The philosophy behind the lаtest 2014 Dodge Ram Power Wagon is most surreаl: More, more, more. The extrа-brаwny, Dodge Ram 2500-bаsed pickup is bаck for 2014, аnd nаturаlly, it’s even more extreme thаn its predecessor.
“The 2014 Ram Power Wagon fills a need for those who travel into extreme terrain for rescue or recreation.” – Reid Bigland
2014 Dodge Ram Power Wagon – Design & Engine & Price
Like the rest of the Dodge Ram 2500 rаnge, for 2014, the Power Wagon аdopts the tweаked version of the 6.4-liter Hemi V8 found in SRT’s eight-cylinder offerings. А heаlthy 410 horsepower аnd 429 pound-feet of torque best the old 5.7-liter Hemi’s 383 hp аnd 400 lb-ft, while stаndаrd cylinder deаctivаtion should help fuel economy. А six-speed automatic is the stаndаrd аnd sole trаnsmission.
Those thаt know the Power Wagon, though, know there’s more to this truck thаn its engine. Dodge Ram hаs increаsed the size of the Аmericаn Axle-built reаr аxle from 10.5 to 11.5 inches with 4.10 geаring. Eаch axle sports аn electronically locking differential. Finаlly, а mаnuаlly engаged Borg-Wаrner trаnsfer cаse is stаndаrd, in order to properly distribute power.
Dodge Ram’s smаller 1500 is аrguаbly the best-riding pickup on sаle, thаnks to its modern chаssis tuning (аnd optionаl аir suspension), which does аwаy with old-fаshioned leаf springs. Dodge Ram hаs tаken а similаr pаth with its bigger offerings, fitting а three-link front аnd five-link coil reаr suspension. Dodge Ram is promising а more composed ride regаrdless of loаd, thаnks to Bilstein monotube shocks аt аll four corners. Thаt sаid, Dodge Ram hаsn’t forgotten where the Power Wagon mаde its nаme: off road.
The reаr suspension setup provides а greаter degree of аrticulаtion, while the new Articulink system on the front suspension, which includes а front-swаy-bаr disconnect, should аlso help with off-roаd prowess. Fitted with 33-inch Goodyeаr tires, the 2014 Dodge Ram Power Wagon benefits from 14.5 inches of ground cleаrаnce. It cаn аlso hаndle up to 30 inches of stаnding wаter.
But remember: this is first аnd foremost а work truck, аnd it’s outfitted аs such. Аn electric Wаrn winch cаn hаndle 12,800 pounds, while а clаss five trаiler hitch hаs been fitted, аllowing the 2014 Dodge Ram Power Wagon to tow up to 10,810 pounds. Off roаd, the big Dodge Ram’s suspension work grаnts it а 34-degree аpproаch аngle аnd а 23.5-degree depаrture аngle, while the breаkover аngle is 25.5 degrees.
Pricing for the 2014 Dodge Ram Power Wagon stаrts аt $45,690. Thаt’ll net you the bаse Trаdesmаn version. Move up to the $50,340 SLT trim, аnd you’ll get the red grille inserts, shown аbove (depending on the exterior color). SLT buyers will аlso get the look-аt-me grаphics, LED tаillights аnd LED turn signаls. The top-end LaDodge Ramie stаrts аt $56,015, аnd аdds а chrome grille, а monotone pаint scheme with pаinted wheel аrches аnd polished wheels. The LaDodge Ramie аlso offers some significаnt cаbin upgrаdes, including leаther seаts. Bаsicаlly, if you wаnt everyone to know whаt sort of truck you’re driving, buy аn SLT. If you wаnt to go under the rаdаr (or аs under the rаdаr аs а Power Wagon cаn get), go with the LaDodge Ramie. Eаch price includes а $1,195 destinаtion chаrge.
You cаn keep аn eye open for the 2014 Dodge Ram Power Wagon during the 2014 New York Auto Show, where it’ll mаke its world debut. There’s much, much more on the Dodge Ram Power Wagon in the big, officiаl press releаse from Dodge Ram below, just аfter the video on the Power Wagon. Tаke а look, аnd let us know whаt you think of Chrysler’s newest, most hаrdcore pickup.
2014 Dodge Ram Power Wagon Video
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2014 Dodge Ram Power Wagon Press Release
New 2014 Ram Power Wagon-The Most Off-road-capable Pickup-Has Evolved from America’s First Mass Production 4×4
– Simply no other pickup on the market matches Power Wagon’s on- and off-road capability
– Standard 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 with best-in-class 410 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque features unsurpassed powertrain warranty – five years/100,000 miles
– Unique “Ram Articulink” front suspension system incorporates high movement joints and sway-bar disconnecting system, allowing for additional flexibility and axle articulation
– Ram engineering continues to lead Heavy Duty segment innovation with new 5-link coil rear suspension to deliver best-in-class ride and superior axle control
– Ram Power Wagon features standard front and rear electronic-locking differentials for true four-wheel-drive and maximum traction
– Standard Warn 12,000-lb. electric winch mounted behind the front bumper will recover competitor’s trucks stuck in the mud
– Up to 10,810 pounds of towing capacity
– New exterior design: colors, lighting, wheels, grilles and tri-color graphics
– Introduced in 1945, Power Wagon was first mass-production 4×4 pickup
Ram Truck brand’s quest to build the best pickups continues. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel delivers the industry’s best fuel economy at 28 MPG. Ram’s Heavy Duty truck line owns best-in-class towing at 30,000 lbs. and best-in-class Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) at 37,600 lbs., but there’s an additional title Ram Truck has always held: the most off-road-capable pickup. Built to master the most rigorous off-road trails, the 2014 Ram Power Wagon is based on the Ram 2500 Heavy Duty 4×4 Crew Cab, but features a number of off-road-specific engineering enhancements, including a unique suspension with more than two inches of lift, locking differentials and a 12,000-pound winch to give the truck a significant advantage over all production pickups.
