Ram’s Heavy Duty is dark­ness in truck form

The Province - - DRIVING - MATTHEW GUY Driv­ing.ca

What’s a perfect recipe for keep­ing the buy­ing public en­gaged in a model that’s been on the mar­ket for a year or so? Cre­ate some new ver­sions with dif­fer­ent paint and wall­pa­per, of course.

This time around Ram has de­cided to dip its ex­cel­lent Heavy Duty truck in a pot of inky black paint.

The 2020 Ram Heavy Duty Lim­ited Black model offers a monochro­matic ap­pear­ance pack­age that makes the most of dark ac­cent trim.

This in­cludes black­ing out the grill and its R-A-M bill­board, door han­dles, side­view trailer tow mir­rors, and tow hooks.

The head­light and tail light bezels have also been treated to the Back-in-Black mo­tif. Trucks with sin­gle rear wheels come with 20-inch black rims, while dual-rear-wheel mod­els fea­ture 17-inch­ers in the name of pay­load and haul­ing.

There are no me­chan­i­cal changes in this pack­age, which is of­fered in both 4x2 and 4x4 con­fig­u­ra­tions. Feel free to fit ei­ther a growly 6.4-litre Hemi V8 or the 6.7-L Cum­mins Turbo Diesel in-line six to your new Ram Black Edi­tion.

Don’t for­get — the lat­ter is avail­able in two power out­puts, only one of which pro­vides a four-fig­ure torque rat­ing.

In­side, the Black will be fa­mil­iar to any­one who’s spent time in a Lim­ited, which is to say it’s lined with sump­tu­ous ma­te­ri­als and is a very pleas­ant place in which to spend a long haul.

The brand’s 12-inch Ucon­nect in­fo­tain­ment screen dom­i­nates the dash­board, serv­ing up any num­ber of read­outs to the driver and pas­sen­ger.

In a fit of acous­tic largesse, it also houses Sir­iusXM’s new Per­son­al­ized Sta­tions Pow­ered by Pan­dora ser­vice, which de­liv­ers a com­bi­na­tion of mu­sic cu­ra­tion and per­son­al­iza­tion so you’re al­ways ready to blast Jerry Reed or The Road Ham­mers when the sit­u­a­tion calls for it.

The new Heavy Duty Lim­ited Black Edi­tion is lim­ited to ex­actly the num­ber they can sell through reg­u­lar dealer chan­nels.

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