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2019 Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn

2019 Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn

A luxurious truck that can also do the heavyweight stuff

Even though Ram is the newest member in the truck segment (if you don’t count the years "Ram" was a model under the Dodge umbrella), it cannot be taken for granted. Given the kind of products it has in its portfolio, you will be surprised to know that the company is just nine years old. Ram is essentially a by-product of Dodge and is a fully-owned subsidiary of the FCA. Don’t mistake it to be a rookie or a newb by any means. The name might be new, but the company has been building trucks since the 1970s under the name ’Fargo trucks’ which was sold outside the United States. The 2019 Ram model sees a few changes. These trucks became an overnight sensation when Ram announced a 1,000 pound-foot of torque figure for the 3500 series. The Ram 2500 doesn’t boast that, but it still has a lot going in its favor to be deemed as a potent threat to the Blue Oval and the Bowtie.

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2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock

2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock

A custom throwback special edition that conjures the ‘70s

These days, custom pickup trucks are everywhere, with interested buyers offered a plethora of choices both from the aftermarket and straight from the factory. However, 40 years ago, it was far less common to get a bespoke aesthetic direct from the manufacturer. In that sense, the original Warlock pickup broke the mold, and now Ram is taking the nameplate off the shelf for a fresh special edition iteration of the 1500.

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2019 Ram 1500 By Mopar

2019 Ram 1500 By Mopar

Customize the new Ram 1500 with up to 200 parts and accessories

It’s been just a month since Ram debuted the brand-new 1500 pickup truck at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, and FCA is already offering a wide range of aftermarket parts and accessories. Showcased on a concept truck at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, these new accessories cover everything from the exterior and interior to the drivetrain and the chassis. Most of them will become available in a few months, so you can start planning a Moparized model if you’re not happy with the standard and optional Ram features.

Described as an "outdoor, sport-themed truck," this Mopar-specced vehicle sports a unique, slightly more aggressive exterior, a more upscale interior, and lift kit that turns it into a more capable off-road explorer. The parts and accessories are taken from a list of around 200 items that can be purchased from Mopar via FCA dealerships. That’s quite a big selection, unlike anything you get from the competition. Let’s have a closer look at some of these features in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ram 1500 by Mopar.

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2019 Ram 1500 Sport

2019 Ram 1500 Sport

A sporty edition exclusive to Canada

The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 hasn’t even hit showrooms yet, and Ram is already rolling out the special editions. Just this week saw the new iteration of the Texas-inspired Lone Star edition. But now, it’s Canada’s turn. Ram is launching a Canada-only trim called the Sport.

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2020 RAM Ramcharger

2020 RAM Ramcharger

What if Ram built a three-row SUV?

Many in the industry basically begged Dodge to build a three-row SUV based on the then-new 1994 Ram 1500 pickup. Those requests went ignored for three generations of pickups, even as the Ram Trucks brand spun off onto its own from Dodge. But it seems the stars have aligned yet again; Ram has an all-new 1500-series pickup for 2019, SUVs are enjoying a healthy uptick in popularity, fuel are holding steady at a reasonable price, and Fiat Chrysler is basically abandoning domestic sedan productions to make room for more crossovers and SUVs.

So, that begs the question – will Ram build a competitor to the Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and Ford Expedition?

Sadly, we haven’t heard any official rumors or seen any appropriately shaped and camouflaged test mules running around Detroit, so it’s almost impossible to speculate with any certainty. However, the timing has never seemed more right. As such, we decided to compile what we imagined a new Ram SUV might look like. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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2019 Ram 1500

2019 Ram 1500

Ram brings a solid fight to GM and Ford

The 2019 Ram 1500 is completely new from the tow hooks to the hitch and wears a new design that departs from the iconic crosshair grille of the last 25 years. It rides on an all-new frame that’s lighter and stronger, boasts a new interior that’s far more user-friendly and luxurious, and has a new mild hybrid system on both its 3.6-liter V-6 and 5.7-liter Hemi V-8.

