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2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Boasts Subtle Significant Upgrades

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With all the significant changes inside and underneath the full 2019 Ram heavy-duty lineup, the benefits from many of the same upgrades even though the 2019 version may look similar to the previous-generation off-roader. Rest assured: There are plenty of significant changes — you just need to know where to look. We got a closer look during the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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To begin, although the 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 is essentially a carryover engine, it's paired to a new eight-speed transmission that's smarter and more versatile than before, which will likely make the big pickup handle better around town. Additionally, to help with off-road use, the new transmission's much lower 1st gear (now 4.71:1) means it will have a better and more controlled crawl ratio than ever before. The interior feels more spacious without a column shifter sticking out, and you now have the option of a 12-inch Tesla-like information screen. The rotary dial that controls the transmission incorporates front- and rear-axle locking buttons, a hill descent select and a sway-bar disconnect switch, which add to the cleaner overall interior look.

Our favorite upgrade is the front bumper, which has been reworked to incorporate a heavier-duty Warn winch that has a more rugged grab hook and a new synthetic rope in place of the heavy steel winch cable. The new winch also has externally integrated power controls to make hooking it up much quicker and easier. The 2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon will continue to be offered with cloth or leather seating and all seats will be embossed with the Power Wagon name stitched into the side bolsters. Expect pricing closer to its early-second-quarter on-sale date. photos by Christian Lantry


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