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How much for that 2017 Power Wagon?

by Bill Cawthon on

The 2017 Ram Power Wagon has been refreshed, with a new grille, updated tailgate, and accents that reflect the 1979 and 1980 styling, popularized by Simon & Simon. The important parts remain — heavy duty off-road suspension parts, tough skid plates, 33-inch off-road tires.

Ram Power Wagon

Under the bright shell, buyers can also find Bilstein monotube shocks, a disconnecting sway bar, locking differentials, and a 12,000 pound winch to drag lesser vehicles from the mud. It has the Ram 2500’s five-link rear coil suspension and 6.4 Hemi (410 hp, 429 lb-ft), with a hefty 14.3 inches of ground clearance and 26 inches of wheel travel; the Power Wagon can drive through 30 inches of water.

Inside, buyers get new tire-tread-embossed seats with embroidered logos. Until now, though, there has been no word on what the new, improved 2017 Power Wagon would cost.

The wait is over. The 2017 Ram Power Wagon starts at $53,105, including a $1,320 destination charge [C$58,945 plus destination in Canada]. The Leather & Luxury package adds $4,495, with heated and ventilated high-back leather-trimmed 40/20/40 front bench seats (including a power 10-way memory driver’s seat and 6-way passenger seat). There is also a 60/40 split folding rear seat with flat load floor and under-seat storage.

The package also includes an 8.4 inch touch-screen with voice control, eight Alpine speakers, and a subwoofer. It’s all topped off with a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic temperature control, front and rear parking alerts, rear backup camera, power folding mirrors, and an alarm.

Buyers who are willing to forgo the graphics can save thousands by getting the Ram 2500 4×4 Crew Cab Tradesman and adding the $8,450 Power Wagon package. That brings the total to $48,315, including destination, for anyone who wants “all go and less show.”

Ram Off-Road Package2017 Power WagonSpecs • Personal Impressions (including off-road)  

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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