For the past few years, Ram has used the annual Texas State Fair to showcase some of the design and baked in personality that their truck offerings bring to the broader pickup truck segment. For 2019’s event, Ram has chosen to tap into the dark side, and has unveiled an all new special edition for those that like to infuse a subtle pinch of uniqueness into their pickup purchase.
Known as the “Night Edition,” this particular series of special edition trucks continues FCA’s long running lineup of limited production models, and like some of the previous design focused Ram models that preceded it, the Night Edition comes infused with a distinctive identity that should allow it to stand out from its more mundane siblings thanks in part to some of the design touches that Ram engineers have added to this particular model.
Buyers looking to add this package to the Ram 1500 will be restricted to the range topping Limited variant, but Ram designers raised the bar on its already opulent styling cues by adding black accents to the normally bright chrome trim. This includes the “RAM” grille logo, door handles, badging, tow hooks, outside mirrors, bumpers, as well as the dual chrome exhaust tips. Smoked LED head and taillights further enhance its sinister vibe, while a sport performance hood, 22-inch gloss black rims, and a handsome black tonneau cover round out the exterior transformation quite nicely. Ram was keen on reaching a wide swath of customers, and as a result, the 1500 Night Edition can be added to 4×2 and 4×4 models, as well as all three engine choices (3.6 liter Pentastar V6, 3.0 liter EcoDiesel V6 and the 5.7 liter Hemi V8). Pricing for the 1500 Limited Night Edition starts at $53,690, and while this figure is a bit lofty, the Night Edition does give the Limited a unique look that should please buyers that might find the standard version a bit too gaudy for their tastes.
Meanwhile, the Ram Heavy Duty Night Edition can be equipped to either the Big Horn or Longhorn trims, and unlike the 1500, the package here brings a more monochromatic look with the big black chrome grille being enhanced by the body color surround piece, black badging, as well as black 20-inch chrome wheels. For buyers that equip their rig with dual wheels, Ram revealed that for the first time ever, the dually versions of these trucks will be equipped with 17-inch black wheels with machined pockets (a minor but still noteworthy first for Ram buyers). Like its smaller cousin the 1500, the Ram Heavy Duty gets smoked head and taillight bezels which do their part to add a bit more muscle and attitude to the massive proportions and the functional look that the Ram Heavy Duty is known for. Buyers looking to add this trim to their HD model can also equip it to 4×2 and 4×4 versions of this towing king with either the 6.4 liter Hemi V8 or the optional 6.7 liter Cummins inline six turbodiesel lurking under the hood. Pricing for the Night Edition Heavy Duty starts at $37,995, which is a very value oriented price for the amount of design that the package brings to the table.
While Ram chose not to release any pictures of the interiors for both models, look for the cabin design to follow the exterior’s lead, and not change too radically for Night Edition duty. With both trucks already wielding perhaps the best interior designs that are currently avalible in the segment, we suspect that Ram designers didn’t want to mess with such a successful formula. That said, we would not be too surprised if Ram designers chose to add some black accents in select areas of the interior to help it mesh better with the rest of the black motif that defines the Night Edition.
After the duo make the rounds at the Texas State Fair, they will quickly make there way to dealerships nationwide, with the Ram 1500 Night Edition arriving first in fall of 2019. The Heavy Duty version will arrive later, with the first units making there way to showrooms sometime this winter.