The truck moves into its fifth generation for 2019 and doubles down on every major selling point in a bid to win market share from Ford and General Motors. Weight has been reduced by 225 pounds, the frame is built from 98 percent high-strength steel for increased payload and towing, and the segment’s first-ever deployable front air dam will work in conjunction with the mild hybrid systems to improve fuel economy. Ram will continue offering its popular 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6, too, but with more power and torque.

The Ram Rebel returns, as well, but with more off-road equipment and twice the attitude. The other familiar trims include the Tradesman, Big Horn, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited.

While pricing hasn’t been announced, the 2019 Ram 1500 will arrive in showrooms by the end of Q1 of 2018. That means we don’t have long to wait.

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2017 Ram 1500 Rebel Blue Streak

2017 Ram 1500 Rebel Blue Streak

A no-cost color option for the Rebel

The Ram 1500 Rebel is one of the baddest, most audacious trucks in the half-ton segment thanks to its mean mug, steel bumpers, tall ground clearance, off-road tires, and custom interior. The Rebel package might be a couple years old now, but Ram isn’t slowing down. Just ahead of the ahead of the 2017 New York Auto Show, Ram has released two special edition models for its 1500 pickup – the Sublime Sport and this, the Rebel Blue Streak. This special edition model fittingly comes with Blue Streak paint and can be had with the Rebel Black appearance package and optional two-tone paint scheme.

“The Ram 1500 Sublime Sport and Rebel Blue Streak expand our offerings in factory-custom trucks and give dealers a more extensive color palette to excite customers who are looking for something unique,” said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand.

Basically, the Rebel Blue Streak is a no-cost option on every Ram 1500 Rebel configuration and includes the Blue Streak paint. Customers can make their truck look more one-off with the other optional packages, including the Rebel Black. When optioned, the truck comes with the performance hood with black decals; black wheels; a black grille and lower brush guard; and black badging on the doors and tailgate.

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2017 Ram 1500 Sublime Sport

2017 Ram 1500 Sublime Sport

Is this a case of "Gotta-have-it Green?"

The Ram 1500 might be long in the tooth, but that’s not stopping Ram from injecting fun into its pickup. Ahead of the 2017 New York Auto Show, Ram has released two special edition models for its 1500 pickup – the Rebel Blue Streak and this, the Sublime Sport. This special edition model comes with can’t-miss-it paint, 22-inch wheels, and black accents.

“The Ram 1500 Sublime Sport and Rebel Blue Streak expand our offerings in factory-custom trucks and give dealers a more extensive color palette to excite customers who are looking for something unique,” said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand.

Those familiar with Fiat Chrysler’s lineup shouldn’t be surprised at the bright color. We’ve seen Dodge and Jeep products wearing similarly fluorescent colors. Ram is limiting the Sublime Sport package to roughly 3,000 examples. Only the Ram 1500 Crew Cab with the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 can be ordered with the package.

Of course, there are more details, so keep reading for the full run-down.

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2017 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty Night Package

2017 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty Night Package

Ram rounds out its “custom” truck lineup

Ram has introduced its latest “custom” truck appearance package, and this time, it’s the Ram Heavy Duty trucks getting some love. The new special edition is called the Night Package, and its available for 2500 and 3500 HD Rams with the single rear wheels. The new look includes blacked out exterior trim pieces, black wheels, the massive R-A-M logo on the tailgate, and a murdered out interior with smoked chrome accents.

The Night Package builds of the Sport Appearance Package – an available add-on to the Lone Star, Big Horn, and Laramie trims, which appeals to those wanting a well-equipped, good-looking truck with some unique character. Ram Trucks boss, Mike Manley, put it this way:

“Truck enthusiasts look for ways to stand out from the crowd. The Ram brand understands that it’s important to meet the demands and deliver outstanding, durable products to every type of truck buyer. From the Ram Sport, to the popular Rebel, to the ultimate off-road truck – the Ram Power Wagon – Ram is building the best trucks in the enthusiast segment.”

