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Detroit Auto Show, Or Not

2021 Ram Rebel TRX
Ram Rebel TRX teaser.

According to MoparInsiders, who have well-placed sources within FCA, the 2021 Ram Rebel TRX will still be revealed in June, even without the 2020 Detroit Auto Show taking place. What’s being planned allegedly is an official reveal, with a small amount of media and personnel in attendance. Compared to other years, June still feels like a long ways out, and a lot could happen between then and now. At any rate, automakers like General Motors, Ford Motor Company, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are beginning to have a future product backlog due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With auto shows canceled, and manufacturing on ice, the coronavirus may have things feeling like a pause button has hit the the automotive industry, but with annual sales projected to tank by millions industry-wide, OEMs have to give shareholders and market speculators alike something to look forward to. This means the show will have to go on, if not for anything but to give people something to look forward to when this crisis finally passes.

The 2021 Ram Rebel TRX is one of the most anticipated pickup trucks to be revealed this year, along with the fourteenth-generation Ford F-150, and the all-electric Hummer EV pickup by GMC. The TRX is expected to be a class-leading off-road performance truck, with more than enough horsepower to leave the current-generation F-150 Raptor in its dust along the trail. This is primarily thanks to 700+ horsepower from its 6.2L Hellcat engine, and a radical suspension system that can keep up with that power. Of course, that will all come at a price, as MI speculates that the Ram Rebel TRX will be priced around $70,000 and beyond – well above a base Raptor.

Production is otherwise anticipated to start in October 2020, several weeks behind the original timeline. But you already know why.

Beyond the Ram Rebel TRX, FCA also plans to reveal an updated Dodge Durango – likely with the introduction of a Durango Hellcat – along with huge debuts from Jeep. Specifically, the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee. Other vehicles, such as the full-size Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, as well as a petite Ram pickup truck, are likely to follow.

Ram Rebel TRX
2016 Ram Rebel TRX Concept

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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