RAM 1500 Rebel TRX Concept

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    Ram 1500 Rebel TRX - Special Edition Truck

    LIVE UP TO YOUR REPUTATION
    With a 6.2L supercharged HEMI® V8 engine and sturdily built with an off-road suspension, the RAM 1500 Rebel® TRX will be the most powerful factory-engineered half-ton pickup.

    Supercharged 6.2-Liter HEMI® V8 Engine
    With 575 horsepower, the Ram 1500 Rebel® TRX will be the most powerful factory-engineered half-ton pickup ever to be made—capable of tearing up the pavement at speeds greater than 100 mph.


    Ram Reveals New Rebel TRX Concept – 100-mph Off-road Pickup Rips With 575 Supercharged Horsepower
    • Ram Rebel TRX concept is an engineering, design and consumer-interest study for an extreme performance half-ton pickup
    • Supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® V-8 delivers 575 horsepower, the most powerful factory-engineered half-ton pickup ever
    • TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission is integrated with a powerful supercharged engine, 4x4 Performance Control System and paddle-shifters
    • Front and rear axles feature severe-duty components to handle the high horsepower and off-road rigors
    • More than 13 inches of wheel travel at all four corners, an increase of more than 40 percent
    • Front and rear bypass performance shocks added for improved response and damping
    • Unique RAM front grille and steel bumpers share design cues with Power Wagon and Rebel, and provide additional air flow to cool the 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V-8 engine
    • Reaching six inches wider than a standard Ram 1500, the acute hour-glass body design and huge fender wells clear aggressive 37-inch tires
    • Rebel TRX concept interior takes signals from the Ram Rebel, but adds unique features, materials and colors, including carbon fiber, luxury leather/suede and six-point harnesses
    Auburn Hills, Mich. Sep 29, 2016 - Ram, America’s off-road truck leader, today introduced the Ram Rebel TRX concept. Rebel TRX is a 100-mph off-road machine with 575 horsepower – the most powerful half-ton truck the company has ever built. Ripping over pavement at speeds greater than 100 mph is an experience, but the Ram Rebel TRX concept hits triple digits in an off-road environment with the help of a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® V-8.

    “Ram Truck heads to the 2016 State Fair of Texas with a host of product news plus a new concept that pickup fans will truly appreciate – the Ram Rebel TRX concept was built specifically for this event and solidifies Ram Truck’s position as the off-road pickup leader,” said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand, FCA – Global. “With 575 supercharged horsepower and a suspension system built to withstand an all-day hammering, the Rebel TRX concept can devour the roughest terrain at more than 100 miles per hour and never look back.”

    Powertrain
    The rapidly beating heart of the Ram Rebel TRX concept is a powertrain marvel. A 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI with 575 horsepower, the most powerful Ram 1500 the company has ever built, lays the groundwork of expectation.

    Mated to the TorqueFlite 8HP70 eight-speed automatic transmission, new calibrations were used for the engine, transmission and drivetrain to optimize the expected high-speed off-road driving cycle.

    The Ram Rebel TRX concept uses Ram’s 4x4 Performance Control System with a BorgWarner 44-45 transfer case. The system employs different modes of operation: Normal, Wet/Snow, Off-road and Baja.

    The Ram Rebel TRX concept uses a standard Ram 1500 front axle with an open differential and custom CV half-shafts to handle the wider track dimension. The spindles are moved forward to make room within the fender wells for the aggressive 37-inch tires.

    In the rear, a Dynatrac Pro 60 axle spools power through an electric, selectable locker to 35-spline, 1.5-inch axle shafts. The locker is available in all modes and commits both rear wheels to traction at the same speed, spreads the torque load and maximizes the tractive effort (power put to the ground) in full-throttle maneuvers.

    Ram Unveils Most Powerful Half-ton Truck — Rebel TRX Concept With 575 Supercharged Horsepower
    • Supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® V-8 delivers 575 horsepower
    • TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission integrates Ram’s 4x4 Performance Control System with powerful supercharged engine and paddle-shifters
    • Front and rear axles feature severe-duty components to handle the high horsepower and off-road rigor
    Auburn Hills, Mich. Sep 29, 2016 - The Ram Rebel TRX concept is a pickup truck powertrain marvel.

