Most significant changes: A backup camera is now standard and there's an available 8.4-inch audio display screen
Price change: Power Wagon configurations see increases of $400 to $600
On sale: Now
Which should you buy, 2017 or 2018? 2018 because of the standard backup camera and improved tech
The Ram 2500 Power Wagon is a niche off-road pickup truck, the only one built on a three-quarter-ton chassis. Essentially, it's a Ram 2500 factory-built with all the equipment one would add for off-highway use with a suspension tuned for wheel travel and rock crawling rather than towing a second home.
For model-year 2018, the Ram 2500 Power Wagon — available in two flavors — gets updated telematics, the federally mandated backup camera as standard and price increases of $400 to $600.
The Ram Power Wagon comes with some unique standard equipment: locking differentials front and rear, a double-jointed front suspension with a front anti-roll bar disconnect and a 12,000-pound Warn winch integrated into the front bumper. The Power Wagon also comes standard with 4.10:1 axle gears, five Bilstein dampers (four at each corner and one steering stabilizer), manual-shift four-wheel drive, tow hooks, a full set of skid plates, a large alternator, unique upholstery and the only load range D tires in the heavy-duty class for maximum flexibility and traction when aired down.
The Ram Power Wagon has ground clearance of 14.3 inches — optional side steps can help with entry and exit if clearing obstacles isn't a priority — and the suspension is designed to keep the wheels on the ground in undulating terrain, regardless of speed. As a result, the maximum payload of 1,470 pounds and maximum towing capacity of 9,910 are both shy of typical three-quarter-ton numbers but adequate for towing all-terrain vehicles or snowmobiles on mid-size trailers to remote locations.
Offered only as a crew cab, the Ram Power Wagon has a 6-foot-4-inch bed. You can get a spartan Tradesman version of it or it can be optioned up to luxury-class levels with items such as leather upholstery, heated/ventilated seats, 4G LTE, rain-sensing wipers and more. Tow hooks and fender flares are standard. Eight colors are available, including one monotone option; it can be had without the Power Wagon badging.
The Ram Power Wagon has not been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. However, based on NHTSA ratings for the 2018 Ram 2500 4x4 crew cab, we'd expect four-star ratings for overall and frontal crash tests, five stars for the side crash rating and three stars for the rollover rating.
The Power Wagon comes with a gasoline 410-horsepower, 6.4-liter V-8 and a six-speed automatic transmission. The primary mechanical option is a larger, or dual, alternator for up to a 380-amp power supply. Cargo options include the lockable the RamBox for the bed.
Pricing for the 2018 Ram 2500 Power Wagon starts at $48,790 for the bare-bones Tradesman version and $53,690, (prices include a $1,395 destination charge) for the more traditional, fully dressed version.
Updates for 2018 Ram 2500 Power Wagon
Model: 2018 RAM 2500
Towing capacity: 9,910 lbs
Payload: 1,466 lbs
Curb weight: 7,044 lbs
Horsepower: 410 hp
Bed length: 76.8″
Wheel size: 17″ diameter, 8″ width
Transmission: 6-speed automatic