Sport Truck: 2017 Ram 1500 Night Edition

By Matthew Keegan

Black embellishments add pop to the Ram 1500.

2017 Ram 1500 Night Edition Crew Cab 4×2.

It was four years to the week when a second Ram 1500 entered my press fleet rotation. That’s a long time between drives, especially as multiple copies of competing models from Ford, Nissan, Chevrolet, Toyota, and GMC came and went.

I cover pickup trucks probably as much as most other body styles, except for crossovers. The big number of crossovers found in press pools is understandable as we’re in the midst of a transition away from cars to utility vehicles. Manufacturers are simply responding to customer demand, although I absolutely long for the days of hot coupes and sport sedans gracing my driveway. Did I say I own a crossover?!

The current-generation Ram 1500 started out as the Dodge Ram 1500 in 2009, transitioning to a “Ram” brand unto itself two years later. Nine years is a long time to stick with the same model, but that fact hasn’t hurt Fiat Chrysler. Indeed, June 2017 US auto sales had Ram outselling the Chevrolet Silverado, the perennial second-place full-size pickup truck to the Ford F-Series. There’s a chance Ram may overtake Chevrolet for the year and that would be amazing as the Silverado is five years newer than the Ram. In any event, the next-generation Ram 1500 isn’t expected before 2019.

2017 Ram 1500

Taking Back the Night: 2017 Ram 1500

A 2017 Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4×2 Night Edition was my test model. This special version advances a commonly recurring theme amongst manufacturers — black embellishments on a white, black or other-colored body.

In this example, the 1500’s night package brings a black grille surround, black RAM tailgate stamping, 20-inch black aluminum wheels set within black sidewall all-season tires, and related badging.

Inside, you’ll find high-back heated cloth bucket seats with 10-way power adjustment. Rounding out the features are power-adjustable pedals and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Five exterior color choices are available: bright silver metallic, bright white, brilliant black, flame red, and granite crystal metallic. My test model was bright white, supplying this truck with an ideal contrast.

2017 Ram 1500

A Matter of Style

So, what sets this sport truck apart from the Ram 1500 pack? Everything mentioned earlier. If the style seems familiar to you, it should as it first appeared on the 2013 Ram 1500 Black Express package.

Other features include a body color fascia, body-color rear bumper, dual chrome exhaust tips, body-color power-folding mirrors and door handles. Take a close look the headlights too, as you’ll find black-bezel bi-functional projector headlamps with LED marker lights as well as black-bezel tail lamps.

You can have the Night Edition in regular, extended or crew cab body styles and your choice of 2WD or 4WD as well as standard and extended bed lengths.

Optional features include a performance hood with scoops, black running boards, RamBox cargo management, and a dual-purpose bed extender/divider. My test model had each of those features.

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