A spy photographer has managed to snap a few photos of Ram’s next-generation heavy-duty off-roader – the 2020 Ram Power Wagon – testing in the open with a full set of automotive camouflage and black cladding over its rugged body. This is by no means the first next-generation Ram HD truck that’s been spotted; protoypes of an all-new, 2020 Ram 2500 HD have been photographed on a couple of separate occasions now. However, it is our first look at the dedicated off-roading version of the three-quarter-ton pickup.
The spy shots can be found over at Autoblog.
The wheels and tires on this next-generation Ram Power Wagon appear to be the same as on the version of the truck, although we expect they’ll be exchanged for something newer on some future prototypes. FCA’s truck brand seems to have decided to stick with solid axles front and rear, and although it’s hard to tell through this prototype’s obfuscating disguise, it looks like the truck will again feature a winch integrated into the front bumper.
Aesthetically, the whole Ram HD truck line – including Power Wagon – is expected to borrow some from the all-new Ram 1500 unveiled at this year’s Detroit Auto Show, although from what we can tell, the headlights will retain a more orthogonal shape, and mightn’t be so integrated into the grille surround. Personally, our biggest wish is that Ram does away with the horseshoe-moustache-style grille design; it’s a bit too “Texas sheriff” for our tastes.
As for what will motivate the new Ram Power Wagon, the 6.4L Hemi V8 in the current truck could stick around, paired with either the same six-speed automatic transmission or a more efficient eight-speed unit.
More than likely, we’ll have to wait until early-2019 to find out; before the next-generation Ram Power Wagon can enter production, FCA’s Warren Truck Assembly Plant first has to be readied to take over Ram HD production from the automaker’s Mexico plant, and that means light-duty Ram production needs to finish ramping up at Sterling Heights Assembly. It will still be some time before that quagmire is solved.
Click here to see the spy shots of the next-generation Ram Power Wagon.