What Is It?
2015 Ram 1500 Rebel
What's New About This Model?
The Rebel joins the expansive Ram 1500 full-size pickup lineup as a new, off-road-oriented trim with special suspension modifications and unique exterior and interior appearance and features.
When Does It Go on Sale?
The Ram 1500 Rebel goes on sale in the second half of this year.
How Much Does It Cost?
Pricing will be detailed closer to the Ram Rebel showroom launch, but expect its starting MSRP to fall generally in the middle of the expansive Ram lineup.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
The 2015 Ram Rebel is a new trim level for the Ram light-duty pickup line. It will come only in a crew-cab body style with a 5-foot-7-inch bed.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
Standard power for the Ram 1500 Rebel comes from Chrysler's widely used and well-regarded 3.6-liter V6; in the Rebel it makes 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard. Choose the V6-powered Rebel and four-wheel drive is the only available drive configuration. It brings with it a standard 3.92 rear-axle ratio.
Optional for the 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel is Chrysler's Hemi 5.7-liter V8 generating 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque, also driving through the eight-speed automatic transmission. Rebel buyers selecting the Hemi V8 can choose between four-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive, as well as two rear-axle ratios: 3.92 or 3.21.
Chrysler has yet to detail expected fuel economy for the Ram Rebel, saying only that the four-wheel-drive V6 model should deliver 25 mpg on the highway.
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
Special off-road-optimized components are the primary focus for the Ram 1500 Rebel, although it also features styling cues and interior treatments unique to the Rebel and new to the Ram lineup.
Ram's four-corner air suspension is standard equipment for the Rebel, delivering a ride height that's jacked up 1 inch compared with other Ram four-wheel-drive models. Other standard suspension and chassis modifications include Bilstein monotube dampers at each wheel, revised rear stabilizer bar tuning, a new 17-inch alloy wheel design and Toyo "open country" 33-inch tires designed specifically for the Ram 1500 Rebel. Optional is a limited-slip rear differential.
In Ram's first departure from its long-standing crosshair-grille design, the 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel has an all-new blacked-out grille featuring a huge Ram letter badge in billet silver. Also new are a powder-coated black front bumper, redesigned front tow hooks and new LED foglamps. There's also that gnarly-looking twin-snorkel sport hood and plenty of blackout treatment on the rest of the truck. There will be five colors available in monotone or two-tone schemes.
A tread-pattern insert for the seats that matches the actual pattern of the Rebel's Toyo tires is the boldest highlight in an interior with heavily revised detailing. One of our favorite features is the revised center console that includes an intelligent mobile-device holder designed to stand the device upright yet securely; engineers say the holder can accommodate an iPad or even multiple phones.
The Ram 1500 Rebel interior comes in a single black-and-red color scheme, with the "radar red" anodized trim a striking contrast to the all-black instrument panel and first-for-Ram all-black headliner (an element we found vaguely disco-creepy in its ability to defy depth perception). Ram enthusiasts also might note the Rebel's unique gray cast-iron look for the center stack and console and appreciate its standard all-weather floor mats.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Chevrolet Silverado Z/71: A little more mainstream than the Ram 1500 Rebel, the Silverado is roomy and rides brilliantly, while the Z/71 off-road components lend enough capability for moderate off-pavement banging around.
Ford F-150 Raptor: Using the tough structure and lightened all-aluminum bodywork of the new-generation 2015 F-150, the wild-child Raptor is oriented more toward all-out, Baja-conquering off-road ability and performance — but the Raptor's almost ridiculous performance capability comes with an accompanying stiff price and arctic-ice-be-damned fuel economy.
Toyota Tundra TRD Pro: OK, Toyota may not have built up an excess of tough-truck credibility with the Tundra line at large, but its TRD-tuned models have a devoted following, and the Tundra TRD Pro deserves a look against the Ram 150 Rebel, as the TRD Pro also seeks to blend off-road capability with everyday usability.
Should You Wait for It?
With a nine-trim lineup, it seems there already was a Ram 1500 pickup for just about every conceivable taste, but the new 2015 Rebel trim directly addresses buyers who want moderate off-road capability and a look to match. If that's your style, this truck is worth a look.