Can Ram’s New Power Wagon Take On The Ford Raptor?


Updates make the Ram better than ever.

Ford has a chokehold on the high-performance off-roading segment with the incredible Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. However, that hasn’t stopped other automakers like Ram from attempting to get into the fray with the 2500-based Power Wagon. For 2017, the Power Wagon is new and improved, which makes it an even better foe for the Raptor. Unlike the 2016 Power Wagon that had a questionable look with a ridiculous amount of chrome and an available graphics package, the 2017 is easier on the eye and more performance oriented.

Right off the bat, Ram has fixed the previous year’s looks by replacing all of the gaudy chrome with a more appropriate black trim. The only noticeable thing at the front is a billet-silver Ram badge, which is extremely similar to the Raptor’s grille. Moving towards the side of the pickup truck, the Power Wagon gets black mirror caps, rear bumper, 324-point-font-tailgate badge, wheel arches, wheels, and headlights that complete the menacing look. Ram ditched the multi-color look for a two-tone paint job with black or silver decals.

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Other changes on the pickup truck are less noticeable. The cabin headliner can be blacked out, while the monotonous fabric seats have been replaced with inserts that are similar to tire marks. Under the hood, the Power Wagon still utilizes a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 that generates 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. The pickup truck is rated to tow up to 10,030 lbs—just like last year—traverse up to 30 inches of water and has a 12,000-lb Warn winch at the front. Ram hasn’t changed the Power Wagon’s monstrous character, just made it look a whole lot better.