By on February 8, 2017

2017 Ram 2500/3500 Heavy Duty Night

Ram plans to introduce a brace of special edition trucks at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show this week.

A new Copper Sport trim will augment the existing 1500 rim choices and color palette, and Ram will port a popular package from the 1500 to create the new Heavy Duty Night model.

2017 Ram 1500 Copper Sport

The 2017 Ram Copper Sport slathers an assertive Copper Pearl paint on an otherwise standard Ram 1500 Sport. The Sport’s monochromatic theme is continued with a body-color grille, bumpers, mirror caps, and door handles. Go-Faster stripes adorn the twin-nostriled Sport performance hood, while all the badges — including the Ram’s head grille badge, tailgate markings, and body-side badges — are dipped in inky-black paint. Folks who want the big 22-inch polished aluminum hoops will have to make do with a two-wheel drive model; selecting 4×4 turns the rolling stock into a 20-inch-only affair.

Interior treatments for the Copper Sport include matching accent stitching throughout the cabin, Sport embroidery on the front buckets, and color-accented Ram’s head embroidery on the headrests. Various anodized trim rings and vent surrounds will also take a trip through the copper paint booth. Additionally, the Ram 1500 Copper Sport will feature a nine-speaker Alpine premium sound system whose subwoofer hogs the rear under-seat storage space.

Ram is only building 3,000 of these units, and they’ll all be Crew Cab V8 models.

2017 Ram 1500 Copper Sport

Answering the apparent clamor from Ram Heavy Duty owners who liked the style of the 1500 Night Edition introduced earlier this model year, Ram will now offer the appearance package on its three-quarter and one-ton truck lines. Based on the monochromatic Sport appearance package, Night adds inky-black features, including wheels, grille surround, and badging. Butch wheel flares and a black R A M tailgate billboard swiped from the Power Wagon round out the package.

2017 Ram 2500/3500 Heavy Duty Night

Inside, the Night package sports high-back heated cloth vinyl bucket seats with 10-way power adjustment, power-adjustable pedals, and automatic temperature control with dual-zone climate control. All other interior accoutrements reportedly remain the same.

2017 Ram 2500/3500 Heavy Duty Night

The Night package is available on Crew Cab 2500 and 3500 trucks, in two- or four-wheel drive, with any available powertrain configuration, and in a plethora of colors. Want a 2500 4×2 Crew Cab with the 5.7-liter HEMI and a Night Package in Delmonico Red Pearl? No problem! How about a 3500 4×4 Crew Cab with the 6.7-liter Cummins and a Night Package in Brilliant Black Crystal? Sign right here, sir. Dually customers, however, are out of luck.

The Ram 1500 Copper Sports will have a starting MSRP of $45,630 plus $1,320 destination, while the Ram Heavy Duty Night starts at $45,520 plus $1,320 destination. Both models hit dealer lots later this month.

These new trims come at a time when Ram is the oldest truck design in its segment but continues to enjoy robust sales and acquits itself well against its competitors. Ask any decorator — a fresh lick of paint does wonders to spruce up any room.

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35 Comments on “Chicago 2017: Ram 1500 Copper Sport, 2500 Heavy Duty Night Offer New Looks for Desperately Aging Truck...”


  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Which has more special trim packages – Ram, Mini, or Mustang?

  • avatar
    ajla

    “when Ram is the oldest truck design in its segment”

    Didn’t the Tundra come out in early 2007 while the current Ram came out in late 2008?

    The Copper Sport is also far too subtle. Stinger Yellow, Green Go, Ignition Orange, Statutory Grape, or GTFO.

  • avatar
    30-mile fetch

    I want to scoff, but if I were looking at a vehicle that sold 500K copies every damn year, I think I’d be willing to pay for some differentiation from the herd.

    The hood vents and black striping looks stupid on the Copper Sport, though.

  • avatar
    dal20402

    More trucks without chrome trim from the makers with competitive products, please. It’s just dumb that you can’t get body-color grille and bumpers on *any* Super Duty, at all.

