Ram 1500 Backcountry X Concept Debuts at SEMA

The SEMA Show 2022 is upon us again. And now more than ever that means truck concepts from the world’s biggest brands. Kicking the show off before it even officially starts is Ram Trucks with its Ram 1500 Backcountry X Concept.

Based upon the half-ton Ram, the Backcountry X Concept literally builds on the segment-exclusive RamBox feature. Designers have taken RamBox and extended them upward above the lip of the bed, creating what they’ve dubbed “RamPack.”

These enlarged, and entirely conceptual, RamBoxes offer 68% more storage space — 12.3 cubic feet to be exact. Inside, you’ll find the space split into two by a rectangular shelf.

Photo by Ram

Photo by Ram

Photo by Ram

Photo by Ram

Photo by Ram

Photo by Ram

The two RamPacks on either side of the bed are connected together at the top by a set of three Thule crossbars, forming what Ram has named “RamRack.” At the back of RamRack are two 2.0-inch TYRI LED lights, one at each corner. Then in the center is the Center High Mount Stop Light, so drivers behind the truck can really get the signal when this concept comes to a stop.

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Finishing out the exterior additions are 37-inch tires riding on 20-inch wheels. Up front a Mopar tubular grille guard supports two 5.0-inch off-road lights. 

Inside designers took more colorful liberty with the color swatch. The seats, front and rear, have been reupholstered with a subtle green, which is accented by orange stitching.

Photo by Ram

Photo by Ram

Altogether this is a cool, albeit subtle build. I can’t help but notice that concept designers had to dance carefully around the patents of Overland Expo exhibitor Leitner Designs, which has a patent on eye-level, side-mounted storage bins on the side of a pickup. The fact these bins extend down into the RamBoxes avoids a patent infringement. But it’s still a little close for comfort, if you ask me.

Stay tuned from more from SEMA Show 2022. We’ll be on the ground snapping pictures of our favorite rigs. We’ll report back later with what we see.

Photo by Brett Willhelm

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