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Here's What's New for 2020 Ram Full-Size Trucks

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has unveiled changes to its model-year 2020 Ram pickup truck lineup, and it looks like the designers have decided to go dark for the latest models. Night Editions abound with blacked-out trims and wheels; there's a new Ram 1500 Rebel Black Edition that does the same thing; and you can also get dark wheels on the new Ram 2500 Power Wagon. The murdered-out look is still strong at Ram, so let's have a look at what the brand is doing for 2020.

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2020 Ram 1500

The biggest change for 2020 comes in the powertrain department, with the arrival of the new EcoDiesel V-6 across the Ram 1500 lineup. You can get it on any trim level of the Ram 1500, including the off-roading Rebel, something you couldn't get for 2019. We've told you all about the already, everything except for the official fuel economy numbers, which Ram still hasn't published (we suspect the truckmaker is tweaking and testing to try to beat Chevrolet's ).

The other big news is cosmetic: The Night Edition returns for the Big Horn and Laramie models. As befits the name, the Night Edition gets a black grille and grille surround, badging, wheels (20-inch on Big Horn, 22-inch on the fancier Laramie) and exhaust tips. The headlights and taillights also get darker bezels instead of shiny chrome. All Ram 1500s will get new eTorque badging on the models, and three new paint colors will be available: Hydro Blue, RV Match Walnut Brown and Olive Green (late availability on that one).

The Rebel gets some love as well, with the Ram Rebel Black Appearance Group that gives you that totally murdered-out look. Unlike the Night Edition, which can come in a few different colors, the Black Appearance Group on the Rebel brings Diamond Black Crystal Pearlcoat paint, black 18-inch wheels, front spoiler, skid plate, badging, tow hooks and exhaust. It also gets black bezels on its LED headlights and a "theme-matched" all-black interior is standard. If you must have a splash of color, a Black and Ruby Red interior is optional. If you don't opt for the Black Appearance Group on your Rebel, you'll still be getting a better-equipped standard vehicle as the Comfort Package will be standard. That means all 2020 Rebels will have a power tailgate release, wireless phone charging, rear heated seats and a 12-way power driver's seat with memory settings. Newly optional is the Rebel Safety Group that includes adaptive cruise control with stop and go, forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning and automatic high beams. New Rebel exterior graphics are also part of the updates for 2020.

2020 Ram 2500/3500

The changes to the heavy-duty Ram 2500 and 3500 are a little less extensive, mainly increasing the availability of new optional equipment. Lane keep assist and adaptive steering are now available on all trim levels, as is blind spot monitoring and trailer tire pressure monitoring. The auxiliary camera system supports two different cameras now, and you now get a standard 50-gallon fuel tank on crew-cab models with the 8-foot bed. Black wheels are now available on the 2500 Power Wagon off-road model, and two new paint colors can be had on any of these trucks: Hydro Blue and Olive Green.

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