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    2021 Ram 1500 TRX Continues FCA's Hellcat Obsession

      Taking the off-road pickup to 11


    It is no secret that Ram wanted to give the Ford F-150 Raptor a challenge. Look back to TRX concept from 2016 with its off-road suspension and a de-tuned version of the supercharged 6.2L Hellcat V8. Fast-forward to today and Ram has introduced a production version of the TRX and let's just say they took it to the extreme.

    No De-Tuned Hellcat!

    Open the hood of the Ram 1500 TRX and you'll find the 6.2L Hellcat V8 producing 702 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. 0-60 mph takes a mouth-dropping 4.5 seconds and you'll be past the quarter mile in 12.9 seconds with an exit speed of 108 mph. Sure it isn't the full 707 horsepower, but Ram engineer's had to make some concessions for the TRX's off-road capability.  For example,  a high-mounted air induction system allows the TRX to ford a 32-inch body of water, but also requires more exhaust pipe to allow for easier breathing.

    Other modifications for the V8 include a new oil pan; the alternator being raised up, and a set of heavy duty filters.

    Power is routed to an eight-speed automatic and a four-wheel drive system. Ram employs a a new BorgWarner 48-13 transfer case to handle all of the performance from the Hellcat engine. A locking rear differential completes the four-wheel drive system.

    Not Your Normal 1500's Frame or Suspension

    Ram says the 1500 TRX's frame is 75 percent different from the standard 1500. The differences include thicker high-strength steel, boxed side rails, and certain parts being hydroformed. All of the changes are claimed to hold up better to high impacts such as landing from a jump than competitors (ahem Ford Raptor). 

    A set of Bilstein Black Hawk e2 adaptive shocks with nitrogen-charged remote reservoirs handle damping duty. They can automatically adjust depending on the terrain, but the driver will able to control them via a set of settings. 

    The front suspension features forge aluminum upper and lower control arms, while the five-link rear suspension has a new design to make space for a Dana 60 axle. A set of Goodyear Wrangler Territory 325/65R18 All-Terrain 35-inch tires with 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels provide the traction.

    Not Your Father's Ram

    Its clear that Ram allowed its designers to go mad with the TRX's design. There's a massive hood scoop with lighting, mean looking grille surround, composite fender flares, and a set of optional graphics. Move inside and there are some minor alterations such as a console-mounted shifter, drive mode selector being placed where the dial gear selector would be on other Rams, and a heads-up display - a first for any FCA model.

    So What's the Catch?

    That would be price which begins at $71,690 with a $1,695 destination charge. For the first year of production, Ram will offer a Launch Edition version with a special anvil gray paint and every option in the book for $90,265. You'll won't be waiting too long as the TRX arrives at dealers in the fourth quarter of this year.

    Source: Ram Trucks
    Press Release is on Page 2


    All-new 2021 Ram 1500 TRX: Quickest, Fastest and Most Powerful Mass-produced Truck in the World With 702-horsepower 6.2-liter Supercharged HEMI® V-8 Engine

    • 2021 Ram 1500 TRX Engineered to Handle the Most Punishing Conditions With Extreme Capability and to Outperform Every Other Truck 
    • 2021 Ram 1500 TRX, the apex predator of the truck world, is engineered to handle the most punishing conditions with extreme capability and durability, significantly outperforming every other truck
    • New frame extensively uses high-strength steel that increases low-torsion attributes to amplify durability and stability
    • Engineered to deliver a new level of truck performance, the 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI® V-8 engine sets new benchmarks for power and performance among half-ton pickups:
      • Rated at 702 horsepower, 650 lb.-ft. of torque
      • 0-60 miles per hour (mph) in 4.5 seconds; 0-100 mph in 10.5 seconds
      • Quarter mile in 12.9 seconds at 108 mph
      • Top speed of 118 mph
    • High-torque-capacity TorqueFlite 8HP95 eight-speed automatic transmission delivers quick, crisp gear changes during both normal and performance driving conditions
    • New, innovative dual-path air induction system delivers maximum output and feeds a steady supply of cool, clean air to the engine through the front grille and functional hood scoop
    • Largest air filter in the segment uses dual filter elements and is designed for extreme, dusty environments with four times the dust trapping capacity when compared to the closest competitor
    • Full-time active transfer case features upgraded internals for improved strength, durability
    • All-new, unique suspension system with active damping, inspired by desert off-road racers, incorporates forged aluminum front upper and lower control arms with special attention to caster and camber angles during suspension cycling
    • New independent front suspension system with active damping uses high-strength aluminum to maintain overall strength and durability
    • TRX uses a Dana 60 solid rear axle with a 3.55 ratio featuring full-floating hubs and axle-hop damper for improved traction and axle control on rough surfaces. An electronic locking rear differential is standard for increased performance off-road
    • Designed exclusively for TRX, new front and rear 2.5-inch Bilstein Black Hawk e2 adaptive performance shocks provide fast reaction time, unbeatable damping and improved heat dissipation for traversing harsh terrain at speeds greater than 100 mph
    • Five-link coil suspension is tuned to deliver the best combination of ride, handling and comfort no matter the road surface
    • Wheel travel is greater than 13 inches at all four corners, an increase of more than 40 percent compared to the rest of the Ram 1500 lineup
    • All-new face of Ram includes modern Ram’s head logo and “R-A-M” badge with flow-through lettering
    • Functional hood scoop is responsible for 50 percent of air entering the 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V-8 engine while the other 50 percent enters through the grille
    • New integrated composite fender flares add 8 inches of body width and feature all-new steel box outers, creating a striking “hourglass” body
    • New LED clearance lamps are cleverly integrated into the hood scoop and front bumper flares, amplifying the new aesthetic of the truck
    • Full LED Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) includes twin bi-functional projector headlamps, fog lamps and taillamps with up to 15 degrees of direction control with steering input
    • Most spacious interior in the segment offers new, authentic premium materials, colors and textures, including hand-wrapped leather instrument panels for unexpected luxury throughout
    • All-new 2021 Ram TRX features three interior options, including premium cloth and vinyl, premium wrapped leather and suede, or premium wrapped leather and suede with available red and carbon fiber accents
    • New flat-bottom steering wheel offers enhanced hand grips wrapped in leather with optional suede and carbon fiber accents. New aluminum paddle shifters stretch above and below the steering wheel spokes
    • Reimagined center console with maximum storage includes a new performance-oriented floor shifter, wireless charging dock and five USBs, including Type A and C ports
    • Custom specifications plate on the console lid lists which engine is under the hood, the type of supercharger Ram TRX uses, boost output, horsepower and the vehicle-specific Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
    • Ram TRX-specific transfer case switches are integrated into the dashboard along with Drive Mode selector and Launch Control
    • Uconnect 4C NAV 12-inch touchscreen is standard equipment and includes SiriusXM 360L with Personalized Stations Powered by Pandora, which offers a custom listening experience through a 900-watt, 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system
    • All-new Head-up Display unit makes its FCA vehicle debut and can show up to five different content areas at once
    • TRX touts the first FCA application of Drive Modes and Off-Road Pages with the Uconnect 4C NAV 12-inch touchscreen
    • New Baja drive mode calibrates four-wheel-drive and steering systems, stability control, paddle shifters and suspension for ultimate desert performance, delivering maximum capability on undulating, loose surfaces
    • Available digital rearview mirror replaces the traditional rearview mirror with a 9.2-inch-wide LCD monitor
    • Trailer Reverse Steer Control is an available standalone option on Ram TRX and uses a dial to point the trailer in the desired direction while the system controls the steering wheel
    • More than 100 active and passive safety and security features, including ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines, electronic stability control (ESC) with electronic roll mitigation and six air bags. Available features include Blind-spot Monitoring, adaptive cruise control, Ready Alert Braking and Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus, available
    • All-new 18-by-9-inch aluminum wheels are available in both standard and a beadlock-capable option
    • Goodyear Wrangler Territory 325/65/R18 All-Terrain 35-inch tires, developed exclusively for Ram TRX, achieve unmatched levels of wear resistance, traction and reduced road noise
    • Ram TRX offers the largest front brakes in the segment at 15 inches
    • Ram TRX has a maximum payload of 1,310 pounds and maximum trailer tow of 8,100 pounds
    • Ram TRX features a 2-inch ride height increase over Ram 1500, enabling 11.8 inches of ground clearance and capability of up to 32 inches of water fording
    • All-new 2021 Ram TRX underwent rigorous testing in extreme environments across the continental United States to handle the most punishing conditions with extreme confidence, capability and durability

    August 17, 2020 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The all-new 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is the apex predator of the truck world and cements Ram Truck as North America’s off-road truck leader. Ram TRX expands the light-duty lineup and sets new benchmarks for power and performance among half-ton pickup trucks with the 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI® V-8 engine.

    “The all-new 2021 Ram TRX sets the benchmark for extreme performance pickup trucks and solidifies Ram Truck’s position as the off-road truck leader,” said Mike Koval, Head of Ram Brand, FCA - North America. “Ram has a strong history of high-performance trucks and TRX adds to that while expanding the light-duty lineup with the segment’s best combination of performance, capability, luxury and technology.”

    Rated at 702 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque, the 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V-8 engine powers the Ram TRX to a top speed of 118 mph. Combined with a high-torque-capacity TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, the Ram TRX delivers a new level of performance: 0-60 miles per hour (mph) in 4.5 seconds and the quarter mile in 12.9 seconds at 108 mph.

    A proven and reliable high-performance engine, the 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V-8 engine delivers top output for extended driving sessions without degradation in performance.

    The 2021 Ram TRX benefits from up to 32 inches of water fording, up to 8,100 pounds towing and a maximum payload capacity of 1,310 pounds.

    New aesthetic design pairs chiseled form with extreme function
    The all-new 2021 Ram TRX features an aggressive stance and an impossibly wide, muscular body wrapped over the top of it. Like a mixed martial arts fighter in a tailored tuxedo, the Ram TRX makes an impactful visual statement with an acute “hourglass” body design that features composite flares and fender wells that have been stretched to cover aggressive 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory 325/65/R18 All-Terrain tires.

    Ram TRX is 8 inches wider when compared to the rest of the Ram 1500 lineup, and the composite flares help to compensate for a 6-inch increase in track width. Normally, Ram 1500 features a wheel that is 8 inches wide, but the TRX design team had to accommodate a wheel that is 9 inches wide.

    The front axle was shifted 20 millimeters forward to accommodate the 35-inch Goodyear Territory All-Terrain tires that were designed exclusively for TRX. The 35-inch tires are available with 18-inch beadlock-ready wheels with accent color-matched rings.

    LED clearance marker lights flank the front bumper, creating a menacing light signature that further sets TRX apart from anything on the road – day or night. A new, aluminum hood features bright LED clearance lights that are integrated in the hood scoop.

    The hood scoop is responsible for 50 percent of air entering the 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V-8 engine while the other 50 percent enters through the grille. Design elements, like the functional hood scoop, are complemented by secondary details, such as the functional air curtain just outboard of the headlamps, relieving high pressure zones at the front corners and allowing air to pass through the fenders.

    A unique R-A-M badge, front grille, hood, skid plates and steel bumpers help the TRX meet extreme functional objectives. The R-A-M badge is bigger when compared to the rest of the Ram 1500 lineup and features a new “flow-through” design that assists with airflow. All-black premium LED headlamps, including twin bi-functional projector headlamps, are standard.

    TRX buyers can choose an optional full-length rock rail for added body/sill protection or traditional off-road powder-coated aluminum running boards. Optional body-side and hood graphics are available as a pair or separately.

    Ram TRX features new box outers made of steel and are wider than that of a traditional Ram 1500. A bed-mounted spare tire carrier is available in addition to the standard full-size spare tire that sits underneath the bed, between the rear axle and trailer hitch. Premium LED taillamps are standard on TRX and the bezels allow for the Blind-spot Monitoring function to see around the extended box outers.

    Closing out the rear of the truck, a large R-A-M badge, similar to that seen on Rebel, stretches across the tailgate. Center identification marker lights, like what is seen on Ram Heavy Duty models, are tucked between the tailgate and rear bumper.

    The new aesthetic is taken to even higher levels of visual impact with oversized tow hooks, found at the front and rear of the truck, and integrated 5-inch dual exhaust ports driving the functional performance objective home.

    High-performance-inspired interior with authentic premium materials
    The 2021 Ram TRX combines all-new features, technology and authentic premium materials with extreme performance, class-leading quality, comfort and durability. The interior design team chose premium textures, colors and material, including available hand-wrapped leather instrument panels for unexpected luxury throughout.

    The all-new 2021 Ram TRX features three interior options, including premium cloth and vinyl, premium wrapped leather and suede, or premium wrapped leather and suede with available red and carbon fiber accents. Based on the Rebel layout, trucks outfitted with a TR Equipment Group will greet occupants with premium cloth and vinyl accents featuring black and Dark Ruby Red surfaces. Opting for the TR1 or TR2 Equipment Group provides an interior based on the Ram 1500 Limited and features an all-black color scheme with leather and suede to give TRX a unique feel. Heated and ventilated premium Natura Plus leather with perforated suede accents cover the front bucket and rear bench seats. The TR1 and TR2 Equipment Groups come standard with medium Greystone stitching and Graphite Metallic accents. The TR2 Equipment Group offers TRX red stitching and carbon fiber accents as an available option.

