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2014 Ram Power Wagon - O.E.s Off-Road

Posted in Vehicle Reviews on June 18, 2014
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We’ve officially received word about the 2014 Ram Power Wagon, and of course, we’re excited. The 2014 Ram Power Wagon -- based on the gasoline Ram 2500 Heavy Duty 4x4 Crew Cab -- is Ram’s solution for terrain dominance via off-road-specific engineering enhancements. Three trim levels (Tradesman, SLT, and Laramie) determine exterior and interior design treatments. Up to 12 different colors will be offered. The bonus of a really cool factory off-road truck? You got it: a standard three-year/36,000-mile Basic Limited Warranty and a five-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty.

The 2014 Ram Power Wagon is powered by the new 6.4L Hemi 16-valve V-8, boasting 410 hp at 5,600 rpm and 429 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. Throttle response is calibrated for off-road maneuverability and finesse. The transmission is a 66RFE six-speed automatic connected to a part-time, manual-engagement BorgWarner 44-47 T-case. The 9.25-inch front and 11.5-inch rear AAM axles are both equipped with electronic locking diffs and 4.10 gearing. The axleshafts measure 1.5 inches in the rear and 1.375 inches in the front. New for 2014 is the segment-exclusive front-axle disconnect system across the Ram Heavy Duty truck line. Yeah, we’re not thrilled with center-axle disconnect (CAD) making a reappearance, but it had to in order to make the Federal fuel economy bogey.

The three-link front suspension features Bilstein monotube shocks, more than 2 inches of lift, and allows for additional flexibility due to Ram’s “Ram Articulink” design, which incorporates high-movement joints at the control-arm-to-axle mount and an electronic disconnecting sway bar that can be disengaged in-cab via the driver-actuated “Smart Bar.” The Power Wagon’s rear suspension is the segment-exclusive, five-link coil system found on all Ram 2500 HD trucks, with the addition of Bilstein monotube shocks. Some models have a Bilstein damper that links the top of the rear axle to the frame. Payload is up to 1,490 pounds and towing capacity stands at 10,810 pounds.

The 2014 Power Wagon will be equipped with 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires, contributing to 14.5 inches of ground clearance -- 2.5 inches more than the Ram 2500 HD. A 34-degree approach angle, 23.5-degree departure angle, and 25.5-degree breakover angle make the Power Wagon agile on the trail. The underside is adorned in skidplates and a Warn 12,000-pound electric winch tucks elegantly inside the front bumper.

Identified by Ram as the most off-road capable pickup truck in the market, the 2014 Ram Power Wagon, which will be built at the Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Coahuila, Mexico, promises to continue the Power Wagon legacy of more than 60 years. With destination fees included, pricing will be $45,690 for the Tradesman, $50,340 for the SLT, and $56,015 for the Laramie.

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