A battle is heating up between the off-road divisions inside Ford and FCA. While Jeep has owned the off-road SUV segment with the Wrangler, Ford upset the monopoly with the hotly anticipated Bronco. But Ford, on the other hand, has controlled the desert runner, extreme off-road pickup truck segment with the desirable F-150 Raptor. Just as Ford was done letting Jeep have the segment to themselves, FCA wants in on the pickup game, and is about to launch the 2021 Ram Rebel TRX with over 700 Hellcat powered, Raptor beating horsepowers. Thanks to FCA’s Q2 earnings presentation, we now have a better timetable of when we will finally see this mad truck go into production.
According to the presentation slide above, the 2021 Ram Rebel TRX will enter production in Q4 of 2020. That’s right around the corner, as Q4 starts October 1. Ram already announced the TRX will be revealed “late summer” in a teaser video, so all signs point to an August reveal before the truck goes into production sometime between October and the end of the year.
When the TRX is revealed in full, it’ll be powered by the legendary 6.2 liter supercharged HEMI Hellcat V8. We don’t know exact power figures, but expect at least the 707 hp the engine launched with.
The 2021 Ram Rebel TRX will also aim to match or beat the Raptor in off-road capability. Remember: if the name sounds similar to a T-Rex to you, that’s no accident. Spy shots show widened fenders and wheel arches to push the wheels out to the corners of the truck, giving an aggressive look and helping high speed stability. It’s going to be so wide that it’ll need three amber indicators, like the Ford F-150 Raptor. Expect these to be housed in a hood scoop. It should also get some kind of trick suspension system with lot’s of travel.
Interior leaks also show the TRX will have a number of configurable driving modes, proving this won’t be a one trick pony. Or dinosaur. We don’t know what they all will be, but expect a Baja-esque desert mode to a given. Overall, the TRX will hit the Raptor where it hurts, and is set to be the off-road pickup king. Your move, Ford.