    Ram TRX features new front seats with enhanced upper bolster support and embroidered logos. TR1 and TR2 Equipment Groups feature a Modular Lightweight Load-bearing Equipment / Pouch Attachment Ladder System (MOLLE/PALS) on the seatback that enables bags and other equipment to be weaved in place.

    A new SRT-signature flat-bottom steering wheel, with enhanced hand grips wrapped in leather with optional suede and carbon fiber accents, enables performance driving. New aluminum paddle shifters stretch above and below the steering wheel spokes, allowing the driver to choose the proper gear with their fingertips.

    A console mounted performance floor shifter, which includes a cast metal main grip wrapped with semi-perforated leather, lends itself to spirited performance driving that TRX was bred for, while maximizing storage. Both the console and paddle shifters mark the debut of each in a Ram truck.

    The Drive Mode selector has been integrated into the dashboard above the transfer case switches and offers different modes of operation, indicated by a TRX pictogram for select environments: Normal, Wet/Snow, Off-road and Baja. A Launch Control button is easily within reach of the driver, sitting to the right of the transfer case switches, and is standard on TRX.

    Reinforcing TRX’s performance chops, an all-new Head-up Display unit can show up to five different content areas at once, including Lane Departure, Lane Keep Assist, adaptive cruise control, turn-by-turn navigation, current speed, current gear and speed limit. The Head-up Display is available on the TR2 Equipment Group and is a full-color unit accessible through the 12-inch Uconnect 4C touchscreen.

    A custom specifications plate on the console lid lists which engine is under the hood, the type of supercharger Ram TRX uses, boost output, horsepower and the vehicle-specific Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).

    A new, innovative dual-path induction system enables extreme performance
    The new 2021 Ram TRX is designed for class-leading, uncompromising performance in the harshest environments. Stratospheric power and performance numbers were achieved in part through a new, innovative dual-path air induction system that ensures the 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V-8 engine receives a steady supply of clean, cool air regardless of inbound dirt and debris.

    The Ram TRX uses two paths to draw in outside air and routes it to a large, 29-liter air box that filters out dirt, sand, debris and water before getting anywhere near the engine. The innovative dual-path system pulls in outside air from a functional scoop in the hood and the upper edge of the grille. Air entering the grille flows to the bottom front of the air box, guided by tailored panels. The hood scoop ducts air to the bottom rear of the air box via ports that seal to the hood when it is closed. An air box support bar is precision-mounted in the engine compartment during vehicle assembly to ensure the hood intake seals to the air box ducts to prevent engine-heated air from entering the system.

    Directing incoming air to the bottom of the air box helps dirt and water settle out before the air reaches the filter elements, ensuring that the Ram TRX continues to perform in the most grueling environments. A one-way drain in the bottom of the air box evacuates water even when the vehicle is moving. Intake air is drawn upward from the box through twin, heavy-duty air filters that provide 198.4 square inches of filter surface area, four times the dust trapping capacity when compared to the closest competitor, to remove any residual dust or sand before the air is ducted. Unfolded, the filter surface medium covers 13.3 square feet.

    The entire Ram TRX intake system is engineered to minimize power-robbing air restrictions while ensuring only clean, cool air reaches the engine. Industry-standard testing shows that the Ram TRX far exceeds any competitor in the amount of time it can ingest dirty air and debris before performance is diminished. The Ram TRX’s air box is mounted at the top of the engine, making it easy to access should the owner choose to field-clean the high-performance filter elements.

    From modern muscle cars to high-performance SUVs, the 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V-8 has earned a reputation as a potent, reliable power source that delivers head-turning power when ordered by the driver’s right foot and is also a smooth, efficient power plant at cruising speeds.

    To best match gear selection and shift points to the driver’s demands, the robust TorqueFlite 8HP95 eight-speed automatic transmission monitors inputs, such as engine torque gradients, throttle kick-down, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, detection of friction, downshifts and road grade. This versatile, well-developed, high-torque-capacity, eight-speed transmission delivers quick acceleration and precise, crisp, quick gear changes, enhancing ride quality to luxury car levels with consistent performance and drivability.

    Launch Control is standard with the 2021 Ram TRX and manages tire slip while launching the vehicle to give the driver consistent straight-line acceleration. Wheel speed sensors watch for driveline-damaging wheel hop at launch and, in milliseconds, provide inputs to the powertrain control module to modify the engine torque to regain full grip.

    The Ram TRX is also equipped with Jump Detection, which uses wheel-speed and ride-height sensors and accelerometers at each corner to identify when the vehicle is airborne and acts to prevent driveline-damaging power spikes. Acting in milliseconds, Jump Detection modifies engine speed and torque, gear selection, transfer case torque split, damping rates and other powertrain and suspension components through the landing to deliver optimum performance.

    Dynamic drive modes
    The 2021 Ram TRX uses performance-tuned software to pre-configure and distinguish five dynamic modes – Auto, Sport, Tow, Snow and Custom – enabling drivers to choose a vehicle setting that ideally meets their requirements and ambient conditions. The drive modes separately control the four-wheel-drive system, throttle response, transmission, paddle shifters, suspension and the electric power steering. All modes use active slip control that prevents binding and excessive slip from front to rear.

    Custom mode allows the driver to personalize the vehicle’s performance with a selectable driving experience, offering a multitude of vehicle system combinations.

    Separately, the Ram TRX features three dynamic off-road modes – Mud/Sand, Rock and Baja – enabling drivers to choose a setting that best fits the terrain around them. Like the on-road modes, the off-road drive modes control several systems, including the four-wheel-drive system, throttle response, transmission, paddle shifters, suspension and steering.

    Engineered to handle the most punishing conditions with extreme capability
    Designed bolt by bolt to significantly outperform every other truck, the 2021 Ram TRX has been rigorously tested to handle the most punishing conditions with extreme capability and durability.

    The 2021 Ram TRX’s frame is composed of thicker, optimally shaped, strategically placed high-strength steel that uses low-torsion attributes to increase durability and stability. Sections of the frame are hydroformed for dimensional accuracy, reducing the need for welding, and the side rails are fully boxed. The front rails use high-strength steel and hydroformed sections to set a strong foundation to better handle the front suspension load. Galvanized frame components provide improved corrosion protection.

    The Ram TRX boasts a ground clearance of 11.8 inches due in part to a 2-inch ride height increase when compared with the rest of the 1500 lineup, along with 35-inch tires. This combination enables TRX to clear surface obstacles easily and at high speeds.

    To protect critical components, including the front axle, transfer case, transmission pan and fuel tank, TRX employs five skid plates. A separate skid plate sits at the bottom of the front fascia, mitigating potential damage, and doubles as a belly pan. Heavy-duty gauge steel rock sliders are an available option.

    The use of lightweight, high-strength aluminum closures, including the doors, hood and tailgate, help reduce weight and boost fuel economy. Ram TRX also uses aluminum engine mounts, front axle center section, front suspension and transmission cross-members, front upper and lower control arms, front skid plate, transmission skid plate and steering system gear.

    An all-new independent front suspension system with active damping uses high-strength aluminum to maintain overall strength and durability. The all-new independent front suspension system includes new front upper and lower control arms made of forged aluminum with special attention paid to the caster and camber angles during suspension cycling. The new, longer, substantially sized front upper and lower control arms are constructed of 80-ksi high-strength steel and designed with a focus on additional wheel travel and axle track width. This new suspension system features upgraded components to provide more performance and improved endurance.

    Out back, the Ram TRX’s rear suspension had to clear packaging barriers and the engineering team took that into consideration with this unique application. The result is an innovative and durable solution that produces greater wheel travel without reducing cargo area in the bed.

    The 2021 Ram TRX uses an all-new rear suspension system with active damping and an exclusive five-link coil system for incredible ride characteristics and durability. The frame’s hard points for the five-link suspension system differ when compared to a standard-issue Ram 1500 and allow the Dana 60 rear axle to travel up to 13 inches. Overall, rear-wheel travel is increased to more than 13 inches from the standard 9 inches, or more than 40 percent when compared to the rest of the Ram 1500 lineup.

    The 2021 Ram TRX uses the proven five-link coil suspension configuration and provides better articulation over obstacles than a leaf-spring system. This suspension design reduces friction in the spring system and weighs significantly less than a comparable leaf spring system. At 600 millimeters in length, the robust rear springs are the largest ever applied on a non-commercial production vehicle.

    The robust coil springs are more than up to the task of handling a maximum payload of 1,310 pounds and towing capability of 8,100 pounds.

    New 2.5-inch Bilstein Black Hawk e2 adaptive performance shocks use precision-machined, single-piece construction comprised of rigid aluminum to reduce and dissipate heat and continuously adjust damping forces for optimal body control and terrain isolation. The adaptive performance shocks feature robust corrosion protection with a durable finish and directional-machined cooling fins aligned with air flow for more effective cooling.

    Dual Electronic Proportional Valves continuously adjust damping forces for precise, independent control of compression and rebound damping. A nitrogen-charged remote reservoir uses a hot-formed, zero-leak tube closure to ensure maximum durability during extreme on- and off-road events.

    A pressure-activated Triple Rod seal has been field-tested for long-lasting durability against contamination and leaks. Ram TRX uses stainless steel braided high-pressure hose to combat corrosion and abrasion while being able to resist up to 5,800 PSI. A high-strength, lightweight rock shield defends the piston rod against incoming rubble with a custom molded escape path for debris.

    The Bilstein Black Hawk e2 adaptive performance shocks have been tuned to demonstrate optimum balance between on-road handling and class-leading off-road capability. Ride comfort, body roll control and handling are significantly improved with the Ram-proprietary Active Terrain Dynamics suspension management system, new shock tuning, hard points and body mount strategy.

    In addition to a standard urethane jounce bumper, the internals of the Bilstein adaptive performance shock feature a Jounce Cut Off to create three zones for progressive bottom-out control during extreme compression events. All modes can reach peak compression damping for the most extreme events.

    The 2021 Ram TRX is a high-performance pickup truck built to handle the most punishing conditions with extreme capability and durability. To clear the elevated benchmarks and performance figures that TRX presents, a Dana 60 rear axle with full floating axle shafts is standard equipment and handles the increased torque output, rear electronic locking differential and 35-inch tires. The Dana 60 rear axle uses an axle hop damper that enables improved traction and axle control on rough surfaces. A new rear axle center section provides balanced performance and a locking differential for increased off-road performance.

    The Ram TRX is equipped with a new BorgWarner 48-13 full-time active transfer case that enables passage through any off-road obstruction or weather condition. This modified transfer case features upgraded internals for improved strength and durability. Ram TRX features a low range of 2.64:1 for rock crawling and can be flat-towed while in neutral.

    Off road, the 2021 Ram TRX will race to 100 mph with ease, and the segment’s largest brakes bring the TRX to a composed halt. Ram TRX relies on a four-wheel disc brake system and a hydraulic compensation unit to enhance brake pedal feel and performance during emergency maneuvers. Up front are two-piston monoblock calipers clamping down on 15-inch inverted hat (outboard venting) rotors for improved cooling. The rear uses single piston calipers with 15-inch rotors to provide incredible stopping power. An electronic parking brake holds the truck steady when applied and is standard.

    For the 2021 Ram TRX, engineers found that to maximize capability, it would call for a 35-inch tire. Developed exclusively for the Ram TRX, 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory All-Terrain 325/65R/18 tires, featuring an aggressive tread and sidewall with D-load rating, are assigned the task.

    There are two different wheel designs that are available on TRX, including an 18-by-9-inch optional beadlock-ready wheel straight from the factory.

    An approach angle of 30.2 degrees, breakover angle of 21.9 degrees, departure angle of 23.5 degrees and a ground clearance of 11.8 inches allow the Ram TRX to go anywhere.

    Most technologically advanced pickup ever loaded with innovative, customizable features
    Designed to be the most technologically advanced pickup ever, the new 2021 Ram TRX is loaded with an array of innovative features combined with the award-winning fourth-generation Uconnect system that offers convenience and connected services, keeping Ram truck customers engaged and informed all while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road or desert path ahead.

    The 2021 Ram TRX interior’s high-tech centerpiece, the Uconnect 4C NAV 12-inch fully configurable touchscreen, is standard and allows for even more customization. Other features include SiriusXM with 360L, Personalized Stations Powered by Pandora and personal device integration.

    The touchscreen can house one application, such as the navigation map, across the entire 12-inch screen or can be divided in half, operating two different applications at once. A multifunction switch bank and the optional Trailer Reverse Steer Control sit below the touchscreen, giving physical control of specific features. Redundant HVAC controls are located on both sides of the display.