Of course, those getting a Night Package Ram Heavy Duty will get all the goodies that make the Ram HD one of the most competitive trucks in the segment. This includes three engine options, the segment’s only available manual transmission, available 4WD, a multi-link coil spring suspension on 2500HD models, and the segment’s only solid front axle.

But never mind the standard stuff – let’s dive into what makes the Night Package different.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty Night Package.

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2017 Ram 1500 Copper Sport

2017 Ram 1500 Copper Sport

A limited edition Ram with a hot new color

Ram is introducing a limited edition truck called the Ram 1500 Copper Sport at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. It combines the Crew Cab, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, large wheels, and a new color Ram appropriately calls Copper Pearl. Only 3,000 of the Copper Sport editions will be built and will begin arriving at dealerships in late February. The Copper Sport joins Ram’s other limited edition model, the 2017 Ram 1500 Ignition Orange.

The Ram 1500 Copper Sport is based on the Crew Cab, short bed Ram 1500 in the Sport trim and includes the venerable 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 with a respectable 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. The ZF eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard, as does rear-wheel drive. Ram’s part-time 4WD system is optional.

“The Ram 1500 Copper Sport builds on the ever-increasing demand for factory-custom trucks,” said Mike Manley, the Head of Ram Brand, FCA Global. “Our customers continue to enjoy the attention to detail and styling our designers put into each trim level, and this new eye-grabbing model will not disappoint.”

So what’s different about the Copper Sport? Keep reading for the full breakdown.

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2017 Ram 1500 Rebel Black Edition

2017 Ram 1500 Rebel Black Edition

A Rebel firmly conformed to the Dark Side

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is no stranger to kicking out special editions of products. We’ve even seen special editions of special editions – and that’s exactly what’s happening here. Introducing the Ram 1500 Rebel Black. This truck builds on the Ram 1500 Rebel by adding several black accent pieces both inside and out. Nothing of the Rebel’s impressive off-road capability is lost, so it continues to be one of the most bodacious option packages available on any full-size pickup.

The Rebel Black shares its bones with the standard Ram 1500 Rebel. That means it comes with the bold R-A-M grille with its unique snout, stamped steel bumper, fender flares, sport hood, Rebel-specific wheels, and huge R-A-M lettering across the tailgate.

The special edition package is only offered with the Ram Crew Cab powered by the venerable 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 or the respectable 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6. Both engine choices come backed by the TorqFlite 8 eight-speed automatic transmission. Despite its off-road theme, the Ram Rebel can be had in RWD or 4WD.

Regardless of engine or drivetrain choice, the Rebel’s claims to fame remain. They include the mild factory lift kit with air ride, 33-inch all-terrain tires, Bilstein shocks, underbody skid plates, front tow hooks, and limited slip rear differential.

“Adding the Rebel Black package to an already aggressive off-road truck will continue feeding the momentum Rebel is creating for the Ram Truck brand,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand and Ram Brand, FCA Global. “The Ram Rebel is unique in the full-size truck segment.”

So let’s explore what makes the Ram 1500 Rebel Black so different.

Updated 01/23/2017: We added a series of photos taken during the car’s official debut at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

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2017 Ram 1500 Ignition Orange Sport

2017 Ram 1500 Ignition Orange Sport

Ram goes sporty and vibrant with this limited edition

Launched side-by-side with the 2017 Ram 1500 Rebel Mojave Sand package at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show, the 2017 Ram 1500 Ignition Orange Sport model is a limited-edition truck with tons of bright colors, decals, black accents, and a surprisingly customized interior meant to appeal to the more “expressive” truck buyer. This thing ain’t quite – that’s for sure.

The Ignition Orange Sport is based on the Ram 1500 Crew Cab with the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 and eight-speed automatic in either 2WD or 4WD.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the Ignition Orange package before, though. Ram introduced the special edition for the 2015 model year. That truck had many of the same features that’s on the 2017 model, including the bright orange paint, the matte black hood graphics, blacked out badges, and orange accents throughout the interior. For 2017 though, Ram dumped the bright aluminum wheels in favor of glossy black 20-inch rollers that match the other black accents around the exterior.