    Once the powertrain engineering team was given details on performance expectations and packaging concerns for the Rebel TRX concept, it became clear only one option would meet the requirements. In order to address those demands, the Rebel TRX is driven by FCA’s supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® V-8 with an output of 575 horsepower – the most powerful Ram 1500 the company has ever built. The V-8 mill is mated to the TorqueFlite 8HP70 eight-speed automatic transmission.

    “The Rebel TRX concept demands an engine with specific abilities in a small package. Reaching such horsepower per-liter efficiencies requires forced induction,” said Bob Lee, Vice President — Engine, Powertrain and Electrified Propulsion Systems Engineering — FCA North America. “The proven supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 delivers 575 horsepower to move this 6,000-pound beast through punishing terrain at a ferocious pace.”

    New calibrations were used for the engine, transmission and Ram’s 4x4 Performance Control System to optimize the expected high-speed off-road driving cycle.

    Supercharged
    The engine’s blower sits on top of the intake manifold making the supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 a tall engine package. Engineers and designers made modifications to the Ram 1500 engine bay, including the forward cab area to fit the engine and meet acceptable gap tolerances. A custom induction system was designed to feed massive amounts of air to the supercharger and a modified Ram Heavy Duty hood helps clear the engine’s additional height.

    The engine features a forged-steel crankshaft with induction-hardened bearing surfaces able to withstand firing pressures of 1,595 psi (110 bar) – the equivalent of five family sedans standing on each piston, every two revolutions. A specially tuned crank damper has been tested to 13,000 rpm.

    The 2,380cc per revolution blower features integral charge coolers and an integrated electronic bypass valve to regulate boost pressure to a maximum of 80 kPa (11.6 psi). The supercharger unit is sealed for life with premium synthetic oil, boasts a drive ratio of 2.36:1 and has a maximum speed of 14,600 rpm. The drive system’s one-way clutch de-coupler improves refinement, while allowing for precisely the kind of auditory feedback high-performance customers find alluring.

    Such performance promises an under-hood environment that is torturous, to say the least. Engineers responded with some clever applications.

    The large-nosed crank drives a high-flow gerotor oil pump that feeds a lubrication circuit servicing eight high-flow piston cooling jets. A high-capacity oil to air heat exchanger, mounted behind the front bumper, mitigates oil temperatures when driving conditions are harshest, such as sand or mud.

    The supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 exhaust flows through a 3-inch H-pipe dual side system and out dual five-inch tips that dump just in front of the rear wheels.

    TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission
    Fully electronic, the TorqueFlite 8HP70 transmission features a torque capacity capable of handling the enormous power of the supercharged HEMI engine. The Ram Rebel TRX concept adds paddle controls for manual shifting capability. In auto mode, more than 40 individual shift maps for very specific conditions optimize shift quality and shift points for fuel economy, performance and drivability. The intelligent software takes into account variables, including engine torque gradients, kick-down events, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, hill detection, friction detection and downshift detection to determine the appropriate shift map. Additional parameters integrated into the control strategy include vehicle speed control, electronic stability control interaction and temperature. The result is automatic shifting ideally attuned to the performance requirements of almost any driving demand.

    High efforts in shifting have been eliminated with the help of paddle shifters. Shift positions, selected by the driver are transmitted electronically with no mechanical linkage from the paddles to the outside of the transmission. Elimination of this linkage removes any shift effort from the driver’s gear selection, but maintains an intuitive operation with a direct and confident feel.

    To anchor power to the ground, the standard Ram 1500 front driveshaft and a custom rear drive shaft link the transfer case to the axles.

    Transfer case
    The Rebel TRX concept is equipped with Ram’s 4x4 Performance Control System and leverages the Borg Warner 44-45 transfer case, which enables part-time four-wheel-drive operation with a two-speed gear system. The transfer case controls the modes of operation indicated by a TRX pictogram in different environments:

    N (neutral) – Disconnects the driveline from the engine and transmission for flat-towing the truck.

    2H Normal (two-wheel drive) – Rear-wheel drive only with rear open differential for tractive environments such as dry pavement. This is the best selection for everyday driving.

    4H Wet/snow (four-wheel drive) – All four wheels can provide traction with open differentials front and rear. This is the best setting for slick roads, snow, gravel or rain.

    4L Off-road (four-wheel drive, low speed) – All four wheels can provide traction with a locked transfer case, open differential in front and locked in rear. This setting leverages torque and is best for very slow (1-5 miles per hour) driving over extremely rough terrain, large rocks and uneven hill climbs.

