When we last heard about the upcoming Ram TRX, it was back in June, when Ram revealed that it would unveil the souped up off-roader this summer. At the time, Ram chose to not specify a date, but now at last, the company has revealed when the unveiling will take place, with the company taking the veil off August 17.
It has been a long and interesting journey, with the TRX first appearing as a one-off concept back in 2016. It took a wile for Ram to give the green light for production (despite the strong public support), but the TRX will finally be the first real rival that the Ford Raptor will face (with the truck going largely uncontested for about a decade prior to the TRX’s creation.)
The powertrain will arguably be the item that will seize the headlines when the TRX makes its debut. That’s because Ram will become the third brand in FCA to use the 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat engine. While the base version of this V-8 makes 707 horsepower in other applications, it could go as high as 797 horsepower, which would match the figure in the Challenger Red Eye. However, prior rumors suggest that the engine could be detuned slightly to help the all-wheel-drive system and some of the off-road focused hardware cope with the demands placed by the boosted eight cylinder.
In addition to the Hellcat engine, other flavors of the TRX will most likely be available that will be powered by the 5.3-liter V8 and the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6. If that’s the case, it would be a big advantage over the Raptor, which forces buyers to go with only one engine (a 3.5 liter 450 horsepower twin-turbocharged V-6.) An eight speed automatic will most likely be the only transmission available, but it’s a proven unit, so look for that to not sway TRX buyers too much.
But having a diverse selection of power options is only one part of the story, with the TRX needing a suspension that can take as much abuse as the Raptor’s. The TRX could most likely feature an adjustable suspension and steering, with a part time two-speed four wheel drive system as standard equipment. The truck is also rumored to feature a drive mode selector that will let drivers fine tune many elements of the truck including the stability control, shift points, throttle control, and more.
Thankfully, we won’t have long to wait, with many details surrounding the TRX being released next week. Production for the TRX is expected to begin towards the end of the year. That should mean that the first units will begin arriving at Ram dealers as early as this coming spring though with COVID-19 still a prevalent force, that timeline is subject to change. In the meantime, Ram released a brief teaser video promoting the unveiling which we have included. The reveal will happen at noon eastern time, and PickupTruckTalk.com will have all the details on this potent off-roader as they become available.