but if you're in the market to build a rig, it's best to research your truck's payload capacity and capabilities before overloading for overlanding.

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The commercial van is going all-electric in 2023

Stellantis

Many automakers have publicly committed to making the shift to fully electrified vehicle lineups with the decade, but until recently, Stellantis was an outlier. The global auto giant, whose brands include Jeep, Ram, Dodge, Chrysler, Alfa Romeo, and more, will follow suit, but has been less aggressive with its stated goals. However, the automaker is already making good on its promises, and one of the first vehicles to come will be an electrified version of the Ram ProMaster van in 2023.


Ram ProMaster The electric ProMaster will compete with the Ford E-Transit.Stellantis


The automaker will follow its ProMaster commercial van with an electric version of the Ram 1500 pickup truck in 2024. When the truck eventually lands, it will face off against the Ford F-150 Lightning, Chevrolet Silverado EV, and GMC Hummer EV – a massively crowded field of vehicles, considering none are on sale today.


Ram ProMaster EVs make tons of sense for fleets, where fuel expenses can be steep.Stellantis


We don't have any specs on the new van yet, but its main competition will come from the Ford E-Transit electric van, which just began testing in fleets this week. Ford sent 10 pre-production vans to municipal and other fleets across the UK and a couple of other European countries. The E-Transit is estimated to deliver a range of about 126 miles and to offer a payload capacity of up to 4,290 pounds.


Ram ProMaster The ProMaster is just one of several electrified vehicles that Stellantis will release in the coming years.Ram


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