    • 0 avatar
      BigOldChryslers

      Full chrome trim for me please, especially real chromed steel bumpers. I don’t like either of the above trucks due to lack of chrome. In fact, I just swapped-out the SLT grille on my truck for a Laramie one because it has chrome bars instead of black ones. I just wish my truck was a real colour and not silver, so that the chrome stood out more.

  • avatar
    OldManPants

    Loud, showy clods are somehow driving a nation-wide market level whose entry price previously filtered most of them out.

    Yet loud, showy clods have for 30+ years been steadily and increasingly ejected from middle-class income levels in America because Good Jobs 4 Dummies have gone Third World or robot.

    I am perplexed.

  • avatar
    Dilrod

    Does the Copper Sport come with a hotplate and matching set of cookware?

  • avatar
    Shortest Circuit

    So Dodge still didn’t want (or see the need) to make something like the F-150 Raptor?

  • avatar
    zip94513

    Ram has done nothing to improve its lousy 3* rollover rating. How about safer vehicles FCA?

  • avatar
    CaptainObvious

    The Night Edition comes in white?
    That hurts my head.

  • avatar
    BigOldChryslers

    By “desperately aging” I’ll assume you don’t mean the styling. Obviously it’s subjective, but Ram is still the best looking pickup truck in my opinion (excluding Rebel and Laramie Limited). I thought the 94-2001 Rams were the nicest until this current generation came out. Hopefully they don’t mess it up with the next round.

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al from Oz

      Titles for articles are as important as the content of the article.

      Overstatements, understatements, omission is meant to solicit emotional responses from the audience.

      The truth apparently means little in a title, so long as the readership is high …… similar to how Trump works. If he can get away with it why can’t a website?

  • avatar
    MLS

    “…Ram is the oldest truck design in its segment but continues to enjoy robust sales and acquits itself well against its competitors.”

    Why, then, does the headline claim the Ram is “desperately aging” (whatever that means)?

  • avatar
    OzCop

    Desperately aging, and out of style are not synonymous. My first look at the Long Horn edition when it first appeared in showrooms was…gaudy… However, within a year or so, it became “not so gawdy” and I purchased one. To get amenities previously found only on King Ranch Ford models for 10 K less than the Ford offering suddenly became acceptable…and I love the look, comfort, and power of my Long Horn Ram, not to mention bright grille, Long Horn emblem, bright white and gold toned lower paint and bumpers, color coded wheels, and excellent interior appointments.

    That said, prior to owning this truck, that Copper edition would most certainly have drawn me to the Ram showroom…

  • avatar
    Master Baiter

    Pickup trucks are starting to look like caricatures of themselves.
    .
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  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    I fear the next Ram will not be of the standard of a GM or Ford … or even a Titan.

    A similar situation is playing out in the booming global pickup market.

  • avatar
    AJ

    At one time I use to wonder what either happened to or what these special edition trucks looked like 10 plus years later? At the office park in one of the nearby buildings that is being remodeled, there is a yellow, 2002 Dodge Ram with a Hemi sticker running down the bed. The once beautiful Ram was probably the original owner’s pride and joy.

    Now the bed is all banged up and filled with construction materials, and the underside is covered with rust. It’s now just living as a beaten down work truck until it stops running and is towed away from the side of the road.

  • avatar
    CarDesigner

    Sergio is un-branding FCA vehicles in preparation for parting out the company when he bails out for Italy in 2019.
    Hence NO Dodge Trucks, or Chrysler and Dodge minivans. The cars will be shipped to Mexico and won’t come back over the wall.

    Meanwhile Product Planning geniuses continue to come up with more reasons to not buy FCA vehicles. Minivans are down to black, white, light and dark silver dark blue and 1 dull red metallic. Nice going Serg! Don’t forget the black cave interiors with colored stitching or piping that looks terrible.

    Then let’s gouge on the only new vehicle in 2 years. Nice going! No new product, but lame Italian junk.

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