Ram Refreshes Appearance Packages for 2018

2018 Ram 2500 Sport.Still003[4]A II

Given that there's not much significantly new about model-year 2018 Ram 1500s, 2500s or 3500s, you can't blame Ram for trying to play to its strengths. We're always happy to see a pickup manufacturer play around the edges with restyled versions of existing trim and option packages.

Ram has refreshed the Big Horn and Lone Star (Texas only) Black packages for the 2018 Ram 1500. As you'd expect, Big Horn Black is only offered in black, with all-black exterior features including a black grille, black badging, black wheels and blacked-out headlamp bezels. Ram 1500 Big Horn and Lone Star Black 4x2 models will start at $46,685 (all prices include destination).

In keeping with the refreshed black-out theme, the 2018 Ram Sport (offered in both light-duty and heavy-duty configurations) will boast a new look with new body-colored Ram lettering on the grille. Distinguished by monochromatic performance cues, the Sport will be offered with a choice of black wheels and badges or polished aluminum wheels and chrome badges. The Sport is a specific trim level for the Ram 1500 and an option package for the 2500 and 3500 trucks, available on Big Horn, Lone Star and Laramie trims. Colors for the Ram Sport are: Blue Streak (1500 only), Bright Silver Metallic, Bright White, Brilliant Black Crystal, Delmonico Red, Flame Red (1500 only), Granite Crystal Metallic, Maximum Steel Metallic (1500 only) and Pearl White (Laramie HDs only) and True Blue (1500 only).

The Ram 1500 Sport 4x2 will start at $45,790 and the Ram Sport Heavy Duty Sport Appearance Package on a Ram 2500 4x2 will start at $46,730.

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 2018 Ram 1500 Big Horn Black

2018 Big Horn Black[5] II

2018 Ram 1500 Sport

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2018 Ram 2500 Sport

2018 Ram 2500 Sport.Still003[4] II

 

Comments

It doesn't matter the color, those grilled nostrils are always a bunch in the gut.

Sorry, punch in the gut....

The red one is nice. The nostrils aren't obvious. Not fond of the others..

I had a Big Horn rental in Seattle earlier this year, after I dumped the F-150.

The only quibble I had from the interior quality was the fabric on the seats. I thought it should of been of higher quality.

I hope the new Big Horn has a better looking and feeling fabric for the seats.

The other issue is the slight offset of the steering wheel.

Oh, I hear in Florida they have continuation training for old GM pickup guys using highly technical apparatus like a knob for a shifter. The FCA School of Excellence for Ex-GM Pickup Guys stated;

"There is a lot of work to be done with these ex-GM pickup guys as they were used to dragging and pushing object. (don't know what) We now also need to teach them how to use door keys. It seems the twisting motion confuses and disorientates them."

Buddy,
I'm wondering if the shape of the plastic air dam across the front of the half ton pickups is shaped to improve FE?

The 2500 on looks better.

I had a Big Horn rental in Seattle earlier this year, after I dumped the F-150.

The only quibble I had from the interior quality was the fabric on the seats. I thought it should of been of higher quality.

I hope the new Big Horn has a better looking and feeling fabric for the seats.

The other issue is the slight offset of the steering wheel.

Oh, I hear in Florida they have continuation training for old GM pickup guys using highly technical apparatus like a knob for a shifter. The FCA School of Excellence for Ex-GM Pickup Guys stated;

"There is a lot of work to be done with these ex-GM pickup guys as they were used to dragging and pushing object. (don't know what) We now also need to teach them how to use door keys. It seems the twisting motion confuses and disorientates them."

Buddy,
I'm wondering if the shape of the plastic air dam across the front of the half ton pickups is shaped to improve FE?

The 2500 on looks better.

I would have bought an '18 Sport, but NOPE, not now!

That's too bad.

STOP with this stupid looking grille!!!

I was thinking about trading my 14 sport for an 18, but yea not going to happen now. I not a fan of that grill nor black wheels.

Get used to the new grilles. Not saying they'll stick to the current designs, but they will be moving away from the crosshair grill. Ram is trying to further distance itself from Dodge and build its own identity as a stand alone brand.

@Big Al

Your prescription is ready

@BAFO
RAM doesn't have any power steering offset. You have a scoliosis.

You always buy Dodges (Rams) in threes, 1 to drive while the other 2 are in the shop. That is why Dodge claims they are the "longest lasting truck". They should last long when they only sit in a shop waiting to be worked on!!!

RAM,
Yes it does. When seated the steering wheel is off to the left slightly.

Or maybe the couple of Rams I had were defective??

@BAFO
No , it doesn't. You are defective.

When the wheels are painted black, the wheel design does not stand out and does not complement the vehicles lines. Might as well be running steelies with no hubcaps. Especially complicated wheel shapes, which otherwise would harmonize with the styling of the vehicle to which they’re fitted simply disappear in a mass of black nothingness.

When the wheels are painted black, the wheel design does not stand out and does not complement the vehicles lines. Might as well be running steelies with no hubcaps. Especially complicated wheel shapes, which otherwise would harmonize with the styling of the vehicle to which they’re fitted simply disappear in a mass of black nothingness.

I personally don't care for the "RAM" grill but I like that they are offering new designs and packages.

@Big Al

Your prescription is ready
Posted by: papajim | Jul 1, 2017 9:29:19 AM

It has. As a bonus no innocent were killed.

