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Well, the Ram Power Wagon didn't appear at the New York Auto Show, but it did show up at the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. Now we have the first full details, thanks to Chrysler.
The truck, which is based on the Ram 2500 HD 4x4 Crew Cab, will be visually distinguished from other Rams by a two-tone paint job and unique interior trim and exterior graphics. But the real story here is the mechanicals.
Off-roaders will appreciate the electronic-locking front and rear differentials, an electronic disconnecting sway bar, a 383-horsepower/400 lb-ft of torque 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, 32-inch off-road tires, a 12,000-lb Warn winch, Bilstein shocks, underbody skid plates, and a 4.56 rear-axle ratio.The truck comes standard with a Class 4 trailer hitch and is rated to tow 10,300 lbs.
Ground clearance is listed at 14.5 inches, and the approach angle is listed at 35 degrees, while the departure angle is 26.5 degrees. Breakover angle is 25.5 degrees, according to Chrysler. The sway bar, which can be disengaged by the driver, can be disconnected in both "four-wheel high" and "four-wheel low" modes--but it will automatically re-engage at speeds greater than 18 mph in "four-wheel low" mode. Additionally, the engine increases idle speed by 100 rpm and "softens" the throttle response when "four-wheel low" is engaged, for better control when descending and ascending hills.
The most notable styling changes are a rear tailgate that includes a spoiler for better airflow, and a body-mounted grille to go along with a frame-mounted front bumper. A rearview camera is available for towing.
If all the goodies listed above aren't enough for Power Wagon buyers, other accessories can be purchased through Mopar.
No word yet on pricing or a launch date.
For a look at the truck in action, here's some video of the Ram Power Wagon bashing rocks in Utah.