A Ram spokesperson told Edmunds that pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.
According to Ram, up to 35 percent of pickup owners use their trucks in off-road environments for work and/or play, and the new Off-Road package is designed specifically to meet their needs.
"Truck customers require a wide range of off-road capability options, and Ram trucks are designed and engineered for the full spectrum," said Bob Hegbloom, head of Ram Truck Brand, in a statement. "Anyone who spends most days on the outskirts of a job site or the weekend on the shore of a favorite fishing hole will benefit from the standard features on our new Ram 2500 4x4 Off-Road package."
The package starts with large fender flares — available in black or body color — a "4x4 Off Road" decal at the rear corners of the pickup bed, a transfer-case skid plate and standard heavy-duty tow hooks.
Suspension is augmented with Bilstein monotube shock absorbers, tuned specifically for this truck and component package, and a rear anti-spin differential, which turns both rear wheels in tandem when increased torque is applied.
The truck rides on upgraded Firestone white-lettered all-terrain tires, in either LT 275/70R18E or LT 285/60R20E sizes, depending on model.
Available Hill-Descent Control allows drivers to modulate speed down steep, rugged grades using buttons on the column shifter, without the need for throttle or brake pedals.
Edmunds says: Ram is emphasizing heavy-duty offerings for 2017, something that should please shoppers who value extreme capabilities.