2023 Ram 2500 Power Wagon flares its nose in spy shots
In the never-ending game of one-upmanship that is the Detroit Truck Wars, our spies have spotted this Ram Power Wagon just outside the Chrysler FCA Stellantis proving grounds in Michigan. What’s the focus of these images? Check out that natty new scoop – and its attendant heat extractors – sprouting from the truck’s hood.
This might not seem like a huge deal to those not in the know, but it could foretell a yet-to-be-announced power bump from the engine which lurks under that lumpen bonnet. At present, the Ram 2500 Power Wagon is offered with the brand’s 6.4L V8 engine, a mill which has made 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque since approximately the birth of Christ. Jacking the output would certainly put the ‘power’ back in “Power Wagon,” especially since the brutish 7.3L V8 available in Ford’s Super Duty line of trucks makes 430 ponies and 475 lb-ft of twist. And we all know how truck-makers like to beat each other over the head with power numbers.
Speaking of Ford, the Blue Oval crew will be hauling the covers off a new Super Duty on September 27, a date which neatly dovetails with the State Fair of Texas. You can be sure Ram has an eye on the calendar, perhaps explaining why this uncamouflaged ’23 was found by our photographers loitering in the parking lot of a grocery store. After all, creating noise when your competition is on the cusp of introducing an all-new model is a play straight out of Marketing 101. It obviously — we’re writing about it and you’re reading the article.
As for other tricks up Ram’s sleeve for 2023, expect the upcoming model year to see the likes of trailer-reverse controls (adapted from the system in their 1500) and jumbo towing mirrors to sprout forth from the 2500 Heavy Duty pickup trucks. On this test mule we see a set of bedazzled headlamps and a front-facing camera, plus space for a winch which has not been installed. Ram has already announced the impending availability of a 12-inch frameless digital gauge cluster and new digital rearview mirror. While the Ram interior remains at the head of its class, some of its competitors have definitely surpassed it in terms of hauling technology and towing gadgets, items prized by many drivers of these rigs.
Sure, there is usually grumbling from the Luddites about how no one can back up a trailer without help anymore, but the fact remains that a solid swath of truck owners will take all the help they can get — especially when hauling a horse or camping trailer, either of which could be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Anyone who doesn’t want the stuff can easily turn it off and enjoy their expensive crash.