Chevrolet has yet to jump in on the full-size off-road pickup truck market, but Ram sees value in what we’ll call the “Raptor” effect. Fiat-Chrysler Authority reported that the pickup brand will introduce a production version of the Ram Rebel TRX.
The news came amid FCA’s latest five-year plan, but news of the Rebel TRX’s arrival has seemed all-but-confirmed. Ram’s F-150 Raptor rival features—in concept form—a 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8. It’s the same mill found in both the Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcat models.
However, power is rated at 575 horsepower, rather than the muscle cars’ 707 hp figure. The Rebel TRX also features Baer brakes, beadlock-capable wheels, custom transfer case, massaged eight-speed automatic, and a 40-percent increase in suspension travel.
Thus far, Chevrolet has only given off-road enthusiasts a rock-crawler in the form of the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. The mid-size truck is certainly capable, but it lacks the brute force found Ford’s Raptor.
With the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, the bowtie brand has a lot of potential. Hopefully, Chevy is just holding its cards close to the chest. Ram said the Rebel TRX will arrive by 2022.