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Ram Expands Lineup of Off-Road Focused Power Wagon

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author photo by Nick Palermo October 2011

Ram Power Wagon is named after the first mass-produced civilian 4x4 truck, the Dodge Power Wagon. The original dates back to 1945 and was based on military trucks like the ones returning GIs of the day used during their service. The current Ram Power Wagon has little in common with these antiques, aside from off-road capability and a reputation for toughness. Today's vehicle has high-tech equipment to tackle unforgiving trails, and newly expanded trim levels offer creature comforts like an interior swathed in leather and wood.

Ram's top-level Laramie and base ST trim join the mid-level SLT model for 2012. All Power Wagon models are based on the Ram 2500 Heavy Duty 4x4 Crew Cab, but enjoy several upgrades that enhance off-road prowess. Ground clearance is up 2-1/2 inches, increasing approach, departure and breakover angles. Beefy 33-inch tires grab loose surfaces and pavement alike, but a standard 12,000-lb. Warn winch is in place should they fail to find traction.

Underbody panels protect critical components on the trail while Ram's "Smart Bar" provides additional wheel articulation to crawl on the most technical trails. While in high- or low-range 4-wheel drive and at speeds less than 18 miles per hour, Power Wagon drivers can electronically disengage the "Smart Bar." With this stabilizer bar disconnected, the Power Wagon achieves a nearly forty percent improvement in suspension articulation.

Add to these credentials electric-locking front and rear differentials, Bilstein shocks, a 383-hp Hemi V8 and a Class IV towing hitch to the standard equipment found across the Power Wagon model line.

Packed with this impressive stack of off-road goodies, the ST model represents the base trim Power Wagon. It has black fender flares, side mirrors, bumpers and grille and shares a utilitarian cabin with other ST models. The Laramie is the top of the line. Without sacrificing its trail-tackling competence, the Power Wagon Laramie comforts driver and occupants with leather seats, wood grain dash and door inserts and dual-zone climate control. Outside, the Laramie gets body-colored fender flares and chrome mirrors, bumpers and grille.

Starting prices across the lineup range from $42,620 for the ST to $51,995 for the Laramie. The currently available SLT model starts in the middle at $46,560. All of these include $995 destination charge. ST and Laramie models are expected to hit dealerships this December.

This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
Ram Expands Lineup of Off-Road Focused Power Wagon - Autotrader