2012 Power Wagon Gets Upgrades and New Trim Levels

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Ram Trucks will add the ST and Laramie models to its 2012 Power Wagon lineup, the company announced today at the Texas Auto Writers Association's Texas Truck Rodeo, just outside of San Antonio. The less expensive ST model offers all the Power Wagon’s functional capability at a more affordable price, while the Laramie model provides more comfort and luxury features to any Power Wagon before it. 

Additionally, and new for the model year, is the addition of the RamBox side-storage system for wheelbases with the 6-foot-4-inch beds, as well as a new heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission behind the Hemi. The new RamBox (previously only available on the shortbed Ram 1500) will likely make the Power Wagon quite popular with park rangers, forest service workers, and city municipalities. Both models will go on sale in December.

"Expanding the Power Wagon’s availability to ST and Laramie models is not only what our customers have asked for, but also a true measure of the truck’s success and popularity with truck buyers," said Fred Diaz, Ram’s CEO. 

On the ST, which Ram says will appeal to owners who use trucks for daily off-road duty, the grille, bumpers, fender flares and mirrors are clad in black. The interior is mostly unchanged from the ST trim level. The Laramie gives owners leather seats, premium stereo, dual-zone climate control, and wood-grain dash and door panels. The package also includes body-colored fender flares and chrome mirrors, bumpers and grille.

The new Power Wagon ST starts at $41,625, the previously existing Power Wagon SLT starts at $45,565, and the Power Wagon Laramie starts at $51,000. Prices do not include a $995 destination charge.

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The 2012 Power Wagon, which is based on the Ram 2500 Heavy Duty four-wheel-drive crew cab, is powered by a 383-horsepower, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 that makes 400 pounds-feet of torque. The truck’s features include 33-inch BFGoodrich all-terrains, a Warn 12,000-pound winch Bilstein shocks, underbody skid plates and a 4.56:1 axle ratio. The Power Wagon can tow up to 10,250 pounds with a Class IV hitch. The Power Wagon has 2.5 inches more ground clearance than a Ram 2500 HD. A driver-actuated electronic disconnecting stabilizer bar offers more wheel travel for tough trails.

The Power Wagon is considered to be one of the most capable 4x4s sold in the U.S. and now with the added storage of the RamBox, a much smarter, better-geared transmission, and more flexible pricing, we're guessing this will spread its appeal. 

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Comments

I wish they would make a 1/2 ton power wagon.

Then they could shorten it up a bit with a 5.5ft bed and drop some weight out of it. At nearly 7,000lbs the 3/4 ton Powerwagon is absurdly heavy (vs. the 5,500lbs for a typical 1/2 ton Ram), and it's too long and wide to easily fit down a lot of trails.

"I have NEVER been a dodge fan, but that is one sharp truck. I really like it in silver. I could only hope Ford did something like this. I just have that hesitation buying a Dodge. Maybe i should just test drive one, but that thing looks like it could do alot of things well. GMC All-Terrain HD is another promising looking truck.

Glad truck manufacturers are listening to what some people do with their trucks and offer Power Wagon / Raptor / All-terrain.

Honestly today, I don't even need any of the above, but once my training program ends, we will be getting a travel trailer and a boat again. Only downside with the Raptor is the tow rating.

Sharp Truck" -Matt in NH

I never saw myself owning a Dodge, either. I have always liked them but I have always liked Ford a lot more. I bought my Dodge (Ram 2500 Power Wagon) because I could not wait for Ford to do a similar truck. I would still be waiting today, since Ford does not have anything comparable.

The F-150 S.V.T. Raptor is a really nice pickup but I am more of a mountain trail off-roader, not so much a desert blaster.

"Oh looky! STICKERS!, And you guys make fun of the Z71... hehe" -jumpy

What stickers do you speak of? This Power Wagon does not have any stickers. It has actual emblems (letters).

"I have no idea why they do not make a 1/2 ton Power Wagon. Paint it that stupid Mossy Oak green and it would sell like hotcakes on opening day of pheasant season.
I had a 1/2 ton 1974 Power Wagon, 440cu, 4 speed, 35's with grille gaurd and winch." -Dave

"I wish they would make a 1/2 ton power wagon.

Then they could shorten it up a bit with a 5.5ft bed and drop some weight out of it. At nearly 7,000lbs the 3/4 ton Power Wagon is absurdly heavy (vs. the 5,500lbs for a typical 1/2 ton Ram), and it's too long and wide to easily fit down a lot of trails." -paul810

Since the Ram 1500 uses a weak independent-front suspension, versus a strong solid-front axle (2500), a Power Wagon would not work on the 1/2-ton. The I.F.S. would limit the strength and capabilities of what the Power Wagon model was designed for.