    An audiophile-quality audio system is offered to immerse passengers in the ultimate sound experience, including a class-exclusive 900-watt premium Harman Kardon audio system with 19 speakers and 10-inch subwoofer – the finest and most powerful audio system available in a pickup.

    Ram TRX uses a 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) cluster that is exclusive to the model and features a lit TRX badge, unique TRX colors and graphics with reconfigurable gauges. The same graphics appear on the 12-inch Uconnect 4C touchscreen, too. This is the first time that Drive Modes and Off-road Performance Pages are displayed on the 12-inch Uconnect 4C screen.

    Performance Pages
    Performance Pages give drivers the tools necessary to become familiar with their vehicle’s performance. The app provides access to real-time vehicle performance information, including timers (such as 0-60 mph elapsed time), g-force, gauges and engine performance. This data can be downloaded to a USB stick, allowing for easy sharing of your driving performance. Owners can also download data to the web. The introduction of the Ram TRX marks the first time Performance Pages is available on an FCA vehicle equipped with the Uconnect 4C NAV with 12-inch display.

    Off-Road Pages
    Off-Road Pages show ride height, the transfer case’s position, the pitch and roll of the vehicle and accessory gauges. The app is accessible through the 7-inch TFT cluster or Uconnect 4C NAV with 12-inch display. The introduction of the Ram TRX marks the first time Off-Road Pages is available on an FCA vehicle equipped with the Uconnect 4C NAV with 12-inch display.

    Forward-facing Camera
    As part of the available 360-degree Surround View Camera system, a forward-facing off-road camera allows obstructions ahead on the trail to be easily seen. The front camera sits under the crossbar that dissects TRX’s grille and can be accessed through the available Off-Road Pages.

    Digital Rearview Mirror
    An available digital rearview mirror option replaces the traditional rearview mirror with a 9.2-inch-wide LCD monitor. The digital rearview mirror displays video in real time from a rear-facing camera and can be turned off to revert back to a traditional reflective mirror.

    More than 100 available advanced safety and security features
    Safety and security were primary drivers in the development of the new 2021 Ram TRX, which offers more than 100 available active and passive safety and security features. Standard features include ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines, electronic stability control (ESC) with electronic roll mitigation and six standard air bags. Available features include Blind-spot Monitoring, adaptive cruise control, Ready Alert Braking and Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus.



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    smk4565

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    Surprised it took this long, for Botha Raptor competitor and for a Hellcat Ram.  I think there is room for an off road Ram with less power at less price and also something more like the Ram SRT-10 that was a more road focused truck with the Hellcat.

     

    Also don’t know why there isn’t a ZR1 engine in a Silverado, it is easy to drop in a big engine and jack up the price and people will pay it.

     

    Of course is Tesla can pull off the Cybertruck then all bets are off.  

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    1 hour ago, smk4565 said:

    Of course is Tesla can pull off the Cybertruck then all bets are off.  

    Not with that design...

    And Musk knows it.  He slyly said that if the market turns off on it, he has a plan B in that he will offer a normal looking truck to peddle...

    https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/future-cars/a33498255/elon-musk-tesla-normal-pickup-cybertruck/#:~:text=Musk%3A%20Tesla%20Will%20Build%20a%20Normal%20Pickup%20If%20Cybertruck%20Fails&text=And%20if%20people%20don't,no%20problem%2C%22%20Musk%20said.

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    Musk explained that the Cybertruck was born out of a simple desire to build an "awesome" car. And if people don't like it, Musk has a "plan."

    "If it turns out nobody wants to buy a weird-looking truck, we'll build a normal truck, no problem," Musk said. "There's lots of normal trucks out there that look pretty much the same; you can hardly tell the difference. And sure, we could just do some copycat truck; that's easy. So that's our fallback strategy."

     

     

    Im sure the Tesla faithfull will buy the Cybertruck. But how many of them are there?  I personally doubt the Cybertruck will be a success.   Its a cartoon.  Its for shytes and giggles...     Like those gullwing doors on the Model X.   Its for show.  Gullwing doors on anything will always BE a showstopper.  BUT...for a family haulin' SUV, not the greatest choice.  And the sales of the Model X shows EXACTLY how the market sees it...    

    This Cybertruck will be a dud.  

    Its already a dud.  The father of it is already calling it a failure...  I mean...who in their right mind willingly retracts the possible success and admits a successor is in play when the product hasnt even been finalized yet let alone launched for production?

    Musk really has to lay off the ganja... 

     

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    29 minutes ago, oldshurst442 said:

    Not with that design...

    And Musk knows it.  He slyly said that if the market turns off on it, he has a plan B in that he will offer a normal looking truck to peddle...

    https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/future-cars/a33498255/elon-musk-tesla-normal-pickup-cybertruck/#:~:text=Musk%3A%20Tesla%20Will%20Build%20a%20Normal%20Pickup%20If%20Cybertruck%20Fails&text=And%20if%20people%20don't,no%20problem%2C%22%20Musk%20said.

     

    Im sure the Tesla faithfull will buy the Cybertruck. But how many of them are there?  I personally doubt the Cybertruck will be a success.   Its a cartoon.  Its for shytes and giggles...     Like those gullwing doors on the Model X.   Its for show.  Gullwing doors on anything will always BE a showstopper.  BUT...for a family haulin' SUV, not the greatest choice.  And the sales of the Model X shows EXACTLY how the market sees it...    

    This Cybertruck will be a dud.  

    Its already a dud.  The father of it is already calling it a failure...  I mean...who in their right mind willingly retracts the possible success and admits a successor is in play when the product hasnt even been finalized yet let alone launched for production?

    Musk really has to lay off the ganja... 

     

    I’d bet on Elon Musk before betting on anyone running GM, Ford or Excellious or whatever the hell the company that builds the Ram truck is called. 
     

    Elon is worth $76 billion, GM’s whole company is worth $42 billion and Ford is worth $27 billion.  So Elon must be doing something right.  Also the billionaires on Wall Street aren’t billionaires by betting on losers and they have bet on Elon.  

    And Ram will make some nice short term profits off the Hellcat TRX, but just all these Dodge/Chrysler products are really dated.  At some point you need actual new stuff.

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    11 hours ago, ocnblu said:

    JUST.SO.FABULOUS.

    I so agree. This truck just rocks. 

    9 hours ago, oldshurst442 said:

    Not with that design...

    And Musk knows it.  He slyly said that if the market turns off on it, he has a plan B in that he will offer a normal looking truck to peddle...

    https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/future-cars/a33498255/elon-musk-tesla-normal-pickup-cybertruck/#:~:text=Musk%3A%20Tesla%20Will%20Build%20a%20Normal%20Pickup%20If%20Cybertruck%20Fails&text=And%20if%20people%20don't,no%20problem%2C%22%20Musk%20said.

     

    Im sure the Tesla faithfull will buy the Cybertruck. But how many of them are there?  I personally doubt the Cybertruck will be a success.   Its a cartoon.  Its for shytes and giggles...     Like those gullwing doors on the Model X.   Its for show.  Gullwing doors on anything will always BE a showstopper.  BUT...for a family haulin' SUV, not the greatest choice.  And the sales of the Model X shows EXACTLY how the market sees it...    

    This Cybertruck will be a dud.  

    Its already a dud.  The father of it is already calling it a failure...  I mean...who in their right mind willingly retracts the possible success and admits a successor is in play when the product hasnt even been finalized yet let alone launched for production?

    Musk really has to lay off the ganja... 

     

    I think the Cybertruck will do well. I know a large group of truck enthusiasts, and mostly theya re very excited about it. I like both the cybertruck and teh new Ram. Good to see some creativity in trucks. 

    38 minutes ago, ykX said:

    Really cool truck.

    However, I hope Ford, GM and RAM will make compact versions of these, because these trucks are huge and super expensive.

    BTW Tesla truck has nothing to do with these off-road monsters.

    Finally, a quote from someone with a rational mind and without a mangina. Congrats on a winning thought!

    6 hours ago, daves87rs said:

    Nice!!

    Agreed. 

    8 hours ago, smk4565 said:

    I’d bet on Elon Musk before betting on anyone running GM, Ford or Excellious or whatever the hell the company that builds the Ram truck is called. 
     

    Elon is worth $76 billion, GM’s whole company is worth $42 billion and Ford is worth $27 billion.  So Elon must be doing something right.  Also the billionaires on Wall Street aren’t billionaires by betting on losers and they have bet on Elon.  

    And Ram will make some nice short term profits off the Hellcat TRX, but just all these Dodge/Chrysler products are really dated.  At some point you need actual new stuff.

    More domestic hate, how original. 

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    54 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

    Cool..another Hellcat.  They still need to do a Promaster Hellcat...;)

    I still want a Pacifica Hellcat

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    1 minute ago, William Maley said:

    I still want a Pacifica Hellcat

    Or for the ultimate power-to-weight ratio, a Fiat 500 Hellcat. 

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    1 hour ago, ykX said:

    Really cool truck.

    However, I hope Ford, GM and RAM will make compact versions of these, because these trucks are huge and super expensive.

    BTW Tesla truck has nothing to do with these off-road monsters.

    They want them super expensive because it is easy profit margin.  
     

    Chevy could put a 490 hp Corvette engine in a Colorado/Canyon and charge $65,000 for it as Cyclone or SS.  Easily can add $20,000 to the price and beefing up the brakes and suspension 15% and going from V6 to V8 probably costs them $5,000 so they clear $15,000.

    As long as people pay big money for trucks the manufacturers will keep making them more and more expensive.

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    2 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    They want them super expensive because it is easy profit margin.  
     

    Chevy could put a 490 hp Corvette engine in a Colorado/Canyon and charge $65,000 for it as Cyclone or SS.  Easily can add $20,000 to the price and beefing up the brakes and suspension 15% and going from V6 to V8 probably costs them $5,000 so they clear $15,000.

    As long as people pay big money for trucks the manufacturers will keep making them more and more expensive.

    How about a high performance version of the Silverado using the 6.2 supercharged 755 hp LT5 V8 from the C7 ZR-1...AWD, lowered on 22s, call it the Silverado Defecator... that would be rad. 

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    11 hours ago, smk4565 said:

    I’d bet on Elon Musk before betting on anyone running GM, Ford or Excellious or whatever the hell the company that builds the Ram truck is called. 
     

    Elon is worth $76 billion, GM’s whole company is worth $42 billion and Ford is worth $27 billion.  So Elon must be doing something right.  Also the billionaires on Wall Street aren’t billionaires by betting on losers and they have bet on Elon.  

    And Ram will make some nice short term profits off the Hellcat TRX, but just all these Dodge/Chrysler products are really dated.  At some point you need actual new stuff.

    So you’re basing your argument over company value? Not product (Which is a mixed bag at best). Not reliability (something Tesla thus far doesn’t have). Not sales (again, mixed bag). That “value” is nothing more than over inflated stock. The Cyber Truck, design wise, is utter garbage and not ONE person, that is considering a Raptor or the RAM, would even look twice at that monstrosity. Fact.

    1 hour ago, smk4565 said:

    They want them super expensive because it is easy profit margin.  
     

    Chevy could put a 490 hp Corvette engine in a Colorado/Canyon and charge $65,000 for it as Cyclone or SS.  Easily can add $20,000 to the price and beefing up the brakes and suspension 15% and going from V6 to V8 probably costs them $5,000 so they clear $15,000.

    As long as people pay big money for trucks the manufacturers will keep making them more and more expensive.

    Your first sentence also applies toe Benz and the AMG lineup but we don’t talk about that. Easy money.

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    I think there have been a few overvalued companies go under in the past.. *cough* Enron *cough*. 

    I think Tesla is going to survive but they're definitely a future-prediction based stock price still. 

    I don't think Chevy even needs to put a V8 in the Colorado(not sure if they can with those dang crumple zones). They already have turbo v6's(3.0 & 3.6) in-house they could drop in there. Oh yeah, and the new 2.7T that needs to be in there ASAP! 

    I'm genuinely curious what Ford is thinking upon this release. I wonder if they're going to go all diesel-one-upping each other and actually throw something bada$$ under the hood or are they doing to try and keep the same formula and cross their fingers. They certainly have some time as the 2021 F150 won't have a new Raptor anyway but I bet they're scrambling to figure something out. I can't imagine them having the balls to use the supercharged 5.2 but, ya never know. They don't like to be behind in their bread and butter segment, trucks.

    I wonder how much they can turn the wick up on the 3.5. Either way, even if they did pump 800hp out of it, it'll still sound like a wet fart. Raptors have possibly the most disappointing exhaust note on the market. If you put aftermarket exhaust on them they sound absolutely terrible(and any 3.5T in the F150 and I'm going to safely assume the 2.7T as well).

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    Love this truck, I think they nailed a Home Run!

    Would be nice to have a Street Hellcat Truck too that is 2wd, standard cab, totally performance focused. Since they make the standard cab, I do not see why a Hellcat in a 2wd performance focused truck would not sell well and call it the:

    Ram Copperhead 

    :metal:

    In regards to @smk4565 comments on Cybertruck. Seems there are plenty of interest, but I question just how many really will be sold. Seems some are already building their own as is posted by Jim who loves his ICE but also wanted a Cybertruck and has the skill to build it full size to a high quality standard.

    https://www.instagram.com/268_others/

     

     

    I do think it is a cool project that this guy built a decent version of the truck, but clearly not a practical real world usable truck.

