The 2021 Ram 1500 Rebel TRX Has Been Revealed

August 17th, 2020 by

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This is it, people – mostly pickup truck fans – this is what we’ve all been waiting for. The new apex predator of the truck world has reared its head and it is glorious! It’s the all-new 2021 Ram 1500 TRX, making Ram Truck the office North America off-road truck leader, possibly forever. And to think, this is only an expansion of the light-duty pickup truck lineup, made from the Ram 1500 Rebel model. Setting new benchmarks for power and performance, just think of what the TRX would look like on a Ram HD pickup truck. Knowing this automaker, it seems likely, so we’re already looking forward to it, but for now, take a look at the all-new 2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

“The all-new 2021 Ram TRX sets the benchmark for extreme performance pickup trucks and solidifies Ram Truck’s position as the off-road truck leader…Ram has a strong history of high-performance trucks and TRX adds to that while expanding the light-duty lineup with the segment’s best combination of performance, capability, luxury and technology.” – Mike Koval, Head of Ram Brand, FCA – North America

There is literally so much great stuff to cover about this truck, we don’t know where to start. With a rating of 702 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque, all thanks to the 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V-8 engine under the hood, all that power is transmitted through a high-torque-capacity TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration and quarter-mile times may not be the norm for a truck, but they did it anyway with the Ram TRX, and this beauty accelerates from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds and can run a quarter-mile in 12.9 seconds at 108 mph with a top speed of 118 mph. Can we say damn?

The exterior is in a class of its own, described as a “mixed martial arts fighter in a tailored tuxedo”, its acute hourglass design gives way to a wider rear than the rest of the lineup with composite flares and fender wells that add six inches to the track width and make the Ram TRX is 8 inches wider. Riding on 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory 325/65/R18 All-Terrain tires, available with 18-inch beadlock-ready wheels, are just the beginning. Going from the ground up, the Ram TRX comes with a hood scoop that helps with 50-percent of air entering the 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V-8 engine, the other 50-percent through the grille, met with new, aluminum hood with bright LED clearance lights built into the scoop and all-black premium LED headlamps with twin bi-functional projector headlamps, also all standard. With a unique front grille, hood, skid plates, steel bumpers, and new RAM badges, the body is dolled-up with LED taillamps in the back, tow hooks in the front and rear of the truck, and integrated 5-inch dual exhaust ports.

An exterior like this needs an interior to go with it, and premium materials are key, like premium textures, colors and material, and available hand-wrapped leather instrument panels for high-class luxury. This is just one of the options for the upholstery, with a total of three – (1) premium cloth and vinyl, (2) premium wrapped leather and suede, or (3) premium wrapped leather and suede with available red and carbon fiber accents – the base of the Ram 1500 Rebel peaks through the veil. With TR1 and TR2 Equipment Groups still available on the TRX, consumers can change up the look and feel of their TRX in a variety of ways, ending with lovely heated and ventilated premium Natura Plus leather with perforated suede accents cover the front bucket and rear bench seats. Behind the new SRT-signature flat-bottom steering wheel, made with enhanced hand grips wrapped in leather and integrated aluminum paddle shifters, the driver is in full control of this bad boy, and with a new Drive Mode selector, this truck can switch it up with Normal, Wet/Snow, Off-road, and Baja.

With so much performance built into this pickup truck, we’re only touching upon the various drive modes. The above are in addition to five dynamic modes available – Auto, Sport, Tow, Snow and Custom for complete customization of the vehicle’s performance through a multitude of combinations covering the four-wheel-drive system, throttle response, transmission, paddle shifters, suspension and the electric power steering. There are also three dynamic off-road modes – Mud/Sand, Rock, and Baja for tackling different kinds of terrain.

All of this is thanks to a new BorgWarner 48-13 full-time active transfer case that gives the Ram Rebel TRX the power to handle any off-road terrain. With a low range of 2.64:1 for rock crawling and flat-towing when put in neutral, this off-road truck boasts a ground clearance of 11.8 inches. This can be attested to a 2-inch ride height increase and 35-inch tires. No obstruction can stand in the way of this predator. The 2021 Ram1500 Rebel TRX is truly the king of off-road pickup trucks.

Ram didn’t skimp on the technology either. Matching the performance and looks of the 2021 Ram TRX, a Uconnect 4C NAV 12-inch fully configurable touchscreen comes standard with SiriusXM with 360L, Personalized Stations Powered by Pandora, and smartphone integration. Why not Uconnect 5? Maybe it’ll be an available over-the-air upgrade. Until then, consumers can enjoy the class-exclusive 900-watt premium Harman Kardon audio system with 19 speakers and 10-inch subwoofer. Like all legendary vehicles with serious power, there will also be a Performance Pages app and an Off-Road Pages app found within the infotainment system for recording and reviewing vehicle performance in a number of ways. Performance Pages covers timers (such as 0-60 mph elapsed time), g-force, gauges and engine performance, whereas Off-Road Pages show ride height, the transfer case’s position, the pitch and roll of the vehicle, and accessory gauges. Don’t forget the available advanced safety features, including Blind-spot Monitoring, adaptive cruise control, Ready Alert Braking and Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus.

Backed by a five-year/60,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty that covers engine, transmission and drive system, and a standard three-year/36,000-mile Basic Limited Warranty provides true bumper-to-bumper coverage for the Ram TRX, this pickup truck is one-of-a-kind. Thankfully, it’s going into mass production at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP) in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Now we just need to find out when it will be made available for purchase. Follow along with us Aventura Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram social media to find out when.

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