Everybody loves a good exhibition of raw strength and pure muscle, even those more attracted by refined supercar from Center Europe. The case of study this time is the recently announced 2017 Power Wagon. This hardcore heavy-duty truck developed by Ram wants to kill it in a hard-working market with plenty already of powerful, full-size sedan.
So, what is so unique about it? Not much. But still, the 2017 Power Wagon is worth watching. It is widely based on the Ram 2500 HD Crew Cab with design trails coming from the Rebel mode, as the black detailing and front fascia’s appearance.
Whatever you see it, the 2017 Power Wagon screams power and manliness. Yes, a truck for a man. A really manly man, actually. Ram’s marketing strategy is to tell everyone that this full-size truck is the most appropriate pickup for the hard-working man in the wild. Its upgraded off-road capabilities are intended to do so.
Let’s take a closer look at this muscle beast.
Massive Power for Hardcore Off-Road Skills
Again, the whole idea of the 2017 Power Wagon is to have a heavy-duty, off-road pickup ready for every situation. No matter what, Ram wants the Hemi 6.4 L V8 to be the answer to all your problems. This massive petrol-based powerplant produces up to 410 hp and a maximum torque of 429 lb-ft. Some commentaries out there were criticizing the use of a petrol-based engine instead a diesel one. Apparently, it’s because a problem of weight on the front end.
Along the powerplant, there is a 6-speed automatic gearbox pushing forward the four wheels. Electronic-locking differentials are installed on both front and rear ends, while the smart all-wheel-drive system deactivates when necessary to increase the fuel efficiency, just like other recent Ram models. In this matter, the car maker also announced an increase in fuel economy of 1 mpg, mainly thanks to these technical improvements.
We will found Bilstein dampers and shocks present on both axles, featuring a cutting-edge suspension’s design for enhanced articulation. Down there, strong skid plates are abundant, protecting what really matters during tough off-road scenarios. Also, the dual-alternator system, which is exclusive for the 2017 Power Wagon, is bringing onboard 220- and 160-amp alternators for supreme output. This allows the user to install a heavy load of electronics.
The 2017 Power Wagon design is quite practical without being boring. Ram bring us two options in this matter. First, we are getting a nice balance between hardcore looks and off-road skills. Then, we can also choose the Tradesman trim, which aims to reduce the decorative elements and push forward the off-road capabilities of this beast. Take as an example the Warn winch installed at the front end with an insane 12.000 lb capacity.
The “Power Wagon” lettering is frequent and strikes with a 70s feeling. Paint configurations available will be exciting, dynamic, and highly appropriate. These are Flame Red, Bright White, Blue Streak, Bright Silver, Gloss Black, and Granite Crystal. Beyond paint job, we found the brawny 17-inch forged-aluminum wheels with a matte-black finish that are wrapped with massive 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac rubber for heavy-duty tasks in the wild.
Inside the cabin, two different convenience packages will define the look and comfort. In the meanwhile, black instrument panel and armrests on the doors that come with Light Slate Gray stitching will be present as standard, no matter which of the convenience packages are chosen by the user. Also, a huge list of interesting options will be available as well. Among these features, we can find the LED bed lighting, power-adjustable pedals, and front and rear park assist.
The Bottom Line
The 2017 Power Wagon is the new monstrous beast created by Ram to offer an outstanding performance during heavy-duty tasks in the wild. No matter where is the challenge, the off-road skills of this full-size truck will kill it.
No price announced yet.