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How different is the Power Wagon?

by David Zatz on

When the 2017 Ram Power Wagon appeared, there was some chatter on public forums about how it was a “sticker package.” This idea may come from the lack of clear, substantial changes from 2016 in official communications.

Still, the Power Wagon is — and has been — quite different from the Ram 2500 4×4 under the skin, where it matters. It goes far beyond tacking on a skid plate and a winch — the latter ruling out the huge Cummins diesel engine, for space reasons. (The original Power Wagon had a flat-head six which was powerful when launched, but could not be called a class leader twenty years later, much less today — 70 years from its birth. That truck never did get a slant six, much less a V8 or a diesel.)

The best “low point to ground” clearance of a Ram 2500 4×4 with the Off-Road Package comes, oddly, with the Mega Cab, with 7.7 inches of clearance.  The Power Wagon clears the ground, at its lowest point, by 8.3 inches.

The Power Wagon has a full 26 inches of suspension travel, even with the sway bar engaged, according to Ram reps. This is far greater than ordinary Rams, and may have been the reason why there were rumors of a Wrangler with an independent front suspension.

The approach, breakover, and departure angles are all far better than the rest of the Rams, by a minimum of 3°.

For full details, see our 2017 Ram Power Wagon comparisons and specifications page. 

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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