    4H Baja mode (four-wheel drive) – This setting is best when driving like a beast off-road, mostly at full throttle. The system locks the transfer case and locks the rear differential for maximum traction and drive-by-throttle dynamics at high speed in low-traction terrain.

    Axles
    The Ram Rebel TRX concept uses a standard Ram 1500 front axle with an open differential and custom CV half-shafts to handle the wider track dimension. The spindles are moved forward to make room within the fender wells for massive 37-inch tires.

    In the rear, a Dynatrac Pro 60 axle spools power through an electric, selectable locker to 35-spline, 1.5-inch axle shafts. When unlocked, the rear differential operates appropriately when traction is easily available, allowing left and right wheels to turn at different speeds for driving comfort. When locked, the differential forces equal power through both axle shafts and to the wheels.

    Available in all modes of operation, the locker commits both rear wheels to traction at the same speed, spreads the torque load and maximizes the tractive effort (power put to the ground) in full-throttle maneuvers.

    Engineering
    The Ram Rebel TRX has an exterior design that radiates focused aggression, which is only trumped by what lies under its skin. The concept was built around suspension and frame prerequisites. Equally important was adapting as many systems from the standard Ram 1500 as possible to ensure durability and proper function.

    The high-strength steel frame structure of the Ram Rebel TRX is virtually unchanged when compared to a standard Ram 1500. The frame uses low-torsion attributes that increase durability, stability and handling precision.

    A 40 percent increase in suspension travel and 37-inch tires contribute to incredible ground clearance. This combination allows the TRX concept to overcome surface obstacles at high speed.

    The front suspension incorporates custom-built upper and lower A-arms with special attention to caster and camber angles during suspension cycling. Overall, front- and rear-wheel travel is increased to more than 13 inches from the standard 9 inches. The front load is managed by a state-of-the-art, adjustable, performance coil-over shock with internal bypass. The result is a smooth ride over smaller bumps, and when the bumps become mounds, the reaction speed and heat dissipation is unbeatable, softening the impact on occupants and maintaining the tire-to-ground contact.

    The Ram 1500 uses an exclusive, best-in-class link coil rear suspension system that shares basic architecture with the fastest off-road trucks in desert racing. The frame’s hard points for the five-link suspension system are unchanged and allow the rear axle travel to span up to 13 inches, while standard rear-wheel travel on the Ram 1500 is 9.25 inches. New 2.5-inch bypass shocks use factory upper and lower shock mounts. The standard rear coils are swapped for performance springs located in the factory-spec positions.

    To provide incredible stopping power, the factory hydraulic-boost compensation unit enhances brake pedal feel and performance during emergency stop events. Baer brakes six-piston monoblock calipers mounted to 15-inch rotors equip the front. The rear uses six-piston calipers with 14-inch rotors.

    High-speed off-road truck racing teams commonly use a 37-inch tire for its height and durability. Tires with 37 inches of height, 13.5 inches of width, aggressive treads and 10-ply design are assigned the task for Rebel TRX. The Rebel TRX concept also features custom beadlock wheels from Mopar. Beadlock wheels provide additional tire-holding strength by pinching the outside of the tire to the rim. The Rebel TRX carries two complete spare tire and wheel packages. Tools and jack are located in custom, lockable storage between the wheels in the bed.

    Rebel TRX is an Engineered, Functional Concept
    • Wheel travel greater than 13 inches at all four corners, an increase of more than 40 percent
    • Aggressive 37-inch tires effortlessly roll over the roughest surfaces
    • Front and rear bypass performance shocks combine fast-reaction time, unbeatable damping and improved heat dissipation for traversing harsh terrain at speeds greater than 100 miles per hour
    • Ram Rebel TRX concept benefits from Ram 1500 five-link coil rear suspension with unchanged hard points
    Auburn Hills, Mich. Sep 29, 2016 - The Ram Rebel TRX has an aggressive exterior design, which is only trumped by what lies under its skin. The concept was built around powertrain, suspension and frame prerequisites. Also pertinent, adapting as many systems from the standard Ram 1500 as possible to ensure durability and proper function.

    “The Rebel TRX can move through miles of rough terrain at incredible speeds, effortlessly absorbing impacts in a way that would very much surprise most people,” said Rob Wichman, Head of Ram Engineering – FCA North America. “Engineering a truck with such a high tolerance for punishment keeps the focus on chassis development and durability.”

