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2014 Ram Power Wagon - Wilder Wagon

Posted in Vehicle Reviews on August 28, 2014 Comment (0)
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Power Wagon. The name alone is marketing brilliance. It has a big box for hauling stuff, but it also has the power to get that stuff there. Over the years (it will be 70 years in 2015) the PW has changed much, but the latest version is still a powerful wagon—and so much more. We recently spent a weekend exploring the Arizona desert with the latest, greatest Power Wagon from Ram, and we came home impressed with the adventures that such a fullsize truck could offer.

The new Ram Power Wagon is a 3⁄4-ton Ram 2500 truck, but with quite a few upgrades to make it more capable off-road for both recreation and work. They are all crew cab shortbed body styles and only available with the gas engine. However, the gas engine is now a bigger 6.4L V-8 and packs the power and grunt needed for grinding up and over off-road obstacles. In addition to the larger powerplant, the new Power Wagon has adopted the coil link suspension front and rear, making it flexible and compliant to off-road use. The Power Wagon is the perfect new truck for someone who needs more 4x4 than a Jeep Wrangler, with more overall capability than a Raptor.

Power Wagon is for someone who needs more 4x4 than a Jeep Wrangler
The new Power Wagon has a 6.4L gas Hemi engine with 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque, which is more horsepower than the Cummins but less torque. However, the big reason that the Power Wagon chooses the gas option is weight savings. The 6.4L is almost half the weight of the Cummins, and when off-road that makes this big truck feel much more nimble. The 6.4L also has cylinder deactivation, which shuts off half the engine when demand is low to conserve fuel.
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The Ram Box bedside boxes offer plenty of storage options for the Power Wagon. The boxes are a great place for stowing recovery gear and give easy access to snow chains. There are also multiple trim levels of Power Wagon, from a basic tradesman PW for the fleet manager looking for a toolbox of a truck, to the SLT package with a forceful decal package, to the top-trim Laramie with a sleeper exterior hiding all the capability and a more refined leather trimmed interior. The SLT PW has very recognizable side decals, a matte black hood sticker, and a red accented billet grille.

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Ram Trucks
Aubum Hills, MI 48321
800-726-4636
www.ramtrucks.com

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