TEST IT NOW!!!!!! I need to know just how great this new 66RFE is before I go and buy one. I love the fact that you can now order one the way you want it. ST for the hunters, loggers, and serious off-roaders that WILL track mud inside the cab. SLT --- For those that do some mild off-roading and still want the Bad-A$$ Look of the Power Wagon --- Laramie for those that have a small we-we and need to make up some ground with Leather, Heated Seats, Heated Steering Wheel..... ;)

POWER WAGON are by far the #1 Purpose Built Trucks you can buy here in AMERICA! To bad they are built in freaking mexico... :(

Oh yea...... did I mention that we would love to see a HD Shoot-Out between the 2012 GAS POWERED TRUCKS.......................... REMINDER!!!!!!

JBrown-

The Ram 2500 Power Wagon with the 545RFE transmission is decent. The transmission (gearing) is not the greatest but it is not the end of the world. Even if the 66RFE was marginally better than the 545RFE, you could not go wrong.

You would be doing yourself a great disservice by passing-up on this great truck, if you truly do want a Power Wagon, if you do not run out and get one now, while Ram is still producing them. Or you can always look for a used one a couple of years down the road?

I have ZERO regrets buying my Power Wagon!

@JBrown,

Lets just say they're ALL made for those who have small "We-We's"....

@Buy American, in my part of the world a Power Wagon is always a 'show bunny' as you say, with or without a diesel. This behemoth can't hang off road, I can guarantee you that much just by seeing a picture of it. As I said numerous times before a 3/4 ton truck belongs on gravel in a worst case scenario. Too big, too heavy. So, you might as well have a diesel engine to push this mountain of a truck down the highway. It's gonna get stuck in the mud regardless.

And the reason the don't offer Cummins is not the price, otherwise it wouldn't be offered on ANY of the 3/4 models.

UncleBud-

Not sure if you have ever seen this clip of a Power Wagon, in action?:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1mYZJLquyM

I can only imagine a different ending if this truck had the extra 1,000-pounds, under the hood, of the diesel.

Another thing, with the Cummins motor you would lose about 2,500 r.p.m. (Cummins red line about 3,500 r.p.m. vs. HEMI 6,000 r.p.m.) of available engine speed. The diesel would have to be in the upper gears (losing torque multiplication/leverage of gearing) whereas the HEMI can stay in the lower gear range (increasing gear advantage).

Deep ruts. Whoopee. A half ton reg cab would have walked through that. Same goes for a mid size.

@UncleBud,

Come on! Check this out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwQDM-NTXpI

Ok........lmfao! Joke's aside!

Check this out

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOYJqBX93AY

That there Uncle Bud is the Ultimate Super Duty! Off-Road, rock crawl, and tow your Trailer.

What Jeep or Toyota can do that!

Yeah, what Frank said!

Full-size "tanks" rigs can hold their own and then some. It may not be as pretty (as a Jeep or compact/mid-size pickup) but a full-size can still git er done!

This is great news. Nice to finally see the RAM brand is basically making the Power Wagon package a free flow option across the 2500 series line up. An ST Power Wagon makes great sense! Now, where the heck is the standard cab Power Wagon? That is the one I want! Specifically, a standard cab ST trim Power Wagon with and engine that has more nut than a 5.7L Hemi. The 5.7L Hemi is a dog at high altitude where I live. No, not a stupid die$el but more like a 6.1L Hemi or upgrade the 5.7L to direct injection should get the job done. Something! The truck needs more power.

You guys make me laugh!

I went to an off-road event last year, over 200 were there and those fancy full-size pickups you guys claim are so bad-a$$ off-road, well...

They were the pulling rigs for their REAL off-road vehicles, Toyota's and Jeep's!!!

I saw maybe 5 full-size pickups off-roading that day in the tight trails and they were so heavily chopped of body panels to get through the trails and lighten the weight, they were not street legal!!!

I see it all the time, FIBS from Chicago land and their huge quad cab full-size pickups with large (usually skinny, that is huge rim sizes for show) tires pulling trailers with atv's or bike's on them because they know their monster pickup is just a show for the road!!!

Most I ran into commented on how nice and new my pickup was out on the trails. They were suprised to see such a newer pickup on those tight trails...

You guys are overlooking some main features that will make this Power Wagon and Raptor not so good off-road:

WEIGHT!!!

It's all fine and dandy just after you buy it, but how will the suspension hold up over the long run holding that much weight?

And it comes with typical factory bumpers and not real skid plates like all pickups from the factory...

I do not know about you guys but I would refrain from taking a close to $50,000 pickup in tight off-road situations to get the paint all scratched up, dents and other damage...

