By Aaron Bragman
Ram is introducing the latest version of an iconic name in pickup trucks, unveiling the 2014 version of the Ram Power Wagon, a highly off-road capable 4x4 based on the brand's 2500 crew cab pickup. This upgraded Power Wagon features a significant amount of unique equipment for 2014 which includes a new frame, an all-new coil-link rear suspension, and a brand new high-tech 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 (which offers cylinder deactivation). The Power Wagon will also be available across three trim levels — Tradesman, SLT and Laramie — with varying levels of standard and optional equipment.
As noted, the only engine offered will be the 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 making 410 horsepower and 429 pounds-feet of torque, featuring a unique engine calibration that will enhance "off-road maneuverability and finesse," according to Ram. The 5.7-liter Hemi is no longer offered. This means that throttle response when in low range is softened and idle speed increases by 100 rpm for better control on steep ascents and descents. Power is sent through a standard 66RFE six-speed automatic transmission with a part-time, lever-operated Borg Warner BW 44-47 transfer case.
The front and rear axles are from American Axle Manufacturing, with the fronts continuing with a 9.25-inch ring gear, while the new rearend ring gear is 11.5 inches (with thicker axles shafts as well). Axles gears remain 4.10:1. All Power Wagons will continue to offer front and rear locking differentials, as well as swaybar disconnects.
The Power Wagon's off-road capabilities are legendary with 14.5 inches of ground clearance, thanks in large part to a 2-inch lift over the standard Ram 2500 HD and 33-inch tires. Brakes, steering and frame details are unchanged from the normal Ram 2500 HD (which now offers the 50,000 psi strength steel), and the front suspension features an all-new high-movement joint (called Articulink) and a sway-bar disconnecting system for additional flexibility, axle articulation and off-road prowess.
All Power Wagon models will receive a 12,000-pound Warn winch behind the front bumper, and front and rear bumpers will be chrome. The 2014 Tradesman will have a monochrome package, with black accents for the grille, fender flares and other trim pieces. A Power Wagon decal will spread across the tailgate. Moving up to the SLT will be the largest change, with wild graphics decals, one of four colors for grille inserts, more Power Wagon decals, LED headlight accents, two-tone paint and black fender flares. Finally, the Laramie trim will feature a standard upscale leather interior, chrome grille and headlights, and painted fender flares. In all, 12 different paint colors will be available on the Power Wagon, depending on trim level.
The 2014 Power Wagon will go on sale later this year. Pricing for the Power Wagon Tradesman starts at $45,690; the Power Wagon SLT starts at $50,340; and the Power Wagon Laramie starts at $56,015.
To download the complete press release, click here. And don't miss the new video Ram Truck produced, detailing all of the 2014 Ram Power Wagon changes (see below).