Mopar sketches preview Jeep Easter Safari in Moab, Utah.Enlarge Photo
We've written about the upcoming Mopar Ram Power Wagon. But Pickuptrucks.com is reporting that there may be another version of the Power Wagon unveiled at the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, which runs from March 27 to April 4.
Pickuptrucks.com thinks that the Mopar Ram Power Wagon will be a "ground-pounder" and not a desert-runner like the Ford F-150 Raptor. So, to that end, the Web site is reporting that a source is saying that a long-travel suspension version of the Ram 1500 half-ton pickup is being planned.
The planned Mopar Ram Power Wagon may have a leaf-spring rear suspension, according to Pickuptrucks.com, while a long-travel suspension version would likely have a four-link coil-spring rear suspension. The Power Wagon appears to be a three-quarter ton truck, and it appears to be built for slow-moving rock-crawling maneuvers, thanks to solid front and rear axles. The longer suspension travel on the half-ton would allow it to absorb bumps at high speeds easier, which is imperative for desert trail running. Both trucks would likely have a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 under the hood.
Giving customers a couple choices of high-performance Rams could bode well for Chrysler, although neither truck has been confirmed for production (indeed, Pickuptrucks.com thinks this Ram may be only a concept or project truck), and these are just Internet rumors at this point. Well-sourced rumors from reliable Web outlets, but rumors nonetheless. We'll know more at Moab.