I have been on some descent off-road trails so far and the body damage creeps up on ya. Cannot wait for the big trip west to Colorado/Utah soon...

Great, here we go again. King oxi is here to preach his gospel down to us non-Tacoma drivers. Oxi, did you even watch the 2nd video Frank posted? I'd love to see your Toyota get destroyed on that trail. When will you get it through your thick skull that not everyone wants a Tacoma? You like them, thats fine. If someone starts claiming things that aren't true about them, put that person in his or her place. BUT FOR GODS SAKE, QUIT PREACHING.

"...It's all fine and dandy just after you buy it, but how will the suspension hold up over the long run holding that much weight?

And it comes with typical factory bumpers and not real skid plates like all pickups from the factory...

I do not know about you guys but I would refrain from taking a close to $50,000 pickup in tight off-road situations to get the paint all scratched up, dents and other damage..." -oxi

Well, I think I finally wore out one of the front shocks at 69,000 miles? Does not surprise me though. The industry standard is to replace shocks at 50,000 miles, of street driving. I have logged thousands of miles towing our 22' travel trailer and hundreds of miles off-road above and beyond the typical street miles.

You (oxi) should really take a peak under a Power Wagon if you ever come across one. I think you would be impressed with the extra skid plates/cross bars they are equipped with from the factory.

The first scratch/dent is always the toughest. I would much rather put on the scratches and dents myself, doing what I enjoy, than have some idiot in a parking lot do it for me. If you are worried about a few scratches then you do not belong in a 4X4.

I promise you if I have had the money, I would have bought one tomorrow! And I am a Ford guy! By the way, greetings from Israel- where the taxes are so high that you get a stupid SUBARU for the price of a Power Wagon - I am not kidding. I bought my 1998 FIESTA for a price of a 2001 F150 4X4, because that is the price here!

@Buy American my take away from the first video was that the guy almost drove $100K truck off a cliff. Too big.

Until it has a Cummins it is just shy of being the PERFECT truck.

800 Ft-Lbs and front/rear lockers.... wow please make it!

I have to agree with UncleBud about those SuperDuty videos--all I saw was $100K getting the crap beat out of it cause it was too big. Oh and about towing--there wasn't a hitch on that pickup.

I think it is smart that Fiat is lowering the price of the Power Wagon--but I suspect that Fiat dealers will not have many of the strippers. They want the extra profit they get when they sell a $50K+ pickup to a guy that can't really afford it on a long-term loan.

Also, the specs on the Power Wagon as a work vehicle are a joke--the payload and towing are about the same as a 1/2-ton that costs thousands and thousands less. Not to mention the Hemi is underpowered for such a heavy vehicle.

When if comes to 3/4 ton Rams, if there ain't a big "C" on the side, forget it... .

"...Also, the specs on the Power Wagon as a work vehicle are a joke--the payload and towing are about the same as a 1/2-ton that costs thousands and thousands less. Not to mention the Hemi is underpowered for such a heavy vehicle. ..." -Dav

The first purpose of the Ram 2500 Power Wagon is off-road capability. The second purpose is work. If your primary need is work then you need a diesel.

Show me a 1/2-ton with the hardware and credentials of the Power Wagon.

Take a Power Wagon for a test drive. Not sure if you have ever driven a standard 2500 with the HEMI before but the 4.56:1 gears make gobs of torque.

It takes a lot of skill to build the Ultimate Super Duty. I love it. Everyone can hate all they want, I will still drive this Monster.

Each to their own.
Buy or build up whatever makes you happy.

I agree that it should have a Cummins option. The Cummins should also have DEF to fix the fuel economy issue.

A diesel Power Wagon could potentially destroy the driveline with a blip of the throttle under the right circumstances. I can see why they don't offer it but I agree it would be sweet if they did.

This is one update I've been looking forward to. This truck is now a much more serious contender to be my next truck with the Laramie trim level. $51k starting is pretty high though, especially if it retains manual transfer case shift (no center console)

I'm really not digging the hammerhead shark styling. I think they should go back to the drawing board and come up with a new design.

@Max,

And THEY call it "Big Rig Inspired", WHAT A JOKE.... LMFAO!

Have not seen any press on this yet, but can you still tow fifth wheels with Rambox option? Not sure if mounting/operation of a fifth wheel hitch would be affected by this bed design or not? Just curious if anyone has seen any information regarding that?

For those curious, Ram Truck tells us there's nothing about the RamBox on the 2500 that would restrict the installation of a 5th-wheel hitch or use of the gooseneck option. Just an FYI.

