Ram Power Wagon: Then and Now

February 7th, 2017 by

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The 2017 Ram Power Wagon is powerful, capable, and virtually unbeatable off-roading. But it’s capability wasn’t just developed over night. The Ram Power Wagon’s legacy actually began more than 70 years ago.

The original Ram Power Wagon was created in 1945 and production lasted until 1980. The Power Wagon was derived from the Dodge WC military trucks and in 1946, the Power Wagon became the first civilian vehicle with four-wheel-drive.

The engine on the original 1946 Power Wagon was a 230 cubic-inch inline-six-cylinder engine paired to a four-speed manual transmission. This particular model had a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 8,700 pounds and a payload capacity of up to 3,000 pounds. For the time, that was very impressive.

But 72 years later, the 2017 Ram Power Wagon boasts a lot more power and options. It is equipped with a large 6.4-liter V8 engine that produces up to 410 horsepower and and 429 lb-ft of torque. This engine gives the power wagon a maximum towing capacity of 9,910 pounds.

Another noticeable change and difference between the classic Power Wagon and today’s Power Wagon is technology. Back then, features that are standard now weren’t even dreamed about yet. For example the UConnect system with a touch screen, SiriusXM, the advanced speaker system, and even power windows.

Interested in a Ram Power Wagon? Check out our 2017 Ram Power Wagon inventory at Kendall Ram here.


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