Big pickup truck buyers rejoice; the Ram Power Wagon is back for the 2014-model year, complete with the Chrysler Group’s updated 6.4-liter Hemi V8 that churns out 410 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque connected to a six-speed automatic transmission with a part-time, manual-engagement transfer case. Previously, the Power Wagon came with a standard 383hp 5.7-liter Hemi V8.
The Power Wagon sports a raft of enhancements over the Ram 2500 Heavy Duty 4×4 Crew Cab upon which it is based, including a different suspension with more than two inches of lift, locking differentials, underbody protection components, a 12,000-pound winch and unique 17-inch forged alloy wheels mounted on 33-inch tires.
The 14.5-inch ground clearance compares to the 2500 Heavy Duty’s 12 inches, while Ram says that the truck’s approach angle is increased to 34 degrees, the departure angle increased to 23.5 degrees and the breakover angle is enhanced to 25.5 degrees. According to Ram, “this gives the Power Wagon significant clearance for navigating a variety of severe inclines and declines as well as providing up to 30-inches of water-fording capability”.
The truck features a payload of 1,490 pounds (676 kg) and a towing capacity of up to 10,810 pounds (4,903 kg).
“The Ram Power Wagon’s heritage dates back to 1945. It holds a special place in the line-up as an example of engineering innovation and off-road capability,” said Mike Cairns, Director—Ram Truck Engineering. “It may look similar to a Ram 2500 Heavy Duty but under the skin is a unique story, giving the Power Wagon its best-in-class off-road pickup competence.”
Ram says it will offer the Power Wagon in three trim levels named Tradesman, SLT and Laramie with up to 12 different colors depending on the grade, with pricing to be announced.
By John Halas