New Spy Shots of Ram Rebel TRX Provide More Details
The Ram Rebel TRX has been a little camera shy and has done a lot to stay out of the media since Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced the concept to be. As a part of the new five-year plan for FCA, Jeep and Ram both have a lot at stake as well as a lot of future vehicles listed for production. Being the money makers of the FCA umbrella, the spotlight for the Ram is falling onto the 2019 Ram Rebel TRX concept. With little to go on, we’ve kept away from talking too much about the TRX, but now, more spy shots have surfaced, and the TRX is getting some huge upgrades.
The Ram Rebel TRX
When it comes to the Ram Rebel Tyrannosaurus Rex, there is actually a smaller version that precedes this – the Ram Rebel TR, powered by a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine called the “Banshee”, able to produce 520 horsepower and 525 lb-ft of torque. Now with that in mind, the TRX was once said to be powered by the legendary 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine, able to produce 707 horsepower, but nothing is certain. Both trims are able to go off-road, equipped with Ram’s 4×4 Performance Control System, a BorgWarner 44-45 transfer case, and four different driving modes: normal, wet/snow, off-road, and Baja. A suspension increase of 40-percent has been added, along with adjustable coil-over shocks with internal bypass to sort out the front load and a best-in-class link coil rear suspension system in the back.
According to an insider source, information has leaked about the Ram Rebel RTX prototype, caught testing in the Detroit area. Not seen before, the spy shots are all new, and some added features have been spotted. Although Ram has yet to officially announce any specifications, an insider anonymous source states that the production truck model will have 6-lug hubs at all four corners, unlike the prototype model seen above. Furthermore, the TRX will come with Electronically Adjustable Bypass Valve Shocks.
Here are the details from the source.
– The truck has bypass shocks all the way around, and they’re electronically adjustable.
– There are additional skid plates that protect the transmission and center differential.
– The wheels and wheel arches are from the aftermarket. The fender flares are there because the front and rear ends are wider and the tires are bigger. These flares are definitely not production intent.
Electronically adjustable bypass valve shocks will certainly give the TRX a leg up and make it a better competitor for the 2019 Ford Raptor. Ford had been stealing the hearts of many truck buyers with its F-150 Raptor for the last few years. FCA designed the Ram Rebel TRX in response. It’s all about the competition.
FCA doesn’t just want to match the competition though, this automotive group wants to beat it. Car and Driver had a photographer on scene when grabbing spy shots, and according to them, the Ram Rebel TRX mule exhibited some telltale signs that a supercharged V8 engine under the hood, with the added comment, “Boy, is it fast”. Yes, the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine is all but definitely coming as a powertrain option for the Ram Rebel TRX.
In addition, the new spy shots reveal an increased ride height, aftermarket or new production design wheels, and the rugged fender flares’ exposed fasteners. Because this is a Ram Rebel upgrade, some may confuse this for aesthetic appeal. The keen eye of the Car and Driver photographer found a seriously beefy trailing arm and mount made from the same square-wall tubing used in military vehicles and an internal bypass/reservoir damper, both of which have not been seen on the Rebel before.
The Ram Rebel TRX is shaping up nicely, but there has yet to be an official release date, and that means anything could change. Keep up with all the good news on Aventura Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram social media.