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Off-road Enhancements Deliver Two-inch Lift

For a beast that can tame some of the toughest trails in the world, consider the top dog in the Ram truck lineup. The 2017 Dodge Ram Power Wagon is now tougher than ever, with a new suspension system that delivers 2 inches of lift, a 12,000 pound winch and locking differentials that make sure you get the traction you need when the going gets tough. “The Ram Power Wagon is an off-road, all access pass, removing the limitations, instilling confidence and allowing owners to reach areas of recreation and lifestyle not attainable with any other pickup,” according to Jeep and Ram brand manager Mike Manley. “The 2017 Ram Power Wagon delivers to those who travel into extreme terrain, while providing the towing and payload capability required in a heavy-duty truck.”

HEMI Provides the Power to New Power Wagon

For a truck to be a true slayer of rocky trails and mountain passes, it must have the power it needs at its disposal. Head to Chapman Dodge later this fall for a test drive and you’ll see the 2017 Ram Power Wagon has all the performance required in the form of a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 that delivers 410 horsepower. The Power Wagon automatically softens the throttle response and increases the RPM by 100 when traveling in four-wheel low, enabling you to deftly maneuver through tough hills with more control. A high volume oil cooler, oil jets to lower the temperature of the pistons and aircraft grade gaskets and fasteners keep the truck on the move during extreme conditions.

Ram Suspension Protects Against Rollover

Although higher vehicles are more prone to rollover, especially when placed on severe grades, the Ram Power Wagon has a uniquely designed suspension system to help alleviate that problem. The front axle features a three-link suspension to improve roll stiffness. An articulating design utilizes high movement joints to deliver increased flexibility and allow for greater axle movement. Use the electronic disconnect feature on the front sway bar to let the axle travel an even greater distance, with a feature to disconnect automatically when traveling at less than 18 mph.

New Power Wagon Both Tough and Beautiful

Although a lot of technology and effort went into the truck’s off-road capability, the 2017 Power Wagon is also a very good-looking truck. A billet grille with a silver RAM badge announces the truck’s arrival with a large graphic “Power Wagon” on the side. A powder coated front bumper hides the large winch and serves as the attach point for two large tow hooks. Seventeen-inch wheels and 33-inch tires help with the truck’s aggressive stance. The new Dodge Power Wagon will be available later this fall at Chapman Dodge.


‘Road Ready’ Result of Partnership Between Mopar and Brakes

Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe (BRAKES) has teamed up with Mopar to provide teen driving schools across the country. Mopar offers a limited number of schools across the nation, but BRAKES offers many more courses in different locations. Phoenix and Las Vegas residents should note that a course is offered three different times this year in Pomona, CA, starting with the first class on April 30. BRAKES classes include five different hands-on exercises:

  • Accident Avoidance/Slalom Exercise
  • Drop Wheel/Off Road Recovery
  • Distraction
  • Panic Stop
  • Car Control and Recovery

Mopar Courses Train More than 1,300 Drivers Last Year

In 2015 alone, the Mopar Road Ready courses trained more than 1,300 parents and teens on how to successfully navigate the perils of the road today. These two-day events are available to teens age 15-19 with at least a learning permit and 30 or more hours of on-road experience. “We are excited to continue the ‘Mopar Road Ready Powered by Dodge’ program in 2016 and to assist in training even more teens on the skills they need to stay safe behind the wheel,” Mopar parts director Pietro Gorlier said. “By teaming up with the Dodge brand and through sponsorship from the FCA Foundation, we are empowering new drivers with education and experience that will last a lifetime.” The classes are free, but a $99 deposit is required to secure a reservation. Once you complete the class, Mopar refunds the money in full.

Dodge Driving Assist Technology Helps Keep Teens Safe

When considering a safe vehicle for your teen to drive, stop by Chapman Dodge and look over the inventory of 2016 models. Available driving assist safety features include adaptive cruise control, rear view monitors, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist and blind spot monitoring. Standard disc anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist help your teen stop on a dime and avoid a Mopar collision. Electronic stability control applies selective braking when going too fast around a curve to help keep your Dodge on the road. Electronic roll mitigation reduces engine power when taking a curve at too high a speed. A blanket of strategically placed air bags is like providing a protective pillow for each passenger.

Classes Provide Classroom and Hands-on Training

The Road Ready course starts in the classroom with the teen and an adult partner reviewing core topics. The teens then get behind the wheel for the advanced training that sees how they handle some of life’s everyday problems out on the road. Stop by your Scottsdale Dodge dealer, Chapman Dodge for more information, or visit the Road Ready website.