Ram Sees Value In A Raptor Rival, Plans To Put Rebel TRX Into Production As Chevy Stays Quiet14
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.
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Didn’t Chevy say stay tuned for an off road version of the silvy?
Chevy could’ve walked away from the competition with the LT4 in a Silverado, now they’ll just be seen as late to the game bandwagon
They couldve done an SS and offroader.
When pickups are selling hand over fist. And luxury pickups are raking in cash. A halo truck makes perfect sense.
Late to the game? Ram is saying 2022. Who announces a model 4 years before they start selling it? Chevy could easily have something in the works and release it for 2020 or 2021.
This is some sort of weird hail mary pass by Fiat.
The Raptor has been around the better part of decade. GM had time to drop the amazing LS7 into the Silverado and build a killer truck. But didnt, instead they released 15 appearance packages.
They go big on Corvette and Camaro, yet hold back on the money making trucks. The 2019 trucks look pretty great, but they need a true range topping halo model. Both street performance and an offroad king.
And this may be in the works. 2019s haven’t been released yet.
Ram saying in 4 years they’re going to make this isn’t proof they’re ahead of anyone. Why in the hell will it take them 4 years if they’ve already decided to do it??
I would suspect they may be sandbagging on this one. They have proven to be pretty quick to market in the past.
Agreed. While GM has recently teased a Street/ Performance truck at SEMA, it hasn’t resulted in anything except for what’s possible with the current Silverado platform. I’d even call it cruel, really, to even build a concept like that if they had no intention of bringing it into production.
Call me a misogynist pig if you will, but GM CEO Mary Barra is neglecting her responsibilities when she’s more concerned with developing new dress codes at GM and promoting feminism as a Board Member of Disney rather than developing the trucks that customers actually want.
She’s been at GM all her life, but I’m entirely unimpressed with her “leadership” so far. If anyone can point to one accomplishment, I’d be glad to hear it!
Latest speculation is that there will be two models one as a RAM TR maybe with the new 426 hemi with the 575 they keep teasing. It was teased on a sticker on a Challenger last week.
Then the top spec TRX most likely will have the full 707 hellcat engine rated at 707.
Many speculated JEEP had a tough time getting 707 with AWD on the trackhawk but they did it and I’m sure they can on the ram
Lastly I love the Dino names raptor, T-Rex, Chevy needs to make one of these talk about blank Cheques. These things a printing money for ford right now
I think every GM customer is waiting for a Ram TRX and Ford Raptor Competitor. GM needs to do a Chevy and GMC version because some of us like the style of the GMC better. They also need to load it with options, custom colors, heck GM needs to do more colors period, their paint range is limited. My end point is GM NEEDS TO STOP BEING LATE TO THE PARTY!! THEY NEED TO LEAD. THROW IN A 580HP MOTOR 550LBS TORQ AND NEVER FOLLOW AGAIN… DO THE SAME FOR THE NEXT TAHOE AND YUKON, GIVE THEM A SUPER OFF ROAD VERSION. IT WILL SELL LIKE HOT CAKES…
It’s hard to understand GM sometimes. You me and a whole bunch of other people have been saying GM need to stop being late to the party and become the leader. They haven’t listened yet so in order for them to become leaders perhaps they need some new leaders. To me there is no downside in being a leader in all that you do.
Sergio is convinced that Ram will move into second place in volume. I could see it considering GM uses two brands compared to everyone else presenting one product line up.
Midsize trucks will continue to grown with Scrambler very important for the US but TRX being more of a global product with niche applications here in America.
GM, like Toyota and VW, is very vanilla, built not to offend or even excite. When it comes to off road and excitement vehicles GM needs a makeover.
Off road is the 2020 equivalent to the 1960s muscle car craze.
Do you think GM put their resources into its reintroduction to the midsize truck market instead of a true offroad full size? The midsize market reintro has been a home run.
Imagine a Chevy Silverado with a updated naturally aspirated 7.0L OHV-2v V8 making 555 hp.
I have a 2002 Red Avalanche on an 8 inch lift. Bought it brand new and at 8k had the lift done. April has 168k on her now. She’s been down the Baja to Cabo. Cali, AZ, UT, Nm and of course Colorado where I was living. In my eyes, there’s nothing on the market that can do everything I’ve asked of April Avalanche. Have the Chevy Ava tent also. Do i go through front wheel bearings every 35k to 40k miles, yup. But I drive her like I stole her. 4 wheel high on a dirt road just flying. Love my Avalanche!