    Frame
    The high-strength steel frame structure of the Ram Rebel TRX is virtually unchanged when compared to a standard Ram 1500. The frame uses low-torsion (stiffness) attributes that increase durability, stability and handling precision.

    The Rebel TRX frame accepts the new supercharged powertrain and incorporates new suspension design. As in all Ram 1500s, portions of the frame are hydroformed for dimensional accuracy (hydroforming reduces the amount of welding, which leads to distortion) and side rails are fully boxed.

    A 40 percent increase in suspension travel and larger tires also contribute to incredible ground clearance. This combination allows the TRX concept to overcome surface obstacles at high speed.

    Front suspension
    The front frame section incorporates advanced, high-strength steel that maintains overall strength and durability for adapting an all-new independent front suspension system for the Rebel TRX. Ram engineering collaborated with Dirt King Fabrication in San Diego, California, to custom build upper and lower A-arms with special attention to caster and camber angles during suspension cycling. The upper arms are linked to the frame with high-movement heim joints, lower arms use bushings. Both upper and lower arms use a uniball at the knuckle. Overall, front- and rear-wheel travel is increased to more than 13 inches from the standard 9 inches. Front loads are managed by state-of-the-art, adjustable, performance coil-over shocks with internal bypass. The coils handle spring load, but the magic lies in the bypass shock design. This fully adjustable shock allows hydraulic fluid to flow via adjustable internal passages for fine tuning. As the suspension moves closer to the maximum points, top and bottom, the piston inside the shock bypasses select passages, making it harder for fluid to move and slowing down the suspension as it nears “full jounce” and “top out.” The result is a smooth ride over smaller bumps and when the bumps become mounds, the reaction speed and heat dissipation is unbeatable, softening the impact on occupants and maintaining the tire-to-ground contact.

    Rear suspension
    The Ram 1500 uses an exclusive, best-in-class link coil rear suspension system that provides incredible ride characteristics, durability and lighter weight. The system also shares basic architecture with the fastest off-road trucks in desert racing. Ram Rebel TRX’s rear suspension took packaging barriers and engineering into consideration with a unique application. Dirt King Fabrication collaborated on an innovative solution to produce greater wheel travel without reducing the cargo area of the bed. The frame’s hard points for the five-link suspension system are unchanged and allow the rear axle travel to span up to 13 inches, while standard rear-wheel travel on the Ram 1500 is 9.25 inches. Upper and lower links are 1.75-inch x .188-inch-wall drawn-over-mandrel tubing. The Panhard bar is constructed from 4130 chrome alloy for increased strength. The four upper and lower links use a heim joint at the frame mount to improve movement and a bushing at the axle. The link placement carefully rotates the axle during full cycle without overextending the driveshaft U-joints or slip yoke. The Panhard rod aligns the rear axle and is linked with heim joints on both ends. Increased wheel travel demands longer shocks. New 2.5-inch rear bypass shocks use factory upper and lower shock mounts. The shock’s reservoir, bypass tube layout and extended/collapsed length are specifically designed for the Ram 1500. The standard rear coils are swapped for performance springs located in the factory-set positions.

    Sway bars
    Sway bars located in the front and rear use factory mounting points with extensions to accommodate longer wheel travel. Although the Ram Rebel TRX-spec concept sits higher than a standard Ram 1500, applying too much resistance at the sway bar would hurt the truck’s ability to articulate left-to-right and fight the suspension from keeping tires to the ground.

    Steering
    Steering on the Ram Rebel TRX concept is unchanged from the Ram 1500, featuring electric power steering (EPS). By using an electric motor to power the truck’s rack and pinion steering system, the engine is relieved from the task of a constantly turning hydraulic pump. Also, EPS reduces complexity by removing a pump, high-pressure hydraulic hoses and cooling apparatus. With EPS, each Rebel TRX concept can be specifically calibrated to optimize steering effort and precision regardless of body or powertrain configuration. Additionally, EPS senses constant input from the driver, for example a crown in the road, and compensates for improved comfort.

