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2019 Ram Power Wagon First Look: Powering On

Ram claims the original World War II army truck-derived Power Wagon was the first 4×4 pickup and that that truck’s successor remains the most capable off-road pickup on the market—fans of the 1913-1928 Jeffery Quad might debate that former claim, but we more or less validated Ram’s capability boast on a run across the Newfoundland Labrador wilderness. As the Ram 2500 line gets upgraded for 2019, most of those upgrades get applied to the Power Wagon while it carries over most of its previous unique features.

Retained features include the custom-tuned suspension with the 2-inch lift, electrically disconnecting anti-roll bar, and Bilstein shocks, the locking front and rear differentials, and the 12,000-pound Warn winch. A major upgrade involves that integrated front-mounted winch. The new Warn Zeon-12 model features “a unique fairlead and fairlead retainer with a new synthetic line that cannot kink, does not fray, and is more maneuverable.” The new line is also 28 pounds lighter. This winch, by the way, is one small reason why the Cummins diesel is not offered on the Power Wagon—it occupies space the Cummins setup needs for cooling. (The diesel engine is also too heavy and expensive to suit the “ultimate off-road pickup. “)

Another major improvement is a new 360-degree camera option, which provides a top-down view of the entire truck while forward cameras provide a close-up view to help place the tires when rock crawling. The standard 6.4-liter gas V-8 engine gets the MDS cylinder-deactivation system that launched on the half-ton version, along with all the noise and vibration countermeasures that allow these trucks to operate in four-cylinder mode more often—new engine mounts, vibration-canceling frame shakers, and active noise cancellation through the stereo plus all new exhaust hanging brackets that transfer less noise and vibration. Heavy-duty trucks don’t get an EPA rating, but internal testing suggests customers should see an 8-10 percent improvement in fuel economy. The engine is now teamed with an 8HP75R strengthened version of the eight-speed that has been powering the 1500 series trucks. The much shorter first gear ratio in this transmission reportedly improves the Power Wagon’s low-range crawl ratio from 35:1 to an impressive 51:1.

Like the rest of the Ram 2500 lineup, the 2019 model carries over much of the sheetmetal from the previous model (much of the cab, doors, and box) while face-lifting the design to resemble the 1500s, switching to an aluminum hood (saving some 27 pounds), and adding features such as the power-release tailgate with damped lowering. We still regard it as a new truck, however, because of the extensive powertrain improvements and the all-new frame, which is 31 pounds lighter and considerably stronger and less prone to transmitting vibration to the cab. The same is true inside, where the look resembles that of the 1500, borrowing some parts directly and modifying others to mount to the unique HD cab.

 

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As before, the Power Wagon is offered in crew-cab 6.4-foot box configuration only, and the functional aspects of the package can be ordered on the Tradesman trim truck of that configuration. (The option added $7,950 in 2018.)

Read more at: https://www.motortrend.com/cars/ram/2500/2019/2019-ram-power-wagon-first-look-review/

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How different is the Power Wagon?

When the 2017 Ram Power Wagon appeared, there was some chatter on public forums about how it was a “sticker package.” This idea may come from the lack of clear, substantial changes from 2016 in official communications.

Still, the Power Wagon is — and has been — quite different from the Ram 2500 4×4 under the skin, where it matters. It goes far beyond tacking on a skid plate and a winch — the latter ruling out the huge Cummins diesel engine, for space reasons. (The original Power Wagon had a flat-head six which was powerful when launched, but could not be called a class leader twenty years later, much less today — 70 years from its birth. That truck never did get a slant six, much less a V8 or a diesel.)

The best “low point to ground” clearance of a Ram 2500 4×4 with the Off-Road Package comes, oddly, with the Mega Cab, with 7.7 inches of clearance. The Power Wagon clears the ground, at its lowest point, by 8.3 inches.

The Power Wagon has a full 26 inches of suspension travel, even with the sway bar engaged, according to Ram reps. This is far greater than ordinary Rams, and may have been the reason why there were rumors of a Wrangler with an independent front suspension.

The approach, breakover, and departure angles are all far better than the rest of the Rams, by a minimum of 3°.

Read more at: http://www.allpar.com/news/2016/02/how-different-is-the-power-wagon-31257

Updated 2017 Ram Power Wagon

The popular sentiment in the truck market is that if you really, really want off-road performance, you turn to the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. But Ram would like to remind everyone that it’s no stranger to the hardcore, off-road pickup game, and that the 2500-based Power Wagon is here to stand up (and dwarf) the half-ton-based Raptor.

The 2016 Power Wagon was heavy on the chrome, had an pretty ridiculous optional graphics package, and featured questionable red grille inserts (unless you got the work-truck-like Power Wagon Tradesman). To be frank, it was hard to take the truck seriously alongside something as purposeful looking as the Ford Raptor. Ram has addressed this for 2017 by replacing all the chrome with menacing black trim. The billet-silver Ram badge in the nose is the only piece of bright work, and goodness, it all works.

exterior power wagon photo courtsey of autoblog.com

Look at the two side-by-side: murdering out the new Rebel-inspired grille, rear bumper, mirror caps, wheel arches, 324-point-font tailgate badge, headlights, and wheels finally gives the Power Wagon the menacing, purposeful, and imposing appearance that it needs. But really, what we like best is that this Ram is all just two-tone now, instead of a handful of different shades. By offering decals in just black or silver, depending on which of the six body colors you choose, the 2017 Power Wagon is a less distracting and simply more cohesive design (or just skip the graphics pack all together – we would).

