01.31.17 - Ram 1500 and 2500

For the 2017 model year Ram didn’t have a lot of changes to announce. Judging by the attendance at the recent Detroit Auto Show it seems there weren’t nearly as many models ready for 2017 as there have been in the past. The only real changes Ram made for the 2017 model year that were impactful was the release of the new 2500 Power Wagon, which is certainly a beautiful beast that we love to ride. As we await the new replacements that are coming in 2018 for the brand basis, the Ram 1500, let’s take a look at some of the changes that did take place for 2017 and highlight them for you.

2017 Ram 1500The year before being replaced you can’t expect this truck to receive much in the way of upgrades unless they are inexpensive to implement or can be carried over easily. All 2017 models have receive a new cabin air filter, the Sport, Big Horn, Rebel and Laramie Longhorn trims add more standard equipment, there is a new Lone Star Silver Edition for Texas shoppers and a new Night package gives us a blacked out look on the Sport version for a dramatic appearance.

2017 Ram 2500By looking back this size of the Ram trucks looks forward by taking some of the testosterone driven looks of the Power Wagon of the 1970s and applying them to the new model for this year. The Power Wagon Laramie is offered with subtle upscale appearance features and is now the most expensive 2500 on the market. There is a new Off-Road package for the Crew and Mega Cab trucks, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn and Limited trim levels now offer a no-cost, 6.4-liter V8 engine as an upgrade option, Laramie Longhorn and Limited versions add improved shocks as standard equipment and all models added a new cabin air filter.

2017 Ram 3500This beast of burden received very few changes. The Ram 3500 is the truck that’s bought for the purpose of pulling a fifth wheel, horse trailer, for the ranch and for big work jobs. While it looks great it’s a serious workhorse and adds a new cabin air filter to all models, includes the 6.4-liter V8 engine upgrade as a no cost option on the Laramie, Laramie Longhorn and Limited trims and has new shocks as standard offerings on the Laramie Longhorn and Limited trim levels.

2017 Ram ProMasterThe work van that we trust to be as tough as the trucks from Ram gives us some features that make it even better for those businesses that love this truck for the performance and power it brings. The changes for this van include a deletion of the diesel engine for the standard wheelbase model, a standard upfitter interfaced connectors and rear speaker wiring is now included, the inclusion of Uconnect 3.0 Bluetooth which is offered on all models and an included electronic parking brake as standard equipment with all the diesel engine options.

2017 Ram ProMaster CityThis is the work van that’s been described as a party vehicle or a larger sized taxi. This vehicle is great for those businesses that thrive on bringing people from one place to another like an airport shuttle. Only a couple changes were made to this small and mighty van, there is now brighter lighting for the transmission shifter and there have been new reflectors added to the inside lower parts of the doors for easier to see access when entering and exiting the van when light is being shone on these areas.

Even though the lineup didn’t receive many upgrades, Ram made some impressive and important changes to give us something great for the 2017 model year, making looking forward even more exciting as we see the most changes in the lineup in 2018.