The off-road version of Ram Trucks’ 2500 heavy-duty pickup, endearingly known as the Power Wagon, is nearly ready for its close-up.
Spy photographers captured a prototype of the 2020 Ram Power Wagon completely undisguised during testing in Detroit.
The 2020 Ram Power Wagon provides the first clear look at the range of Ram 2500-3500 heavy-duty models that will debut soon. The aggressive front grille, integrated winch, lifted suspension and off-road tires give this truck away as the Power Wagon variant.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is expected to introduce the Ram heavy-duty trucks soon – possibly at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.
The Power Wagon will be the most aggressive truck of the bunch. It is famous for rugged capability off the showroom floor, thanks to a long list of standard equipment. Locking front and rear differentials enable the Power Wagon to crawl over any terrain. A front anti-roll bar disconnect improves articulation over large rocks, ruts and ravines.
The current Power Wagon uses a 6.4-liter V8 engine making 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. The engine is likely to carry over in the new truck, as is a six-speed automatic transmission.
The prototype is similar in appearance to the 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel off-road variant. It shares the blacked-out front grille and modern headlamps but adds five amber lights on the roof to indicate it is more than 80 inches wide.
Rocker bars along the side protect the truck from scrapes and scratches. The automaker’s RamBox cargo-management system provides lockable storage inside the walls of the box. Noticeably absent are trademark “Power Wagon” graphics on the bed to announce the presence of the souped-up crawler.
On the outside the Power Wagon is all brawn. But the interior could mimic its luxurious Ram 1500 sibling, borrowing from its forward-thinking design and technology. FCA could outfit the Power Wagon with its 8.4-inch Uconnect 4 infotainment system, or even the optional Uconnect 4C NAV with its large 12-inch touchscreen.
The 2020 Ram Power Wagon will be produced at FCA’s facility in Warren, Mich. Previous versions were built in Saltillo, Mexico.