Changes elsewhere are much more modest. You can black out the cabin headliner, and the dull fabric seats have been spiced up with inserts that ape the tread pattern of the standard Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires. It’s a small touch, but it breaks up the otherwise depressing sea of black plastic. And as far as more luxurious options, there’s no mention of a range-topping Power Wagon Laramie, although buyers on a budget will still be able to snag the entry level Power Wagon Tradesman.

interior power wagon photo courtsey of autoblog.com

Perhaps most importantly, the bits that make the Power Wagon a Power Wagon are more or less unchanged. The 6.4-liter Hemi V8 still produces 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque and is still matched with a 66RFE six-speed automatic and a manually-shifted transfer case. It’ll still tow 10,030 pounds, ford up to 30 inches of water, and has a standard 12,000-pound Warn winch at the front. In short, the 2017 Ram Power Wagon is still a monster, just a more fashionable monster.

Read more and the full Press Release at: http://www.autoblog.com/2016/02/11/2017-ram-power-wagon-chicago-official/

Standard Features of the 2014 Ram Heavy Duty Power Wagon

By now you’ve seen the 2014 Ram Heavy Duty Power Wagon. You know it’s got unmatched off-road capability, and you may have even seen it in action. Whether you’re familiar with the Power Wagon’s capabilities or just starting to check it out, here are a few features you’ll be glad to know come standard.

Electric Winch

That’s right, the winch is standard. So if you’re taking your Power Wagon out for some off-road fun or need to rescue “the other guys” from a stuck situation, you’ll find yourself well equipped in the Ram Heavy Duty Power Wagon. The Warn 12,000-pound winch is mounted right behind the front bumper, so you can pull up to the scene and save the day … and prove just how powerful your Ram Truck really is.

Front Disconnecting Stabilizer Bar

If you’re in the market for an off-road vehicle, we know you’ll want to be pushing it to the limits. That’s why the 2014 Ram Heavy Duty Power Wagon also comes standard with the unique Ram Articulink front suspension system. High movement joints and the sway bar disconnecting system give you increased control over your axels, so you anticipate bumps in the road with excitement, not dread.

Electronic Lock Differentials

Why go the four-by-four route if you aren’t going to go 100%? Front and rear electronic-locking differentials come standard on every Ram Heavy Duty Power Wagon to give it true four-wheel drive and maximum traction. You’ll be in control every bit of the way.

Of course, this isn’t all the Power Wagon has to offer. You know it comes with a 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 with best-in-class 410 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque … all this featuring an unsurpassed powertrain warranty of five years or 100,000 miles. Equip it with a Ram Box, and you’ll be the envy of every other truck on (or off) the road.

Read more at: http://blog.ramtrucks.com/features/standard-features-2014-ram-heavy-duty-power-wagon/

2014 Ram Power Wagon is bigger and badder than ever!

More, more, more. That’s the philosophy behind the latest Ram Power Wagon. The extra-brawny, Ram 2500-based pickup is back for 2014, and naturally, it’s even more extreme than its predecessor.

Like the rest of the Ram 2500 range, for 2014, the Power Wagon adopts the tweaked version of the 6.4-liter Hemi V8 found in SRT’s eight-cylinder offerings. A healthy 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque best the old 5.7-liter Hemi’s 383 hp and 400 lb-ft, while standard cylinder deactivation should help fuel economy. A six-speed automatic is the standard and sole transmission.

Those that know the Power Wagon, though, know there’s more to this truck than its engine. Ram has increased the size of the American Axle-built rear axle from 10.5 to 11.5 inches with 4.10 gearing. Each axle sports an electronically locking differential. Finally, a manually engaged Borg-Warner transfer case is standard, in order to properly distribute power.

Ram’s smaller 1500 is arguably the best-riding pickup on sale, thanks to its modern chassis tuning (and optional air suspension), which does away with old-fashioned leaf springs. Ram has taken a similar path with its bigger offerings, fitting a three-link front and five-link coil rear suspension. Ram is promising a more composed ride regardless of load, thanks to Bilstein monotube shocks at all four corners. That said, Ram hasn’t forgotten where the Power Wagon made its name: off road.

The rear suspension setup provides a greater degree of articulation, while the new Articulink system on the front suspension, which includes a front-sway-bar disconnect, should also help with off-road prowess. Fitted with 33-inch Goodyear tires, the Power Wagon benefits from 14.5 inches of ground clearance. It can also handle up to 30 inches of standing water.

But remember: this is first and foremost a work truck, and it’s outfitted as such. An electric Warn winch can handle 12,800 pounds, while a class five trailer hitch has been fitted, allowing the Power Wagon to tow up to 10,810 pounds. Off road, the big Ram’s suspension work grants it a 34-degree approach angle and a 23.5-degree departure angle, while the breakover angle is 25.5 degrees.

Pricing for the Power Wagon starts at $45,690. That’ll net you the base Tradesman version. Move up to the $50,340 SLT trim, and you’ll get the red grille inserts, shown above (depending on the exterior color). SLT buyers will also get the look-at-me graphics, LED taillights and LED turn signals. The top-end Laramie starts at $56,015, and adds a chrome grille, a monotone paint scheme with painted wheel arches and polished wheels. The Laramie also offers some significant cabin upgrades, including leather seats. Basically, if you want everyone to know what sort of truck you’re driving, buy an SLT. If you want to go under the radar (or as under the radar as a Power Wagon can get), go with the Laramie. Each price includes a $1,195 destination charge.

You can keep an eye open for the Ram Power Wagon during our coverage of the 2014 New York Auto Show, where it’ll make its world debut. There’s much, much more on the Ram Power Wagon in the big, official press release from Ram below, just after the video on the Power Wagon. Take a look, and let us know what you think of Chrysler’s newest, most hardcore pickup.

As read on: http://www.autoblog.com/2014/04/09/2014-ram-power-wagon-truck-new-york-official/?ncid=edlinkusauto00000016