2020 Ram Power Wagon 2500
The 2020 Ram Power Wagon, captured entirely uncovered in metro Detroit. Even prior to the just recently revitalized 2019 Ram 1500 was released into the wild, camouflaged test mules of the Ram HD 2500 and 3500 trucks prevailed sight in Michigan, so we understood it would just be a matter of time until we snagged a picture of a Ram HD wearing absolutely nothing but the paint it was born in. In this case, it’s a Power Wagon, Ram’s reptilian off-road monster based on the Ram 2500.
Why It Matters
The new-for-2019 Ram 1500 has impressed numerous with its class-leading ride and well-executed interior, to the point of attracting the attention of die-hard Ford and Chevy fans. If Ram’s HD trucks can manage the same trick, it could imply some huge returns in the cash office, because durable pickups are a high-margin product.
While we do not expect it to deviate drastically from the existing robust body-on-frame construction, the 2500-based Power Wagon caught here appears to be taller and bigger overall, taking a lot of its styling cues from the 2019 Ram 1500 series. As an indicator of its overall size, note how small the wheel-and-tire combination looks in those giant wheel openings. Expect Power Wagon standbys to return, consisting of front anti-roll bar disconnect, locking differentials, and an integrated winch. It will be interesting to see whether Ram clothing the new HD series with the same active vibration-quelling technology utilized in the new 2019 Ram 1500.
The grille looks comparable to those on previous models. However the hood shape is new, and the bumper appears to be an all-new design that “kicks up” on completions below the headlamp real estates. The rearview mirrors are also similar, but the plastic wheel arches feature a somewhat new design with a notch at the top. The taillamps are of a new design, but for apparent reasons, the tailgate doesn’t show the Power Wagon nomenclature; the important front winch, nevertheless, is standard Power Wagon set.
We do not anticipate much in the way of powertrain changes. The 410-hp 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 and six-speed manual transmission are most likely to return, although we wouldn’t be floored if Ram upped the gear count for improved fuel economy. As long as we have our desire list out, the return of the venerated Cummins turbo-diesel as a readily available engine in the Power Wagon would be a welcome addition to the lineup.
Competitors: Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD, Ford F-250 Super Duty, GMC Sierra 2500HD, Nissan Titan XD, Stegosaurus.
Estimated Arrival and Price
Cost is still unsure, however without revolutionary technology or powertrain updates, the Power Wagon will need to stay near the present model’s $54,540 base MSRP. Anticipate the 2020 Ram HD and Power Wagon to break cover at the 2019 Detroit auto show. Currently assembled in Ram’s Saltillo, Mexico, center, Ram HD assembly is slated to be moved to its Warren, Michigan, plant in or around 2020, where it will be produced together with 1500. Whether Ram will wait up until the move is finished to put the next-gen HD trucks on sale is yet to be seen. In any case, tradition determines that it struck display rooms by the third quarter of 2019.