2020 Ram Heavy Duty Night Edition
A monochrome look for a serious truckby Ciprian Florea, on
The 2020 Ram Heavy Duty Night Edition is a special-edition version of the current line of Ram Heavy Duty haulers. Available on the Big Horn and Laramie trims, the Night Edition enhances the personalization potential of this popular truck. Unveiled alongside the 2020 Ram 1500 Limited Black Edition, the Heavy Duty Night Edition goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2019.
2020 Ram Heavy Duty Night Edition
What Makes the 2020 Ram Heavy Duty Night Edition Special?
- Black grille
- Body-color grille surround
- Black badges
- Black wheels with machined pockets
- Tinted lights
- Same interior
- Available on Big Horn and Laramie trims
- 6.4-liter V-8 gasoline engine
- 6.7-liter Cummins diesel
- Good bang for the buck
This special edition isn't so much about a dark exterior as it is about replacing chrome with black or dark-tinted elements
Night Edition is quite a common name in the auto industry. FCA is widely known for offering Night Edition models from time to time, but we’ve seen this nameplate on other American or even Japanese vehicles. And most of them feature similar dark trim, but it’s usually paired to a very dark paint, like black or dark blue. In this case, Ram took a different approach and showcased a truck finished in silver. Granted, that’s probably not the only exterior color available, but it’s interesting that you can combine dark trim with flashy colors. So this special edition isn’t so much about a dark exterior as it is about replacing chrome with black or dark-tinted elements. Or about a monochromatic design if you think it sounds better.
So what sets this specific model apart from the standard Big Horn and Laramie trims? For starters, the massive grille in the front is finished in black, while the surround is painted like the rest of the body. Surprisingly enough, this combination gives the Heavy Duty truck a slightly sportier look. The dark-tinted headlamps round off the front end design.
The rear fascia carries over unchanged save for the tinted taillights and the black badges
Move onto the sides and you’ll notice more black elements, like the mirror caps, the steps, and the wheels. The latter are finished in gloss-black and feature machined pockets, a first for the heavy duty line. The profile also boasts black badges on the front door, the front fender, and the engine hood.
The rear fascia carries over unchanged save for the tinted taillights and the black badges on the tailgate. And even though there aren’t many new features to talk about here, these blacked-out elements fit the overall theme of the truck.
You can order the Night Edition with Ram 2500 and 3500 models with either Crew Cab and Mega Cab layouts.
Ram had nothing to say about the truck’s interior, so it’s safe to assume that it remains unchanged with the Night Edition. It pretty much depends on what trim you select. Highlights include 8.4- or 12-inch infotainment display, five USB ports, wireless charging, a seven-inch instrument cluster, and a 22.6-liter storage area in the center console.
The 2020 Ram Heavy Duty Night Edition retails from $37,995
Under the hood, the Night Edition is available with a choice of two engines. There’s the familiar 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 gas mill that cranks out 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. If this isn’t massive enough for you, Ram also offers a 6.7-liter six-cylinder turbodiesel by Cummins. While this mill isn’t more powerful than the gas V-8 at 400 horsepower, it generates an amazing 1,000 pound-feet of torque from only 1,800 rpm. That’s the most torque you get in this segment. As a result, the Ram Heavy Duty is also at the top of the market when it comes to towing. It has a 35,100-pound tow rating and a 7,680 maximum payload.
Set to go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2019, the 2020 Ram Heavy Duty Night Edition retails from $37,995. That’s only $4,355 more than the base Ram 2500. At the same time, it’s some $4,400 cheaper than a Ram 2500 Big Horn with the Crew Cab layout.
|Engine||6.4-Liter HEMI V8||6.7-LITER CUMMINS TURBO DIESEL I-6|
|Type And Description||90-Degree V-Type, Liquid-Cooled, with Valve Timing (VVT)||Inline, liquid-cooled, turbocharged, intercooled|
|Displacement||392 cu. in. (6,417 cu. cm)||408 cu. in. (6,690 cu. cm)|
|Bore X Stroke||4.09 X 3.72 (103.9 X 94.6)||4.21 X 4.88 (107 X 124)|
|Valve System||Pushrod-Operated Overhead Valves, 16 Valves, Eight De-Activating and Eight Hydraulic Lifters, all with Roller Followers||Pushrod-operated overhead valves, 24 valves, hydraulic lifters|
|Fuel Injection||Sequential, Multiport, Electronic, Returnless||Electronic high-pressure common rail|
|Construction||Deep-Skirt Cast-Iron Block with Cross-Bolted Main Bearing Caps, 356 Aluminum Cylinder Heads with Hemispherical Combustion Chambers||Compacted graphite iron (CGI) block cast-iron head|
|Power||410 HP (306 Kw) @ 5,600 RPM||370 hp (276 Kw) @ 2,800 RPM|
|Torque||429 lb.-ft. (582 N•M) at 4,000 RPM||850 lb.-ft. (1,084 N•M) @ 1,700 RPM|
|Maximum Engine Speed||5,800 RPM Limited||3,200 RPM|
|Fuel Requirement||Unleaded Regular, 87 Octane (R+M)/2||Ultra-low sulfur diesel|
|Oil Capacity||7.0 Quarts (6.6 Liters)||12.0 quarts (11.3 liters) with filter|
|Coolant Capacity||16.6 Quarts (15.75 Liters)||23.8 quarts (22.50 liters)|
|Transmission||ZF 8HP75 — AUTOMATIC EIGHT-SPEED||six-speed automatic|
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