Earlier today, Ram Trucks announced the release of the brand-new 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel. Going on sale in the second half of 2015, Ram Trucks hopes that one-of-a-kind styling of the Ram 1500 Rebel will breathe new life into their off-road full-size truck segment. With new exterior and interior styling, combined with suspension and other performance upgrades, the Rebel may a solid contender for customers looking to buy a more off-road ready truck without needing Raptor-level performance and cost. Let’s take a closer look …
The first thing you’ll notice about the Rebel is the front of the truck’s exterior. With an all-new grille featuring a prominent billet silver “RAM” letter badge, Ram has moved away from the brand’s traditional “cross-hair” design. The blacked-out grille is paired with a new off-road bumper design with integrated tow hooks. The bumper, which features a durable powder-coated surface, works in conjunction with a sleek, billet silver skid plate.
Black bezel, bi-funcitonal projector headlamps with LED marker lights help add the aggressive look of the Rebel. LED fog lamps have also been integrated into the new bumper design. Rounding out the front end is the Rebel’s twin-snorkel sport hood.
The blacked-out design continues with the Rebel’s black Power Wagon wheel-arch moldings, flat black badging, and black trimmed mirror and lower body panels. All of this was done to create that aggressive, trail-ready look and feel. The new trim also gets a new two-tone paint scheme to go along with it. The Rebel also comes with an all-new 17-inch aluminum, one-piece wheel with matte black painted accents.
The rear of the Ram 1500 Rebel features a bold “RAM” stamped tailgate with blacked-out lettering. “Rebel” and “4×4” badging, along with black bezel tail lamps and black powder coated rear bumper, help continue the aggressive styling throughout. The Ram 1500 Rebel will be available in five colors: Granite Crystal Metallic, Bright Silver Metallic, Flame Red, Bright White, and Brilliant Black. Customers will have their choice of both monotone and two-tone paint options.
Inside the cab you’ll find high-durabilty technical grain vinyl seats finished in Radar Red and Black. Standard heated front seats have Light Diesel Gray accent stitching and the Ram’s head is embroidered in Radar Red on the headrests. The color scheme continues throughout with the all-black instrument panel, door armrests, and logo-embossed center console armrest cover. Iron Gray Metallic paint has been used throughout the cab to give it a cast-iron appearance.
Deep all-weather rubber floor mats with a contrasting Ram’s head in Radar Red come standard. Not just for cosmetics, the floor mats were designed to help contain dirt, debris, and snow. The remainder of the interior is finished off with a new black headliner and matching upper pillars.
When it comes to off-road performance, the Ram 1500 Rebel gets a boost with 1-inch raised ride height for better approach, departure, and breakover angles. By taking advantage of Ram’s exclusive air suspension system, the Rebel comes standard with 33-inch Toyo Open Country A/T tires and features a best-in-class ground clearance of 10.3-inches. The independent front suspension has been modified for alignment with the larger tires and the aluminum lower A-arms help absorb the load. Bilstein shocks are found front and rear and they’ve been uniquely tuned to match the Rebel’s increased ride height.
Under the hood you’ll find the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with variable-valve timing paired with 3.92 gearing. Offering 305 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque, the engine gives Rebel best-in-class gasoline fuel-economy of 25 miles per gallon. A 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 option with 395 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque is also available. The Ram 1500 Rebel will be sold exclusively as a 4×4 crew cab model with a 5-ft. 7-inch bed, but HEMI-powered versions will have the option of either 4×2 or 4×4 with 3.92 or 3.21 gear ratios. A class-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission (TorqueFlite 8) is standard. All configurations are available with a rear anti-spin differential, which turns both rear wheels in tandem when increased torque is applied. The anti-spin differential automatically unlocks the differential for normal on-road driving, allowing the independent wheel spin for improved drivability. While pricing details haven’t been released, look for the Ram 1500 Rebel to hit dealerships in the second half of 2015. MOTUS will updated you with more details on the Ram 1500 Rebel as they become available.