Re-engineered Ram Power Wagon gets new frame, bigger tires

The Power Wagon's variable displacement V-8 engine deactivates four cylinders when not under load.
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DETROIT -- The re-engineered 2014 Ram Power Wagon will use a new frame, bigger tires and a five-link coil suspension to improve on-road performance and off-road ability.

The Power Wagon is based on a Ram 2500 heavy-duty pickup but is designed to go off-road. The 4x4 features Chrysler Group’s 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine, producing 410 hp and 429 pounds-feet of torque, combined with a six-speed transmission.

The variable displacement V-8 engine deactivates four cylinders when not under load and a front driveshaft disconnects when additional traction is not required to improve fuel economy.


The 2014 Power Wagon will ride on larger, 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires, which give the off-road-centric pickup 14.5 inches of ground clearance, 21 percent higher than the standard Ram 2500 heavy-duty pickup. A new high-strength steel frame has eight cross members to improve rigidity and handling.

Dodge offered a Power Wagon that was originally based on a heavy-duty military vehicle from shortly after World War II until 1980, when the name switched to Power Ram until 1993. Dodge reintroduced the Power Wagon name in 2005, and continued it in 2009 when Ram became its own brand.

The Power Wagon comes standard with a front winch rated for 12,000 pounds, among other features.

Last year, a silver Ram Power Wagon became lodged on an escarpment in northern California during a promotional photo shoot and was swamped by the Pacific when the tide rose. The truck was freed by a tow truck when the sea subsided.

Pricing for the 2014 Ram Power Wagon starts at $45,690, including shipping. The vehicle, built in Saltillo, Mexico, is expected in dealerships in the second quarter, the brand said.


You can reach Larry P. Vellequette at lvellequette@crain.com.


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