    Musk, the Stoner has people hyped up on his Bud Fried Brain and the future will be very different for Tesla than it is now.

    Tesla is Cyber Vaporware as of today.

    RAM for the Win against Cyber Truck! No if's ands or butts about it, this is a production beast. :metal:

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    6 hours ago, Robert Hall said:

    How about a high performance version of the Silverado using the 6.2 supercharged 755 hp LT5 V8 from the C7 ZR-1...AWD, lowered on 22s, call it the Silverado Defecator... that would be rad. 

    Yes I have said for years they should do that as far as the 750 hp goes.  It has very little development cost and they can charge a pretty penny for it.

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    4 hours ago, ccap41 said:

    I think there have been a few overvalued companies go under in the past.. *cough* Enron *cough*. 

    I think Tesla is going to survive but they're definitely a future-prediction based stock price still. 

    I don't think Chevy even needs to put a V8 in the Colorado(not sure if they can with those dang crumple zones). They already have turbo v6's(3.0 & 3.6) in-house they could drop in there. Oh yeah, and the new 2.7T that needs to be in there ASAP! 

    I'm genuinely curious what Ford is thinking upon this release. I wonder if they're going to go all diesel-one-upping each other and actually throw something bada$$ under the hood or are they doing to try and keep the same formula and cross their fingers. They certainly have some time as the 2021 F150 won't have a new Raptor anyway but I bet they're scrambling to figure something out. I can't imagine them having the balls to use the supercharged 5.2 but, ya never know. They don't like to be behind in their bread and butter segment, trucks.

    I wonder how much they can turn the wick up on the 3.5. Either way, even if they did pump 800hp out of it, it'll still sound like a wet fart. Raptors have possibly the most disappointing exhaust note on the market. If you put aftermarket exhaust on them they sound absolutely terrible(and any 3.5T in the F150 and I'm going to safely assume the 2.7T as well).

    On the Colorado maybe a V8 doesn’t fit and they use turbos, either way horsepower doesn’t cost a lot yet customers pay a premium for it.  
     

    Ford could “eco boost” the 5.0 Coyote V8, I don’t know why they never did.  Really I don’t know why 100% of Ford engines aren’t ecoboost by now.

    And big horsepower sells when times are good, Toyota revenue was down 50% for the first half of the year.  If auto sales tank all these guys will focus on their volume product and trim.

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    ^ Just like how Mercedes-Benz is trimming back models since they have seen a big drop in profits / revenue.

    Amazing how a drop forces companies to par back model options.

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    8 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    On the Colorado maybe a V8 doesn’t fit and they use turbos, either way horsepower doesn’t cost a lot yet customers pay a premium for it.  
     

    Ford could “eco boost” the 5.0 Coyote V8, I don’t know why they never did.  Really I don’t know why 100% of Ford engines aren’t ecoboost by now.

    And big horsepower sells when times are good, Toyota revenue was down 50% for the first half of the year.  If auto sales tank all these guys will focus on their volume product and trim.

    The last gen Colorado had a 5.3L V8 option. The fit isn’t the problem. Demand would be. A TT V6 is the way to go in one of those/

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    44 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    On the Colorado maybe a V8 doesn’t fit and they use turbos, either way horsepower doesn’t cost a lot yet customers pay a premium for it.  
     

    Ford could “eco boost” the 5.0 Coyote V8, I don’t know why they never did.  Really I don’t know why 100% of Ford engines aren’t ecoboost by now.

    And big horsepower sells when times are good, Toyota revenue was down 50% for the first half of the year.  If auto sales tank all these guys will focus on their volume product and trim.

    I mean, almost everything is at this point. The only ones I can think of that aren't are the V8's and 3.3 V6(base F-150 engine). I think the last n/a 4-banger is the hybrid engine in the Escape and I think everything else has turbos.

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    38 minutes ago, David said:

    ^ Just like how Mercedes-Benz is trimming back models since they have seen a big drop in profits / revenue.

    Amazing how a drop forces companies to par back model options.

    Yes, everyone makes cuts.  

    Also keep in mind Mercedes is adding EQS, EQE, EQA and EQB and perhaps more EV's those are just the 4 that have test mules running and are near ready.  And they'll put out a some sort of convertible and coupe around $50k, they aren't going to have their cheapest 2-door car start at $100k.

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    44 minutes ago, surreal1272 said:

    The last gen Colorado had a 5.3L V8 option. The fit isn’t the problem. Demand would be. A TT V6 is the way to go in one of those/

    I don't factually know this, but, I have to assume crash standards have changed quite a bit in the last 10 years. 

    i also think the exact 5.3 from the Silverado would be one bada$$ engine in the Colorado. 355hp/375tq(or so..I don't remember the exact numbers).

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    41 minutes ago, surreal1272 said:

    The last gen Colorado had a 5.3L V8 option. The fit isn’t the problem. Demand would be. A TT V6 is the way to go in one of those/

    They could do a twin turbo V6.  Demand almost doesn't even matter.  I wonder how many Hellcat Durangos actually sell, because who wants a $80k Dodge Durango, but putting that Hellcat gets the internet talking and creates some free advertising and might steer some dealership traffic, even if those people walk out with a Pentastar V6 Durango instead.

    The Hellcat Ram will drive some dealer traffic and create some buzz for the Ram.   And I bet there is a Ram Demon with 800 hp coming.  

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    17 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    They could do a twin turbo V6.  Demand almost doesn't even matter.  I wonder how many Hellcat Durangos actually sell, because who wants a $80k Dodge Durango, but putting that Hellcat gets the internet talking and creates some free advertising and might steer some dealership traffic, even if those people walk out with a Pentastar V6 Durango instead.

    The Hellcat Ram will drive some dealer traffic and create some buzz for the Ram.   And I bet there is a Ram Demon with 800 hp coming.  

    Demand always matters. No demand=no money.

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    34 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    Yes, everyone makes cuts.  

    Also keep in mind Mercedes is adding EQS, EQE, EQA and EQB and perhaps more EV's those are just the 4 that have test mules running and are near ready.  And they'll put out a some sort of convertible and coupe around $50k, they aren't going to have their cheapest 2-door car start at $100k.

    Of which EQA, EQB and EQC are not showing up in North America any time soon. Seems MB has changed to an EQS being the first EV here in a couple years at the earliest.

    We have no idea what all Cadillac is going to have since they have not shown their hand publicly, so right now Lyriq and Escalade is known, but I would also bet on a XT EV in probably 2 if not 3 different sizes.

    MB will have more cuts than additions it seems especially here in North America.

    In regards to this thread on RAM TRX. I doubt MB will have anything to compete against this any time in the next 10 to 20 years.

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    22 minutes ago, surreal1272 said:

    Demand always matters. No demand=no money.

    True, but the Hellcat Ram generates demand for other Rams, that is where the money is then made.  It makes the Ram seem more bad ass or cooler than the Silverado that tops out at 420 hp or whatever and doesn't have a cool name or gimmick.

    Although the gimmicks eventually wear out, and having good product matters more than something like a Duragno Hellcat, where the Durango is probably among the worst vehicles in the segment.  But that is how Dodge has kept a dying brand alive thus far.

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    24 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    , where the Durango is probably among the worst vehicles in the segment. 

    Will totally disagree with you on this as it is way better than stuff at Ford, Asian or German for the size and what it is capable of doing.

    Mercedes-Benz has NOTHING to compete with the Durango!

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    30 minutes ago, David said:

     

    Mercedes-Benz has NOTHING to compete with the Durango!

    The GLS is similar in size to the Durango.  V8, 3 row.  At a much higher price point, of course.  It's not like Dodge is competing with M-B.  The Durango competes w/ the Acadia, Traverse, Explorer, etc..

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    43 minutes ago, David said:

    Will totally disagree with you on this as it is way better than stuff at Ford, Asian or German for the size and what it is capable of doing.

    Mercedes-Benz has NOTHING to compete with the Durango!

    I would hope that Mercedes doesn't compete with crap that is built on a chassis leftovers from a 2006 Mercedes ML.  

    I'd also say the Explorer, Highlander, Pilot, Palisade, Telluride and CX-9 are all better all around vehicles than the Durango, and I'd probably say, Atlas, Enclave and Traverse which are more the weaker vehicles in the segment and are arguably better than Durango.

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    18 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    I would hope that Mercedes doesn't compete with crap that is built on a chassis leftovers from a 2006 Mercedes ML.  

    I'd also say the Explorer, Highlander, Pilot, Palisade, Telluride and CX-9 are all better all around vehicles than the Durango, and I'd probably say, Atlas, Enclave and Traverse which are more the weaker vehicles in the segment and are arguably better than Durango.

    If it was good enough for Mercedes, then it is even better for Dodge!

    To Quote @Drew Dowdell has stated about the MB Platforms they over paid for, their pretty much is NOTHING LEFT from the original platform as everything has been re-engineered to be superior.

    Explorer, Highlander, Pilot and CX-9 are craptastic plastic garbage compared to the current Durango which is NOTHING LIKE the Crap ML was at that time. Way better and has continued to be improved by Dodge. None of those POS CUV's have a V8

    Palisade and Telluride have very competitive and possibly better interiors all depending on trim level of the Dodge and yet they also have NO V8.

    None of them can compete with the DURANGO, Especially the HellCat or any of the other V8 Trim versions. 

    Your trying to compare Unibody CUV's to a True Body on Frame SUV with SUPERIOR V8 Technology!

    Just like this AWESOME TRX V8 Power Body on Frame Full Size Truck which MB, right has NOTHING to compare with it, What a FAILURE of an AUTO COMPANY when it CANNOT COMPETE in the TRUCK Category and at one time was considering a RE-Badge of an Asian truck just to try and compete.

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    And remember, a Durango is basically a long wheelbase 3 row WK2 Grand Cherokee with different styling.  A very solid product all around though a decade old now..

    7 minutes ago, David said:

     

    Palisade and Telluride have very competitive and possibly better interiors all depending on trim level of the Dodge and yet they also have NO V8.

    None of them can compete with the DURANGO, Especially the HellCat or any of the other V8 Trim versions. 

    Your trying to compare Unibody CUV's to a True Body on Frame SUV with SUPERIOR V8 Technology!

     

    3rd gen Durango is unibody, remember it's a WK2 Grand Cherokee variation.   The 1st and 2nd gen Durangos were BOF.

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    1 hour ago, David said:

    If it was good enough for Mercedes, then it is even better for Dodge!

    To Quote @Drew Dowdell has stated about the MB Platforms they over paid for, their pretty much is NOTHING LEFT from the original platform as everything has been re-engineered to be superior.

    Explorer, Highlander, Pilot and CX-9 are craptastic plastic garbage compared to the current Durango which is NOTHING LIKE the Crap ML was at that time. Way better and has continued to be improved by Dodge. None of those POS CUV's have a V8

    Palisade and Telluride have very competitive and possibly better interiors all depending on trim level of the Dodge and yet they also have NO V8.

    None of them can compete with the DURANGO, Especially the HellCat or any of the other V8 Trim versions. 

    Your trying to compare Unibody CUV's to a True Body on Frame SUV with SUPERIOR V8 Technology!

    Just like this AWESOME TRX V8 Power Body on Frame Full Size Truck which MB, right has NOTHING to compare with it, What a FAILURE of an AUTO COMPANY when it CANNOT COMPETE in the TRUCK Category and at one time was considering a RE-Badge of an Asian truck just to try and compete.

    The Durango is a unibody CUV. 

    MB already built something better than the TRX.

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    21 hours ago, smk4565 said:

    I’d bet on Elon Musk before betting on anyone running GM, Ford or Excellious or whatever the hell the company that builds the Ram truck is called.

    Let me get this straight.
    You have a company building the #1 product (your metric: sales) for SEVENTY-TWO YEARS, selling 800,000 to sometimes 900,000 units.... and you want to put your money down AGAINST them??????

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    16 minutes ago, smk4565 said:



    MB already built something better than the TRX.

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     HA!

    Talk about production vehicles made for shytes and giggles in the cartoony realm...  

    And with a 2.2 billion dollar US fine...(European fine is coming as well), I think that monstrosity of a thing to sell to oil sheiks in Abu Dhabi and Dubai is a thing of the past for M-B... 

     

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    32 minutes ago, balthazar said:

    Let me get this straight.
    You have a company building the #1 product (your metric: sales) for SEVENTY-TWO YEARS, selling 800,000 to sometimes 900,000 units.... and you want to put your money down AGAINST them??????

    Well if Cybertruck or the Hummer have 1,000, what is Ram’s answer?  All they have are dinosaur Hemi V8s that are crazy thirsty.  And Ram probably won’t have an EV til 2025 at best.

    The big issue is money, FCA had none, much like Nissan has none, hopefully PSA had some but we’ll see how the merger goes.  Elon has near endless money to build whatever he wants.

