2017 Dodge Ram Power Wagon shown at Chicago Auto Show

Known since 2009 as a part of the Ram brand, the newest version of "the ultimate off-road truck" debuted Thursday at the Auto Show.

Known since 2009 as a part of the Ram brand, the newest version of Dodge Ram Power Wagon debuted on Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show.
Known since 2009 as a part of the Ram brand, the newest version of Dodge Ram Power Wagon debuted on Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show.

CHICAGO, Illinois (WKBN) – One of the best-known names in pickup truck history, Power Wagon, has an all new design for 2017.

Power Wagon first served as the ultimate beast of burden in World War II as a Dodge, helping the Allied Army carry troops and supplies in every theater of the war. It was even a star in the 1980s TV show “Simon and Simon.”

Known since 2009 as a part of the Ram brand, the newest version of “the ultimate off-road truck” debuted on Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show.

Power Wagon is what Ram executives call “an enthusiasts truck,” meaning it has an over-the-top design and power and offers features found on no other truck; which conveniently allows Ram dealers to charge a hefty premium over lesser models.

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Based on the Ram 2500 heavy duty Crew Cab pickup truck, Power Wagon will sport a new grille, special Power Wagon graphics, exclusive colors and top-of-the-line perks: a winch in the front bumper, a back-up and bed-view camera, more than 14 inches of ground clearance, 33 inch tires, 420 horsepower and a stump-pulling 429 lb-ft of torque.

Power comes from a 6.4 liter Hemi V-8, giving it 10,030 pounds of towing capacity.

It will be available in three trim levels, from a base Tradesman model (without all the graphics) to a premium package.

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