Early this year, a production schedule calendar from the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Michigan revealed that the Hellcat-powered Ram 1500 TRX would begin production on Tuesday, September 8th, 2020. That was before the Covid-19 pandemic, which forced everything to a halt in the American auto industry. One of my inside contacts warned me that the pandemic was guaranteed to cause delays in new models, possibly including the TRX.
We still haven’t gotten any official information on the Ram 1500 TRX, but the supercharged super truck was mentioned in the financial results for the first half of 2020. According to that information, the Hellcat Ram is going to start production sometime during the fourth quarter of the year.
Hellcat Ram Production
We should keep in mind that the calendar showing a production start date for the Ram 1500 TRX of September 8th was not an official statement. At no point did FCA ever announce that production would begin in September. However, that calendar is widely regarded as being legitimate and accurate, although not quite official.
On the other hand, the information in the financial report is official, so we can call the fourth quarter of 2020 the official, planned start time of Ram 1500 TRX production. The problem is that “Q4” could be any time from the beginning of October to the end of December. If the production begins in October, it might only be a month later than we originally expected. Unfortunately, it could be later than that and still fit within the plan of arriving during the fourth quarter of 2020.
FCA has never provided any details on their plans for the Hellcat-powered Ram 1500 TRX. All of the available information comes from inside sources who have told me that it would pack “full power”, unlike the TRX Concept that only had 575 horsepower. We also know that the Hellcat Ram will have a unique exterior look, off-road tires, a high riding suspension setup and a similar drive mode system to that used in the Hellcat Challenger and Charger.
Basically, the production version of the Hellcat-powered Ram 1500 will be based on the current generation, whereas the concept was based on the previous generation, but the design will be very similar. Based on what we have seen in leaked images and videos, the Hellcat Ram in production form will offer all of the features that made the concept so popular.
Unfortunately, we don’t know how long it will be before we get all of the details on the long awaited Ram with the supercharged Hellcat Hemi.