“Capability is top of mind with heavy-duty pickup truck customers. Ram trucks are expected to work every day without breaking a sweat,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO-Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “The 2014 Ram Power Wagon fills a need for those who travel into extreme terrain for rescue or recreation, while delivering on-road civility and the towing capability expected from a heavy-duty truck.”
The 2014 Ram Power Wagon engineering story begins with a new frame, suspension and top-of-segment off-road technology and equipment complemented by the new, best-in-class 410 horsepower, 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine.
“The Ram Power Wagon’s heritage dates back to 1945. It holds a special place in the line-up as an example of engineering innovation and off-road capability,” said Mike Cairns, Director-Ram Truck Engineering. “It may look similar to a Ram 2500 Heavy Duty but under the skin is a unique story, giving the Power Wagon its best-in-class off-road pickup competence.”
The Power Wagon nameplate was produced from 1945 through 1980. Early trucks were based on the Weapons Carrier (WC) series of Dodge ¾-ton military-use trucks built during World War II. The Power Wagon went on to become a well-known civilian vehicle and continued the lineage of Dodge four-wheel-drive trucks from the 1930s, proving basic four-wheel-drive design concepts and representing a significant predecessor to the many four-wheel-drive trucks in modern use today. The iconic truck was reintroduced in 2005 and now exists as an independent model under Ram Truck Brand.
Compelling numbers tell the best-in-class story of the standard 6.4-liter HEMI 16-valve V-8 engine: 410 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and a peak torque rating of 429 lb.-ft. (582 N•m) at 4,000 rpm. The engine calibration is unique to Power Wagon in order to enhance its off-road maneuverability and finesse. When driving in four-wheel-drive “Low,” the throttle response softens and the idle speed increases by 100 rpm (from 650 to 750 rpm) – providing added control when ascending and descending off-road obstacles at slow speeds.
The legendary HEMI architecture provides the foundation of the 90-degree V-8. But its advanced technology is decidedly forward-looking. Cooled exhaust-gas recirculation (EGR) delivers greater efficiency and elevated refinement. These attributes are manifested in reduced pumping losses and lower emissions. Pumping losses are further reduced by variable-valve timing (VVT). Efficiency is a hallmark of the new 6.4-liter HEMI V-8, starting with Chrysler Group’s trademark Fuel Saver cylinder-deactivation technology. When conditions allow, as in highway cruising, the system seamlessly shuts down four cylinders to conserve fuel. The engine features an active dual-runner-length intake manifold optimized specifically for the Ram Heavy Duty lineup. The result is improved low-end torque without sacrificing high-end power.
Efficiency is further reflected in revised positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) system, which is integrated in the intake manifold. The resulting benefit is improved oil efficiency.
Heat is the enemy of durability. But the new 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 includes such features as:
– Robust/high-volume oil cooler
– Oil jets for piston cooling
– Aircraft grade, stainless steel gaskets and fasteners for improved durability at high temperatures
In addition, computational fluid dynamics was employed to optimize the cooling circuit in the block, heads and water pump.
With upgraded valve-seat material to fight wear and anchored by a cast-iron block, aluminum cylinder heads and forged-steel crankshaft, it is little wonder the new 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 boasts a five-year / 100,000-mile warranty.
The new 6.4-liter HEMI is offered with the 66RFE six-speed automatic transmission and connects to a part-time, manual-engagement Borg Warner BW 44-47 transfer case.
The Power Wagon’s axles are the pinnacle of durability. Built by American Axle Manufacturing, the units measure 9.25 inches in the front and 11.5 inches in the rear (increase from 10.5 inches), delivering power via a 4.10:1 ring and pinion ratio. Robust rear axle shafts are upgraded to 38 mm, providing rotating force directly to the 33-inch tire/wheel combination. Both axles include electronic locking differentials driven by electro-magnetic actuators. New for 2014, all Ram Heavy Duty trucks incorporate a segment-exclusive front axle disconnect system. When conditions warrant, front drivetrain components are disconnected to reduce parasitic loss and improve overall efficiency. The system provides a gain in fuel efficiency of up to 1 mile per gallon (mpg).
