Big news out of Italy today where FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed the automakers next 5-year plan. Within that plan is a Ram mid-size pickup slated to be sold overseas and not in the U.S., the confirmation the next-generation heavy-duty pickups will be revealed at the 2019 North American International Auto Show and the production confirmation of the Ram Rebel TRX due to hit the market in 2022. Holy cow batman!
The confirmation of the so-called Raptor fighter grabbed our attention. When it was unveiled at the 2016 State Fair of Texas, nearby the Ford Raptor, we were stunned and it stole the show.
Now, the plan is to bring it to market with either a 7.0L V8 making 520-525 HP or the Hellcat engine capable of producing 707 HP. Our bet is on the Hellcat engine much like FCA did with the Jeep Grand Cherokee Track Hawk.
Going with the HP, the pickup may follow the concept and have 37-inch wheels, off-road suspension, wide-body kit and 13-inches of wheel travel.
When it was revealed Ram’s Jim Morrison boasted it could 100 MPH all day long with its internal bypass shocks and suspension. In other words, it could be a hell of a lot of fun and seriously challenge the Ford Raptor.
There is no official details on the pickup yet, but the production confirmation is big news to many pickup fans. It is a big step forward for making the pickup a reality.
However, the pickup isn’t a done deal. FCA’s 5-year plans don’t always work out, see Dodge Dart Turbo that never happened, and lots of things can change over the next 5 years. Sure off-road capable full-size pickups are hot right now, but will they be in 5 years. Could gas prices climb to $5, $6 or even more per gallon and curb pickup sales?
Lots of things left to be decided, yet we are drooling for sure at the possibility of tearing up some desert in the Rebel TRX. That sounds like amazing time to us!