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    No.
    Vehicle.
    Reaches.
    Number.
    One.
    In.
    Sales.
    Volume. (your metric)
    Based.
    On.
    Horsepower.
    Rating.
    Alone.

     

    PRINT THE ABOVE OUT, HANG IT ON YOUR CUBICLE WALL.

    READ IT EVERY DAY.

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    1 hour ago, smk4565 said:

    The Durango is a unibody CUV. 

    MB already built something better than the TRX.

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    A One Off Trick Pony is NOT BETTER. This is NOT MASS Produced. A custom build not a commercial produced product.

    Apple to Banana comparison. STOP ATTEMPTING TO BULLSHIT HERE. Compare Apples to Apples.

    Like @Robert Hall Pointed out, if you want to compare, then compare to the GLS to the Durango.

    Mercedes-Benz HAS NO TRUCKS that compare to RAM, FORD or GM.

    They are MISSING IN ACTION!

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    12 hours ago, David said:

    If it was good enough for Mercedes, then it is even better for Dodge!

    To Quote @Drew Dowdell has stated about the MB Platforms they over paid for, their pretty much is NOTHING LEFT from the original platform as everything has been re-engineered to be superior.

    Explorer, Highlander, Pilot and CX-9 are craptastic plastic garbage compared to the current Durango which is NOTHING LIKE the Crap ML was at that time. Way better and has continued to be improved by Dodge. None of those POS CUV's have a V8

    Palisade and Telluride have very competitive and possibly better interiors all depending on trim level of the Dodge and yet they also have NO V8.

    None of them can compete with the DURANGO, Especially the HellCat or any of the other V8 Trim versions. 

    Your trying to compare Unibody CUV's to a True Body on Frame SUV with SUPERIOR V8 Technology!

    Just like this AWESOME TRX V8 Power Body on Frame Full Size Truck which MB, right has NOTHING to compare with it, What a FAILURE of an AUTO COMPANY when it CANNOT COMPETE in the TRUCK Category and at one time was considering a RE-Badge of an Asian truck just to try and compete.

    The Durango is not a body on frame SUV. It is a uni-body architecture, like the othe CUVs. It is just RWD based instead of FWD based. 

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    21 hours ago, ccap41 said:

    I'm genuinely curious what Ford is thinking upon this release. I wonder if they're going to go all diesel-one-upping each other and actually throw something bada$$ under the hood or are they doing to try and keep the same formula and cross their fingers. They certainly have some time as the 2021 F150 won't have a new Raptor anyway but I bet they're scrambling to figure something out. I can't imagine them having the balls to use the supercharged 5.2 but, ya never know. They don't like to be behind in their bread and butter segment, trucks.

    What's everybody's thoughts on Ford or GM's(mostly Ford because GM doesn't seem to have the nuts to enter the segment...😞) rebuttal to the TRX? 

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    18 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    What's everybody's thoughts on Ford or GM's(mostly Ford because GM doesn't seem to have the nuts to enter the segment...😞) rebuttal to the TRX? 

    Ford could put retuned engine form GT500 into the next Raptor.  Seems excessive to me but who knows.

    Personally I would rather see they do this kind of extreme off road trim to Ranger to compete or best Colorado ZR2.  I guess RAM doesn't have compact truck yet.

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    41 minutes ago, ykX said:

    Ford could put retuned engine form GT500 into the next Raptor.  Seems excessive to me but who knows.

    Personally I would rather see they do this kind of extreme off road trim to Ranger to compete or best Colorado ZR2.  I guess RAM doesn't have compact truck yet.

    I'm not sure if they would put a front locker in the Ranger and it'll always be behind in that regard. Hopefully they do because the Bronco has one so it could very well be the same exact part number. 

    Do you think they'd just turn the wick up on the 2.7T or something more like the 3.5T? 

    I think it would be awesome if they dropped in a retuned S/C 5.2 but I'm just not sure if they will have the balls to do that. I can't imagine how stressful that much power and torque is on the off-road components and that's a lot of re-engineering.

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    I doubt Ford will do anything of an equal on the Ranger as they are hurting due to their debt load and with their investment in EVs. I think they will be looking a bit different than a one trick pony now that would sell big at first but then fad away.

    I think Ford will be looking at other areas to raise cash under the new CEO. As a Flip Flopping manager, I really wonder what Ford will be like in 5yrs.

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    2 minutes ago, David said:

    I doubt Ford will do anything of an equal on the Ranger as they are hurting due to their debt load and with their investment in EVs. I think they will be looking a bit different than a one trick pony now that would sell big at first but then fad away.

    I think Ford will be looking at other areas to raise cash under the new CEO. As a Flip Flopping manager, I really wonder what Ford will be like in 5yrs.

    I mean I understand what you're talking about but at the same time, the high trims are typically easy cash for them. The next Ranger will be on the Bronco's platform so they could just plug and play with whatever they do to the Bronco. It should be relatively easy cash. 

    I can't imagine them doing NOTHING to the next Ranger that would be exciting off-road. 

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    2 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    I mean I understand what you're talking about but at the same time, the high trims are typically easy cash for them. The next Ranger will be on the Bronco's platform so they could just plug and play with whatever they do to the Bronco. It should be relatively easy cash. 

    I can't imagine them doing NOTHING to the next Ranger that would be exciting off-road. 

    True as the statement goes Lipstick on a Pig, I can see Ford putting LipStick on the Bronco to sell a badged off road version, but I think they will not actually build a Raptor Ford Ranger. The funds I think are tied up elsewhere.

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    2 hours ago, David said:

    True as the statement goes Lipstick on a Pig, I can see Ford putting LipStick on the Bronco to sell a badged off road version, but I think they will not actually build a Raptor Ford Ranger. The funds I think are tied up elsewhere.

    The Raptor Ranger has been in production for a few years outside NA. Maybe they will do a Raptor version of the next gen one in NA.

    Sounds like they already have multiple pretty serious off road versions of the Bronco anyway, with the Badlands and Wildtrak w/ Sasquatch package...

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    2 hours ago, David said:

    Ford putting LipStick on the Bronco to sell a badged off road version

    Not a fan of the Bronco? 

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    2 hours ago, ccap41 said:

    Not a fan of the Bronco? 

    Naw, it was exciting when I saw the concept in the movie Rampage, but this to me already looks dated and needs an update on that Front end.

    Do not get me wrong the off road capabilities are great, but the front and back of the 21st century Bronco just do nothing for me. It is like 20th century lipstick, face and butt on a 21st century body.

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    53 minutes ago, David said:

    Naw, it was exciting when I saw the concept in the movie Rampage, but this to me already looks dated and needs an update on that Front end.

    Do not get me wrong the off road capabilities are great, but the front and back of the 21st century Bronco just do nothing for me. It is like 20th century lipstick, face and butt on a 21st century body.

    I believe you're the first/only person I've talked to that doesn't like it and I talk to plenty of fanboys of their respective brands. I thought it was quite unanimous that they hit it out of the ballpark outside of the IFS for those serious off-roaders. 

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    26 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    I believe you're the first/only person I've talked to that doesn't like it and I talk to plenty of fanboys of their respective brands. I thought it was quite unanimous that they hit it out of the ballpark outside of the IFS for those serious off-roaders. 

    I believe from an Engineering standpoint that Ford did Hit it out of the ball park for capability and good for them. GM should have done this Long ago via GMC with a Jeep rival product.

    I just think the style of the front and back is the failure here for me.

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    I never cared a lick for the original Bronco- it's a cardboard box. Would 1000 times have taken an F-100 over it merely on styling alone.
    RE the '21; I've only looked at a few pics here, would prefer to see it in person. But I think it's a LOT better executed (again: stylistically) in '21 than the '66 was in '66.

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    3 hours ago, ccap41 said:

    I believe you're the first/only person I've talked to that doesn't like it and I talk to plenty of fanboys of their respective brands. I thought it was quite unanimous that they hit it out of the ballpark outside of the IFS for those serious off-roaders. 

     

    I wrote this when Ford first introduced the Bronco about a month ago:

     

    On 7/14/2020 at 12:02 AM, oldshurst442 said:

    I want to like it.

    New Ford Bronco - 2021 Ford Bronco Details, News, Photos, More

    Its nice and all...but Im not feelin' it.

    I do not know why.   But there is something amiss for me.   I think its because I really really like the Jeep.

    Take a look at 75 years of Jeep - Business Insider

    And I really really like this concept. And it even aint about the 392 cubic inch V8 either.

    V8-Powered Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept Revealed On Bronco's ...

    But Im sure the Bronco will grow on me.  Its a good looking ride despite me not being immediately smitten by it!   

    2021 Ford Bronco: What We Know So Far

     

    And a month later, I still havent 100% warmed over on it.  I like it...but I dont love it. And I really really prefer the Jeep. And to be honest, I prefer the decades  old HUMMER  HX concept over the Bronco.   

    I do prefer the Bronco over the Toyota FJ Cruiser though.

    Anyway, with all said and done, The Hellcat TRX, the Ford Raptor and any lifted Jeep Wrangler  would be my offroading choice  for new vehicles.

    If I was doing a project offroader, I think Id do a late 1970s -1980s Toyota Hilux or 4Runner.  Or most probably, JEEP...

     

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    1 hour ago, ocnblu said:

    Sigh... a 1966 Ford Bronco, for those who haven't a clue ~

     

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    So because he doesn’t care for the throwback look, he doesn’t have a clue? Referring to a 54 year old version of it doesn’t really take away from his complaint. I’m with Balth on this. While nostalgic, that thing was a pile back in the day, even by 1966 standards. Of course, some don’t have a clue and just cling to the old ways and the old days.

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    Eh; Wranglers are cardboard boxes, too. The look tough but I hated the one I was in a few years ago.

    But I'll give the '21 Bronco the benefit of the doubt that it's more user-friendly than a Wrangler, and for sure Ford will have the upper hand on customization over the Jeep. Hopefully, a lot more modern AND capable.
    But this is not a segment that interests me- never been an off-road guy.

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    Im not really a truck guy, SUV or pick-up. Im only now embracing the fullsized pick-up truck as a daily driving ride.  

     I work on the premise that pick-up trucks or SUVs are tough as nails and are work horses.  Which leads to them being lifted and offroaded.  But, because Im a muscle car guy,  a pick-up truck that works on those muscle principles works well for me also.  Lightning, SRT-10, Chevy C/K 454SS.  Lil Red Wagon.  

    A Raptor or TRX is the PERFECT mix for me.  Muscle through and through and lifted.

    But MOPAR has FoMoCo and Chevy beat hands down in that regard for me.   SRT-10 RAM a decade ago and now a Hellcat TRX has captured my heart of over the Lightning and Raptor.  Chevy it seems only had the 454SS it seems...  Maybe there was a muscle Silverado 15 years ago. I remember something vaguely...

    As far as the smaller offroaders.  Yeah. I think this is a cool segment. Not my style really. You know, muscle cars is how I roll. But, I really really enjoy the lifted Jeep/lifted Hilux/4Runner segment of enthusiast motoring.  

    About that TRX though.

    Its got the muscle car looks, cartoony name, aura.  

    Its got the muscle under the hood.

    Its lifted and is a bonafide offroader as well as a very quick accelerating ride.  (muscle...)  

    What is there NOT to like?  (for me)  (I really dont care what anybody else thinks of it. The TRX is a really really awesome ride) 

     

    PS:  I never understood the 1st gen Bronco.   I didnt like it then. I dont like it now.  I do like this new Bronco though. More the Jeep. 

    F250 from the mid '70s as BigFoot is what I think about for offroading from Ford in that era.  And this is how the Hilux/4Runner gets into my mix.  And originally starting that would be my love for WW2 history and hence the Jeep.  And from there we get the Dodge Power Wagon and so forth and so forth... 

     

     

     

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    8 hours ago, surreal1272 said:

    some don’t have a clue

    No they don't, if they are mystified as to where Ford got their inspiration for the "front end" of the Bronco, as it was put.  There are plenty of coherent reasons why the new Bronco looks like it does.

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    3 hours ago, ocnblu said:

    No they don't, if they are mystified as to where Ford got their inspiration for the "front end" of the Bronco, as it was put.  There are plenty of coherent reasons why the new Bronco looks like it does.

    Except he never he said he was mystified as to where they got the inspiration from. He actually made it pretty clear that it was 20th century inspiration on a 21st century body And it doesn’t really work for him. Seems that point flew right over your head.

    11 hours ago, balthazar said:

    Eh; Wranglers are cardboard boxes, too. The look tough but I hated the one I was in a few years ago.

    But I'll give the '21 Bronco the benefit of the doubt that it's more user-friendly than a Wrangler, and for sure Ford will have the upper hand on customization over the Jeep. Hopefully, a lot more modern AND capable.
    But this is not a segment that interests me- never been an off-road guy.

    Twelve years in Arizona and tons of Wranglers rolling around, clean as a whistle with not a speck of off road dirt to be seen on them. Take that however you want.