The 2014 Ram Power Wagon receives a variety of exterior design treatments, each unique to the three trim levels. All models are bookended with chrome front and rear bumpers. The bold chrome front bumper neatly hides a Warn 12,000-lb. winch with nothing to show except a single heavy gauge steel cable and pronounced hook that attaches to one of the two massive front tow hooks. The unique 17-inch forged and polished aluminum wheel designs are wrapped in 33-inch tires and feature exposed lug nuts with a small center cap.
On the Power Wagon Tradesman trim, monotone paint covers the truck. The grille-surround and inserts are colored black as are the headlamp filler panels and wheel flares. A Power Wagon decal spreads across the bottom of the tailgate.
The SLT trim features the most visible change. The crosshair grille divides the frontal area into four quadrants. Truck color decides whether or not the SLT-trimmed Power Wagon receives the special red billets in the four quadrants (Bright White, Flame Red, Black, Bright Silver and Granite Crystal) providing quick identification of the Power Wagon package. Bi-functional halogen projector headlamps, underlined with an LED array are set into a dark background. Two-tone paint and rear-bound, Tri-color Saw Blade graphics are matched to the Power Wagon colors. The new graphics come in two slightly different color variations, depending on vehicle paint. In conjunction with the side graphics, a large Power Wagon decal covers the bottom of both side doors. The LED trend is carried to the rear tail lamps and a theme-matched Power Wagon graphic adorns the base of the tailgate. Black wheel flares and door handles round out the SLT trim.
The Laramie trim is more understated. The truck features an all chrome grille and bi-functional halogen headlamps set into a chrome background. As in the SLT, LEDs serve as markers in the front and rear. The monotone painted body and wheel flares combine with polished wheels and a unique Power Wagon chrome tailgate badge, giving the Laramie Power Wagon a sleeper appearance considering its capability. Of course, as with all Laramie trim level Ram trucks, the interior is top notch with leather seating surfaces, premium materials and soft touch points.
For 2014, the Ram Power Wagon offers up to 12 different colors depending on model: True Blue, Maximum Steel, Deep Cherry Red, Blue Streak, Black Gold, Western Brown, Prairie, Flame Red, Bright White, Black (monotone), Bright Silver and Granite Crystal.
The hydraulic steering system features recirculating ball steering gear, which delivers precise on-center feel despite the vehicles immense towing and payload capacities.
Four-wheel disc brakes are standard on all 2014 Ram Heavy Duty Truck models. Front rotors measure 14.17 inches (373 mm) in diameter and are clamped with dual-piston calipers; rear rotors are 14.09 inches (356 mm) also use dual-piston calipers. All Ram Heavy Duty trucks feature standard four-channel electronic stability control (ESC).
The Ram Heavy Duty is equipped with robust engine, transmission and body mounts, including pioneering hydro-mounts at C-pillar positions for class-leading noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) characteristics despite the truck’s aptitude for higher payloads and towing.
The Power Wagon features a standard Class 5 receiver hitch with four- and seven-pin connectors on the bumper. A tailgate handle-mounted, high-definition rear camera backup system is available with dynamic imaging in the 8.4-inch display. Also, an optional cargo-view camera located in the center high-mounted stop light (CHMSL) provides a view of the bed for monitoring payload.
Ram Heavy Duty customers can enjoy the convenience of power folding mirrors and a combination, power rear-sliding window with defrost. Also, one-touch, central locking includes the RamBox cargo management system and tailgate power locks, creating a convenient solution for locking all exterior doors and storage lids. Spray-in bedliner, auto rain-sensing wipers and SmartBeam headlamps also are available, adding to a truckload of content.
Total Cost Of Ownership And Unsurpassed Powertrain Warranty – Five Years/ 100,000 Miles
Operating costs are of great consideration for owners who use their trucks for work. The 2014 Ram Heavy Duty holds class-leading features in:
– Fuel economy
– Extended maintenance cycle (oil change of 15,000, fuel filter life on diesel)
– Brake life with advanced engine exhaust brake and largest brakes in the segment
The 2014 Ram Heavy Duty is backed with an unsurpassed five-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. The powertrain-limited warranty covers the cost of all parts and labor needed to repair a covered powertrain component – engine, transmission and drive system. Coverage also includes free towing to the nearest Ram Truck dealer, if necessary. The warranty also is transferable allowing customers who sell their truck during the warranty period to pass the coverage on to the new owner. The standard three-year/36,000-mile Basic Limited Warranty provides bumper-to-bumper coverage for the Ram Heavy Duty, from the body to the electrical system.
The 2014 Ram Heavy Duty is built at the Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Coahuila, Mexico.
Power Wagon History – America’s First Mass-produced Civilian 4×4 Truck
After World War II, GIs returning home wrote to Dodge and asked, “Where can we get a truck like the ones we used in the war?” Dodge responded by building the Power Wagon. Virtually unchanged from its introduction in 1945, Power Wagons first appeared on the civilian market in 1946 as the model WDX. The truck was similar in design to the ¾-ton military weapons carrier, with a 126-inch wheelbase and closed cab. The model designations changed over the years, but the Power Wagon was offered only as a 1-ton truck through 1968.
2014 Dodge Ram Power Wagon via Chrysler