The on-road performance and off-road ability of the re-engineered 2014 Ram Power Wagon has been improved thanks to a new frame and bigger tires, as well as a five-link coil suspension. Derived from a Ram 2500 heavy-duty pickup, the Power Wagon is powered by Chrysler Group’s 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine that provides up to 410 hp of output and 429 pounds-feet of torque and mated to with a six-speed transmission.
When under load, the Hemi V-8 deactivates four cylinders. When additional traction is not needed to improve fuel economy, the Power Wagon’s front driveshaft disconnects. It features a new high-strength steel frame with eight cross members for enhanced rigidity and handling.
It also features larger, 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires that provide 14.5 inches of ground clearance -- around 21 percent higher than the standard Ram 2500. The Power Wagon comes standard with a front winch rated for 12,000 lbs. Mike Cairns, Director at Ram Truck Engineering, remarked that Ram Power Wagon holds a special place in the line-up as an example of engineering innovation and off-road capability.
He said that while the 2014 Ram Power Wagon may look similar to a Ram 2500 Heavy Duty, “under the skin is a unique story,” giving rise to a best-in-class off-road pickup competence. The Power Wagon nameplate was built from 1945 to 1980. Early versions were derived from Weapons Carrier (WC) series of Dodge three-fourth ton military trucks of World War II.
It then became a popular civilian vehicle and was a predecessor to the several 4x4 trucks of today. The truck was brought back to life in 2005 and is now an independent model under Ram Truck Brand. The 2014 Ram Power Wagon has a starting price of $45,690, including shipping and will be rolled out in the second quarter of 2014.
As the "ultimate off-road truck," the 2017 Ram Power Wagon comes with a new exterior design that conveys its true capabilities. Just like the Ram 1500 Rebel, the new Ram Power Wagon comes with a larger all-new blacked-out grille with a Billet Silver "RAM" letter badge, as flanked by black bezel bi-functional projector headlamps with LED marker lights. A Gloss Black graphic also dons the vent-stamped hood from the mid-section to the windshield.
The graphic features of the new Power Wagon are dependent on its color scheme. Although the optional two-tone, lower black finish is still available, the new Power Wagon resurrects a popular graphic from the late 1970s -- a thick vertical stripe aft of the cab with "Power Wagon" in massive rotated font. Depending on the color finish, the optional graphics could be availed in two different color variations. For instance, Blue Streak, Bright Silver, Bright White, Flame Red and Granite Crystal colors get Gloss Black graphics, while Black finish feature Bright Silver graphics.
In addition, the front and rear bumpers of the Power Wagon feature powder coating. The front bumper comes with a concealed Warn 12,000-lb. winch, roller fairlead and 125 feet of line as well as a single heavy gauge steel cable and a dozer-size hook that could be attached to one of the two large tow hooks on the front. The Power Wagon rides on 17-inch forged, multi-surface aluminum wheels -- with Matte Black inner and Silver outer – featuring exposed lug nuts with a small center cap. These wheels are wrapped in 33-inch tires.
The blacked-out theme of the Power Wagon is also evident on the sides, as accentuated by lower body panels, wheel-arch moldings, mirrors and badges. On the rear, the Power Wagon features a 324-point bold "RAM"-stamped tailgate with blacked-out lettering. The Power Wagon Gloss Black graphics meld with the Black powder-coated rear bumper and Black bezel tail lamp housings. The bottom of the tailgate is marked by a black "Power Wagon" decal.