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    There are many things.   The new Bronco definitely has a retro modern feel, some touches from the '66-77 1st gen Bronco.   It's not quite as retro as the modern Challenger is or the '05-09 Mustang was, though, IMO. 

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    End Result:

    • Seeing the videos on the Rubicon Trail show the NEW Bronco has the Goods to play in the tough parts of the World. 
      • Give them all the credit for delivering the hardware
    • Front end and Back end still dislike and I think they could have done better than a retro mod of them. 
      • Like I said, a 20th Century front and rear on a 21st century modern 4x4 that DOES NOT WORK FOR ME!!!

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    9 minutes ago, David said:

     

      • Like I said, a 20th Century front and rear on a 21st century modern 4x4 that DOES NOT WORK FOR ME!!!

    Some like retro styling, some don't.   Time will tell as to how it does in the market.   You couldn't fit in it anyway, so it's a moot point for you.

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    Segment seems to lean hard toward retro : Wrangler, that toyoter FJ, now the Bronco. Seems to work.

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    I'll probably take a look down the road at the Bronco, esp. in a 2dr... I had a Bronco II back in the day and always liked the full size Broncos.    

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    Does make one wonder if GM would consider a 2 door Tahoe and Yukon if the Bronco sells well.

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    I'd love to see Chevy bring back the Blazer name for an off-road capable 2dr full size SUV,  or as a midsize 2dr SUV based on the Colorado.

    It's a great name wasted on a generic appliance as it is now, IMO.  

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    1 minute ago, Robert Hall said:

    I'd love to see Chevy bring back the Blazer name for an off-road capable 2dr full size SUV.  It's a great name wasted on a generic appliance as it is now, IMO.   Or as a midsize 2dr SUV based on the Colorado.

    I am at that stage in life where a Full size 4wd SUV in 2 Door trim makes sense more than a 4 door or Suburban length does.

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    2 hours ago, ykX said:

    2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Will Have 700+ HP Supercharged V8 from Mustang GT500

    https://www.thedrive.com/news/35890/2021-ford-f-150-raptor-will-have-700-hp-supercharged-v8-from-mustang-gt500-report

     

    I think Ford would be smart to continue a lesser Raptor with the 3.5 at a more reasonable price and then the s/c 5.2 for a 5-10k premium. 

    The current Raptor starts at 54k in SuperCab without extra options and the TRX starts at 72k. There is definitely room to keep a lesser Raptor around the 55k range and then something pricier to compete with the TRX. 

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    2 hours ago, ccap41 said:

    I think Ford would be smart to continue a lesser Raptor with the 3.5 at a more reasonable price and then the s/c 5.2 for a 5-10k premium. 

    The current Raptor starts at 54k in SuperCab without extra options and the TRX starts at 72k. There is definitely room to keep a lesser Raptor around the 55k range and then something pricier to compete with the TRX. 

    But remember, someone here says everything has to have Turbo charged V8 to be the best or else it is nothing. ;) 

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    27 minutes ago, David said:

    But remember, someone here says everything has to have Turbo charged V8 to be the best or else it is nothing. ;) 

    Maybe they finally said "screw it" and "EcoBoosted" the 5.0!?! Haha I doubt it but there's still a chance until there's an official reveal.

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    8 hours ago, ccap41 said:

    I think Ford would be smart to continue a lesser Raptor with the 3.5 at a more reasonable price and then the s/c 5.2 for a 5-10k premium. 

    The current Raptor starts at 54k in SuperCab without extra options and the TRX starts at 72k. There is definitely room to keep a lesser Raptor around the 55k range and then something pricier to compete with the TRX. 

    I understand the Super Cab Raptor is no more, IIRC.

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    On 8/21/2020 at 6:09 PM, ocnblu said:

    I understand the Super Cab Raptor is no more, IIRC.

    Understandable, I don't think I've ever seen one in person and yet Raptors are pretty common. 

    I think a SuperCap is still "only" 57k.

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      The ID.4 will feature ID. Light—a light strip below the windshield to support drivers in a host of situations with intuitive lighting effects in different colors and sound prompts. For example, ID. Light signals to the driver that the vehicle’s drive system is active and that the car has been unlocked or locked. It accentuates information issued by some of the driver-assistance and navigation systems and signals, both visually and acoustically, details like charge status indicator, braking prompts and incoming phone calls.
      The steering wheel, steering column, and the housings for the display and control panels in the doors are finished in Piano Black. Seats in the ID.4 are finished in black cloth on entry models and Lunar Gray or Galaxy Black leatherette on models with the Statement package. Entry ID.4 models feature six-way adjustable seats with power recline, while the Statement package adds 12-way power seats, with massage lumbar and memory, as well as 30-color ambient lighting.
      ID.4 offers a range of comfort and convenience features found throughout the rest of the brand’s lineup. Standard features include rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone Climatronic® climate control, and KESSY® keyless access. To manage cold temperatures, the ID.4 features a standard heated steering wheel, heated side mirrors and washer nozzles, and, on all-wheel-drive models, a heated windshield. The Statement package adds SiriusXM® satellite radio with a three-month trial, an adjustable trunk floor, and a power tailgate with Easy Open & Close.
      To complete the high-tech package, ID.4 offers standard wireless mobile charging, wireless App-Connect, and Volkswagen Car-Net® with in-car WiFi capability when you subscribe to a data plan. Car-Net Hotspot allows passengers to access the internet with up to four connected devices simultaneously, including tablets, smartphones, laptops, gaming devices, and more—all at 4G LTE-enabled speed.
      Safety & Driver Assistance Technology
      To help protect occupants, the ID.4 provides a combination of both passive and active safety systems. It features six airbags as standard—front and side airbags for front passengers, and side curtain airbags for outboard seating positions. Additionally there are a number of electronic safety systems, such as an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC).
      With regards to the battery, an extruded aluminum frame protects the battery system against damage in the event of a crash, and a replaceable aluminum underbody panel protects the battery against the road. Additionally, the battery is also disabled if the vehicle is involved in a serious accident.
      With the standard IQ.DRIVE® advanced driver assistance technology, all ID.4 models include Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring (Front Assist); Blind Spot Monitor (Side Assist); Rear Traffic Alert; Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC); Lane Keeping System (Lane Assist); Travel Assist; and Emergency Assist. In addition to IQ.DRIVE features, the ID.4 includes Dynamic Road Sign Display; Park Distance Control; and High Beam Control (Light Assist).
      Pricing & Sales
      Pricing for the ID.4 starts at $39,995, for the rear-wheel-drive ID.4 Pro (available in the first quarter of 2021), before a potential Federal tax credit of up to $7,500 is applied. With those credits, the entry price of ID.4 is on par with the 2021 Tiguan SEL.  For highly qualified customers through Volkswagen Credit, the monthly lease payment for a 36-month lease with 10,000 miles a year, is $379 per month with $3,579 due at signing, excluding tax, title, license, options and dealer fees.
      Starting later in 2021, the ID.4 AWD Pro ($43,695) will be available. Both Pro models carry largely the same equipment, with AWD models putting out 302 hp, and adding a heated windshield and tow hitch. These models can be additionally outfitted with two packages—Statement ($4,500), and Gradient ($1,500), which is only offered with Statement.
      The ID.4 launches with a limited-run ID.4 1st Edition (MSRP $43,995). The 1st Edition models feature the same content as the Pro model, and Statement package (minus illuminated VW logo) and Gradient package come standard. These models also include unique features including accelerator and brake pedals with “play” and “pause” logos, the steering wheel and column, radio bezel and door island finished in Electric White, 1st Edition badging, black mirror caps, and a tow hitch.
      Volkswagen plans to offer the ID.4 electric vehicle across all 50 states, and throughout its network of more than 600 dealers. A reservation platform debuts today on VW.com, allowing customers to reserve an ID.4 before it hits dealer showrooms, with a fully refundable $100 reservation fee. As vehicle production starts, reservation holders will be invited to confirm their order with an additional fully refundable $400 vehicle deposit. From placing a reservation, to production and through delivery, the customer can see where they stand and when they can expect their ID. 4 to arrive at their preferred local VW dealer in a simple, transparent process. At that time, the customer can transact with their dealer and complete their purchase.

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    • By William Maley
      Volkswagen's electric car offensive has already started in Europe with the ID.3. The next step is taking on the U.S. with the next electric vehicle, the ID.4 introduced today.
      The ID.4 looks very close to the concept that was first shown back in 2017 with such details as the VW logo smack dab in the middle with a light bar running across; wide air dam for the front,  flowing lines, and a full-length lightbar at the rear. In terms of size, the ID.4 is about 4.6 inches shorter, 1.9 inches lower, and 0.5 inches wider than the Tiguan sold in the U.S. No word on weight.
      For the interior, Volkswagen went minimalist. The driver faces 5.3-inch digital display and is able to change gear via a knob on the right side of bezel - similar to the BMW i3. Either a 10 or 12-inch touchscreen display handles the infotainment duties. Interior space is quite generous with 99.9 cubic feet of passenger space and 30.3 cubic feet of cargo space.
      At launch, the ID.4 will only be available with a single electric motor mounted on the rear axle providing 201 horsepower and 228 pound-feet of torque. An 82-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack provides the juice. Range is estimated at 250 miles. A dual-motor version with 302 horsepower and all-wheel drive will come out sometime next year.
      For charging, Volkswagen says that on a Level Two charger, the ID.4 takes around 7.5 hours from an empty battery. If you can find a DC fast charger, the recharge time drops significantly: Volkswagen claims that the battery can reach an 80% charge in 38 minutes.
      Pricing for the ID.4 will begin at $39,995 for the base Pro when it arrives at dealers at the end of the year. No mention on destination. But Volkswagen is planning to drop the price of the ID.4 once production begins at the Chattanooga Assembly Plant in Tennessee.
       