The Ignition Orange Sport also lives up to its “limited edition” branding. Ram will only produce 1,500 examples. Prices are not terrible, however, with the Ignition Orange 1500 starting at $43,740. That includes the Crew Cab truck, the Hemi V-8, and all the bespoke Ignition Orange parts. What’s more, that’s actually $70 less expensive that the 2015 Ignition Orange model.

There’s more information about the truck further down, so keep reading for an in-depth look into Ram’s 2017 Ignition Orange Sport package.

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2017 Ram 1500 Rebel Mojave Sand

2017 Ram 1500 Rebel Mojave Sand

The Ram Rebel gets some exclusive paint and a few other goodies with this limited-edition model

When Dodge converted the Ram name into its own brand, there was a period of uncertainty as to what would happen with the line of pickup trucks. But, the new brand really didn’t disappoint, developing some of the nicest trucks there are on the market that just look outright sexy. On top of that, each trim level is different in its own way, making the choice to purchase any given trim a very personal decision. When it comes to the Ram 1500 lineup, there are a total of nine different trims ranging from the classic-looking (by classic I mean circa 2004) Big Horn, all the way up to the range-topping Ram limited that is powered by a 5.7-liter Hemi as standard and could quite possible end a marriage with its $52,000 price tag. But, the Ram 1500 range is growing a little bit with the introduction of some special edition models like the one you see here, the Ram 1500 Rebel Mohave Sand.

Based on the Ram Rebel, the Mojave Sand package brings an exclusive exterior finish to go with a special hood and roof decal and a very sleek and carefully appointed interior. It should start hitting dealerships in December of 2016, but if you like what you see, you need to move quickly as only 1,500 examples will be produced before the Ram calls it quits with this package. If you don’t get to the dealer in time to get one of these models, not all is lost as there is also a Ram 1500 Ignition Orange Sport Package that could suit your special-edition.

But, before I get too far ahead of myself, let’s take a look at the Rebel Mojave Sand Limited Edition and look at all the sandy details.

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2017 Ram Power Wagon

2017 Ram Power Wagon

Ram’s go-anywhere HD gets a little Rebelious

The Ram Power Wagon is probably the brawniest truck on the market. It comes built on the Ram 2500 HD Crew Cab and boasts industry-exclusive off-road tech like solid axles, all-terrain tires, a manual transfer case, a disconnecting front sway bar, and a 12,000-pound Warn winch – all from the factory. Now for 2017, Ram is giving the Power Wagon a makeover courtesy of the Ram 1500 Rebel.

The Power Wagon’s front mug now wears a grille first seen on the Rebel, the Ram 1500’s most dedicated off-road trim package. New graphics on the Power Wagon’s sides, tailgate, and interior match the new snout.

While the looks might be different, the Power Wagon’s greasy bits are unchanged. This means the 6.4-liter Hemi V-8, heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission, 4WD system, frame, and suspension carry over from 2016. Of course, no one can complain about that – well, perhaps besides that the Power Wagon doesn’t offer the Cummins turbodiesel as an option. Thanks to the placement of the Warn winch, the Cummins’ intercooler won’t fit behind the bumper. That aside, the Power Wagon’s powertrain lives up to hype, generating impressive horsepower and torque numbers.

Also carrying over unchanged is the Power Wagon Tradesman trim level. The contractor- and feel-oriented truck uses all the same hardware, but foregoes the Rebel grille and showy graphics package. It’s all business with the Tradesman.

So what’s the 2017 Power Wagon all about? Keep reading for the full run-down.

Update 11/10/2016: Ram has released pricing for the 2017 Power Wagon, which goes on sale in the first quarter of 2017. The Tradesman trim starts at $46,995 and the SLT-based trim begins at $51,695. Check out the pricing section below for more details.

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2017 Ram 1500 Quad Cab Sport Euro-Spec

2017 Ram 1500 Quad Cab Sport Euro-Spec

Ram brand going international

Ram Trucks debuted a 1500 Quad Cab pickup with European-homologated Mopar accessories at the 2016 IAA Commercial Vehicles Exhibition in Hannover, Germany. This marks Ram’s first foray into international territory outside North America.

