The Power Wagon name is a well-known brand for Ram but for those who don’t know, it was a special model of their heavy duty line which was made between 1945 and 1980. Latest reports suggest that the 2017 RAM 2500 Power Wagon will be again introduced and what we could hear about it so far looks very promising.
While the name has also been used a couple of times so far on their current lineup of trucks, the true Power Wagon character was never there and the truck looked just like a stylized version of the usual model. Well, Ram managed to take the World by surprise with the leaked news about the all-new 2017 RAM 2500 Power Wagon a few days ago. Unlike the older model, this one comes with all the bells and whistles you would expect from a true Power Wagon branded truck.
Unfortunately, for the 2017 MY they did not bring any additional changes to the base truck which means it is the same as the one released back in 2014. While this would be usually okay for us considering it is a heavy duty truck, brands such as Ford or Nissan already released their newest HD models and these two alone might take quite a few buyers from the RAM 2500.
The price is also the same as before and the new Power Wagon trim level will be sold as a higher end model and it is expected to cost around $55,000 for a base truck. While this is certainly more than some other trucks out there, this vehicle will also bring a lot of features for its class which is all it matters right now. Many drivers of trucks are now ordering high spec versions even if they need strong and reliable working mule.
2017 RAM 2500 Changes
In terms of design, the new 2017 RAM 2500 Power Wagon changed quite a bit over the older models or even over the base 2500. In fact, it now comes with an entirely new front end which it actually shares with the Ram Rebel. This ditches the old cross-hair grille in the favor of an entirely new design with one curved horizontal grille as well as a honeycomb black mesh. The headlights now use Xenon as standard as well as LED daytime running lights while the fog lamps use projector beams.
In order to differentiate it further from the usual 2500, the Power Wagon also comes with a lifted suspension system with heavy duty springs, unique 17-inch rims wrapped in all terrain tires as well as beefy axles. These should make for a really good off-road machine as well as a beast in terms of towing thanks to its available engines and stronger chassis.
Inside the cabin, while the basic design of 2500 has been kept, most of the points where the driver and passengers touch the cabin elements have been improved with the addition of wood and high quality stitched leather. Also, while the base model comes with basic amenities, the Power Wagon will add satellite navigation and infotainment unit, leather seats with larger side bolsters and improved audio system.
Engine wise, the 2017 RAM 2500 will hit the market with the same two basic engines as before. The base unit will get a naturally aspirated 6.4-liter V8 good for 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque while a diesel is also available. If you decide to take the gasoline unit you can be sure that the amount of power it provides will be enough for all your daily jobs.
The diesel does cost a lot more than the V8 but it also offers a lot more. This will allow the Power Wagon to tow as much as 31,000 pounds when equipped with the turbo diesel and right pieces of the towing system. Powerplant like this will easily offer as much as 385 horsepower and 900 lb-ft of torque. Both of these will only come available with six-speed automatic transmission which will drive either the rear wheels or all four wheels. In any case, a limited slip differential is going to be available as an option on most models in the lineup while the Power Wagon will get it as standard.
Currently, there are few tough contenders on the market but the 2017 RAM 2500 comes with quite special features that do allow it to be one of the best-selling models. For many drivers, it is an ideal option that gives slightly more power and better towing and payload figures with the small penalty on fuel efficiency. You can always go for even more powerful version but then be prepared to pay a hefty price for all that extra power.