A proliferation of the off-road-ready pickup trucks continues and Ram introduced recently a half-ton Ram Rebel TRX to rival the unchallenged Ford F-150 Raptor. Ram has also an off-road challenger in the heavy-duty class and the three-quarter-ton Power Wagon is equipped with the serious off-road hardware ready to attack all kinds of rugged terrains. The Power Wagon nameplate debuted for the 1946 model year and to celebrate 75 years of the rugged nameplate the brand brings the new special edition version for the 2021 season. Aside from the new version, the 2021 Ram 2500 Power Wagon returns in the same form as last year’s version. The rest of the three-quarter-ton Ram model range enters the new model year without any significant change.
The 2021 Power Wagon returns exclusively with a mighty 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine. The model has also a unique rugged presence and gets unique interior treatment. The Power Wagon returns in the Crew Cab configuration only and the Power Wagon option package will be available as an option to a crew-cab Tradesman V-8 four-wheel drive.
The newly introduced special edition version comes with unique color patterns, special anniversary badging, and few other specific inserts.
2021 Ram 2500 Power Wagon: Design
The 2021 Ram 2500 Power Wagon returns on the scene without significant structural and visual upgrades. The Power Wagon continues to live on the upgrades of the recent redesign and there will be just a few novelties applied to the new special edition version.
The Ram Power Wagon has a more rugged presence thanks to the off-road upgrades and some unique styling elements. The model goes on sale with a robust Wrangler DuraTrac all-terrain tires wrapped around 17-inch machined aluminum wheels. The knobby tires add two inches of ground clearance while a total clearance is 14.5 inches.
The model sports a blacked Rebel-style grille and comes with factory-installed Warn winch and tow hooks. Adding to the model’s presence are also muscular hood and wide fender flares. The model gets also specific body graphics, skid plates, specific color patterns, etc. When applied as an optional package the model adds off-road hardware but skips styling upgrades.
The new 75 Anniversary Special edition version gets two specific color treatments including Orange/Dimond Black and Anvil/Diamond Black. The new option adds also a unique anniversary badging inside and out. Other model’s specific elements include a special grille insert, MOPAR rock rails and bead-lock wheels.
The 2021 Ram 2500 Power Wagon returns with the same in-cab design that shares many of its features with the light-duty Ram 1500. The truck is available in the Crew Cab style only which provides plenty of room in both rows.
The Power Wagon uses black and graphite interior pattern combined with vinyl and tire tread-embossed elements. The truck is also available with the leather-treated seating. The new 75 Anniversary Edition model gets also specific trim inserts and coverings.
The model gets a standard 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen and instrument cluster with a trim-specific smoked appearance.
The hard-core off-roader can also be had with premium features such as heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a large 12.0-inch touchscreen, surround-vision cameras, etc.
2021 Ram 2500 Power Wagon: Performance
The 2021 Ram 2500 Power Wagon returns with the same mechanics as the previous version without an optional 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel engine.
Under the hood of the off-road-specialized Ram 2500 is a familiar 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine. It makes 410 hp and torque of 429 lb-ft. The power is routed through the 8-speed automatic transmission to the four-wheel-drive system. The model uses a two-speed, four-wheel-drive transfer case with a 2.64:1 low-range ratio. The model’s front and rear live axles with electronically locking differentials and 4.10:1 ratio when locked allow the truck to attack almost all terrains.
The truck employs also Bilstein gas-charged dampers that provide extreme on and off road agility and maximum traction. The mode has also impressive wheel articulation and comes with additional underbody protection.
2021 Ram 2500 Power Wagon: Release, Price
The 2021 Ram 2500 Power Wagon should arrive at dealers late in the year. The base price should again be close to the current $55, 000. With additional options installed the price will increase rapidly above the $60k mark.