2017 Ram Power Wagon Arrives at Dealers Later This Year | Edmunds

2017 Ram Power Wagon Arrives at Dealers Later This Year

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — The off-road oriented 2017 Ram Power Wagon, introduced today at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, will begin arriving at Ram dealerships in the fourth quarter of this year.

A Ram spokesperson told Edmunds that pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

Based on the Ram 2500 Heavy Duty 4x4 Crew Cab pickup, the new Power Wagon features updated exterior styling that includes a blacked-out grilled highlighted by a silver Ram emblem, blacked-out side trim and a thick vertical stripe behind the cab with Power Wagon lettering.

Other exterior goodies include a Warn 12,000-pound electric winch with 125 feet of line hidden behind the front bumper, heavy-duty tow hooks and unique 17-inch forged aluminum wheels shod with 33-inch off-road tires.

Ram says this model's new exterior style and graphics take their design cues from the 1979-'80 Dodge "Macho Power Wagon" pickup.

The redesigned interior features what Ram calls "technical grain" seats in gray and black with tread-patterned fabric inserts. Heated seats are optional and are highlighted by Ram and Power Wagon logos.

A premium trim version adds leather seats with contrasting logos, as well as ambient lighting for the overhead, door panels and foot wells.

Both treatments include a leather-wrapped steering wheel with heat option, Iron Gray metallic paint on the center stack and door trim, satin chrome vent rings, all-weather floor mats, a 7-inch center display and an 8.4-inch Uconnect screen featuring an off-road-themed backdrop screen.

Power is provided by a standard 6.4-liter Hemi V8 that produces 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque and comes with engine calibration that is unique to the Power Wagon.

The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission connected to a part-time, manually engaged Borg Warner transfer case.

To complement the three-link front suspension standard on the entire Ram Heavy Duty lineup, the 2017 Power Wagon adds Bilstein shocks and an electronic sway bar that can be disengaged by the driver at speeds lower than 18 mph. This allows the bar to move more independently from the truck's frame to provide increased suspension flex in rough terrain, while automatically re-engaging at higher speeds for more roll stiffness.

 At the rear, as with all Ram Heavy Duty models, the Power Wagon features a five-link coil design for improved ride and handling, supplemented with model-specific Bilstein shocks and a Bilstein dampener that links the top of the rear axle to the frame for increased control.

Ram says that the 2017 Power Wagon can handle a payload of up to 1,510 pounds and has a towing capacity of up to 10,030 pounds.

It competes against other heavy-duty trucks, including the Chevrolet Silverado HD, Ford F-Series Super Duty and GMC Sierra HD.

Edmunds says: A unique combination of utility and throwback styling puts this Ram in a class of its own.

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