Ram Rebel TRX, Mid-Size Pickup Officially Confirmed
2022 is going to be a great year for Dodge truck fans as we’ll get both a killer off-road Ram variant and a Dakota revival.
The fact that Dodge is planning to build a Raptor-killing Ram Rebel TRX is perhaps the worst kept secret in the automotive world today. But still, as we’ve learned time and time again, you can’t count your chickens before they’ve hatched. Or, uh, until an automaker officially announces its plans. But now we can officially say that the Ram Rebel TRX is going to hatch, as Dodge has confirmed the addition in its five-year product plan.
According to the plan, we’ll see the TRX bow for the 2022 model year. While that’s the only information they care to share with us at this time, most expect the off-road focused vehicle to look much like the 2015 concept. Except it’ll reportedly use the Hellcat’s 707 hp, 650 lb-ft, supercharged V8 instead of the concept’s detuned 575 hp version.
But the Ram Rebel TRX wasn’t the only good news for truck fans in Dodge’s release. It also confirms that the brand is getting back into the mid-size truck market, also for the 2022 model year. Once again, no details on that potential Dakota revival. But you can bet it’ll aim to compete directly with the Chevy Colorado and Ford Ranger. Which is obviously great news for fans of smaller pickups.
These moves, along with the 2019 introduction of a new heavy duty Ram lineup, are all part of a strategy to lift both sales and profit. Dodge specifically mentioned the Raptor in its presentation, a highly profitable model for Ford. Ram aims to lift global sales by 30 percent over the next five years with these moves. It’s a formidable but realistic goal given the brand’s eight consecutive years of growth.
Now, the hardest part is just waiting for all this awesome new product to hit dealerships.