The Ford F-150 has sat idle for over a decade waiting on a real competitor. Sure, the other big pickup manufacturers like GMC and Ram have off-road packages and aftermarket accessories available for owners, but no other manufacturer has gone as all-in as Ford has — until now that is. That’s all going to change very soon when Ram introduces the upcoming Ram Rebel TRX model. Ever since Ram first introduced the Rebel TRX concept in 2016, enthusiasts have been eagerly waiting for a Hellcat-powered truck. To some, the concept sounded too absurd, but Ram knows what its base wants and the brand is willing to deliver. By 2018, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), announced in its five-year plan that a production model of the TRX was coming. Here’s what we think we know so far about the upcoming Ram 1500 Rebel TRX:
It’s Coming Soon
When FCA originally showed off the concept TRX, it was announced that a production variant would be available by the 2022 model year. Original plans indicated a 2021 launch, but information has been trickling out for a while and all signs point to an imminent debut of the model for 2020. According to Motor1, the Ram 1500 Rebel TRX was slated to debut at the now-cancelled North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Since the show’s been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic that plan was scrapped, but Ram still has an ace up its sleeve. Mopar Insiders is suggesting that the off-road pickup might actually make its debut at FCA’s yearly What’s New Event. That same Mopar Insiders report also indicates that production was set to begin on September 8, but that’s now been pushed back five weeks — that timeframe still has the trucks arriving at dealer lots before the end of the year.
All About Power and Performance
Here’s how Ram plans to rain on Ford’s uncontested parade — the Ram 1500 Rebel TRX will be powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat engine. Enthusiasts will soon forget the measly twin-turbo V6 that rests under the hood of the Ford Raptor. If the Hellcat engine sounds familiar to enthusiasts, it’s because that’s the same engine that’s powering today’s Dodge Challenger Hellcat and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk vehicles. Now, it’ll find itself under the hood of an off-road pickup truck.
According to insiders, the massive throttle of power has been Ram’s intention all along since the concept stage, although no one’s really positive about the engine’s output. The concept itself was powered by a detuned Hellcat engine, making “only” 575 horsepower, as opposed to the Hellcat’s famed 707 horsepower. Even the 575 horsepower eclipsed the Raptor by 125 horsepower, but apparently that wasn’t enough. Allpar, relying on inside sources from FCA, reports that the TRX model will have more than 700 horsepower. It’s common for this engine to generate 707, 717, and 797 horsepower, so the report is not a stretch of the imagination by any means. We’ll have to wait and see if FCA is going to sacrifice some of that horsepower to boost the pickup’s torque figure instead. A nimble balance between the two would make the perfect off-road pickup truck.
Beefy is the Name of the Game
We expect the upcoming TRX to have the same flared and beefy styling that Ram offered on the concept. Spy shots so far have shown features experts have come to expect, including flared fenders, massive tires, and higher ride height among others. Only time will tell how bombastic and impressive the TRX model will be and we eagerly await its upcoming debut.
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