Which One: Ram Laramie Limited or Ram Rebel?
Which Uncrossed Ram Do You Prefer?
Ram is looking to bring the hurt to the GMC Sierra Denali with its 1500/2500/3500 Laramie Limited luxury truck, and the 1500 Rebel off-roader brings some Power Wagon magic down to the 1/2-ton level. Other than the obvious familial link, the two trucks have very little in common, as the Rebel is a trail-friendly adventurer and the Laramie Limited is a Sunday-best ranch truck. However, the obvious link between the two is a bit controversial: Both eschew the Ram brand’s signature crosshair grille in favor of bold, broad “RAM” script in the front grille.
Is this a sign of things to come? Is Ram looking to rebrand and restyle all of their workhorses, from the big 3500 to the little ProMaster City? We’ll have to wait and see, since the company wouldn’t comment on future styling. In the meantime, come along with us as we take a deep dive into both new Ram models, and then tell us which one you’d prefer!
2015 Ram 1500 RebelThe 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel was the first Ram truck in recent history to come from the factory without a plus-sign grille. Initial reactions to the truck’s styling were mostly positive, with most people (ourselves included) appreciating the blacked-out grille surround and bumpers, dark headlight reflectors, and powder-coated skid plates. We think the Ram script on the tailgate is a little excessive, but telling you what to think is none of our business.
The Rebel includes a few meaningful upgrades over the standard Ram 1500, including Toyo LT285/70R-17 tires with a 33-inch diameter, mounted on 17-inch alloy wheels with black and silver painted accents. Unique air springs front and rear give the Rebel a 1-inch suspension lift, and Bilstein shocks all around handle damping duties. With 10.3 inches of ground clearance, impressive-looking approach and departure angles thanks to unique bumpers, and no rock-magnet side steps, the Rebel should be a capable vehicle for lots of off-road activities.
It’s available only as a crew cab with the 5-foot, 7-inch bed, but it is available with the 3.6L Pentastar V-6 (4x4 only) or the 5.7L Hemi V-8 (4x2 or 4x4). Both engines are paired to an eight-speed automatic, and both feature a rear anti-spin differential. The interior gets bold, red accents, and the seat centers are patterned to match the tread of the Toyo tires. Although it’s more of a TRD Pro-rival than a hardcore off-roader, the Rebel should nevertheless be an excellent choice for the weekend adventurer.
The Rebel, whose pricing has not been released yet, will be available early in the second half of this year, bizarrely as a 2015 model.
2015 Ram 1500 Laramie Limited and 2016 Ram 2500/3500 Laramie LimitedThe debut of the restyled Ram Laramie Limited at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show proved that the block-letter grille wasn’t a one-off affair, but this time, it was trimmed in shiny chrome and came with two nostrils flanking the script.
The Laramie Limited, available as a 1/2, 3/4, or 1-ton Ram pickup, is absolutely dripping in chrome, which features prominently on the bumpers, grille surround, horizontal grille slats, rocker panel trim, and tailgate. In back, a 22-inch-wide Ram logo is trimmed in more of the shiny stuff, dominating the rear view of the truck. Chrome-plated side steps and shiny, 20-inch wheels betray this Ram model’s intended use as a luxurious, highway-oriented pickup, rather than a heavy hauler or trail machine.
Whether you option the 1500 or the Heavy Duty, a coddling leather interior comes standard, with loads of black-tinted wood and metallic accents throughout. Laramie Limited-specific gauges, saddlebag-inspired map pockets, and French-stitched leather and piping make this truck look like it’s ready for the red carpet at the Country Music Awards. If the Laramie Longhorn is George Strait, the Laramie Limited is Big & Rich, modern and brash, but still definitely a pickup.
The Laramie Limited will be available as a Crew Cab or Mega Cab, with a short or long bed, and as a 4x4 or 4x2, including the option of single or dual rear wheels on the Ram 3500. Ram didn’t release powertrain specs for the updated Laramie Limited, but we bet they’ll mirror those of the current model, which means the 1500 should get the choice of a 5.7L V-8 or 3.0L EcoDiesel V-6 and the 2500/3500 should be available with a 5.7L or 6.4L V-8 or a 6.7L Cummins I-6.
The 1500 will be available in a few months as a late-availability 2015 model, with the 2500 and 3500 coming later this year as a 2016.
What Do You Think?So, if it were your cash, which would you choose? Do you like the black-tie style of the Laramie Limited, or are you more of an outdoorsman who’d appreciate a capable truck with loads of ground clearance? Are you looking for a comfortable ranch truck your spouse can drive daily, or would you prefer a beastly adventuremobile with tons of aggressive style? And should Ram roll the scripted logo onto more of its models’ grilles?
Let us know what you think. As for us, we’re just grateful we’re still being spoiled for choice in terms of modern pickups.