Ram 1500 TRX leaves competitors in its dust
COPIED FROM CANADIAN AUTOMOTIVE FLEET AUG 24 2020
The all new 2021 Ram TRX expands FCA’s light-duty lineup and sets new benchmarks for power and performance among half-ton pickup trucks with the 6.2-litre 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-litre supercharged HEMI V-8 engine powers the Ram TRX to a top speed of 190 km/h. Combined with a high-torque-capacity TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, the Ram TRX delivers a new level of performance: 0-96 kilometres (km/h) in 4.5 seconds and the quarter mile in 12.9 seconds at 174 km/h.
The 2021 Ram TRX benefits from up to 813 millimetres (32 inches) of water fording, up to 3,674 kilograms (8,100 pounds) towing and a maximum payload capacity of 594 kilograms (1,310 pounds).
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.
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. 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.
The 2021 Ram TRX interior’s high-tech centrepiece, 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 whole 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 sits below the touchscreen, giving physical control of specific features. Redundant HVAC controls are located on both sides of the display.
Safety and security were primary drivers in the development of the new 2021 Ram 1500 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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