Ram has consistently sat at No. 3 in pickup sales, just behind Ford and Chevy, and it is obviously not content with that, as it keeps on releasing more and more awesome pickups. We already have the EcoDiesel, which offers power and efficiency, and the Ram Power Wagon, which combines the capabilities of the Ram 2500 with an off-road-ready package, and now Ram has revealed a new off-road package for the Ram 1500 at the Detroit Auto Show.
Dubbed the Ram 1500 Rebel, the looks of this perched Ram 1500 stray far enough from the base model to make it easily recognizable as something special. The first thing you’ll notice is that Ram scrapped its signature crosshair grille in favor of a special, blacked-out Rebel Grille with “RAM” prominently displayed in the center. The changes don’t stop there, as Ram also added in a powder-coated off-road front bumper, a powder-coated aluminum skid plate, new front tow hooks, LED fog lights, projector headlights with black bezels, and an aluminum twin-snorkel hood.
Down the sides, a keen eye will notice black Power Wagon wheel arches, a flat-black badge, flat-black mirror stalks, and a two-tone paint scheme that retains the black lower hue regardless of what the base color is. Also included are 17-inch aluminum wheels that feature black-painted pockets and are wrapped in 33-inch Toyo Open Country A/T tires.
On the rear you’ll notice “RAM” stamped in black on the tailgate, a black powder-coated rear bumper, dual chrome exhaust tips, black taillight bezels, and “Rebel” and “4X4” badges to help set apart this Ram pickup.
The styling of this pickup continues inside, where Ram added in grain vinyl seats in Radar Red and black with Sedoso fabric inserts, light grey accent stitching, a Radar Red Ram’s head embroidered on the headrests, and a Light Diesel Grey “Rebel” nameplate on each seat back. A neat addition to these seats is that the inserts have the tread pattern of the Toyo tires the Rebel wears embossed in them. The cabin continues with a logo-embossed center console, and Radar Red anodized vent wings, door accent rings, door panel speakers and center console trim ring. Lastly, all-weather floor mats keep dirt, mud, snow and water from damaging the carpet.
The drivetrain department is rather standard, as the Rebel is available with either the 3.6-liter, Pentastar V-6 or the 5.7-liter, HEMI V-8. The HEMI V-8 is available with four-or two-wheel drive with either 3.92 or 3.21 gear ratios. With the 3.6-liter engine, the Ram 1500 Rebel comes only with four-wheel drive and a 3.92 gear ratio – the first time ever the 3.6-liter is offered with this gear ratio.
The only real performance changes to the Ram 1500 Rebel, other than the 3.92 gears with the 3.6-liter engine and the big all-terrain tires is the 1-inch ride height increase. This gives the Ram 1500 Rebel a class-leading 10.3 inches of ground clearance.
The 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel will hit dealers in the second half of 2015, but pricing details are not available yet.