“We are very excited to introduce the Ram Truck brand to a global commercial vehicle audience at Hannover,” said Bob Hegbloom, Head of Ram Truck Brand. “This is the premier show in the world for the commercial segment and is the perfect entry point for Ram Truck to expand its reach to new markets.”

European-spec parts like the tow hooks and trailer hitch, along with a Liquid Propane-fueled Hemi V-8, allowing this Ram to compete for fleet sales in Europe. This is part of FCA’s overall new focus on trucks and SUV, while scuttling products like the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200.

“This is just the beginning,” continued Hegbloom, who will lead Ram’s North American and international arms. “We’ll continue to unfold the Ram Truck brand plan on a regional basis.”

Hegbloom went on to say Ram is using the IAA show to gather customer and media feedback while spreading the word on the truck brand’s global expansion. Included in Ram’s new market are Europe, the Middle East and all of Africa. Ram will use AK Leasing GmbH and Auto Export Corporation as its official import partners. Vehicle pricing has not been announced, but should become available as Ram begins shipments. No date was specified as to when Ram would begin fulfilling international orders.

As for the truck itself, comes with all the features normally found on a Ram 1500, but with a few unique twists design to help market the truck overseas. Let’s take a look at what Ram has done.

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2016 American Expedition Vehicles Prospector XL

2016 American Expedition Vehicles Prospector XL

It’s a diesel Power Wagon on steroids

American Expedition Vehicles is well known in the aftermarket industry for its popular Jeep accessories, up-fits, Hemi swaps, and pickup conversions. But now the Michigan-based company has released its biggest product yet – the AEV Prospector XL. It’s based on the Ram Heavy Duty pickup and this turn-key package puts the Ram on 40-inch tires with a three-inch lift with beefed up gearing and capped with a stamped steel front bumper, massive fender flares, and all the accessories your wallet will handle. In short, it’s the diesel-powered Power Wagon the DOT won’t let Ram build.

It was back it 2013 that AEV expanded its product line with a host of upgrades for the Ram Heavy Duty pickup. Soon after, AEV began offering in-house, turn-key conversions of these trucks called the Prospector. Fitted with big tires, a suspension lift, a high-rise air intake, and the stamped-steel front bumper, the Prospector proved itself fully capable of off-roading with the hardiest of Jeeps. But folks still wanted more.

The Prospector XL takes the basic idea of the Prospector, and includes huge fender flares that open up the wheel wells, allowing for 40-inch tires while only needing a three-inch suspension lift. That translates into a low(ish) center of gravity and huge tractor-like tires for scaling obstacles, all while maintaining a comfortable driving experience in a truck capable of heading cross-country.

Let’s jump into all the modifications AEV is including on its Prospector XL package.

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2017 Ram 1500 Night Package

2017 Ram 1500 Night Package

Ram embraces the darkness

Black-themed trim packages are all the range these days and Ram isn’t letting an opportunity slip away. New for the 2017 model year, Ram is offering the Night Package on its Ram 1500 truck with the Sport trim level. In keeping with its name, the option package brings a slew of dark trim pieces and accents, giving the truck an aftermarket look straight off the showroom floor.

“Much like our incredibly successful Ram Rebel, the Ram 1500 Night fills the growing customer demand for factory-custom trucks,” said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand, FCA – Global. “Truck enthusiasts want vehicles that define their personality and style. The new Ram Night package builds upon the Ram Sport – one of the best looking trucks on the road – and adds black-out details that custom truck enthusiasts revere.”

The Night Package builds off the mid-grade Sport trim, which already comes decently equipped. The truck can be had with either the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 or the optional 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. Both 2WD and 4WD are available, as is every cab and bed option. This includes the Regular Cab, Quad Cab, and Crew Cab, with both long and short beds available. The Sport trim already comes with a monochromatic paint scheme, including body-color bumpers, mirror caps, and door handles.

So what makes the Night Package different from the standard Ram 1500 Sport? Keep reading to find out.

