Leaked images offer sneak peek at upcoming off-road-ready Ram TRX
|driving.ca 21 May 2020 at 14:25|
First shown at the State Fair of Texas waaay back in 2016, this brute is Fiat Chrysler’s answer to the Ford F-150 Raptor, kitted out with gonzo off-road gear and a bellowing V8 engine.
New spy shots of the truck recently surfaced, confirming some rumours and putting an exclamation point on Ram’s desire to drive a hole right though the Raptor’s place in the market.
Provided to the American-based outlet The Fast Lane Truck by an anonymous source, images purported to be of the Ram TRX show an off-road pickup truck that’s loaded and ready for bear. One photo shows the shadowy view of a supercharger, presumably one bolted to a 6.2L V8 Hellcat engine. TFL‘s video describing the photos is linked below.
It’s commonly accepted that , so it’s good to see an apparent confirmation of this rumour. Don’t forget — this is a powerplant that makes in excess of 700 hp in every application in which it has appeared.
Even if it is tuned for more torque and a few less ponies for pickup duty, expect the final figure to be somewhere north of 600 horsepower. For comparison, the 2020 Raptor makes 450 horsepower from a twin-turbo V6 that has none of a V8’s aural charm at wide-open throttle, a trait the Hellcat has in spades.
The other spy shots are of the TRX’s interior; a detail in one throws a hilarious bit of shade at the Blue Oval beast. Stamped into a rubber console mat is the relief of a large T-rex chasing a velociraptor, an excellent ‘Easter egg’ that confirms the TRX’s main competitor. Detroit’s game of truck one-upmanship never sleeps.
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Other images show interesting features and options not yet seen on any Ram pickup on sale today. The gear selector shown is a console-mounted unit, not a rotary dial or column-mounted baseball bat. If you care, the design of the shift knob and attendant PRNDL display are near-identical to the one found in a current Grand Cherokee (except for the letter font).
In addition, a dial marked ‘Trailer Steering’ is shown on the dashboard, sitting just to the right of a trailer brake controller. It would seem that Ram is on the verge of introducing tech similar to Ford’s excellent Pro Trailer Backup Assist feature .