      Source: Volkswagen
      Press Release is on Page 2


      Volkswagen unveils the all-new 2021 ID.4 electric SUV
      Sep 23, 2020
      Reservations for the ID.4 start online today with 50-state launch in early 2021 MSRP starts at $39,995 for ID.4 Pro before potential $7,500 Federal tax credit Estimated 250 miles of range on ID.4 1st Edition Compact SUV will be available in rear-wheel drive 201-hp 82 kWh (launching first) and all-wheel-drive 302-hp 82 kWh configurations Three years of fast charging with Electrify America at no additional cost Modern design pairs with high-tech features, like DRIVE® advanced driver assistance technology and a smart infotainment system, using voice and touch Localized production in Chattanooga, starting in 2022 with anticipated MSRP around $35,000 Herndon, VA — Volkswagen of America, Inc. revealed the all-new ID.4 electric SUV today—the brand’s first long-range EV to be sold stateside. This compact SUV will offer all the best features of Volkswagen’s current lineup—hallmark driving dynamics, bold design, and advanced technology—along with long-range EV capability and three years of fast charging with Electrify America for no additional cost, to customers in the largest segment in the U.S., all with a price point aimed at the heart of the segment.
      “The ID.4 was engineered, loaded and priced to win the hearts of SUV owners who are simply ready to go electric—and fall in love with Volkswagen again,” said Scott Keogh, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “It drives like a GTI, it has the packaging of a Tiguan and the purpose of the Beetle. All the best things about VW in one package.”
      Powertrain & Charging
      The ID.4 electric compact SUV is based on the modular electric drive architecture (MEB). While it is the brand’s newest platform, it also represents a return to Volkswagen’s roots, with the electric motor located at the rear, just like the original Beetle.
      The heart of the ID.4 is a battery pack comprised of 288 pouch cells in 12 modules, positioned in the underbody to create a low center of gravity for optimal driving dynamics as well as extremely well-balanced weight distribution. It is housed in a lightweight aluminum structure that is bolted to the frame, helping to improve rigidity.
      At launch, the vehicle will be offered with an 82kWh (gross) battery and a rear-mounted AC permanent-magnet synchronous motor with 201 horsepower and 228 pound-feet of torque. Volkswagen estimates that the ID.4 82kWh RWD 1st Edition models will have a range of 250 miles with a full charge on the EPA cycle. A powerful, electric all-wheel-drive variant with 302 hp will follow later in 2021.
      The ID.4 also comes with three years of fast charging with Electrify America at no additional cost, helping to reduce range anxiety. The ID.4 can be charged with both alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) fast-charging capability. The 11 kW onboard charger allows the ID.4 to charge the battery 33 miles in about one hour, and charges to full in around seven and a half hours at a home or public Level 2 charger. At a DC fast-charging station, with 125 kW charging, the ID.4 can go from five to 80 percent charged in about 38 minutes.
      Chassis
      The ID.4 is designed to be strong, yet agile. The chassis and body are made from steel. The front suspension is a strut-type with lower control arms, coil springs, telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar. In the rear, the ID.4 uses a multi-link rear axle with coil springs, telescopic dampers and an anti-roll bar. With 3.5 turns lock-to-lock and a stellar curb-to-curb turning radius of 33.5 feet, the ID.4 feels nimble, especially among other compact SUVs.
      A combination of brake types is used on ID.4. It features disc brakes on the front wheels and drum brakes on the rear—the difference being specific to electric vehicle needs. As EVs rely on regenerative braking, disc brakes on the rear can be less effective than drums after long periods of not being put to heavy use.
      Exterior
      Like the platform, the design of ID.4 represents a move towards the future with a nod to the past. At the front, the Volkswagen logo is able to be positioned centrally because there is no radiator grille, as it was on the Beetle. Large LED headlights flow backwards, hinting at the aerodynamic nature of the car, while a sculpted front bumper with large intake-like scoops and honeycomb accents give the car a powerful presence. Models fitted with the Statement package add an illuminated Volkswagen logo and an illuminated light line that stretches outward from it, creating a striking light signature.
      Front to back, clean, flowing lines alternate with crisp edges for a refined, yet futuristic look. A softly molded side section curves under the crisp rising shoulder line and flush illuminated door handles. The low greenhouse runs out into a strong C-pillar—a classic Volkswagen design feature—and into a long spoiler. The ID.4’s aerodynamically refined exterior helps it achieve an excellent drag coefficient of 0.28.
      The ID.4 sits squarely in the middle of the compact SUV segment, size-wise. It is 4.6 inches shorter than the Volkswagen Tiguan, at 180.5 inches, with a 0.9 inch shorter wheelbase at 108.9 inches. It is 1.9 inches lower than Tiguan at 64.4 inches high for the rear-wheel drive model, and 0.5 inches wider, at 72.9 inches.
      The ID.4 will available in six exterior colors—Glacier White Metallic, Mythos Black Metallic, Moonstone Grey, Scale Silver Metallic, Blue Dusk Metallic and King’s Red Metallic. All models come with a body color roof, black roof rails, and 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels. The Statement package adds a panoramic fixed-glass roof, premium LED projector headlights with Volkswagen’s Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) and power-folding side mirrors with puddle lamp signature, while the Gradient package (sold on top of the Statement package) upgrades to 20-inch wheels, black roof, and silver roof rails and accents.
      Interior
      Volkswagen’s first fully-electric SUV features ample space and a modern design. Passenger volume is similar to the Tiguan despite the overall smaller footprint, with 99.9 cubic feet total. Legroom is a comfortable 41.1 inches for front passengers and 37.6 inches in the rear seat. Cargo volume is 30.3 cubic feet behind the second row, and 64.2 cubic feet with the seats folded.
      The interior of the ID.4 mirrors the futuristic look of the exterior, with functionality almost completely controlled by touch or voice control. The 5.3-inch ID.Cockpit (digital driver display) replaces the traditional instrument cluster and is operated with touch-sensitive controls on the leather-wrapped multifunction heated steering wheel. Three tiles show the most important information, with the display for battery status and range underneath. The traditional gearshift is replaced by a large rocker switch on the right of the ID.Cockpit, and a control panel to the left of the steering wheel integrates the lighting functions, including automatic headlights.
      A 10-inch Discover Pro touch infotainment display is located in the middle of the dash panel, angled slightly towards the driver. This screen can be configured to driver preference, and manages the standard navigation system, all telematics, entertainment, driver-assistance systems and vehicle settings; it is upgraded to a 12-inch Discover Pro Max infotainment display with the Statement package. Menus can be moved using gesture control, simply swiping one’s hand in front of the screen. Sliders for volume and temperature adjustment are located on the inclined surface below the display.
      “Hello ID.” natural voice control is standard in the ID.4. The car follows the instructions spoken by the driver and passengers and is capable of understanding many commands from everyday language, such as “Hello ID., I’m cold” to turn up the heat.
      The ID.4 will feature ID. Light—a light strip below the windshield to support drivers in a host of situations with intuitive lighting effects in different colors and sound prompts. For example, ID. Light signals to the driver that the vehicle’s drive system is active and that the car has been unlocked or locked. It accentuates information issued by some of the driver-assistance and navigation systems and signals, both visually and acoustically, details like charge status indicator, braking prompts and incoming phone calls.
      The steering wheel, steering column, and the housings for the display and control panels in the doors are finished in Piano Black. Seats in the ID.4 are finished in black cloth on entry models and Lunar Gray or Galaxy Black leatherette on models with the Statement package. Entry ID.4 models feature six-way adjustable seats with power recline, while the Statement package adds 12-way power seats, with massage lumbar and memory, as well as 30-color ambient lighting.
      ID.4 offers a range of comfort and convenience features found throughout the rest of the brand’s lineup. Standard features include rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone Climatronic® climate control, and KESSY® keyless access. To manage cold temperatures, the ID.4 features a standard heated steering wheel, heated side mirrors and washer nozzles, and, on all-wheel-drive models, a heated windshield. The Statement package adds SiriusXM® satellite radio with a three-month trial, an adjustable trunk floor, and a power tailgate with Easy Open & Close.
      To complete the high-tech package, ID.4 offers standard wireless mobile charging, wireless App-Connect, and Volkswagen Car-Net® with in-car WiFi capability when you subscribe to a data plan. Car-Net Hotspot allows passengers to access the internet with up to four connected devices simultaneously, including tablets, smartphones, laptops, gaming devices, and more—all at 4G LTE-enabled speed.
      Safety & Driver Assistance Technology
      To help protect occupants, the ID.4 provides a combination of both passive and active safety systems. It features six airbags as standard—front and side airbags for front passengers, and side curtain airbags for outboard seating positions. Additionally there are a number of electronic safety systems, such as an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC).
      With regards to the battery, an extruded aluminum frame protects the battery system against damage in the event of a crash, and a replaceable aluminum underbody panel protects the battery against the road. Additionally, the battery is also disabled if the vehicle is involved in a serious accident.
      With the standard IQ.DRIVE® advanced driver assistance technology, all ID.4 models include Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring (Front Assist); Blind Spot Monitor (Side Assist); Rear Traffic Alert; Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC); Lane Keeping System (Lane Assist); Travel Assist; and Emergency Assist. In addition to IQ.DRIVE features, the ID.4 includes Dynamic Road Sign Display; Park Distance Control; and High Beam Control (Light Assist).
      Pricing & Sales
      Pricing for the ID.4 starts at $39,995, for the rear-wheel-drive ID.4 Pro (available in the first quarter of 2021), before a potential Federal tax credit of up to $7,500 is applied. With those credits, the entry price of ID.4 is on par with the 2021 Tiguan SEL.  For highly qualified customers through Volkswagen Credit, the monthly lease payment for a 36-month lease with 10,000 miles a year, is $379 per month with $3,579 due at signing, excluding tax, title, license, options and dealer fees.
      Starting later in 2021, the ID.4 AWD Pro ($43,695) will be available. Both Pro models carry largely the same equipment, with AWD models putting out 302 hp, and adding a heated windshield and tow hitch. These models can be additionally outfitted with two packages—Statement ($4,500), and Gradient ($1,500), which is only offered with Statement.
      The ID.4 launches with a limited-run ID.4 1st Edition (MSRP $43,995). The 1st Edition models feature the same content as the Pro model, and Statement package (minus illuminated VW logo) and Gradient package come standard. These models also include unique features including accelerator and brake pedals with “play” and “pause” logos, the steering wheel and column, radio bezel and door island finished in Electric White, 1st Edition badging, black mirror caps, and a tow hitch.
      Volkswagen plans to offer the ID.4 electric vehicle across all 50 states, and throughout its network of more than 600 dealers. A reservation platform debuts today on VW.com, allowing customers to reserve an ID.4 before it hits dealer showrooms, with a fully refundable $100 reservation fee. As vehicle production starts, reservation holders will be invited to confirm their order with an additional fully refundable $400 vehicle deposit. From placing a reservation, to production and through delivery, the customer can see where they stand and when they can expect their ID. 4 to arrive at their preferred local VW dealer in a simple, transparent process. At that time, the customer can transact with their dealer and complete their purchase.
    • By William Maley
      The Jeep Wrangler is going green with the introduction of the 4xe.
      This plug-in hybrid version of the Wrangler pairs a 2.0L turbo-four with a transmission-mounted electric motor. Total output is 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, making this the powerful production Wrangler to date. A 17.0-kWh, liquid-cooled battery pack battery pack mounted under the rear-seat provides the electric juice and allows the 4xe to travel up 25 miles on electric power only. The transmission is an eight-speed automatic. Jeep hasn't revealed how long it takes to charge up the 4xe.
      Before you start thinking that going plug-in hybrid lessens the capability, Jeep says the 4xe models come with Dana 44 axles front and rear, and the various electronics have been waterproofed - allowing it to ford up to 30 inches of water. Base and Sahara models come with a two-speed transfer case with automatic four-wheel-drive mode and a 2.72:1 low-range. Rubicon models feature a transfer case with a 4:1 low-range, electronic locking front and rear axles with a 4.1:1 ratio, and an electronic sway bar disconnect.
      The 4xe does give up cargo space, with 27.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats (down four) and 67.4 with the rear seats folded (down five). It is also heavier with the base model coming at 5,000 pounds - about 800 pounds heavier than the gas model. 
      Jeep will begin selling the Wrangler 4xe early next year in the three trims mentioned above. You'll only be able to get it in the four-door version. Expecting pricing to be above $30,000 or so.
       
      Source: Jeep
      Press Release is on Page 2
      New Jeep® Wrangler 4xe Joins Renegade and Compass 4xe Models in Brand’s Global Electric Vehicle Lineup
      Advanced, Eco-friendly, Premium Technology Delivers Absolute and Quiet Open-air Freedom, an Even More Fun-to-drive On-road Experience and a New Level of Benchmark Jeep® Off-road Capability
      4xe electric vehicle technology is the natural evolution of nearly 80 years of Jeep® capability leadership Jeep 4xe vehicles provide new levels of efficiency, environmental responsibility, performance and capability, on and off the road Jeep Wrangler 4xe available in Europe, China and the United States by early 2021; Jeep Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe models began arriving in Europe this summer Wrangler 4xe boasts 375 horsepower and delivers up to 25 miles of pure electric operation for daily commutes while providing nearly silent, zero-emission, open-air freedom without range anxiety Torque-on-demand electric power enhances Wrangler’s on-road performance, delivering crisp launches from a standing start and plenty of low-speed thrust Low-speed, peak torque-on-demand raises Wrangler’s legendary off-road benchmark to master off-road environments Wrangler 4xe is first and foremost a Jeep Wrangler with Trail Rated running gear: solid front and rear axles, full-time 4x4 two-speed transfer case, fully articulating suspension and 30 inches of water fording capability Wrangler 4xe’s advanced turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, two electric motors and robust TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission combine to deliver an estimated 50 MPGe 400-volt, 17 kWh, 96-cell battery pack mounts beneath second-row seat to protect it from outside elements and to preserve the interior space Wrangler 4xe features exclusive exterior design cues to signify efficient, environmentally friendly, electrification technology Available for order in Europe, Jeep Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe deliver up to 240 horsepower and approximately 50 kilometers (31 miles) of zero-emission pure electric range September 3, 2020 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The Jeep® brand has introduced its new Wrangler 4xe, marking the arrival of the most capable, technically advanced and eco-friendly Wrangler ever. Jeep Wrangler 4xe models will be available in Europe, China and the United States by early 2021. The Jeep Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe models – introduced last year in Geneva – began arriving in Europe this summer. The new Jeep 4xe models follow the introduction of the Jeep Grand Commander PHEV in China last year.
      The Wrangler 4xe’s plug-in hybrid powertrain is capable of up to 25 miles of nearly silent, zero-emission, electric-only propulsion, making it commuter friendly as an all-electric daily driver without range anxiety and the most capable and eco-friendly Jeep vehicle off-road – combined with the open-air freedom that only Jeep Wrangler offers.
      Jeep will offer electrification options on each nameplate in the next few years as it strives to become the leader in eco-friendly premium technology. Electrified Jeep vehicles will carry the 4xe badge. Jeep electric vehicles will be the most efficient and responsible Jeep vehicles ever, taking performance, 4x4 capability and driver confidence to the next level.
      “Our Jeep 4xe vehicles will be the most efficient, responsible and capable that the brand has ever created,” said Christian Meunier, Global President of Jeep Brand - FCA. “We are committed to make Jeep the greenest SUV brand. The electrification of the Jeep lineup will allow commuters to travel solely on electric power, delivering an efficient and fun on-road experience and offering an ability to enjoy even more Jeep capability off-road in nearly complete silence.”
      The Wrangler 4xe’s advanced powertrain provides a unique on- and off-road experience through the combination of two electric motors, a high-voltage battery pack, a high-tech 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine and robust TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. The most advanced powertrain ever developed for a Jeep Wrangler maximizes efficiency with an estimated 50 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) while eliminating range anxiety, delivering pure-electric operation for most daily commutes.
      Torque from the electric motors in the Wrangler 4xe’s hybrid powertrain arrives instantly on demand from the driver. The powertrain also delivers fuel-saving, seamless, start-stop operation of the engine.
      Jeep has demonstrated 4x4 capability leadership for nearly 80 years. Jeep vehicles were the first to feature an automatic full-time four-wheel-drive system, first 4:1 transfer case and first electronic front sway-bar disconnect system. Merging electrification into the product lineup is a natural evolution.
      The Jeep Wrangler 4xe will be sold globally, with electric vehicle (EV) charge port plugs tailored to specific regions. It is assembled at FCA’s Toledo Assembly Complex in Toledo, Ohio.
      Wrangler 4xe Advanced Powertrain Combines Electric Motors, Turbo Engine
      The Jeep Wrangler 4xe powertrain integrates two electric motors and a 400-volt battery pack with a fuel-efficient, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine and TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. This configuration maximizes the efficiency of the hybrid propulsion components and mates them with the Wrangler’s world-renowned and proven driveline.
      Key elements of the Wrangler 4xe powertrain include 375 horsepower (280 kW), 470 lb.-ft. (637 N•m) of torque and an estimated 50 MPGe from the following components:
      2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 Engine-mounted motor generator unit Transmission-mounted motor generator unit integrated into eight-speed automatic transmission (ZF 8P75PH) 400-volt, 17-kWh, 96-cell lithium-ion, nickel manganese cobalt battery pack The 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine is part of FCA’s Global Medium Engine family. The high-tech, direct-injection engine uses a twin-scroll, low-inertia turbocharger mounted directly to the cylinder head, along with a dedicated cooling circuit for the turbocharger, intake air and throttle body for exceptional responsiveness, performance and fuel efficiency.
      A high-voltage, liquid-cooled motor generator unit mounts at the front of the engine, replacing the conventional alternator. A robust belt connects the motor generator to the engine crankshaft pulley. The motor generator spins the engine for nearly seamless, fuel-saving, start-stop operation and generates electricity for the battery pack. The Wrangler 4xe does not use a conventional 12-volt starter motor. The Wrangler 4xe is equipped with a 12-volt battery to run accessories.
      The second high-voltage motor generator is mounted at the front of the transmission case, replacing the conventional torque converter of an automatic transmission.

