The aging Ram 1500 Classic pickup, continues to play an important role in the Ram Truck portfolio. While the fourth-generation Ram half-ton might not be as technologically-advanced as its fifth-generation half-ton counterpart, the Ram 1500 Classic continues to be the most affordable way to get into a full-size pickup on the market.
Since Ram Trucks announced it was continuing production of its Ram 1500 Classic, the truck maker released its aggressive Ram 1500 Classic Warlock package back in 2019. The Warlock also joined a unique “sporty” package that until now has been exclusive to the Canadian market. While the American market Express models offer an Express Black Accent package which added Gloss Black badging and wheels, the Canadian-exclusive Ram 1500 Classic Express Night Edition added even more content like a black grille, black R-A-M tailgate badge, 8.4-inch Uconnect 4C touchscreen radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote USB port, and an all-black 40/20/40 bench seat.
The package proved to be just as popular in certain Canadian markets as the Warlock, which led us to wonder why Ram Trucks didn’t bring it to the American market?
This past week, Ram Trucks updated their Build & Price configurator on RamTrucks.com to include the 2021 Ram 1500 Classic lineup. While some things are absent from the configurator like the new All-Terrain package for the Warlock (which is already in dealers), there is a new package for the Express package sold in the States.
The new “Black Ram 1500 Express Group” on the 2021 Ram 1500 Classic Express is the equivalent of the Canadian Night Edition package. The Black Ram 1500 Express Group includes the following equipment…
- Black-Painted Honeycomb Crosshair Grille
- Black Headlamp Bezels
- Black “R-A-M” Text On Tailgate
- 8.4-Inch Uconnect® 4C Touchscreen Display with HD™ Radio
- Apple CarPlay® & Google Android Auto™
- A/C with Dual-Zone Auto Temperature Control
- 7-Inch TFT (Thin-Film-Transistor) Color Display Cluster
- Flat Black Exterior Badging
- Flat Black HEMI Badge (If Equipped)
- Flat Black “4×4” Badge (If Equipped)
- Full Function Media Hub with 2-USB Plus Aux Port
- Humidity Sensor
- P275/60R20 BSW All-Season Tires
- 20-Inch x 8-Inch Semi-Gloss Black 5-Spoke Aluminum Wheels
The package has a U.S. Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $595, according to the configurator.
The only disappointing thing we can see according to the Build & Price configuration is the lack of the addition of the “Sport Performance Hood”, which is a popular option on the Canadian model. But this could be just a configurator error, as we have seen similar things happen before.
Nevertheless, it’s good to see that the Ram brand continues to offer more diversity in its Ram 1500 Classic options, to allow the nameplate to continue to feel fresh. The Ram 1500 Classic will likely continue production until the end of 2022, so look for the nameplate to continue to offer minor updates until it ends production.
This particular truck (as of the writing of this article), is currently available from Knight Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram in Weyburn, Saskatchewan.