In light duty pickup segment, RAM 1500 does not need any introduction- as it is. The popular pickup from stables of FCA has staved off competition from rivals from Ford and GM over the years consistently. The Ram 1500 has won awards and enjoyed steady sales owing to its blend of performance, durability and features. Of late, FCA has been augmenting the lineup by introducing special edition models. After making waves with the newly launched Ram Tungsten edition, FCA may bring out more models. The buzz is 2020 Ram 1500 Rebel TRX concept- showcased in 2016 Texas State Fair may be made ready for production.
The recent spy shots of upcoming Ram 1500 model have given impetus to the buzz of FCA launching the production version of Ram 1500 Rebel TRX concept. The company is yet to confirm the rumor but it is not impossible either. The most likely is that this brute will arrive as the 2020 model. The Concept version showcased last year featured muscular and rugged build with special grille and body decals. The production version may get some change but basic styling is likely to be retained. It may get a few special exterior colors. Since it is going to be an off road centric version rivaling Ford F-150 Raptor- presence of underbody skid plate, steel bumpers and tow hooks are likely.
The cabin of upcoming 2020 Ram 1500 Rebel TRX may not be lavish but focus will be on durability and utility. So, you can expect the cabin to be laden with suede wrapped cloth seats, red contrast stitching, black rubber floor and all-weather floor mats. The in-cabin storage options will be aplenty.
2020 Ram 1500 Rebel TRX – Engine and Specs
For an off-road centric pickup truck, a powerful engine is mandatory. The 2016 Concept version was fitted with a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 unit under the hood. It is the same model which is found in the venerable Dodge Challenger. The output was toned down to 575 HP. Even in that form it is more than enough to surpass the engine of latest Ford Raptor comfortably. The Hellcat V-8 engine is aided by performance shocks and Dana 60 axles to roll over rocks and sand without fuss. It is not certain whether FCA will use this beefy engine or opt for something else. There will be various driving modes nevertheless.
The Ram 1500 Rebel TRX- if launched will come with latest safety features and number of amenities will be aplenty too. The latest edition of UConnect infotainment system of FCA will be there and a big touch display unit will be offered. Along with airbags, radar based sensors will be included to help evade accidents. FCA may also throw in some customization features.
Price and Release Date
When the upcoming Ram 1500 Rebel TRX will be released is uncertain but as noted before the most likely scenario is that this model arrives at the beginning of the 2020. It pricing will be higher than entry level Ram 1500 trims and will probably be close to $55,000
The Ram 1500 Rebel TRX is a niche pickup with enough elements to woo target buyers. The rugged styling, very powerful engine and durability will enable to tackle rivals like Nissan Titan XD and Ford F-150 Raptor.