2015 Ram 1500 Rebel First Look
Rebel with a different cause
SHOW FLOOR UPDATE: So RAM isn’t quite ready to take on the Ford Raptor, but there’s still plenty to like with the new 1500 Rebel. The seat inserts embossed with tire tread pattern is pretty cool and kind of has a massaging effect when you first sit down. Overall, the Rebel looks tough enough, though we’ll have to wait and see how rebellious (ahem) it is on the sand dunes. The Rebel should arrive in showrooms this fall, but not before it stars in a movie dubbed “Monster Trucks,” set to hit theaters this summer. -Erick Ayapana
Sorry to disappoint you, but all of those rumors about Ram building a Ford F-150 Raptor-fighter turned out to be far from true. This pickup was not built to fight anything. Well, that's not entirely true, either. It sure beats up on all the other Rams that look more similar than different. This one is obviously a rebel.
This 2015 Ram Rebel 1500 might not have the suspension or even engine to combat the Raptor across an open desert.
But that doesn't mean it's not cool.
The exterior is completely different than any of the other nine Ram 1500 trim levels. The Rebel forgoes the typical crosshair grille that Ram has been using for nearly 30 years. (Back then it was still the Dodge Ram.)
The blacked-out grille instead uses the word Ram across the front and a silver off-road skidplate at the bottom. There are new tow hooks and new foglamps, and even the headlamps have a smoky look to them. There are also two snorkels on the hood, though they don't provide any function other than give the Rebel the most intimidating 1500 front in the Ram lineup.
The truck adopts fenders from the Power Wagon and rests on 17-inch wheels with chunky 33-inch Toyo tires. Even the backside is different, using 5-inch letters to spell out Ram across the tailgate. It arrives in five colors, though all of the models with two-tone paint will have a black base. Monotone Rebels are also available.
The interior is also done up with a lot of flair. Red trim replaces other trim options found on other Ram pickups. The instrument panel and center stack also have red trim surrounding them. The Rebel will debut a new center console box that features a cellphone/tablet holder, as well. The rubber holder leans the phone slightly but holds it firmly. Really, it's ingenious. In a quick test, both an iPhone and Android phone, as well as an iPad Mini, fit perfectly, though it is only wide enough to hold two phones at once.
The seats are covered in a Sedoso fabric embossed with the Toyo tire tread, bringing some of the exterior design inside. It looks better in person than any photo might suggest.
Although it won't fly across sand dunes like a Raptor, the Rebel does come with specially tuned Blistein shocks. It will also feature the Ram's air suspension, allowing it to raise itself up 1 inch higher than other Rams. The Rebel will offer two engine choices: the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 or the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. Both engines have a solid track record, the Pentastar producing 305 horsepower and the Hemi creating 395. For the first time ever, the Rebel will feature a 3.6-liter model with a 3.92 axle ratio for 4x4 models. The 4x2 model will have a 3.92 axle ratio.
All Rebels will have an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Even though the Rebel isn't a true Raptor-fighter, it still has some serious off-roading chops, considering its power and all of its features. It should also have a much more affordable price, though Ram hasn't announced that yet.
The Rebel should be available by the third quarter of 2015.