Man, that is a very cool truck with the front and rear locker, sway-bar disconnect, stump-pulling gears, and bed-side storage. I hate to say it, but they have Ford beat on a factory bad mutha heavy-duty truck. The Raptor is still king of the half-ton beasts, but this one rules the 3/4 ton roost. This coming from a Ford guy who would never in a million years buy a Dodge.

SWEET!

"Man, that is a very cool truck with the front and rear locker, sway-bar disconnect, stump-pulling gears, and bed-side storage. I hate to say it, but they have Ford beat on a factory bad mutha heavy-duty truck. The Raptor is still king of the half-ton beasts, but this one rules the 3/4 ton roost. This coming from a Ford guy who would never in a million years buy a Dodge." -Aaron

I agree 100%! Except for your last sentence. I, a Ford fanatic, was lured away from Ford back in 2005. I bought a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Power Wagon. I love my truck! I would do it all over again if I had to. Sorry, Ford.

now theres a truck i want to trade my toyota in for! all that power and space and you just cant beat the rambox for utility!

The power wagon isn't offered in the diesel, because it's too much torque! Four low + power wagon's lower gears + diesel = broken axle's. Also, the intercooler for the diesel takes up the space where the which would go. You can always buy the disconnecting sway bar from parts and add the winch to the front of the bumper!

First off........The power wagon does not come with the diesel option because of the lower engine mounts under the hood as well as the factory installed winch. There is simply no room under there. Second, a diesel is not suited for this particular model of truck. It isn't designed or intended to be hauling your 40 ft fifth wheels across the country. As for the fella talking about under power..............have you actually driven one????? I have driven many of jeeps and toyota trucks throughout the years and they are the definition of underpowered. Fact of the matter is, you have to do upgrades to any vehicle from the factory to make it off road worthy. New and old. I happen to own a 2010 power wagon and here is an open invitation to anyone who wants to go play in the mud and snow.

For one thing the power wagon is an AWESOME truck. Boyfriend had an Electric Blue 2009 Love it.
Ram needs to get rid of that STUPID plactic key and bring the Real Metal key back.
Guys really the Camo its ugly.
Im glad thay got rid of the A-team graphics it didn't do much for the truck.
They need to get some awesome colors back. Be different go bold

if it around 10k usd it be costly for the model truck

wish they would bring this back as a regularcab offering would be what im looking for in a truck and the 6.4 hemi would be awesome with more torque and payload and the offroad capability of the powerwagon id pass up a diesel if could get a regularcab again

give er a dang cummins!

Great truck but pricey. Take your existing truck , change gearing to 4:56, or 4:11, add electric locker to front, maintain mechanical rear locker (better) if you have the G80 option on a Chevy, and a better lift (better than stock dodge), drop in a 6.2 400+ motor from the new Camaros, add super charger, add Art Carr prepped Transmission, electric sway bar might be difficult but mechanical disconnects are easy. Add true heavy duty truck bumpers with portable winch for front or rear, all for less than 20K, and then you'll be at 30K total with a much better truck all around, and you can do it in phases as funds allow. If you want to add Dana 60 live axles you can leave off the lift kit, run 35's and add 2K more, now your talking true Heavy duty and on/off road power.

Is this truck only available in the crew cab version? That's all I see anymore. Used to be available only in standard cab or extended.cab. Too long overall and a lunchkit box.

I HAVE 2005 POWER WAGON AND IN THE SNOW I PUT JEEPS TO SHAME .

PUT A DIESEL N IT!!!!

I have a 2012 Dodge Power Wagon. I also owned a 1948 Dodge Power Wagon. The Power Wagon does not come with a Cummins Diesel Engine. I wouldn't want a Cummins in a Power Wagon. My does anything I want on or off road without any problem. The locker systems works find. If it ever fails I want put air lockers in. These trucks are designed for off road use and they definitely provide the needed clearance and protection for the undercarriage. Of course I am not a rock crawler because my intention is not to "go anyway" but to go where I need to and accomplish what I have to do. If I want to play I use my Jeep rock crawler. Again I really like and enjoy this new Dodge Power Wagon.

I learned how to drive a manual Trans in a power wagon with my grandfather. they are some of the best memories I have have. power wagons are the best with no equal.

I have a fj cruiser with 35 s a jeep rubicon 4 door and a power wagon. Don't ask why I have all three long story but they are all a blast. I go to moab a lot and the mountains in several feet of snow. They all have their advantages but by far when I am in a bind or a buddy needs help I ALWAYS take the power wagon. It is built stronger and needed less upgrades than any to do the big obstacles in moab( potato salad escalator hells gate. And yes the power wagon did them all easier than the others. The Toyota is fun but just can't quite keep up with the others although I love the reliablity.



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