Pickup trucks with a muscle car engine requires a lot of money, and the Ram 1500 TRX is no different. If you want to buy the 2021 model, dealers charge a fee of about $72,120. However, if you’ve got your sights set on the 2022 model, prepare to spend up to $78,675, a difference of $6,555.
Remember it’s a powerful vehicle loaded with a big hearted 602 horsepower supercharged engine. It’s a winner when compared to rivals like the Chevrolet Silverado or Ford’s F-150 Raptor. Plus, it’s now available in a new trim called Ignition, which retails for $93,280, $3,015 more than the 2021 model’s elite trim, the Launch Edition will set you back ($90,265).
There are several reasons why the 2022 model year costs more than its predecessor. Since we are experiencing a major shortage of semiconductors, that could be the reason. Or maybe it’s because fast trucks have become increasingly popular. Or maybe it’s the new bright orange paint job exclusive to the Ignition Edition.
This feature looks for the real cause of the high starting price of the 2022 Ram 1500 TRX.
The Hellcat engine will soon be out of production
As the company prepares to unveil an electric muscle car in 2024, many old-school muscle car aficionados are wondering how long it will be before Dodge kills off Hellcat production. Well, no need to speculate. At the end of last year, Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis announced that production of the famous Hellcat engine would end in 2023.
From an interview with Motor Authority, Kuniskis confirmed that the Hellcat will be made from now until the end of 2023. This does not mean that all Hellcat powered vehicles will be taken off the market. This means that models like the Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger and even the Ram 1500 TRX will no longer have that mighty engine.
What is a muscle car without a mighty roar, car enthusiasts may ask. While the news came from Dodge, a cousin of Ram, we wonder if that’s what caused the 2022 model year price hike. When asked for a quote, a Ram public relations officer declined the offer .
Even if Ram doesn’t cancel production of the beloved Hellcat in 2023, how much time will the supercharger have?
Ram is going electric soon
Perhaps the elusive price tag of the 2022 Ram 1500 TRX is due to the company’s electrification efforts. Like Dodge, Chrysler, Maserati, and every brand under the Stellantis company, Ram will release an electric truck soon. The exact year is not certain, but all Stellantis subsidiaries have until 2030 to launch electric vehicles (EVs).
This becomes vital as the world gradually embraces EVs as the new era of cars. There are many fans who are loyal to a petrol pickup truck, so maybe that’s why the Ram bosses think a limited edition should cost more.
Expect more plug-in hybrid vehicles as Stellantis hopes to catch up with rivals Ford and General Motors, which already have electric editions of the F-150 and GMC Hummer, respectively.
According to predictions, Stellantis should realize as much as 31% of electric vehicle sales by 2025. The company plans to build battery factories in Europe and the US, a move that is expected to increase production.
Ram outdid himself in the infotainment department
While some may love the horizontal touchscreen that the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado offers, it doesn’t have the many advantages that Ram’s pickup effortlessly has. Watching it in a YouTube video, we saw that the 1500 TRX’s infotainment screen is positioned vertically in the center of the dash. Measured it is 12.0 inches, so it is wide enough for the finger and the eyes.
You get Apple Carplay, Android Auto, a built-in navigation system and SiriusXM satellite radio. In addition, you can access a split screen feature so that several applications can run at the same time. The screen also allows you to monitor the performance of the car using parameters such as power, air resistance and torque.
Also available is a function that, when activated, cools down the truck’s engine. A major drawback of the infotainment screen is that you get a segmented integration when Apple Carplay and Android Auto are active. Certain icons on both apps are hidden on the narrow screen.
The Ram 1500 TRX Ignition Edition is new and nothing like the entry-level version
The Ignition Edition is a fresh version that not only has a bright orange finish, but is also a speedster. It is capable of running 60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds and reaching a top speed of 110 miles per hour. Purchasing the Ignition Edition package will give you more performance, high speed and a catchy exterior color.
It stands on four rich 18-inch wheels in the color black. If you’re willing to spend an extra $7,920, your pickup will have a deluxe suede steering wheel that’s soft to the touch, enhancing handling. Part of the bizarre design are the “Ram” logos engraved on the floor mats.
The 2022 Ram 1500 TRX is a capable pickup truck that deserves your attention and money (haha). Its durability excels on and off the road. Note that Ram only made 875 copies of the Ignition edition, so be quick if you’re looking for superiority.