      Two clutches work to manage power and torque from the e-motor and engine. A binary clutch (on/off) is mounted between the engine and the motor. When this clutch is open there is no mechanical linkage between the engine and the e-motor, which enables it to propel the Wrangler 4xe in electric-only mode.
      When the binary clutch is closed, torque from the 2.0-liter engine and the e-motor flow combine through the automatic transmission. A variable clutch mounted behind the e-motor manages engagement with the transmission to improve drivability and efficiency.
      Battery Pack Preserves Interior Room
      The Jeep Wrangler 4xe’s 400-volt, 17-kWh, 96-cell lithium-ion battery pack uses nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) graphite chemistry. The pack and controls mount underneath the second-row seat, where it is protected from outside elements. The Wrangler 4xe’s second-row seat is redesigned, allowing the bottom cushion to flip forward for access to the battery.
      Encased in an aluminum housing, the pack is fitted with a dedicated heating and cooling circuit to keep the battery at its optimum temperature for best performance. The temperature control circuit includes a dedicated heater unit and a chiller that uses the Wrangler air-conditioning refrigerant to reduce coolant temperature when needed.
      The Wrangler 4xe hybrid system includes an Integrated Dual Charging Module (ICDM), which combines a battery charger and a DC/DC converter in a single unit that is more compact than two separate components, and a next-generation Power Inverter Module (PIM) that is reduced in size. These components are housed and protected from damage in a steel structure mounted below the battery pack.
      All high-voltage electronics, including the wiring between the battery pack and the electric motors, are sealed and waterproof. Like all Trail Rated Jeep Wranglers, the Wrangler 4xe is capable of water fording up to 30 inches (76 cm).
      The electric charge port features a push-open/push-close cover and is located on the left front cowl of the Wrangler 4xe for convenient nose-in parking at charging locations. The charge port includes LED indicators of charging status. An LED battery level monitor is mounted on top of the instrument panel, making it easy to check battery state of charge at a glance during charging.
      Wrangler 4xe E Selec Modes
      The Jeep Wrangler 4xe driver can tailor the hybrid powertrain to best suit each trip, whether it is filling the needs of most daily commuters in pure-electric operation, a night on the town or quietly exploring nature off-road.
      The Wrangler 4xe hybrid powertrain has three modes of operation, known as E Selec. The driver can select the desired powertrain mode via buttons mounted on the instrument panel, to the left of the steering wheel. Regardless of the mode selected, the Wrangler 4xe operates as hybrid once the battery nears its minimum state of charge.
      Hybrid: The default mode blends torque from the 2.0-liter engine and electric motor. In this mode, the powertrain will use battery power first, then add in propulsion from the 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 when the battery reaches minimum state of charge Electric: The powertrain operates on zero-emission electric power only until the battery reaches the minimum charge or the driver requests more torque (such as wide-open throttle), which engages the 2.0-liter engine eSave: Prioritizes propulsion from the 2.0-liter engine, saving the battery charge for later use, such as EV off-roading or urban areas where internal combustion propulsion is restricted. The driver can also choose between Battery Save and Battery Charge during eSave via the Hybrid Electric Pages in the Uconnect monitor To help optimize the benefit of the E Selec modes, the Wrangler 4xe driver information display and the Uconnect touchscreen feature Eco Coaching Pages. The Eco Coaching Pages let owners monitor power flow and see the impact of regenerative braking, schedule charging times to take advantage of lower electric rates, and view their driving history with a detail of electric and gasoline usage.
      Regenerative braking is a key part of the Wrangler 4xe eco-friendly equation. When the driver steps on the brake pedal, the powertrain control engages the maximum available regenerative braking, up to 0.25 g, from the electric motors to slow the vehicle, augmented with the Wrangler’s traditional friction brakes. The regenerative braking feature also extends the replacement period for brake pads.
      With 4x4 engaged, all four wheels feed torque for regenerative braking, maximizing the energy recovery. Electricity due to regenerative braking is fed to the battery pack to maintain or increase the state of charge.
      The Wrangler 4xe also features the ability to maximize regenerative energy production via a driver-selectable Max Regen feature.
      When Max Regen is engaged, a more assertive regenerative braking calibration occurs when the vehicle sees zero throttle input from the driver (coasting). Max Regen can slow the Wrangler 4xe faster than standard regenerative braking and generate more electricity for the battery pack. Once selected, the Max Regen feature remains engaged until driver deselects it.
      Off-road Legend
      Jeep Wrangler’s heritage is defined by its legendary off-road capability. All Wrangler 4xe power modes are available when the drivetrain is shifted to 4Lo. The seamless integration of electric power into the 4x4 drivetrain elevates the Wrangler 4xe to new levels of off-road performance.
      Enthusiasts will find that the instant availability of torque from the Wrangler 4xe’s electric motor delivers a more precise and controlled driving experience for climbing and crawling – there’s no need to build up engine rpm to get the tires to move, minimizing driveline shock loading and maximizing control and speed.
      In EV mode, the Wrangler 4xe treads lightly and silently, conserving fuel and allowing occupants to focus solely on the sights and full sounds of nature.
      The new Jeep Wrangler 4xe is available in three models: 4xe, Sahara 4xe and Rubicon 4xe. Wrangler 4xe and Wrangler Sahara 4xe models are equipped with full-time 4x4 systems, front and rear next-generation Dana 44 axles and are fitted with the Selec-Trac two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio. The intuitive system allows the driver to set it and forget it in any environment.
      An available Trac-Lok limited-slip rear differential provides extra grip and capability in low-traction situations, such as driving over sand, gravel, snow or ice.
      Wrangler Rubicon 4xe models carry the Rock-Trac 4x4 system that includes a two-speed transfer case with a 4:1 low-range gear ratio, full-time 4x4, front and rear next-generation Dana 44 axles, Tru-Lok electric front- and rear-axle lockers. The Wrangler Rubicon 4xe has an impressive crawl ratio of 77.2:1, which makes scaling any obstacle easy. Wrangler Rubicon models also offer improved articulation and total suspension travel with help from a front axle, electronic sway-bar disconnect. Together, these components contribute to the maximum off-road prowess Wrangler Rubicon is known for.
      The Wrangler 4xe includes Selec-Speed Control with Hill-ascent and Hill-descent Control. This allows drivers to control vehicle speed up and down steep, rugged grades with the transmission shift lever.
      Like every Jeep Wrangler, the Jeep Wrangler 4xe models wear a Trail Rated badge that signifies legendary 4x4 capability with equipment that includes:
      Skid plates and front and rear tow hooks Wrangler Rubicon 4xe approach angle of 44 degrees, breakover angle of 22.5 degrees, departure angle of 35.6 degrees and ground clearance of 10.8 inches (27.4 cm) Aggressive, available, 17-inch, off-road wheels and 33-inch tires standard on Rubicon 4xe; 20-inch wheels standard on Wrangler 4xe and Sahara 4xe Up to 30 inches (76 cm) of water fording All 4xe models maintain Wrangler’s renowned ease of customization with a host of Jeep Performance Parts from Mopar, available when the vehicle arrives in showrooms.
      ‘Electric Blue’ Design Cues Mark Wrangler 4xe
      The 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe maintains a sculptural design aesthetic that’s bold and functional, with a wide stance and trapezoidal wheel flares.
      Exclusive content identifies the Jeep Wrangler 4xe as the most technologically advanced Wrangler ever. New Electric Blue coloring on the front and rear Rubicon tow hooks stands out against the black bumpers. The unique blue coloring also traces the Rubicon name on the hood, Jeep badge and the Trail Rated badge. Select Easter egg design cues also receive the Electric Blue shade. The black hood decal is outlined in the special color with “4xe” that lets the body color show through.
      Inside, the Wrangler 4xe Rubicon includes unique Electric Blue stitching on the seats and trim.
      The 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe is available in 10 exterior colors: Black, Bright White, Firecracker Red, Granite Crystal Metallic, Hella Yella, Hydro Blue (late availability), Sting-Gray, Snazzberry, Sarge and Billet Silver Metallic. Two Wrangler interior options are available in the 4xe version: Black with Heritage Tan cloth and Black with Dark Saddle leather.
      Jeep Renegade 4xe and Jeep Compass 4xe
      Presented globally in March 2019 at the Geneva Motor Show, the new Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe are the first Jeep models with plug-in hybrid electric technology available in Europe. Their arrival was celebrated in January with the exclusive First Edition – a special launch edition made available for customer previews and pre-booking on a dedicated website for select European markets. Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe began arriving in the European market this summer. Both Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe models feature a no-compromise hybrid solution that integrates the unmatched technical layout of each Jeep SUV and takes their capability to the next level through some of the most advanced technology, which combines enhanced performance (up to 240 horsepower), improved safety (four-wheel drive is always available) and low environmental impact (less than 50 g/km of CO2 in the hybrid mode).
      The combination of a 1.3-liter turbocharged gasoline engine and the electric unit guarantees performance and extraordinary driving pleasure: acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 7.5 seconds and full electric top speed is 130 km/h, which reaches 200 km/h in the hybrid mode.
      With the new hybrid technology, Jeep Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe further improve their benchmark off-road capability courtesy of the greater torque offered by the combination between the two power sources. Thanks to the new Jeep 4xe technology, traction to the rear axle is not provided by a prop shaft, but through the dedicated electric motor. This allows the two axles to be separated and control the torque independently in a more effective way than a mechanical system, giving instant electric boost to the rear wheels when needed.
      The new Jeep Renegade 4xe and Jeep Compass 4xe began arriving in Jeep dealerships across Europe this summer with a full lineup to include Limited, S and Trailhawk trims, all with four-wheel-drive configuration.
      Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts Supports Launch of Most Capable, Technically Advanced, Eco-friendly Jeep Wrangler Ever
      When the new 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe (pronounced 4byE) plug-in hybrid joins the Jeep brand’s global electric vehicle lineup later this year, Jeep Performance Parts and Mopar will offer a wide variety of factory-engineered, quality-tested performance parts and accessories for the most capable, technically advanced and eco-friendly SUV on the planet.
      The comprehensive portfolio of more than 300 Jeep Wrangler products will include exclusive Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) offerings, allowing customers the opportunity to expand upon the Wrangler’s fun-to-drive on- and off-road experiences. An industry-first, OEM-developed JPP 2-inch lift kit is specifically engineered and tuned for the Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid application. Additional products will include beadlock-capable wheels, off-road bumpers, LED off-road lights and rock rails, just to name a few. More detailed information will be available closer to launch.
      In addition, Jeep Performance Parts and Mopar will offer a 240-volt at-home electric vehicle (EV) wall charger on Amazon.com and quality installation services, giving customers a fast and convenient way to charge their vehicles at home.
      Unlike any other aftermarket offerings, Jeep Performance Parts and accessories are backed by a full factory warranty. The products are created in close conjunction with the Jeep brand, engineering and product design-office teams for development, testing and validation. Strict standards and factory-exclusive data — information not available to the aftermarket — are used to seamlessly integrate performance parts and accessories in order to deliver proper fit, finish and quality right down to the color, grain, and appearance of each product.

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