Pickup truck ownership and vehicle customization have gone hand and hand for decades. The sheer volume of annual pickup sales naturally leave many owners wanting to give their truck a bit of a personal touch. Thankfully for truck owners everywhere, their vehicles are supported by one of the most fervent portions of the aftermarket. Thanks to the recent USPTO approval of a patent filing, we now know that a Mopar concept hood may be on the way for the Ram 1500. It’s not exactly the Ram TRX hood scoop with the cab lights, but it certainly brings more attitude to the table regardless.
The folks over at Mopar Insiders were the first to discover the USPTO patent, which was initially filed all the way back in August of 2018. The document is eight pages long, and shows multiple different views of this new hood concept. Despite the years long wait, the USPTO granted FCA their patent a few weeks ago on August 28, 2020.
We’ve actually seen this Mopar concept hood before on several Ram 1500 show trucks built by FCA. Back for the SEMA Show in 2018, the automaker rolled out two Ram Trucks wearing this unique ram-air style hood: the Low Down and Mopar-Modified Rebel concepts. The Low Down was an homage to the muscle truck era of the 1990s, featuring a slick two-tone paint job and airbag suspension. The Mopar-Modified Rebel took things the other way, and cranked to Ram’s off-road capabilities up a notch.
While a filing with the USPTO does not confirm that FCA has any plans to offer the Mopar concept hood for sale, we wouldn’t be surprised to see this one join the catalogue. It brings a more aggressive look to the pickup truck, and almost resembles the hood found on the Hellcat-powered Ram TRX models. Furthermore, FCA stated back in 2018 that the hood design worked in conjunction with their Ram-Airflow air intake system, which could help to bolster the performance of your pickup. Considering how many people stick Hellcat bits to their Charger SXTs, this one kinda of seems like a no brainer.