The Spy Guy notes that the rough-and-tough Ford Raptor pickup continues to draw imitators looking to capitalize on the latest off-road-style craze. The latest to cash in on this trend is Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Ram brand. Word from in-the-know sources has it that a new model based on the Rebel TRX Concept truck will hit the trail by the end of 2017, complete with a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 (the same engine used in the Dodge Challenger Hellcat, but in detuned form) rated at 575 horsepower. Rebel TRX equipment includes special off-road suspension pieces and 37-inch knobby tires that fit inside widened fenders. Pricing has not yet been confirmed, but somewhere north of $50,000 would be a reasonable guess.

Dodge’s competitor to the Ford Raptor will have a 575-horsepower supercharged V-8. (PHOTO: DODGE)

Ram goes after the Raptor: