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Ram announces new blacked out 1500 and HD trucks at Texas State Fair

Ram has introduced new blacked out editions of their popular trucks.

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Yes, I'm back. Well, I'm back in black. Ram unveiled new 1500 Limited Black Edition and Heady Duty Big Horn and Laramie Night Editions at the State Fair of Texas. The fresh models combine the award-winning design and engineering of Ram trucks with blacked out design elements and equipment.

"Along with increasing capability, technology and efficiency, Ram is always looking for ways to create more comfort and refinement for our customers. The new Limited Black Edition is another example of how we deliver the most luxurious pickups in the industry," said Reid Bigland, head of Ram brand. "Additionally, the new Heavy Duty Big Horn and Laramie Night Editions now offer an even wider selection of personalized content."

2020 Ram 1500 Limited Black Edition

On the 2020 Ram 1500 Limited Black Edition the following parts are uniquely black: grille with R-A-M letters, badging, tow hooks, exhaust, premium LED headlamps, grille surround, bumpers, door handles and side-view mirrors. Each model also has Limited trim features including 22-inch black wheels, tonneau cover, and sport performance hood.

2020 Ram 1500 Limited Black Edition The Ram 1500 Limited Black Edition is new for the 2020 model year.Photo courtesy of Ram

It comes in 4x2 and 4x4 configurations and is powered by the buyer's choice of a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6, 5.7-liter HEMI V8, or 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with eTorque.

The Ram 1500 Limited Black Edition has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $53.690. It will arrive at dealerships in the late third quarter of 2019.

2020 Ram HD Big Horn and Laramie Night Editions

The big boys are getting a makeover as well. Ram HDs in Big Horn and Laramie trim levels will be available with blacked out exterior elements including a black grille with body-colored surround, black badging, black headlight and taillight bezels, and black 20-inch wheels. Duallies get 17-inch black wheels with machined pockets.

2002 Ram 3500 HD Night Edition The black accents give the truck a commanding presence.Photo courtesy of Ram

It comes in Ram 2500 and 3500 crew cab models with 4x2 or 4x4. Buyers can choose from either the 6.4-liter HEMI V8 or 6.7-liter Cummins six-cylinder under the hood. The Cummins has 1,000 pound-feet of torque.

The 2020 Ram Heavy Duty Night Editions has a starting MSRP of $37,995. Ram Heavy Duty Night Editions go on sale later fourth quarter.

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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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