With an all-new Power Wagon Trim and better off-road packages across its three-quarter-ton pickup roster, Ram is back with its 2017 heavy-duty products. The updated off-road features will be available across the Ram 2500 roster.
The pickups have also been incorporated with a variety of options for an enhanced performance in rough terrain. Key features include the hull-descent control, which allows the driver to descend steep terrain automatically without the use of a brake. The feature had only been available on the conventional off-roader Power Wagon.
According to Ram Brand Head Bob Hegbloom, the car maker will employ the in-demand off-road packages not only in its heavy-duty series but to "every single cab", "every single powertrain" in all trims and colors. The off-road packages will have larger fender flares, all-terrain tired, limited-slip differentials, underbody protective units, special badging, and enhanced shock absorbers.
They can be availed from the markets starting the third quarter. However, pricing for the packages has not yet been disclosed. The Power Wagon boasts an all-new grille, with a blacked-out version of the one used on the Ram Rebel 1500 replacing the current chrome and crosshairs.
Furthermore, new bold block lettering on the grille and tailgate replaces the former Ram's head logo of the Rebel 1500. Completing the exterior are the new Power Wagon graphics on the rear quarter panels, which are reminiscent of the 1979 off-road pickup.
In 1945, Ram introduced the first mass-produced 4x4 civilian pickup known as the Dodge Power Wagon. The model made its comeback in Ram's 2005 pickup roster. The production team designed the exterior and the interior of the 2017 Power Wagon with a brand new hood that features a large gloss-black graphic.
The interior of the Power Wagon has also been widely redesigned with all-new features. The designers chose cues from the Rebel, such as embossed off-road tire pattern into the seat backs. Moreover, the 2017 model comes with an optional tailgate camera and a center-mounted stoplight camera, which allows the driver to monitor the vehicle's bed on the 8.4-inch infotainment display.
Under the hood, the Power Wagon retains the 410-hp, 6.4-liter, V-8, eight-speed transmission engine that delivers up to 429 lb.-ft. of torque. The pickup is rated at a payload of up to 1,510 lbs. and a towing capacity of about 10,030 lbs. Manufacturing of the 2017 Power Wagon will continue at Saltillo, Mexico. US dealerships are anticipated to begin by the fourth quarter.