The Ram TRX 2021 is on its way by the end of the summer, according to a teaser video found on the Ram Trucks Facebook page. The video, which shows nothing but a huge plume of earth accompanied by the sound of a (hopefully) Hellcat V8, with the official TRX logo superimposing the sequence. A link in the caption for the video takes users to a TRX microsite on Ram’s web page, where people can sign up for updates on off-road pickup rivaling Raptor.
There really isn’t much analysis we can do on the teaser video. However, its soundtrack is quite enticing. Unlike the Ford F-150 Raptor, the TRX will offer a V8. Plus, we’re pretty sure the V8 heard the dust cloud is the FCA’s 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat crusher.
If it were from another automaker, we would expect the truck application of a Hellcat engine to be slightly out of tune, but since this is the FCA, we’re pretty sure the TRX will get the same 707 horsepower and 645 pound-feet (527 kilowatts and 875 newton meters) as the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. And that assumes that the Ram doesn’t get the 717 hp (535 kW) from the Challenger Hellcat or the 797 hp (594 kW) from the Challenger Hellcat Redeye, which are also a possibility.
Part-time, two-speed four-wheel drive will likely be standard, but given the TRX’s predilections in the desert, we hope that the electronically locked rear differential can also be engaged in two-wheel drive. On the menu, an enlarged track (reminiscent of the 2016 Ram Rebel TRX concept), as well as an adjustable suspension and steering. An eight-speed automatic transmission will likely be the only transmission available.
We also believe that the high performance Ram, which will abandon the name “Rebel” and will simply be called “TRX”, will offer at least one basic engine. 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is likely (with or without eTorque lightweight hybrid technology), although Ram may also offer a cheaper 3.6-liter V6 in the TRX, reflecting the Rebel’s range of engines less explosive.
The FCA doubles its microphones ready for the desert, following the Jeep Gladiator Mojave with the Ram TRX. When it arrives at the end of summer, it will finally give the Ford F-150 Raptor real competition