2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon: What’s New with this Brute? (First Drive Off-Road Video)

The 2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon remains one of TFLtruck’s favorites because Ram managed to improve (nearly) everything. Yet, it’s still the seriously capable off-road vehicle Ram’s built for years. In fact, it is one of the most capable off-road pickup trucks you can buy in the United States.

While the power remains the same (410 horsepower and 429 lbs-feet of torque from the 6.4-liter Hemi V8), the transmission is now a ZF eight-speed which (should) make the 2019 Ram Power Wagon more efficient. It does help with smooth operation and it elevates the crawl ratio from
35:1-ratio to a 51:1-ratio. Payload increases to 1,660 lbs and maximum towing increases to 10,620 lbs.

You can read more about the technical details (here).

Ram had to add a new, larger cooling unit to their entire heavy duty fleet including the 2019 Ram 2500 power Wagon. Aside from the gain in improved cooling, the larger cooling unit needed more space. This meant an additional seven-millimeter front lift over the previous model. This improves articulation too (RTI articulation increases from 510 to 538).

The frame is lighter and stronger and, despite looking a lot like the previous model, the new truck is more aerodynamic. Altogether, it should be a more efficient package. The off-road prowess and hauling capabilities already benefit from the lighter weight. We will (hopefully) test this truck on our MPG loop soon.

Ram/FCA invited us to join them in Nevada to test their full line of heavy duty trucks. While our off-road adventure with the 2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon was far too brief (we had a lot of trucks to test in a day), we did get a good feel for what Ram changed.

In this video, the TFltruck boys get to tell you all about the new Power Wagon, play with it off-road and get a feel for what’s new.

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.