Automotive

New truck lives up to Power Wagon name

Ram reveals capable new off-roader

CHICAGO - The latest Ram is resurrecting the iconic Power Wagon name for a capable new four-wheel-drive truck.

(Editor's Note: This story was originally posted on Feb. 11, 2016)

The Power Wagon name first surfaced after World War II on Dodge trucks. Since then, the name has been used off and on, and Ram has split from Dodge as its own brand.

For the 2017 Power Wagon, Ram has thrown in all its off-road tricks.

The truck starts as a heavy-duty Ram 2500 model. To that, the Power Wagon package adds a special off-road suspension that allows for greater wheel travel over extremely uneven terrain and locking differentials that are helpful for getting more power to the wheels.

Speaking of wheels, the Power Wagon has its own 17-inch wheel design wrapped in 33-inch tires. Up front, there's a built-in electric winch rated at 12,000 pounds integrated into the bumper.

Powering the monster is a 6.4-liter V-8 engine that generates 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque.

Inside, the seats are available in two colors and come emblazoned with the Power Wagon and Ram logos. A premium option wraps all those seats in leather.

Outside, the truck is available with a special graphics package that features the Power Wagon logo reminiscent of the logos on the same trucks from the late 1970s.

The new truck will be built at Rams's factory in Coahuila, Mexico, and will go on sale in late 2016.


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