Australian Cops don’t seem to kill nowhere’s as many people as US cops. This is good as we don’t generate preventable public riots.

We also have more logical gun control.

Can you put a plow on a RAM 1500 or is the front-end still to weak? They make them look pretty but some of us work a half-ton.

RAM plastered on the front grill. RAM plastered on the tailgate. RAM plastered on side doors... We get it. Can't wait till they introduce a different style.

@Big Al,

How is it you're able to take a discussion of the new RAM pickups and turn it into a leftist trashing of your host country?

Speaking of host countries, I wonder what the Indigenous Australians of 100 years ago would have to say about your polite reference to gun control. The native folk who lived on the land in Australia--bothering no one--before the arrival of the Brits evidently had the lousy luck of dying from a heapin' helpin' of English bullets and gun powder.

Are you really so rude as to lecture Americans about the way we manage guns or riots or the lower-class folks in our fair land?

Can I remind you of what would have happened to Australia's white population during World War 2 if the US had not intervened and kept the Imperial Japanese armed forces out of that part of the Pacific region?

Without American guns and the brave young American men who carried them, the sweet land of Oz would have become the land of sh*t pretty damned quick.

Just drop that grill. No one likes it. It may be a clue to what comes next in the 2019 Ram, but I doubt it's as good as the new styling will be ...

BAFO is correct about the RAM steering wheel offset to the left.

I just confirmed it on a RAM in our parking lot.

I like them all except for the All Black Big Horn, looks too generic.

I like them all except for the All Black Big Horn, looks too generic.

papa jim,
Off centre steering wheel?

Only you can turn that into a left wing issue.

Stick to cooking marshmellows or whatever your pastime is.

I'm back and I do hope you can validate your comments when queried.

Have a nice day chump.

I do not like the grille either!

I do not like the grille either!

I have the black one just like the one in the picture

We live in a free country and everyone can have their own opinion on the ram grille !!! But to me it's awesome
I'm saying that cause I really do like it and yes my name is Ram

When are they going to do an all new truck like they haven't changed since 09MY...

2013 Ram was "all new".

http://pictures.dealer.com/a/allamericancdjcllc/1066/18022e590a0d028a019b01247d9612da.jpg

All-new 2013 Ram 1500 Named Motor Trend Truck of the Year

All-new 2013 Ram 1500 recognized by editors for setting a new benchmark in the half-ton segment

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/all-new-2013-ram-1500-named-motor-trend-truck-of-the-year-182383281.html

Love me some Ram trucks. Best looking trucks on the road in my opinon. For some the grill this and that. They have custom ones and im sure a brand new earlier model cross hair grill bolts right on. If you haven't owned a Ram you have no idea.

All Guts

All Glory

Ram, the longest lasting most capable trucks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkd9HA5z6L4

papa jim,
You are a sick old man.

papa jim,
You are a sick old man.

I see Fords front looking more like the aero leading Ram. Who can blame them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1K035Q7osVo

Ram the only brand that offers a Mega cab. First brand of the big 3 with crew and first club cab. Class exclusive Coil spring 5 link rear. Air springs. Most powerful Gas H.D. Most capable H.D.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eviejKopeWU

The red one is nice. The nostrils aren't obvious.

When are they going to do an all new truck like they haven't changed since 09MY...
Posted by: Jeeves | Jul 1, 2017 11:56:08 PM

EDUCATE YOURSELF.

2013: Ram all new...Ram engineers changed every area of the truck – from a newly designed frame to new engines and transmissions to a new interior

2014: Chevy all new...

2015: F-150 all new...

DON'T LIKE THE CHANGES, TOO BAD. THAT'S WHAT YOU GET. THE 2013 RAM WAS NEW. 2014 CHEVY WAS NEW. 2015 F-150 WAS NEW.

No changes? Then what the hec is this?

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2012/04/the-full-story-2013-ram-1500.html

"you can read all about the coming next-generation Ram by clicking on any of the stories below."

So whether this truck was truly all new or a major refresh, this was 7 years ago, in 2012, but that's still not "no changes" since 2009. Ram had their changes, whether you liked them or not.

The 2013 Ram was a refresh not a major overhaul.

A refresh would be minor cosmetic work on inside and out and maybe a couple of improvements.

Check out the Ram deep dives from 2013 on the frame, suspension, engines, tranny, steering, and interior. Now if that is not a major redesign, i dont know what is. Not to mention all the other changes they have done since then.

Personally I would wait for the twin turbo and a larger cab with improved safety ratings, but the Ram has had major changes since 2009, but they don't need to use all new parts on everything everytime they bring out a new model.

Look at how many people want to keep bringing this up. If it was the same truck, HEMI V8 would have saved themselves $17k and just buy 2009s. There are 2 camps that perpetrate the no changes since 2009 myth: guys who want to believe their trucks outsell Chevy without any changes and guys who can only make fun of Ram for being older.

Yup,

"from the inside out, virtually nothing has been left unchanged"

"and let me repeat, virtually nothing has been left unchanged. We went all the way down to the foundation and backbone of the truck and redesigned the entire frame."

2013 Ram 1500 Truck Reveal by Fred Diaz in NYC
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcn3LapEj7U

GUTS
GLORY

So what distinguishes the Big Horned Black RAM from that of the RAM Express, which basically has the exact same appearance in color and trim!!!
I can't really say that I'm impressed by what I see from that particular model.

Bring back the Ram hood ordainment

Yawn... fiat discovers paint and copies chevy on this one.



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