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2016 Mopar '16 Ram Rebel

2016 Mopar ’16 Ram Rebel

The Rebel gets personal with FCA’s ’16 Mopar package

The Ram Rebel is built for folks who aren’t satisfied with an average pickup. They’re looking for something with extra style, substance, and performance. The Ram Rebel provides that, all while covered under a factory warranty. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more “customized” truck on the dealer showroom. That sounds great and all, but Chrysler’s parts department, more commonly known as Mopar, has taken things further.

It’s called the Mopar ’16 Ram Rebel and it comes with several add-on accessories that further set it apart from other Ram Rebel pickups. In fact, Mopar is only building 500 examples in keeping with the “unique” nature of the truck. Now this isn’t the first time Mopar has done something of this nature. Starting back in 2010, the parts division created the Mopar ’10 Dodge Challenger. There’s also the Mopar ’11 Charger, Mopar ’12 Chrysler 300, Mopar ’13 Dart, Mopar ’14 Challenger, and Mopar ’15 Charger R/T.

“The new Ram Rebel has been a solid addition to the Ram lineup, providing customers with a truck that can deliver the added capability that their active lifestyles demand,” said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand, FCA – Global. “The Mopar ’16 content illustrates how customers can easily personalize a Ram truck with factory backed accessories."

Manley hits the nail on the head with that last statement. Ram and Mopar are trying to market the Mopar ’16 Ram Rebel as something to make customers interested in buying a Ram truck – and then modifying it – with Mopar parts. The aftermarket industry makes big money selling parts and accessories for vehicles, so this is FCA’s attempt at keeping that money in-house.

While the additions to the truck add character and style, the changes are all cosmetic. Customers can, however, purchase parts like cold-air intake and exhaust kits through Mopar.

So without further ramblings, let’s have a look at the Mopar ’16 Ram Rebel.

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2016 Ram 1500 Stinger Yellow Sport

2016 Ram 1500 Stinger Yellow Sport

Ram’s latest special edition is easy to spot

Special edition pickups are extremely popular these days, with nearly every brand offering some sort of appearance or special equipment package designed to dress up the truck. Well Ram is the latest to do so, introducing the Ram 1500 Stinger Yellow Sport.

The truck is based on the Ram 1500 Crew Cab fitted with the mid-grade Sport trim level. Customers can choose between 2WD or 4WD, but the truck’s main standard equipment includes the venerable 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 and eight-speed automatic transmission. The truck also boasts chrome-tipped dual exhaust pipes, a hood with functional scoops, and large wheels. Specifically, 2WD models come with 22-inch rollers while 4WD models have 20-inch wheels.

The cabin includes a predominately black appearance with black leather seats. Changes brought by the Stinger Yellow package include Light Black Chrome and yellow details. The seats are accented by body-color stitching, a yellow Ram’s head logo on the headrests, and matching yellow sport mesh inserts on the seat backs. Infotainment wise, the 8.4-inch Uconnect system with navigation and rear-view camera comes standard.

Prices for the Ram 1500 Stinger Yellow Sport start at $43,145 before the $1,195 destination charge. Expect to see the Stinger Yellow Sport in dealerships beginning in early May 2016.

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2016 Ram 1500 Yellow Rose of Texas Edition

2016 Ram 1500 Yellow Rose of Texas Edition

Texas-only trim fosters state pride

Texans love their trucks, so it’s no surprise with automakers lease Texas-only trim packages that appeal to the State’s taste in pickups. Ram is the latest to do so, debuting the Yellow Rose of Texas edition at the 2016 Dallas Auto Show.

This special edition is available on Ram 1500 Crew Cab models with the Lone Star trim package. It can be had with either RWD or 4WD and all three engine options, which include the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, and the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6.

“Texas is truck country – Ram Truck country – and we’re committed to building products that resonate with our customers,” said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand - FCA Global. “The importance of the Texas truck market cannot be overstated. That’s why the Ram Truck brand has worked year after year to deliver hard-working trucks that serve the communities across the Lone Star state.”

