TRX lives on previous Dodge Hellcats, no turbo-4 for Ram pickups
The TRX is not going extinct and you will not discover a turbo-4 underneath the hood of a Ram pickup truck anytime quickly.
Throughout a large ranging interview with Motor Authority on the 2022 New York auto present, Ram CEO Mike Koval, Jr. had loads to say in regards to the model’s future product and powertrains.
2022 Ram 1500 TRX Ignition Version
TRX not going extinct
Koval did not mince phrases. “No,” was the quick, blunt, and clear response given when requested if the TRX dies after the 2023 mannequin yr, which is when Dodge CEO Tim Kunskis informed MA the Hellcat twins as we all know them will disappear.
The present plan, in response to Koval, requires the TRX to not solely exist past 2023, however exist in its present type. The chief would not disclose why the TRX will get to reside on past when the Hellcats go extinct. At that time, it’ll theoretically grow to be the one car with the supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V-8 because the Charger and Challenger mannequin Hellcats will fade away after 2023, and the Jeep Trackhawk and Dodge Durango Hellcat are already gone.
Both the TRX will proceed as a result of emissions rules are extra permissive for pickup vehicles or Koval was being coy with what “its present type” meant. It might imply it’ll proceed as a high-speed desert runner however with a special powertrain.
Head of Jeep model Jim Morrison informed MA on the present that the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, which had Hellcat energy in its final technology, may not return. And whereas efficiency Grand Cherokees are removed from lifeless, they won’t be powered by a V-8. Stellantis will electrify the new turbocharged inline-6 introduced with the lengthy wheelbase Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. In customary output type this engine produces 420 hp and 486 lb-ft of torque, whereas a excessive output model is rated at 510 hp and 500 lb-ft. The addition of an electrical motor to the 8-speed computerized transmission might probably elevate the powertrain’s output past 700 hp with out boosting engine output, and Jeep engineers informed MA there’s room left to extend energy within the engine itself. Might the TRX get electrified with or with out a plug?
Teaser for electrical Ram 1500 due in 2024
Vary-extender and electrical fashions coming, no turbo-4 engines
Koval as soon as once more confirmed that alongside the electrical Ram pickup, which is able to arrive for 2024, Ram will supply a range-extended gasoline mannequin. The chief would not element the latter’s powertrain.
In response to Koval, the range-extended Ram will “have all the things a BEV (the electrical Ram) does however extra,” in reference to functionality and extra importantly, vary. Vary is a key concern of consumers and the range-extender is supposed to handle that, particularly when towing or hauling a load. The chief wouldn’t affirm whether or not the range-extended truck and electrical truck, the latter set to journey on the body model of the STLA chassis, will share platforms or if the range-extended mannequin might be based mostly on the gas-powered truck.
When requested if product plans name for a Ram pickup to have a turbo-4 underneath its hood, Koval mentioned no. Which means the Ram will not get a powertrain just like the one discovered within the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe, which makes 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque, besting the out there 5.7-liter V-8.
The electrical Ram 1500 to be proven later this yr might be referred to as the Imaginative and prescient Truck. It’s going to preview the electrical truck. The manufacturing truck’s design has not been locked in or finalized, in response to Koval.
Electrification within the Ram lineup will lengthen past the light-duty phase. Koval mentioned the heavy-duty phase might be electrified. First he mentioned it’ll in all probability happen within the 2030s, then famous he expects that timeline to be pulled ahead dramatically. Koval believes hydrogen gasoline cells might be an attention-grabbing resolution for heavy obligation and chassis cab consumers, noting the automaker is taking a look at it carefully however nothing has been determined as of now.
Lastly, when requested if there is a set finish date for the interior combustion engine at Ram Koval was fast to reply with a one-word response. “No.”