The Hellcat pickup truck is almost here.
Ram on Thursday dropped a new teaser video for its TRX pickup truck. The Raptor fighter will be revealed on August 17 at 12 pm ET, and it's confirmed for sale as a 2021 model.
Previewed as a concept in 2016 and confirmed for production two years later, the TRX will be a step up from the current Ram 1500 Rebel in performance and off-road capability.
Prototypes testing in the wild show a wide-body design and beefed-up suspension. The TRX concept had 13 inches of wheel travel, internal bypass shocks, as well as a Dynatrac Pro 60 rear axle with locking differential. The concept's front axle had an open differential, with custom half shafts to accommodate a wider front track.
Like the Ford F-150 Raptor it targets, the TRX is expected to combine speed with off-road prowess. The concept version had a Hellcat 6.2-liter supercharged V-8, albeit detuned to 575 horsepower. The production version is expected to get two engine options. One is a naturally aspirated V-8 with 520 hp or 525 hp, the other is a Hellcat engine tuned to 707 hp. In both cases, drive will be to all four wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission.
As with the original concept truck, and its Raptor rival, expect the TRX to get more aggressive bodywork, including fender flares and a new grille distinct from other Ram 1500 models.
Fans have been waiting for a V-8 performance truck from an OEM since the Raptor switched to V-6 power. But Ford isn't about to take this challenge lying down. The Blue Oval has a redesigned Raptor also coming for 2021, and it's possible the automaker will also add a variant powered by the Mustang Shelby GT500's 5.2-liter supercharged V-8, potentially with 760 hp.