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2015 Ram 1500 Rebel First Look

Ram Cashes In on Raptor’s Absence

Jan 12, 2015
The Ford F-150 Raptor SVT has had an outsized impact on the truck market since its introduction, immediately becoming one of the favorite models of off-road enthusiasts, as well as a number of magazine editors. Further testament to its popularity is the number of copycat models that have come along since its introduction, including the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro. You can now add Ram to the list of companies that offer a Raptor-like model. Meet the 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel.
We say “Raptor-like” because based on a preliminary scan of the specs, it appears the Rebel’s modifications beyond your run-of-the-mill Ram 1500 4x4 are not quite as extensive as the Raptor. But for many buyers shopping as much on the basis of style as ultimate off-road capability, the Rebel may be just the ticket to keep Ram’s sales hot streak going into the foreseeable future.
Photo 2/48   |   2015 Ram 1500 Rebel Front End 1
Bold Face
Starting with the exterior, the Rebel jettisons Ram’s traditional cross-hair grille for a block-letter logo grille reminiscent of the Raptor. A powder-coated skid plate, front tow hooks, LED foglights, and a twin-snorkel sport hood round out the front-end updates. Around back, the Rebel gets a tailgate stamped with a Ram block-letter logo as well. Available colors at launch include Granite Crystal Metallic, Bright Silver Metallic, Flame Red, Bright White, and Brilliant Black. Both monotone and two-tone paint schemes will be offered.
Lest you think the Rebel is no more than a styling package, there are a few hardware upgrades to accompany the tough new look. Toyo LT285/70R-17 33-inch all-terrain tires wrap around unique 17-inch alloy wheels featuring silver and black alloy wheels. To complement the upgraded rolling stock, the Rebel gets a 1-inch suspension lift over a standard Ram 1500 4x4 and air springs to maintain a compliant ride on road or off. Bilstein front and rear shocks add some off-road credibility to the package, although unlike the TRD Pro or Raptor, they’re not remote-reservoir. Ram is claiming a best-in-class 10.3 inches of ground clearance.
Power of Choice
In terms of cab and powertrain configurations, the Rebel is available with either the standard 3.6L Pentastar V-6 or 5.7L Hemi V-8, both mated to the TorqueFlite 8 eight-speed automatic transmission. The Hemi is available in 4x2 or 4x4 configurations, but strangely, the Pentastar is 4x4 only. The 3.0L EcoDiesel was not listed as an available option. All Rebels are Crew Cab with the 5-foot, 7-inch bed. The RamBox cargo storage system is optional.
Photo 3/48   |   2015 Ram 1500 Rebel Cabin 1
On the inside, the Rebel gets a unique upholstery treatment with center seat inserts that feature a matching tread pattern to the Toyo tires flanked by red and black vinyl bolsters and trim. Heated front seats and a heated steering wheel are standard, and “Rebel” badging is featured in the gauge cluster, upper glovebox, and on the front seat bolsters.
The Ram 1500 Rebel will go on sale in the second half of 2015, with pricing announced closer to the model’s on-sale date.

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