The Ram TRX RexRunner Concept Is SEMA-Bound, And It’s Not What We Thought It Was: News

Here's what the RexRunner is, and what else Ram is bringing the SEMA this year

This is the Ram TRX RexRunner concept — and it’s still packing a massive, supercharged V8. (Images: Stellantis)

Well, we missed the call on that one.

Ram and Jeep are both hitting SEMA once again this year, and Ram in particular is bringing two modified 1500 concepts. One is the Outdoorsman concept (more on that shortly), and the other is what you see above: the Ram TRX RexRunner. When the company showed off some sketches earlier this month, we mused that the blue accents, perhaps, meant “hybrid”. That’s an exciting prospect for a badass super truck, right? Well, turns out the blue accents are just blue accents.

Granted, the whole hybrid thing was a long shot at best, and I’ll admit to not calling that one accurately. Nevertheless, the TRX RexRunner concept does still pack the same supercharged 6.2-liter, 702 horsepower V8 as the base truck, with some more kit besides. Basically, this truck runs through the Mopar catalog, and brings in some custom parts to create a truck that’s even more over-the-top than your “everyday” TRX. Yeah, like the standard truck is a wallflower.

To that end, you get 18×9-inch Black Rhino Chamber wheels on the RexRunner, wrapped in 37-inch all-terrain tires (more specifically, the images show Toyo Open Country tires). The truck also sports a three-tone paint scheme with Ash Gray and Mopar Blue accents throughout the exterior, interspersed with matte black.

The custom, Mopar-etched front skid plate on the RexRunner improves approach angle to 32.5 degrees, up 2.3 degrees from the standard truck. Other additions include a RamBar accessory light bar with a pair of 4,300-lumen TYRI LED lights, a bed-mounted spare tire carrier, Mopar bed extender, and a Mopar spray-in bedliner.

Rock rails also feature on the TRX RexRunner concept, as do 5-inch black exhaust tips, a bed step and a custom, black flip-top fuel filler door. Inside, the truck largely mirrors that of the standard TRX. The center stack, flat-bottom steering wheel, instrument cluster, console-mounted shifter and steering wheel-mounted paddles all carry over from the production model. However, you do get Mopar stainless steel pedal covers, as well as one-piece molded door panels and a vinyl floor taken from the Tradesman work truck.

Ram 1500 Outdoorsman concept

Ram Outdoorsman concept

For the hard-working customers who play just as hard (per Ram), there’s the 1500-based Outdoorsman concept. The Mopar team started with a crew-cab Big Horn 4×4, and pretty much threw the whole parts catalog at it. You still get blue tow hooks like the RexRunner, but this truck also brings a bull bar with four LED lights up front.

The Ram 1500 Outdoorsman concept rides on a 2-inch Mopar lift kit with Fox shocks, as well as 20×9-inch Black Rhino wheels and 35-inch all-terrain tires. Lightweight tube steps from the Mopar catalog more or less round out the functional changes up front, but the lion’s share of what makes the Outdoorsman concept special is in the back.

An Expertec bed-slide system comes mounted to the truck bed, with each of the two rolling panels rated up to 2,000 pounds. Each panel includes T-track rails as well — showing a mountain bike and Dometic refrigerator mounted to the units in this concept. Mopar bed rails are attached to the inside of the bed along with 2-inch Tyri LED lights at each corner, while the inside panel of the tailgate houses a custom “RamGate” task bench. The Outdoorsman also has the RamBox cargo management bins in the side rails.

Inside, the Ram 1500 Outdoorsman concept has Alloy-Mesh cloth seats, with blue Katzkin bolsters trimmed with Sydney Grey accent leather. Mopar all-weather floor mats are part of the concept package, and there’s even a “RamVac” onboard vacuum cleaner under the second-row bench. The center armrest also houses a 12-by-14 deployable work surface that slides out.

Ram 1500 Outdoorsman concept

These Rams are just two of seven total concepts Stellantis is bringing to SEMA — check out what Dodge and Jeep are bringing over on and!

We’ll have videos from the SEMA event next week as well, so stay tuned for those coming up starting Tuesday, November 3.