“Offering an off-road-style package on the Ram 1500 has been on our to-do list for some time but the right combination didn’t present itself until now,” said Bob Hegbloom, President and CEO — Ram Truck Brand, FCA US LLC. “The Rebel drops right into a core segment of the truck market with unique design cues and can-do attitude backed by Ram Truck engineering.”
The new 1500 Rebel offers a number of off-road-focused features not found on standard 1500s. This truck has off-road performance in mind, though Ram doesn’t intend for the Rebel to be quite on the level of Ford’s Raptor – but it also won’t get left in the dust. The 1500 Rebel has improved ground clearance on the trail thanks to a 1-inch raised height from the Ram air suspension system. Ram also fitted the Rebel with 33-inch Toyo Open Country A/T all-terrain tires that are fitted on all-new 17-inch aluminum wheels that feature matte-black painted accents.
Bilstein shocks, tuned and matched to the Rebel’s heightened stance, are featured front and rear. Ram says it also features a softer rear stabilizer bar for improved ride dynamics. In regards to the Rebel’s lift, Ram says “a modified alignment of the independent front suspension appropriately adjusts tire angle and aluminum lower A-arms absorb the load,” which helps provide the Rebel with a best-in-class 10.3 inch of ground clearance.
The Ram 1500 Rebel will be offered in five colors that include Granite Crystal Metallic, Bright Silver Metallic, Flame Red (shown), Bright White and Brilliant Black, and both monotone and two-tone paint options are offered. The truck will only be available in a crew cab model with a 5-foot, 7-inch bed. The Rebel will be offered with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and 5.7-liter HEMI, and there will be a 4×2 (HEMI only) and 4×4 option.
Ram notes the HEMI-powered Rebels will be available in the 4×2 or 4×4 powertrains with 3.92 or 3.21 gear ratios. When equipped with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, Rebel is available in 4×4 only with a 3.92 gear ratio, allowing the engine to leverage its power and torque. Both motor options are available with a rear anti-spin differential, which turns both rear wheels in tandem when increased torque is applied for improved off-road traction.
The Rebel has a unique look that hits right off the bat, with a the black-out front end that provides the perfect dark canvas to highlight the bold silver RAM lettering across the grill. It also features a new off-road front bumper that features a powder-coated surface for added durability, and the bumper incorporates a powder-coated, billet silver skid plate, as well as front tow hooks and new LED fog lamps as well. To finish off the sleek look, black bezel projector headlights with LED market lights sit just below the twin-snorkle red hood.
Inside the truck, high-durability technical grain vinyl seats are finished in Radar Red and Black with Sedoso fabric that features a Toyo tire tread pattern that matches the all-terrain tires on the truck. Standard heated front seats are featured on the truck, while the nameplate is embroidered on upper seat bolsters.
The all-black instrument panel, door armrests and logo-embossed center console armrest cover are topped with two-tone Radar Red and Light Gray accent stitching. The center stack and console are finished in Iron Gray Metallic paint for a edgy, cast-iron appearance. The new center console bin incorporates a cell phone/tablet holder. Finishing off the theme are Radar Red anodized vent rings, door accent rings, door trim spears and a center console trim ring.
The 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel is backed with a five-year /100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty and a three-year/36,000-mile bumper to bumper warranty. Ram says the Rebel will be available in the second half of 2015. Pricing was not made available at this time.