The Ram Truck brand today unveiled its 2017 Power Wagon at the Chicago Auto Show, featuring a variety of off-road-specific enhancements. The truck will be available in the fourth quarter of this year.
“Dating back to 1945, the Ram Power Wagon’s heritage holds a distinctive position in the Ram Truck lineup as an example of engineering innovation and off-road capability,” says Rob Wichman, director of engineering for the Ram Truck brand. “For 2017, the Power Wagon’s best-in-class, can-do toughness is matched by can’t-stop-me looks.”
Wichman says the Power Wagon is built off the Ram 2500 Heavy Duty 4×4 Crew Cab, and offers a suspension with more than two feet of lift and a 12,000-pound winch. The truck has a 6.4-liter V8 engine that produces 410 horsepower and nearly 430 pounds per feet of torque.
He says the Power Wagon has a new grille with a prominent silver “Ram” letter badge. The black grille has LED headlamps and the truck comes in six colors. Wichman says the truck also comes with an optional backup camera and cargo-view camera.
The interior of the vehicle features seats embossed with the tire tread pattern, matching the 33-inch wheels’ footprint. The interior is also available in leather with light gray accent stitching.
Ram also today introduced its 2500 4×4 Off-road Package, with large front tow hooks, larger fender flares, and an improved suspension.
“Truck customers require a wide range of off-road capability options and Ram trucks are designed and engineered for the full spectrum,” says Bob Hegbloom, head of the Ram Truck Brand for FCA-North America. “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 4×4 Off-road Package.”
Hegbloom says the package offers monotube shock absorbers, all-terrain tires, and hill-descent control, allowing drivers to control speed down steep, rugged grades with the buttons on the column shifter.
He says for added traction, the package comes with a rear anti-spin differential, which turns both rear wheels in tandem when increased torque is applied. The package will be available in the third quarter this year.