The Yellow Rose of Texas name is a play off the mid-19th century folk song of the same name. In 1955, Mitch Miller popularized the song with his rendition that went all the way to number one of the billboard charts.

The special edition will be available in April of 2016 at Texas-based Ram dealerships.

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The 2015 Truck of Texas: Crowing the Winners

The 2015 Truck of Texas: Crowing the Winners

Every fall, dozens of journalists from all over Texas and around the country gather to compare, test, and crown the winner of the “Truck of Texas” competition. It’s a coveted award from the Texas Auto Writers Association that signifies Texas’ collective approval of a truck. And not only are trucks involved, awards go out for the SUV and CUV of Texas.

I already touched on the topic in the preview piece, but awards are also given to the winner in each vehicle category and for various things like “best connectivity” and “best powertrain.”

This year’s competition was fierce. There were 84 vehicles present from 21 automakers entered into 17 different categories. Evaluating the field were 69 TAWA members comprised of journalists and social media influencers.

So let’s get down to the results. Keep reading for the full breakdown.

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2016 Ram Heavy Duty

2016 Ram Heavy Duty

The Ram Heavy Duty has long been the biggest and baddest competitor in the three-quarter and one-ton truck categories, boasting its Cummins inline-six turbodiesel and ultra impressive towing capabilities. Now for 2016, Ram is upping the ante even more with an extra 35 pound-feet of torque and 1,210 pounds of towing capacity in the oil-burner for an even 900 pound-feet of torque and an outstanding 31,210-pound max towing capacity.

While numbers and stats often lead headlines, Ram also focused its attention on design and interior appointments. Mirroring the half-ton Ram 1500, the Ram HD gets the restyled Laramie Limited trim with its updated grille an upscale interior. A new front-bumper-mounted parking assist feature helps with object detection when navigating around tight spaces.

The cushy comforts haven’t changed the Ram HD’s hard-working intents. The 2500 HD still offers its five-link, coil spring rear suspension with an optional air suspension upgrade. The 3500 HD sticks with leaf springs for heavy lifting, but also offers the air suspension upgrade for improved unloaded driving characteristics.

New on the gasoline engine side is the addition of the regular cab and 2WD configurations to the 5.7-liter Hemi’s Compressed Natural Gas package, which was previously not offered. Boasting a few best-in-class figures for the Ram’s gas engines is the 6.4-liter Hemi V-8. Available across the Heavy Duty board, it kicks out 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque, which is more than GM’s 6.0-liter V-8 and Ford’s 6.2-liter V-8.

The truck market is a highly competitive segment and the Big Three are fighting hard for customers. Besides the new features for 2016, let’s see how the Ram HD stacks up.

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2015 Ram 1500 Rebel

2015 Ram 1500 Rebel

The current Ram Trucks lineup is filled with no less than nine trim levels, three weight classifications (1500, 2500, 3500), and more than a handful of specialty trucks like the Power Wagon and Outdoorsman. Now a new player enters the game: the 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel.

It’s designed to be a fun-loving, adventurous rig with the heart of an off-roader and the guts to back it up. The truck gets a host of unique upgrades that separate it from the standard Ram 1500 lineup. Most noticeable is that new front grille and bumper. This marks the first time in memorable history Ram has departed from its iconic crosshair grille design. Large block lettering spell out “RAM” on the tailgate for those eating the Rebel’s dust.

Unique wheels and tires, a one-inch suspension lift, and a custom interior set the truck further apart. Offered with the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 or the optional 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, the Rebel comes packing the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission and available four-wheel drive. Sadly Ram does not offer the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel here. And yes, a two-wheel drive version is available when ordered with the Hemi.

Offered only in the Crew Cab configuration with the five-foot, seven-inch bed, the Rebel holds five people and tons of gear. The Ram Box cargo system is optional for those wanting even more space to put stuff.

Ram says the Rebel will go on sale early in the second half of 2015, so expect it in dealers in the late summer.

UPDATE 06/17/2015: The Ram Rebel officially enters production at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan.

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