Spotted: 2020 Ram Power Wagon
It’s hard to keep good things secret for long and that seems to be exactly the case of the 2020 Ram Power Wagon – it was recently spied on the streets of metro Detroit. Given that Ram trucks are assembled in the state of Michigan, it was only a matter of time before this beast made it out to the wild the same way the camouflaged test mules of the Ram HD 2500 and 3500 trucks have been in the past. The Power Wagon is expected to be an off-road spinoff of the Ram 2500, so let’s check out exactly what kind of evidence spy photographers were able to capture.
With the 2019 Ram 1500 recently earning Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year award it’s safe to say that Ram brands is onto something when it comes to their design and development and consumers are biting hook, line, and sinker. All eyes are on Ram to see if their heavy-duty trucks can cause the same sort of commotion like their refreshed 2019 1500 did and industry experts are convinced that the brand can possibly have its next contender in the latest spied truck.
While it’s not expected that the 2500-based Power Wagon deviate too much from the current body-on-frame construction, the truck captured in the spy photos does appear to be taller and larger overall and takes many of its actual styling cues from the 2019 1500 series. Power wagon essentials like a front anti-roll-bar disconnect, locking differentials, and an integrated winch are all expected to return. Perhaps the vibration-quelling technology used in the latest Ram 1500 is slated to be featured as well.
Additional changes to the Power Wagon include a new hood shape, a bumper with an all-new design that swoops up on the ends below the headlamp housings. Plastic wheel arches with a notch at the top indicate that the rearview mirrors will also be undergoing a redesign. Spy photos also reveal brand new tail lamps but no signs of the Power Wagon nameplate, although the integrated front winch pictured is exclusive to the Power Wagon. No powertrain changes are expected as the 410-horsepower 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine and six-speed manual transmission are likely to return. The possibility of additional gears would definitely help Ram improve fuel economy, but no official information is available as of yet.
Speaking of available information, experts are still undecided about the possible price of the Power Wagon. Without any revolutionary technology or serious powertrain upgrades, the 2020 Power Wagon is expected to remain somewhere in the ballpark of the current model’s starting MSRP of $52,845 (plus destination fee). The Ram HD and Power Wagon models are set to make their grand debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show this upcoming winter and roll out to dealer lots by the third quarter of 2019.