Disclaimer: the agent pictured actuality is a 2019 vehicle, but the Ability Wagon continues on in 2020 banausic save for a few exoteric colour choices
“Power Wagon”. Appear on. Say it with me:
Is that’s not one of the coolest names in the automotive and barter apple out there today? It’s air-conditioned now, aloof as it was in 1945 back Dodge took the barter it had developed as a weapons carrier for the aggressive (the Willys MB auto can’t be accepted to do everything, right?) and fabricated it accessible to civilians, 4 x 4 and all.
Of course, this latest Ability Wagon is a little altered in that it absolutely gets added of a diplomacy camber than its antecedent did – it doesn’t get the 1,000 lb-ft six-cylinder diesel, for example, that added HD trucks get. It gets the 6.4L HEMI V8, and alone the 6.4L HEMI V8, and is absolutely abundant added about its off-roading chops than its carriage chops.
Which is why we were beatific to the wilds of Coast Mountain ambit about Whistler Mountain in British Colombia, and let apart on some muddy, rocky, and wet trails commonly aloof for ATVs in the summer, and snowcat cartage in the winter. We were here, though, to see if alike with its massive cab (the Ability Wagon is accessible alone as a aggregation cab), huge awning and continued wheelbase, the Ability Wagon has the all-important accoutrement to survive in adverse conditions.
Just by attractive at it, you can acquaint that a lot of that has to do with the ride height, which has been added by 1” on appropriate Bilstein dampers over added 2500 HD trucks. If these trucks in accurate attending alike taller than that, it’s because they’ve had their step-bars removed for alike added arena clearance. It additionally gets electric locking axles (select neutral, columnist a button, delay a sec, baddest drive, done), disconnecting amplitude bars, big drift plates to assure your gas tank, manual et cetera, and 33” all-terrain Goodyear tires with 17” wheels. Add the alternative “Power Wagon” cartoon (Simon & Simon admirers unite!), the best able-bodied of the six accessible advanced grilles with a big 5,443 kilo-capable Warn winch beginning out from beneath, and let’s aloof say that if anytime there was a crank apocalypse, this is apparently the way you’d appetite to go.
Even the autogenous tech gets some offroad-specific touches; you won’t acquisition the Off Road Pages you do in Jeeps (where they affectation your descent/ascent angle, advanced caster position and so forth), but you do get a forward-facing camera as allotment of a $1,600 tow and technology accumulation that additionally ads a camera attractive out over your bed, ability tow mirrors, rear-cross cartage active (essential for a barter this tall), dark atom system, and 360-degree parking camera.
The cameras, meanwhile, are displayed on a alpine affectation for a alpine truck: 12.4” inches, to be precise, extensive from the top of the birr two about two-thirds of the way down. Appealing adventurous actuality and the cameras alone booty up bisected the accessible space, abrogation allowance for added advice below.
The front-facing camera would prove to be active during our drive, which would booty us from 2,273 anxiety aloft sea akin to 4,937 anxiety over the amount of about 10 winding, addled and bouldered kilometers. As declared before: this is able ATV stuff.
The advanced camera is not archetypal in that it doesn’t aloof face forward; it’s agee bottomward as well, so you can bigger see what’s accident beneath you as you arise instead of the agrarian dejected yonder. There are additionally two onscreen guidelines that represent area your larboard and appropriate auto are activity to be travelling.
Before that, though, I had to get in. Let me acquaint you: back you’re sitting this aerial off the ground, you’re activity to appetite to accomplish use of the grab handles army to the a-pillars. Alike me and my 6’3” anatomy had some agitation – the bench of the Ability Wagon sits appealing abundant at my hips. So; it’s one leg up, duke on handle and swinnng your base into the (surprisingly luxurious, admitting optional) covering bench and accept a attending over that massive hood; oh, so that’s why a forward-facing camera is so important.
The agent is started by plipping a amateur button, which absolutely seems affectionate of anti-climatic for a barter with this abundant presence; seems you should be axis a key to crank such a big powerplant – army in the agent bay of such a big barter — into action.
Regardless of how it’s done, the agent settles to a abrupt abandoned that – if you use your acuteness – does complete a little diesel-like. Not much, but abundant to at atomic brainstorm you’re sitting in the torque-monsters that are the diesel-powered trucks.
Spin the accessory select-knob army altogether to the basal larboard of the centre assemblage (again – shouldn’t an HD barter accept a gearlever? Guess that ship’s sailed) into drive and hit the burke and any black agent musings go out the window appealing quickly.
As we proceeded to arise (it doesn’t booty continued ‘round here), the ability on-tap – 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of it – makes itself acquainted appropriate away. Combined with the Ability Wagon’s segment-first 8-speed automated manual and the anchor provided by those tires and axles, the Ability Wagon accuse up abrupt inclines, never absolutely activity like it’s actuality fatigued at all. You aloof get that faculty that this is a agent that has an engine, a frame, a brace of seats, a council caster and little else.
Kilometer afterwards kilometer, we answerable up the trail, activity like the Ability Wagon and its big tires were aloof chewing it up to bits, like the apple itself was actuality pushed about the truck. These are some austere off-road chops, and it makes it so that alike amateur off-roaders like myself can be adequate abaft the wheel; I begin myself accustomed on a accustomed chat with my cartage alike admitting the aisle we were on was about advanced abundant for the trucks themselves. It was attenuated to the point area we did accept to bend in our addition mirrors, which fabricated thinks a little annoyer as you could no best use them to see if you were activity to bright that stump, that rock, or what accept you.
Much as you can absolutely feel that ability as you ascend, it’s on the coast area abounding of the Ability Wagon’s added appearance appear acutely into focus.
It starts with the accepted hill-descent ascendancy system; artlessly columnist a button and use the cruise controls to adjudge how abundant acceleration you appetite to backpack bottomward an incline, and the barter – and its 35:1 clamber arrangement — does the rest. That agency all you accept to do is focus on the council inputs to advice with your advanced progress, and it takes a amount off. It’s additionally actuality area you can absolutely get the feel for the Articlulink off-road abeyance with rear braid springs as not alone does it accept to accord with the weight of the truck, but now with force as able-bodied and if you’re not careful, that can be a absolute affliction in the butt. Luckily, it’s acquainted so that it’s rarely a worry, and the anatomy is kept in ascendancy alike as the goings get steeper and steeper and physics force added and added weight over the advanced axle.
Throughout the accomplished adventure, though, what absolutely ashore out was how the Ability Wagon was able to beard its girth. About-face afterwards about-face that I anticipation would be two-, three- or alike four-point diplomacy angry out to be able to be taken in one fell swoop; abundant of the credit, of course, has to go to our spotters that helped adviser us through the best betraying bits, but that doesn’t change aloof how absorbing this massive barter was acknowledgment to the ample caster delivery – absolute of the anatomy — accustomed by its axles and it’s well-tuned ability steering.
More than aloof accepting one of the coolest names in the biz, it’s a absolute accomplishment, this thing. Nothing absolutely compares to the arduous activity of “you can’t stop me” the 2500 Ability Wagon provides; it’s so good, it’s about addictive and you can do a accomplished lot worse for the $64,245 Ram asks for the Ability Wagon.