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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.

Body-color accents make up the front of this truck.

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Texas is the full-size pickup truck capital of the U.S. and Ram's new luxury trim level is aimed right at the heart of Lone Star State buyers. The 2020 Ram 1500 Laramie Southwest Edition will be sold exclusively in Texas and neighboring states.

"For nearly 20 years, Ram has recognized that Texas and America's Southwest are the center of the truck universe," said Mike Koval,Ad Interim Head of Ram Brand, FCA - North America. "Ram was the first manufacturer to offer a Texas-exclusive model, and the Lone Star edition remains our most popular truck in Texas. Our new Ram Laramie Southwest Edition adds the segment's best combination of performance, capability, luxury and technology."

2020 Ram 1500 Laramie Southwest Edition The truck comes standard with power side steps that fold away when the vehicle is parked.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

The Laramie Southwest Edition features body-colored bumpers, mirrors, and grille surround. There are chrome highlights, including tow hooks, grille inserts, body side moldings, and polished 20-inch wheels. Included power side steps fold out of the way when the truck is parked or driving.

The truck comes loaded with a 12-inch infotainment touch screen, dual-pane panoramic sunroof, electric trailer brake control, automatic high beam headlights, blind-spot monitoring and cross-path detection, front and rear park assist, remote tailgate release, and rain-sensitive wipers.

Buyers can choose from bench or bucket seats. All Ram 1500 Laramie Southwest Editions are delivered with a heavy-duty Mopar locking console when the bucket seat option is selected.

The 2020 Ram 1500 Laramie Southwest Edition is available in all powertrain options. Buyers can choose Quad and Crew Cab body configurations and 5 ft.-7 in. (Crew only) or 6 ft.-4-in. bed lengths.

2020 Ram 1500 Laramie Southwest Edition The interior of the new truck is as posh as Ram's most luxurious 1500 model, with special design nods to the Southwest, like light colored leather that doesn't soak up the heat from the hot sun.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Ram 1500 Laramie Southwest Edition's Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts at $45,380, plus $1,695 destination.

It will go on sale in the second quarter of 2020.

Ram is making a new Snow Plow Prep package available for the 2021 Ram 1500.

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Ram is adding a new Snow Plow Prep package to the offerings list of the Ram 1500 pickup truck for the 2021 model year. This fills a hole in the automaker's lineup, fulfilling a customer need that was able to be met by other brands' regard duty trucks.

"As part of Ram's commitment to continuous improvement within the segment, we now offer a Snow Plow Prep package for Ram 1500 customers," said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand. "Ram has taken a larger presence in the commercial vehicle market, and this offering is the latest expansion of our hard-working trucks."

2021 Ram 1500 The plow is sold seperately.Photo courtesy of Ram

The new Ram 1500 Snow Plow Prep option is available for $195 and includes a 220-amp alternator, truck-side plow wiring harness and a rear power sliding window with defroster. The active air dam is removed when this option is selected to make way for plow mounts.

This new package is available on 2021 Ram 1500 Tradesman, Big Horn and Laramie 4x4 models that are equipped with the 5.7-liter HEMI V8, 5.7-liter HEMI eTorque V8, or 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine.

The plow, mounts and controller are all sold separately and are available through several manufacturers.

The Ram 1500 Snow Plow Prep package will be available later this year.