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Ram and Chevrolet Offer Upgraded Heavy-Duty Trucks

April 11, 2014
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The battle between Ram and Chevrolet heats up. This week, both brands unveiled improved or upgraded versions of their heavy-duty pickup trucks. Ram rolled out a bigger 2014 Power Wagon while Chevy announced that it will make its High Country trim available for its Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD pickups.

The Ram Power Wagon is back this year, and it is bigger and brawnier compared to its predecessor. The Ram 2500-based pickup was re-engineered for the 2014 model year, and will sport not only a new frame and larger tires but also a three-link front and five-link coil rear suspension. This 4×4 is designed specifically for off-roading, and its features were chosen to enhance its off-road capability.

The Power Wagon is equipped with Chrysler Group’s 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine, which produces 410 hp and 429 pounds-feet of torque, as well as a six-speed transmission. The engine shuts off four cylinders when not under load and a front driveshaft detaches when added traction is unnecessary, boosting the truck’s fuel economy in the process.

A big truck surely needs big tires. In the case of the Power Wagon, these are 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires. These huge tires allow for a ground clearance of 14.5 inches, which is 21 percent more than that of a standard Ram 2500 heavy-duty pickup.

The Power Wagon also comes with a high-strength steel frame with eight cross members, which enhance the vehicle’s handling and rigidity. Ram’s newest truck, which has a front winch that can handle 12,000 pounds, can tow as much as 10,810 pounds.

The original Power Wagon was actually a Dodge offering. The first version, which was based on a heavy-duty military vehicle, was offered by Dodge from after the Second World War until 1980. The vehicle was called the Power Ram from 1980 until 1993. Dodge again introduced the Power Wagon name in 2005. Four years after, Ram became its own brand.

The 2014 Ram Power Wagon will debut at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. Pricing for the vehicle will start $45,690, including shipping. Ram will offer three trims for the Power Wagon: Tradesman, SLT and Laramie.

Speaking of trims, Chevrolet will bring its High Country trim line to its Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD pickups beginning this summer. High Country is the brand’s bet against Ford’s King Ranch, Ram’s Longhorn and GMC’s Denali. In the past, it was only available to the light-duty,1500 models.

The 2014 Silverado HD High Country looks stunning on the outside: it features chrome wheels that match the grille and 6-inch tubular step bars, as well as body-color bumpers. However, it is most impressive on the inside. High Country interiors are noteworthy, with its saddle brown perforated leather trim, and heated and cooled front bucket seats complete with the High Country logos on the headrests. Availing the trim’s premium package will also give the owner a heated steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals and a driver alert system.

The High Country trim will be available in 2500HD and 3500HD crew cab models in both two- and four-wheel-drive. The 3500HD High Country will be offered in single- or dual-rear wheel models.

The High Country HD trim offers three powertrains: a 6.0-liter V-8, a bi-fuel 6.0-liter V-8 that switches from gasoline to Compressed Natural Gas, and a 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel combined with an Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission.

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