It certainly looks pissed off enough to pass as the real thing. FCA recently released a promotional sketch of a peculiar pickup truck that may very well be the upcoming Ram Rebel TRX. The image is being used to promote a design contest for high school students in grades 10-12, where Head of Ram Truck Design Mark Trostle is challenging young minds and fresh thinkers to come up with what the Ram 1500 of the future will look like. It’s called the 2020 Drive for Design, and entries are due by May 1, 2020. From there, just three students will be named winners.
Prizes for the winners include an exclusive tour and time with leading designers at the FCA Design studios, a scholarship to attend College for Creative Studies Summer Experience Transportation Design program, and serving as a Junior Judge at the prestigious EyesOn Design Car Show. Lastly, writer and artist Josh Welton joins as a special guest judge.
Now, back to this possible Ram Rebel TRX teaser. It should be known that FCA loves hiding little easter eggs in plain sight, more than any other company in the business it seems.
The illustrated truck already shares multiple similarities with the current Ram Rebel on the road today (pictured far bottom), save for a repositioning of the RAM logo, and body-colored tow hooks. There’s also a noticeable bulge in the yellow hood, and an air inlet right up front. Under this hood of the upcoming Ram Rebel TRX is expected to be what everybody wants: a 707 horsepower 6.2L supercharged V8 Hellcat engine. Up-close, high resolution spy shots have recently confirmed the existence of such a beast, which targets the throne of the off-road half-ton truck market, where the current Ford F-150 Raptor is crowned king.
The look of the Ram Rebel TRX may have also been teased during the 2019 SEMA Show in November via the Ram Rebel OTG Concept from Mopar, pictured above. Meanwhile, at General Motors, Chevrolet is expected to introduce its own take on a more aggressive off-roader tentatively named the Silverado ZRX. A teaser of what’s to come was shown at the 2019 SEMA Show in November, as the Hall Racing T1 Silverado 1500.