Oh yes, that 6.2-liter Supercharged Ram TRX concept *is* coming.
Raptor? What Raptor? Back in 2016, Ram released a concept of their answer to Ford’s most hardcore F-150 with the TRX concept. Packing 575 horsepower from a supercharged, Hellcat-sourced 6.2-liter V8, it seriously threw down against the Raptor’s 450 horsepower, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. However, that truck was just a concept…until now.
.@RamTrucks TRX concept, #TyrannosaurusRex, will go into production as part of the five-year plan – focus on power, torque, technology and styling. #FCAFiveYearPlan https://t.co/zPQstUiK1j pic.twitter.com/idMYjKdAVh
— FCA group (@fcagroup) June 1, 2018
At FCA’s investor meeting at the Balocco Proving Grounds in Italy, the Ram TRX was officially confirmed for production. As part of the company’s five-year plan extending its product outlook into 2022, they just threw a new contender into the off-road desert basher ring. 575 horsepower is great, but rumors have also been circulating over at the 5th-Gen Ram forums that the production TRX will have the full on 707 horsepower we’ve come to know and love in the Hellcat variants of the Charger and Challenger, as well as the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.
What else is happening? There’s a mid-size truck coming as well
Ram and Jeep are the two major focal points of FCA’s five-year plan. On the Ram side, not only will the TRX live, but there are a few other products coming as well. The new Ram Heavy Duty pickups, slated for next year, will also sport heavily updated technology from the current models. With updated HD pickups and the brand new 2019 Ram 1500, FCA aims to take the fight to Ford and Chevrolet in the U.S. – no more coming in third.
Not only that, but FCA plans to aggressively expand the Ram marque globally. As part of the five-year plan, the global volume projection for Ram stands at one million units by 2022.
Ram also plans to return to the mid-size truck segment to take on the impending Ford Raptor and the Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon by 2022. Mike Manley, head of Ram brand, didn’t mention whether the new mid-size truck will bear the Dakota name. When that truck reaches the market under the current plan, it will be more than a decade since the last-generation Dakota was discontinued.
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