2017 Ram Power Wagon retains manual transfer case: all is not lost

In an era of push button everything and “do it for me” four wheel drive systems; it’s a relief to see the manual shift transfer case remain on the floor of the 2017 Ram Power Wagon.

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Mechanically unchanged from the previous model; the 2017 redesign is all appearance; inside and out. The bold graphics of the outgoing model were swapped for a more modest vertical black stripe containing the Power Wagon name (reminiscent of the 1979-80 “Macho Power Wagon” logo). The exterior has been de-chromed (thank you!) and replaced with black accents including the Rebel style mustache grille and tailgate RAM badging.

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The interior also received the Rebel treatment with Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tire tread patterns embossed in the seats, and special Power Wagon dash and instrument cluster badging.

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The Power Wagon retains the off-road ready suspension with 2″ of lift of the standard model, Ram “Articulink” front suspension with sway-bar disconnecting system, locking front and rear differentials and a 12,000-lb. winch.

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Despite my excitement for the manual transfer case; I wish they had left more of a distinction between the Rebel and the Power Wagon – with the two trucks looking almost identical, it depreciates the esteem that the Power Wagon name should bring.

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