Here’s the first look, although camouflaged, of the 2020 Ram Power Wagon pickup truck. Trucks.com’s spy photographer caught it while undergoing road testing in Detroit.
The pickup from the truck division of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will be redesigned for the 2020 model year, picking up many of the improvements made in the reboot of the smaller 2019 Ram 1500 pickup that recently went on sale.
The new model will stick to the same hardcore, off-road-ready attributes of the current Power Wagon.
Its standard equipment is sure to include locking differentials – both front and rear – a double-jointed front suspension with a front anti-roll bar disconnect, and a Warn winch rated at 12,000 pounds that’s integrated within the front bumper.
The exterior styling will mimic some of the curvier aerodynamic lines of the RAM 1500 Rebel, but with a muscular take to reflect the Power Wagon’s rugged heritage. It will continue FCA’s use of using premium materials to upgrade its truck and SUV interiors. Expect the technology package to include the same Uconnect 4 infotainment system in the 2019 Ram 1500. It will have a standard 8.4-inch screen and optional Uconnect 4C NAV infotainment system with the large portrait-oriented 12-inch touchscreen center console display.
The powertrain will likely holdover from the current model – a 6.4-liter V8 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It produces up to 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque.
First developed as a vehicle for the U.S. Army in 1945, the Power Wagon has a reputation for the ability to go just about anywhere. With 14.3 inches of ground clearance and 26 inches of wheel travel, the current model can ford 30 inches of water. It is based on Ram’s Heavy Duty 2500 series pickup
The next Ram HD is slated to move its production location from Saltillo, Mexico, to Warren, Mich., in 2020, in time for the next-generation heavy duty’s start of production. Expect an official reveal next year.