    Tires and wheels
    High-speed truck off-road race teams commonly use a 37-inch tire for its height and durability. The Rebel TRX is no exception and ruthless to the medium that lies between the powertrain and the ground. Tires with 37 inches of height, 13.5 inches of width, aggressive treads and 10-ply design are assigned the task for the Rebel TRX. Tires are normally held to a wheel by air pressure. The Rebel TRX concept features custom beadlock wheels from Mopar. Beadlock wheels provide additional tire-holding strength by pinching the outside of the tire to the rim. This increase in holding strength prevents higher horsepower vehicles from spinning the wheel inside the tire “breaking the bead.” It also allows much greater lateral pressures like those incurred in a 60 miles per hour (mph) sideways drift through rocks. Additionally, beadlocks increase run-flat operation and allow for extremely low pressure use without losing a tire off the rim. The Rebel TRX carries two complete spare tire and wheel packages on a dedicated rack in the bed of the truck. The backup rubber allows for not one, but two tire replacements. Tools and jack are located in custom, lockable storage between the wheels in the bed. The added weight located rearward also helps handling characteristics of the Rebel TRX.

    Brakes
    Getting up to 100 mph is not a challenge for Ram Rebel TRX, but stopping the machine requires a four-wheel disc brake system. The factory hydraulic-boost compensation unit enhances brake pedal feel and performance during emergency stop events. Up front are Baer Brakes six-piston monoblock calipers mounted to 15-inch, two-piece slot, drilled, zinc plated rotors. The rear uses six-piston calipers with 14-inch rotors to provide incredible stopping power.

    Design
    Although it is clear that the line and color combinations are borrowed from the popular Rebel and Power Wagon models, the Ram Rebel TRX has a much more chiseled look.

    Three letters burst clear of a Power Wagon-inspired grille spelling “RAM” in body-matching black and red. Out of necessity, the bold, scooped grille allows a fire-breathing supercharged engine to cool with additional air flow. Composite flares help compensate for a six-inch increase in track width and gave designers another location to mark their signature. A lower brush guard is forged in steel and up to the “rock knock” test.

    To clear the roots-style blower mounted atop the HEMI engine, the Rebel TRX uses a hood based on the taller Ram Heavy Duty design. The raised fender height matches shoulders to chest. A drone’s-eye view exposes bright LED clearance lighting and the acute hour-glass body lines as they dive back into the doors only to pop back out in the back, enabling rear tires to firmly tuck into the wells.

    The side of the Rebel TRX leads your eye to enormous five-inch, side-exit exhaust ports integrated within a full-length rock rail for added body/sill protection.

    Closing out the rear of the truck, a large “Ram” badge in Matte Black is borrowed from the Rebel and covers the tailgate. A custom rear steel bumper with integrated skid plate and tow hooks matches capability features on the front of the truck.

    When traversing rough terrain at high speeds, seating is important. The interior design team chose suede with accent mesh cloth inserts to cover the rear bench and front buckets. The suede inserts provide tremendous grip to clothing. The front seats integrate lateral support upper bolsters with embroidered logos. All four seats are strapped with six-point harnesses, further fixing occupants to their proper locations.

    An open upper glove box with elastic straps holds a sturdy TRX-labeled bag with color matched tools. A seven-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) display cluster features muddy tracks and TRX badge graphics. The same graphics fill the screen on an 8.4 Uconnect. To record TRX’s accomplishments, a custom camera mount is located at the rear-view mirror.

    The center console matches efforts on the instrument panel and includes a new polystable shifter trimmed in black suede and Header Red stitching. Designers re-trimmed the Rebel TRX armrests with solid Header Red accent stitching and wrapped the upper bolster in suede to keep arms in place. Nylon-strap door pulls are embroidered with “Release.”

    A sport bar covered in black anodized paint provides anchor points dedicated to the six-point harnesses and spans from B-pillar to B-pillar – formed to allow maximum possible seat travel.

    The Rebel TRX interior floor trades carpet for black rubberized coating. Black all-weather mats from Mopar reduce foot slip when foot-to-pedal placement is crucial.

    One look at the Ram Rebel TRX concept and its intentions are clear — a 575-horsepower off-road machine with the ability to clear miles of desert in the blink of an eye.

    Rebel TRX Concept Design Gives Way to Function
    • Ram Rebel TRX concept is an engineering and design study for an extreme performance half-ton pickup
    • Unique Ram front grille and bumper share design cues with Power Wagon and Rebel and provide additional air flow to cool the 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI® V-8 engine
    • Reaching six inches wider than a standard Ram 1500, the acute hour-glass body design complements engineering with huge fender wells making room for 37-inch tires
    • The Rebel TRX concept interior takes signals from the Ram Rebel, but adds unique features, materials and colors, including carbon fiber and six-point harnesses
    • Extensive use of suede as a holding material on touch points helps keep occupants planted
    Auburn Hills, Mich. Sep 29, 2016 - When creating an extreme use vehicle, certain aspects of a vehicle’s exterior and interior design must give way to a functional goal. The Ram Rebel TRX concept is an example of molding design around a chassis engineered to take on rough terrain at speeds greater than 100 miles per hour (mph).

