The Ram Rebel TRX is coming, with or without the Detroit Auto Show.
As the global pandemic continues to thwart automakers' plans the world over, postponing major automotive reveals and even delaying more than a few vehicle programs, off-roading fans might still not have to wait long for Ram's hotly anticipated answer to the Ford F-150 Raptor to bow.
According to Mopar Insiders, FCA might still be on-track for a June reveal of the Ram 1500 Rebel TRX - the brand's high-powered, off-road-ready super-pickup first previewed by an imposing 2016 concept. The truck was originally expected to bow at the 2020 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but that show has been cancelled as the TCF Center venue - formerly the Cobo Center - has been made into a makeshift field hospital to meet Covid-19 demand.
Instead of debuting at a major event like NAIAS, Mopar Insiders reports, the new Ram 1500 Rebel TRX might instead debut at FCA's annual "What's New" preview event for media. Held each year at FCA's Chelsea Proving Grounds in Michigan, What's New gives members of the press access to a breadth of new FCA products, plus representatives from marketing and engineering to answer questions.
And there's more good news, too; reportedly, FCA's production plans have been only moderately affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Originally expected to start rolling off the line in early September, the new Ram Rebel TRX has reportedly only been pushed back by some five weeks, to around mid-October.
The Ram Rebel TRX will finally answer the age-old question: What would happen if FCA put its fantastic Hellcat V8 into a Ram pickup truck? Since making its debut in the Dodge SRT Challenger Hellcat and Charger Hellcat, the 6.2L supercharged Hemi has landed in the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, and even made its way into the Mopar parts catalog as a crate engine.
But like many fans, we've long wondered when the potent Hellcat motor would make its way into a production pickup truck. The answer is by the end of the year - assuming everything goes according to plan.