Ram Rebel EcoDiesel? - Blow-Off – Trevor Reed – Diesel Power editorial
A Ram 1500 Rebel EcoDiesel? Why Not?!
For 2015, Ram Trucks introduced the Ram 1500 Rebel with a bold, new, off-road–inspired look both inside and out. You won’t find a Ram Rebel in our 2016 Diesel Truck and Van Buyer’s Guide, though. That’s because for 2016, it’s still not being offered with the 3.0L EcoDiesel V-6 engine that you can order with most other Ram 1500 models. That doesn’t mean the Rebel will never get a 240hp and 420-lb-ft diesel option, but you need to speak up and let the folks at Ram Truck know if you want to buy one.
So, what’s so special about the Rebel? Along with the aggressive love-it-or-hate-it styling, it comes standard with some functional features such as a four-corner adjustable air suspension that raises the truck a full inch higher than the standard Ram 1500 4x4. It also has a high-clearance, powdercoated front bumper that’s fitted with a skidplate, tow hooks, and LED foglamps. The Rebel’s hood has dual vents to keep the engine cool while off-roading, and the special-edition 17-inch wheels are fitted with 33-inch tires that sit under Power Wagon–style fender flares at all four corners.
While the wild looks are not for everyone, you have to admit the appearance of the Rebel is like no other Ram 1500. It has a blacked-out grille with no traditional “crosshair bars” and large billet “RAM” lettering, blacked-out emblems (including “Rebel” badges), and gigantic “RAM” lettering across the tailgate. The tread pattern of the standard Toyo Open Country A/T tires is embossed into the seating surfaces of the heated special edition black and red seats, and the red-on-black theme is used throughout the passenger cabin. If all that sounds good to you but you’d like the torque and fuel economy a diesel offers, let the folks at Ram know. You can go the old-fashioned route and talk to your local dealer, or take the electronic approach and make your voice heard online through email and social media. Why not?!