FCA is finally delivering the TRX version of the full-size truck equipped with the Hellcat engine. Like many expected, the 2022 Ram Rebel TRX will be the Raptor-killer. No need to call animal welfare organizations, since the Raptor we are talking about it the pickup truck. For a long time, Ford had no competition in this segment. Now, it needs to catch up with Dodge Ram 1500 TRX and its 702 horsepower. Well, the Blue Oval truckmaker didn’t waste any time and the first prototypes of 2022 Raptor are already out.
It will be interesting to see how the situation in this market is going to flow. The Rebel concept is a few years old. FCA was announcing the truck several times and one of the latest hints happened at the premiere of the new Ram 1500 in 2018 when the display clock was set at 7:07 (Hellcat engine delivers 707 hp for the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk). And, it is finally happening – the company made the truck already available for the build at the official website. However, the first changes in the 2022 Ram Rebel TRX will be a response to the upcoming Ford F-150 Raptor with a new engine.
2022 Ram Rebel TRX Specs
The 2022 Ram Rebel TRX will get the famous Hellcat engine. It already makes the Grand Cherokee the most powerful SUV in the world (without aftermarket upgrades). For a long time, we believed it is going to produce 707 horsepower. But, engineers are tuning a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 unit to 702 ponies for the muscle truck. Next season, another model is upgrading the lineup with the Hellcat drivetrain – Dodge Durango. Here, the output goes up to 710 horsepower.
The complete specs sheet is not available yet. Still, we know the pickup truck is getting a few special upgrades to enhance the off-road and towing capability. An eight-speed auto gearbox is standard and sends power to all four corners. Unique suspension, shocks, and wheels will boost performance and the styling of the 2022 Dodge Ram 1500 TRX.
What is Ford’s Response?
FCA finally found the recipe to get down the Raptor. But, the next truck it will face is Predator. The Blue Oval carmaker saw the 2022 Ram Rebel TRX coming and it seems like the response was ready. A 5.2-liter supercharged V8 engine is available for the Mustang GT500 muscle car. Popular Predator is capable of delivering 760 horsepower. However, we will see how many ponies Ford’s engineers will squeeze from this configuration for the Raptor truck. Just for an example, there is something more frightening than Hellcat – the Demon! Dodge Challenger produces 797 hp with the same 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine. However, outputs are decreased for the pickup truck.
2022 Ram Rebel TRX Release Date, Price
The Dodge Ram 1500 TRX is already available for the pre-order. Nevertheless, the company will start delivering the 2021 YM later next season. Meanwhile, the FCA will monitor what is going on with the new Ford F-150 Raptor. Well, the leading truckmaker in the US is not going to deliver its model so soon. On the other hand, Dodge Ram 1500 TRX is not after the Demon configuration right after the arrival of the Hellcat engine. We are still waiting for a response from General Motors. Reportedly, the GM is working on Chevy Silverado ZR2.
The new edition of the 2022 Ram Rebel TRX is going to arrive late next year with minimal upgrades. The price starts at $70,095 and Crew Cab/short box configuration. In 2022, we won’t see a valuable Launch Edition package, but two additional bundles of special equipment will be available at $3,500 and $8,000.
Ram 1500 is selling faster than Chevy Silverado 1500. This is not happening by chance but as a result of detailed planning and hard work in the Italian-American company. The FCA responds to all the needs of its fans and customers, which drew more buyers. Well, the Ford F-150 is still untouchable with nearly 1 million sales per annum. Still, the FCA is keen to keep the #2 spot ahead of GM. The most recent debut of the TRX model makes it official. Also, Ford’s immediate response with the new Raptor is confirming that even the Blue Oval carmaker doesn’t feel safe and number 1 spot. In the future, we could see the Ram 1500 challenging the F-150. But, it will take a few more years of catching up and being ahead of the competition with all the novelties.
One of the important moments will be electric and hybrid trucks. Well, the Ram 1500 eTorque is not meeting the expectations. It is a mild-hybrid system, though. But, both FCA and Ford have to be aware, since General Motors is a step ahead here with the Hummer electric truck concept already announced for 2022.
Learn more at the official RAM TRX website.