Rebel more likely to plow through objects than jump over them
With a name like Rebel, Confederate Flag roof decals and Dixie horns are almost guaranteed on this new off-road version of the Ram 1500. But, if you drive like a Duke boy, you might want to stay away from jumping over half-completed bridges in Hazzard County.
“Offering an off-road-style package on the Ram 1500 has been on our to-do list for some time but the right combination didn’t present itself until now,” said Bob Hegbloom, President and CEO for Ram.
“The Rebel drops right into a core segment of the truck market with unique design cues and can-do attitude backed by Ram Truck engineering.”
The Rebel uses a similar formula to the Power Wagon in a light-duty package. Instead of being a dune runner like the Ford Raptor, the Ram Rebel is more of a trailblazer on your local woodsy trail.
While the new grille and stamped tailgate are the most noticeable additions, changes are much more than skin deep. Tires measuring in at 33 inches wrapped around all-new one-piece 17-inch aluminum wheels are standard on the Rebel. An air suspension with an additional inch of height makes room for that upsized rubber while skid plates, tow hooks, and Bilstein shocks keep the rest of the suspension components in check.
Rebel is available with the 3.6L Pentastar V6 (4×4) or 5.7L HEMI V8 (4×2 and 4×4) and will go on sale in the second half of 2015.