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The New Ram 1500 TRX Will Debut on August 17

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On August 17th, a model eagerly awaited by pickup truck enthusiasts will make its official debut: the Ram TRX, which will be based on the 1500 series. Of course, well get every detail there is to know on Monday, but just to pique your interest a little more, here's what's expected.

The Ram TRX is the new off-road performance version of the 1500 range of trucks. We've been hearing about it for years, more precisely since FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) showed a first concept version... in 2016. The main target for the new truck is clear: Ram wants to offer a worthy competitor for the Ford F-150 Raptor.

We already know the new version should be powered by the mighty Hellcat engine, a 6.2L V8 delivering 707 hp in its basic iteration. We know furthermore that with the Redeye variants, it's possible to reach 797 hp. Other drivetrains could be involved, including the 3.6L V6, as well as the 5.7L HEMI V8, which will allow the automaker to offer less-expensive entry-level versions.

Obviously, besides the mechanics, we can expect a higher ground clearance. Here again, there should be different options, whether they're adjustable suspensions or more-capable differentials, as well as driving modes allowing the wildest manoeuvres off the beaten track.

For everything else, we'll have to wait for the official debut next week. Production of this special model is expected to begin before the end of this year.