    “The Rebel TRX concept gave us the opportunity to examine what a Ram 1500 would look like in the high-speed off-road world,” said Joe Dehner, Head of Ram Exterior Design — FCA North America. “The tolerances are extreme and features are far different from what most customers expect from their pickup, but that’s what makes it rousing and fun.”

    Exterior
    The Rebel TRX’s mug shot is not a friendly face welcomed in the rearview mirror. Although it is clear the line and color combinations are borrowed from the popular Rebel and Power Wagon models, the Rebel TRX has a much more chiseled look.

    Header Red paint rules the exterior skin. Select locations on the hood roof and lower body are covered in black. Three letters burst clear of a Power Wagon-inspired grille spelling “RAM” in body-matching black and red. Out of necessity, the bold, scooped grille allows a fire-breathing supercharged engine to cool with additional air flow. Oversized tow hooks reach through huge red-painted openings in the black powder-coated steel front bumper. Composite flares help compensate for a six-inch increase in track width and gave designers another location to mark their signature. A lower brush guard is forged in steel and up to the “rock knock” test. New LED fog lamps provide additional light to help the TRX navigate in reduced visibility conditions.

    In order to clear the roots-style blower mounted atop the HEMI® engine, the Rebel TRX uses a hood based on the taller Ram Heavy Duty design, using two exhaust vents to assist in heat removal. The raised fender height matches shoulders to chest. This aggressive, “no-neck” appearance is an example of building around necessity. A profile view reveals wide-open fender wells lined with unique flares, allowing 37-inch tires to fill the gap at full jounce. Compensating for a six-inch overall increase in track width, the fenders reach out like wings to prevent material caught in traction from reaching the side of the truck. A drone’s-eye view exposes bright LED clearance lighting and the acute hour-glass body lines as they dive back into the doors only to pop back out in the back, enabling rear tires to firmly tuck into the wells.

    The side of the TRX leads your eye to enormous five-inch, side-exit exhaust ports integrated within a full-length rock rail for added body/sill protection. The 37-inch tires are wrapped around custom Mopar 18-inch bead-lock wheels with body color-matched rings bolted in place.

    The bed becomes partially dedicated to self-preservation while traveling in the desert abyss. New bed rails equipped with tie-downs outline two matched spare tire and wheel combinations mounted vertically in the bed on a custom rack. Utilizing the built-in storage capacity of the Ram 1500, a lockable unit between the wheel wells packs a jack, tow strap and makes room for larger tool storage.

    Closing out the rear of the truck, a large “Ram” badge in Matte Black is borrowed from the Rebel and covers the tailgate. A custom rear bumper with integrated skid plate and tow hooks matches capability features on the front of the truck.

    Not all of the TRX’s features are functional. Some are deserved. Bodyside and tailgate graphics adorn both sides and unique badging located on the rear fenders identify Ram’s newest concept.

    Interior
    When traversing rough terrain at ludicrous speeds, seating is important. Sliding around like a towel across a freshly waxed hood is not ideal. The interior design team chose materials to help the occupants stay planted and in control. Suede with accent mesh cloth inserts cover the rear bench and front buckets. The suede inserts provide tremendous grip to clothing. The front seats integrate sport-sanctioned lateral support upper bolsters with embroidered logos. All four seats are strapped with six-point harnesses, further fixing occupants to their proper locations.

    The TRX’s black anodized steering wheel is trimmed with black suede and Header Red accent stitching. New paddle shifters stretch above and below the steering wheel centerline and allow the driver to maintain transmission control with fingertips. Ram’s 4x4 Performance Control System is engaged with a cog-shaped rotary dial for different modes of operation, indicated by a Rebel TRX pictogram for different environments: Normal, Wet/Snow, Off-road and Baja.

