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Leaked Ram 1500 TRX info reveals Ford Raptor-fighter capability, Hellcat engine

We know that Ram 1500 TRX is coming and there's finally some details emerging.

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Two reputable outlets, MoparInsiders.com and AllPar.com are reporting that they have confirmed the features and specs of the forthcoming Ram 1500 TRX. The list seems pretty spot on in terms of what one would want from the FCA parts bin when it comes to a Ford F-150 Raptor fighter.

Before it was confirmed as a production model, the Ram 1500 TRX started its public design life as the 2016 Ram 1500 TRX Rebel Concept. At the time, Ram described the concept as, "a 100-mph off-road machine with 575 horsepower – the most powerful half-ton truck the company has ever built."

2016 Ram 1500 TRX Rebel Concept

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A lot has changed since then. The Ram 1500 has been completely redesigned and FCA has introduced more powerful engines. It is at that intersection that we find the forthcoming Ram 1500 TRX.

Both outlets are saying that the new truck will have over 700 horsepower that will come from FCA's Hellcat engine, a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8. That's the same engine that is the Dodge Charger and Challenger variants as well as Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

The engine will be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. That's the same transmission it's paired with in the other models. A tried and true combination isn't a bad way to go.

Sources have told MoparInsiders.com that the Ram 1500 TRX won't just be a traditional 1500 with knobby tires and some black fascia. The model will be its own beast keeping it in the same vein with the design set forward by the concept vehicle.

Ram has been making its 12.3-inch infotainment touch screen standard and available in its most recent trucks. Word is that the trend will continue in the 1500 TRX. The model will also get other premium features, which is in line with the truck's probably high price point. This is similar to what Ram and Jeep offer in their Hellcat-powered models.

LED lighting, multi view cameras, and a well-equipped interior are likely.

Pricing is expected to be in line with the Ford F-150 Raptor, which starts at $53,455, but can have about $15,000 in packages added to it to get near what the probable offerings list of the 1500 TRX will be.

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The 2021 Ford F-150 will come in a hybrid variant

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If Ford is making anything clear these days, it’s that the future all-electric F-150 won’t just just a mundane street car. The future model will be capable of achieving the same feats as the rest of the company’s family of full-size pickup trucks, if not with more gusto than its relatives.

Ford has confirmed that the battery-electric (BEV) F-150 will be on sale in just a few years. To get to that point, there’s a lot of work that isn’t just going into product development, but also into facilities development. Demand for the F-150 BEV is expected to be high and Ford’s Rouge Complex can’t absorb it as the plant stands now.

Ford Rouge Complex The Ford plant in Dearborn will be the home of the F-150 electric truck.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The company will invest $700 million in the Dearborn, Michigan plant to include a new high-tech manufacturing home for the model. The investment will add 300 jobs. This $700 million is on top of the $1.45 billion that Ford is spending to equip its Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan to produce the Ranger and Bronco.

"We are proud to once again build and innovate for the future here at the Rouge with the debut of our all-new F-150 and the construction of a modern new manufacturing center to build the first-ever all-electric F-150," said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company. "This year's COVID-19 crisis made it clear why it is so important for companies like Ford to help keep our U.S. manufacturing base strong and help our country get back to work."

The all-electric Ford F-150 is expected to come to market in mid-2022. The redesigned 2021 F-150 will come to market later this year and include a new hybrid powertrain option dubbed the F-150 PowerBoost.

Recently, the company captured video of the F-1500 BEV testing in the wild.

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The Chevrolet Silverado will be offered with a new, multi-way tailgate for the 2021 model year.

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Buyers love the GMC Sierra’s MultiPro Tailgate so it was only a matter of time before General Motors brought it over to the Chevrolet Silverado. That time has arrived.

Chevy will introduce the six-way tailgate on the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado at the end of the year. Instead of being known as the MultiPro Tailgate, the feature will be rebranded and called the Multi-Flex Tailgate. Yes, with the hyphen and everything.

The Chevrolet version of the tailgate really isn’t much different than the GMC version. The biggest difference is that it wears bow tie badging.

It’s functionality includes:

  • Primary gate — opens from the key fob, from inside the truck or via a button on the gate.
  • Primary gate load stop — helps prevent items from sliding out of the box.
  • Easy access — the inner gate folds down, allowing a deeper reach into the box.
  • Full-width step — the inner gate folds into a large step for easy access and holds up to 375 pounds.
  • Inner gate load stop — helps prevent second-tier items from sliding out of the box.
  • Inner gate with work surface — when opened, provides a work surface as well as second-tier loading.
It is likely that the Multi-Flex Tailgate will cost a premium when it arrives on dealer lots and it probably won’t be available on all Silverado models. In the video above, Chevrolet shows the tailgate on the Silverado High Country, its highest trim level.
In addition to the tailgate news, Chevrolet has already revealed that it will offer a Realtree Edition of the Silverado 1500 for the 2021 model year. It will feature familiar features and appointments that exemplify the Realtree brand.

The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado is slated to go on sale later this year.

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