The Power Wagon returns

The legendary Power Wagon returns for 2014, ready carry on a tradition that stretches back more than 60 years.

The Power Wagon traces its origins the the 3/4-ton WC truck used by the military in World War II. Dodge built more than a quarter-million of the trucks equipped as weapons carriers, troop carriers, command cars and ambulances. (For more on the history of the Power Wagon, see Curtis Redgap’s excellent article “Dodge Trucks and the Burma Road in World War II.”)


Following the end of the war, returning GIs clamored for a civilian version of the tough 4X4 and Dodge was ready with the original Power Wagon, which was introduced in March 1946. It was the first factory-built 4-wheel-drive truck offered to the general public (while they did offer conversions, Ford and GM didn’t offer a factory 4X4 until the late 1950s).


The latest truck to wear the name is based on the Ram 2500 pickup. It’s equipped with a 6.4-liter HEMI engine that produces best-in-class 410 horsepower and a hefty, and best in class, 429 lb-ft of torque. There’s enough low-end torque to allow the use of cylinder deactivation for improved fuel economy. Mileage is further enhanced by the reduction of the rear axle ratio from 4.56 to 4.10.

The Power Wagon keeps the regular Ram 3-link front suspension and link-coil rear suspension. In order to improve offroad handling, engineers developed the Ram Articulink to provide the needed articulation to the front suspension.


The 2014 Power Wagon has serious off-road chops: it sits two inches higher than the regular Ram 2500, it has electronic locking front and rear axles, skids plates and a class-exclusive sway bar disconnect. the approach, breakover and departure angles are designed to provide the clearance needed when it’s time to tackle the roughest terrain.

The 2014 Ram Power Wagon is designed to be the most offroad-capable truck on the market.

Bilstein shocks are available all ’round and there are 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires mounted on forged-aluminum open-lug wheels.

The Power Wagon can be equipped with a 12,000-pound Warn Winch mounted in the front bumper along with all the features available for the Ram 2500, including a Class 5 hitch, Ram Box and clearance lights.


The Power Wagon is offered in three trim levels: Tradesman, SLT (shown) and Laramie. The SLT comes with a painted billet grille, black headlamps and splash graphics package on the sides of the body.

Ram dealers can order the Power Wagon now. Pricing starts at $45,960 for the Tradesman; the SLT stickers at $50,340 and the Laramie goes for $56,015. All prices include $1,195 destination charges.

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How will Wrangler keep its tops “free”?

Jeep Wrangler roof slider system cloth

Even as the 2018 Jeep Wrangler grows ever-closer, sources are divided as to how the roof will be handled — though we are starting get some clarity.

The JT pickup, due in 2019, will almost certainly have a fixed roof with removable panels. As for the Wrangler, some believe it will have the setup shown in the  scale model below (whose front styling was rejected):

The model above has the same removable panels as the pickup,

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Here are the SEMA-car sneak peeks

With the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show is drawing near, Mopar has started to show their usual teaser sketches of concepts to be displayed at the Las Vegas Convention Center on November 1-4.

Including Mopar-modified vehicles created especially for SEMA, fourteen FCA US vehicles will spread out over the 15,345-square-foot Mopar exhibit.

The annual Mopar press event will take place at its usual 4:26 p.m.

Read the full story: Here are the SEMA-car sneak peeks  »

CR and FCA quality


Many people regard Consumer Reports as the last word in car reliability, despite problems with CR’s methods and an attitude which leads to cease-and-desist letters for posting pages like this one.

The current guide was headlined by Buick’s rise to #3, but the secondary story was FCA brands anchoring the bottom, along with Tesla.

What happened?

FCA can counter CR with good scores in J.D.

Read the full story: CR and FCA quality  »

Envisioning the 2018 Jeep Cherokee

For the next Jeep Cherokee, Susan Rand and “DarkSky” considered what the phrase “a more traditional front that is still unique” might mean. Sources claimed that the body would remain essentially unchanged.

Since the “headlights below the DRLs” aspect of the current Cherokee is the most radical change from the norm, both renderings swap the two positions, putting the headlights up high, with integral DRLs, parking lights in a separate area,

Read the full story: Envisioning the 2018 Jeep Cherokee  »

Ram: King of Canadian trucks

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For the third time in a row, the Ram 1500 has been crowned the overall winner of the Canadian Truck King Challenge.

The tenth annual Canadian Truck King Challenge, run in Ontario but including seven judges from across Canada, includes real-world evaluations covering nearly 4,000 km, during which payload is tested up to 4,000 pounds, towing is tested up to 15,000 pounds, and off-road capability is assessed.

There were eleven pickups entered into the Canadian Truck King Challenge competition,

Read the full story: Ram: King of Canadian trucks  »

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