    In an effort to remove hard points inside the cockpit, the TRX instrument panel (IP) is padded and features Header Red accent stitching. An open upper glove box with elastic straps holds a sturdy TRX-labeled bag with color matched tools. When limit driving, the operator’s front cluster can often provide a lifeline to the truck’s situation. A seven-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) cluster borrowed from the Rebel features muddy tracks and TRX badge graphics with reconfigurable gauges. The same graphics fill the screen on an 8.4 Uconnect. Center stack detail includes carbon fiber and red metal inlays with anodized parts replacing knobs and controls. To record TRX’s accomplishments, a custom camera mount is located at the rearview mirror.

    The center console matches efforts on the IP and includes a concept polystable shifter trimmed in black suede and Header Red stitching. The soft console lid features Header Red accent stitching and elastic straps, creating additional secured storage.

    Designers re-trimmed the Rebel armrests with solid Header Red accent stitching and wrapped the upper bolster in suede to keep arms in place. Trim rings are covered in black anodized paint and red metal-inlayed carbon fiber spears point to nylon strap door pulls embroidered with ”Release.”

    A sport bar covered in black anodized paint provides anchor points dedicated to the six-point harnesses and spans from B-pillar to B-pillar, formed to allow maximum possible seat travel. Suede-wrapped headliner and visors give a premium feel, but not overzealous. A- and B-pillar grab handles are covered in vinyl with Header Red stitching.

    The Rebel TRX interior floor trades carpet for black rubberized coating. Black all-weather mats from Mopar reduce foot slip when foot-to-pedal placement is crucial.


    About Ram Truck Brand
    Since its launch as a stand-alone division in 2009, the Ram Truck brand has steadily emerged as an industry leader with America’s longest-lasting line of pickups.

    Creating a distinct identity for Ram trucks has allowed the brand to concentrate on core customers and the features they find valuable. Whether focusing on a family that uses a Ram 1500 day-in and day-out, a hard-working Ram 3500 Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its Ram ProMaster commercial van every day for deliveries, Ram has the truck market covered.

    In order to be the best, it takes a commitment to innovation, capability, efficiency and durability. Ram Truck invests substantially in its products, infusing them with great looks, refined interiors, durable engines and exclusive features that further enhance their capabilities.

    Ram continues to beat the competition in the most sought-after titles:
    • Longest-lasting line of pickups
    • Best-in-class ride and handling with exclusive link coil rear and auto-level air suspensions
    • Best-in-class fuel economy and longest range with exclusive EcoDiesel – 29 mpg and 754 miles with Ram 1500
    • Best-in-class gas towing – 16,320 pounds with Ram 2500
    • Highest snow plow rating – Ram 2500 and 3500
    • Most interior space with Ram Mega Cab
    • Most capable fullsize off-road pickup – Ram Power Wagon
    Truck customers, from half-ton to commercial, have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to provide high levels of capability. Ram trucks are designed to deliver a total package.


    Essentially you're looking at the future Ford Raptor competitor.
     

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    I like it but I don't understand why they didn't do this to the Power Wagon. I have a 2016 2500 4x4 Power wagon and to me it could definitely use more power (TQ & HP). Love the two tires in the bed and the TRX looks mean as hell.
     
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    The new Raptor is a beast and starts out at 48k. I wonder how much this monster will start out at. I'll be in the market in a few years...
     
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    I'm pretty sure they said they are not going to make this truck
     
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    That's too bad, I was looking forward to replacing my 2015 1500 Ram with one of these next year.
     
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    rayzazoo DRIVESRT.COM Gold Supporting Member

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    Who said this?
     
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    Google said it.
     
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    I have a really hard time believing there would be a seperate forum for a vehicle that is not making it to production. I have an even HARDER time believing one of the "in the know" guys would let the discussion get far without jumping in to say..."ain't gonna happen". SO with its own forum and no insiders saying otherwise, I feel it is coming sooner rather than later! Already told the dealer I want one and will be trading our 2014 and 2015 Rams in for one!
     
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    april77 Naughty SheDevil Mod Staff Member Hellcat Car Club Gold Supporting Member HCC Charter Member

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    I, too, hope that they make this truck, as my husband wants one really badly. I would be remiss if I did not point out, however, that this section of the forum was added at the request of several of our fellow forum members. The staff is no more "in the know" of this vehicle's production or not. The person to comment accurately on this subject would most likely be ResumeSpeed . I just tagged him to see if he can give us some insight. :)

    April
     
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    Build it and they will cum, I mean come.
     
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    Well...either way is probably correct :)
     

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