2021 Ram 1500 TRX debuts, coming to UAE and GCC
The Ford F-150 Raptor carved a new niche for itself when it came out first, slotting itself in as a performance pickup. Since then, the Raptor has been enjoying a sort of monopoly with no mainstream manufacturer daring to lighten its halo. But after years of teasing and dawdling around, FCA has finally debuted their version of a fast offroading truck, the 702 hp Hellcat V8-powered 2021 Ram 1500 TRX.
While the existing Ram 1500 Rebel was all show and no go, the supercharged Hellcat engine really is overkill, especially for a pickup taking on the V6 turbo-powered 450 hp Raptor. And the price of the RAM is way higher than the Raptor too, at least in the United States. But the 1500 TRX might be a halo model for the TRX range, which may come with a smaller engine to properly take on the Raptor — especially as a Ram spokesperson responded with “not at introduction” when Automobile Magazine asked them about the possibility of a more attainable TRX.
Along with 702 hp, the Hellcat engine also adds 881 Nm of torque to the equation. Paired to the Hellcat engine is the ZF eight-speed transmission share3d with the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. The power is sent to all four wheels through a part-time 4WD system. The transfer case gets substantial strengthening to handle the extra oomph. A Dana 60 solid axle sits at the rear, complete with an electronic rear locking differential.
To cope with this massive increase in power, the 1500 TRX gets a beefed-up chassis with more high strength steel thrown in to handle the increased stresses. Ram says that only 25% of its chassis is carried over from the regular model, making it more capable to handle abuse off-road. All four wheels get Bilstein Blackhawk E2 adaptive shocks to handle the varying loads on a high-speed off-road run. The springs give the TRX a huge ground clearance of 300 mm. The front and rear travel of the TRX is 330 mm and 355 mm respectively. The TRX can also wade through water up to 812 mm deep.
The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX will go on sale in the United States with a starting price of US$ 69,995 (Dhs 257,105). There is a 1500 TRX Launch Edition which adds Beadlock-capable wheels, Harman Kardon 19-Speaker Audio system, a panoramic sunroof and special paint finish. This edition will be limited to 702 units and will cost US$ 90,315 (AED 331,745) apiece. A fully optioned-up top model will apparently cost US$ 100,835 (Dhs 370,387) in the States. Motoring Middle East reports that the price of the First Edition in the UAE will be Dhs 395,000 with all seven earmarked cars spoken for, while the regular version will come in only one spec at Dhs 380,000, with deliveries starting in March 2021.
The TRX does aim for the Raptor, but with this version, they seem to have gone a little overboard. However, with the possibility of a less-powerful (and less expensive) model coming later, the TRX can be the rival the Ford Raptor deserved.
Update: FCA Middle East has confirmed that the Launch Edition will cost Dhs 395,000 in the UAE, and the well-specced regular version will cost Dhs 375,000.