2016 Chicago Auto Show LIVE: 2017 Ram Power Wagon and Ram 2500 4×4 Off-road Pack image

The pickup truck-exclusive brand is introducing a series of novelties during the ongoing Chicago Auto Show, with the Ram Power Wagon reaching the 2017 MY and the Ram 2500 gaining a 4×4 Off-road Package.

Let’s start with the latter, which is acting as a rival for the latest Ford FX4 and Chevrolet Z71 mods, with the 4×4 Off-road Package treating the Ram 2500 to a host of updates to make it better on adverse terrain. Available in Crew or Mega Cab and with any engine, trim or bed length combo, the pack comes with Bilstein monotube shocks, a limited-slip differential, a set of Firestone LT on/off-road tires, a Hill-descent Control system and a transfer case skid plate.

Moving on to the 2017 model year Ram Power Wagon, the transition is coming with a set of subtle design tweaks – for example the model has decided to forego most of its chromed bits and pieces and now adopts a darker, more mature theme. Ram has opted to present the grille, side mirror caps, wheel arches, and rear bumper in black plastic and the same finish has been applied to the wheels, headlights or body decals – though the later can also be ordered in a silver hue. Inside the cabin the headliner is also black and there are new upholstery inserts. No mechanical updates have been delivered though as the 2017 Ram Power Wagon still uses the feisty HEMI 6.4-liter V8 engine with 410 horsepower (306 kilowatts) and 429 pound-feet (581 Newton meters) of torque transferred to the wheels via a six-speed automatic and a manually-shifted transfer case.