By on January 13, 2015

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Ram unveiled the 10th trim addition to its truck lineup at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, the 1500-based Rebel off-roader, signalling the brand’s intent to tackle Baja Valley in so doing [Live photos now available – CA].

Power for the Rebel comes from a standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 VVT, which produces 305 horsepower, 269 lb-ft of torque, and 25 mpg on the highway. The optional 5.7-liter HEMI V8 VVT ups the ante to 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. Both engines send their power to the rear or all four corners via an eight-speed automatic. Gear ratio for the HEMI is 3.92 in 4×2, 3.21 in 4×4; the Pentastar is 4×4-only, with a ratio of 3.92.

Suspension includes Bilstein front and rear shocks, a 1-inch lift, air suspension, softer rear stabilizer bar, and modified alignment of its independent front suspension. Toyo’s 33-inch Open Country A/T all-terrain tires, mounted on 17-inch silver and black cast aluminum wheels, help improve on-road comfort while providing better snow traction. The combination results in a ground clearance of 10.3-inches.

The Rebel is exclusively a crew cab model with a 5-ft, 7-in bed and optional RamBox. Five colors — Granite Crystal Metallic, Bright Silver Metallic, Flame Red, Bright White, Brilliant Black — are available in either monochrome or two-tone, while the interior is done in Radar Red and Black with Light Diesel Gray and Radar Red accent stitching throughout.

Other features include: a black RAM grill in the vein of Ford’s Raptor; powder-coated billet silver skid plate; front tow hooks; LED lighting; optional backup camera; all-weather mats; and tri-fold tonneau cover.

The Rebel is due in showrooms in early H2 2015.

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56 Comments on “NAIAS 2015: Ram Delivers A Rebel Yell Across Baja Valley...”


  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    I like it, but it seems odd they’d even offer this package in 2WD form – they should all be 4WD.

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    Them Duke boys are at it again…

  • avatar
    heavy handle

    I swear that pickup truck designers like to play dress-up even more than my 7 year old nieces do. I think my nieces use a little more restraint.

    • 0 avatar
      Lorenzo

      You can’t sell an old man’s car to a seven year old, but you can sell a car designed by a seven year old to an old man. Or something like that.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      LOL

      It is a bit much. We’re going back towards the brougham with these types of trucks.

      The A/T tires ruin it for me. Much too loud on paved surfaces where these will largely be driven.

      • 0 avatar
        Hummer

        I highly doubt you can hear A/T in the cab of this truck, my almost 12 year old H2 has no noise from the stock A/T, the only vehicle that I can hear A/Ts in is the scout.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          In my mom’s Pathfinder with A/T’s the noise is just shockingly bad.

          • 0 avatar
            Hummer

            What type? BFGs have always been about the perfect marriage of A/T capabilities with onroad tire expectations.

            I’ve used them for a while, though to be honest I think they changed the formula as I’m getting about 50,000 miles to a set when 70,000 used to be the norm. They suck in the mud, but are very sure footed in sand, snow, and playing around.

          • 0 avatar
            Vulpine

            I’ve been running Bridgestone Dueler Revo 2 on my Jeep Wrangler and find them very effective both on-road and off. True, they’re not dedicated mudders or rock crawlers, but they have excellent road manners and haven’t yet let me get stuck off road in light mud. They’re also pretty good as snow/ice tires, though I’m sure Blizzaks would be better.

          • 0 avatar
            Hummer

            I may try those next.

      • 0 avatar
        360joules

        We ran Toyo Open Countries on my wife’s 4runner. Not very loud. It’s a “not anything particularly well” tire. I don’t know how it has a mud and snow rating. It was ok in ice but way better after siping.

        • 0 avatar
          jrmason

          A/T tires are the bare minimum I will run on my truck. I prefer to just run a M/T, they suit most of my needs better than an A/T but they get a little squirmy and wear fast under high GVW. The last set I bought I went with the Nitto Tera Grappler A/T. Like said above A/Ts are just so so all around, not exceptional in any one area although they do feel more stable towing. With a heavy truck even getting off into the grass or hay field can get iffy with A/T’s. I generally get around 40k out of a set of M/T’s, if these A/T’s don’t do much better I may end up going back.

    • 0 avatar
      philadlj

      Well put! The new Raptor, Titan, and Tacoma all remind me of little kids who got into Mom’s makeup bag.

  • avatar
    Occam

    Am I in a dream-within-a-dream, because I do believe I see a grille-within-a-grille.

  • avatar
    thegamper

    JEBUS….my eyes! Kill it with fire!!!

    That thing is hideous. Id pay twice as much for the Raptor on looks alone.

  • avatar
    dal20402

    And the vicious circle of cartoon macho in trucks continues.

  • avatar
    ajla

    You might want to check those fuel economy figures. A “normal” 3.6L RAM 4WD is only offered with a 3.21 or 3.55 rear end and is rated at 19 combined.

    25 MPG combined would be better than the 2WD EcoDiesel.

  • avatar
    crtfour

    Cool concept but I can’t stop thinking of a pig snout when I see the grille.

  • avatar
    danio3834

    With a different grille and a 6.4L in place of the 5.7L, I’d cons1der it.

  • avatar
    OldandSlow

    Compared to the competition – I think this is good looking package, at least in the above red with black trim.

  • avatar
    johnhowington

    i thought lexus’s front ends were horrible, leave it to fiat to win it for 2015.

  • avatar
    Hummer

    Why does the 4×4 Hemi not get 3.92, that’s the opposite of what one would expect.

    The grille, idk.
    Would be 10x better if it said Dodge.

    The 6.4 would be awesome but the 5.7 is still a much better engine than what the new raptor gets.

    • 0 avatar
      redmondjp

      On the Hemi gear ratio – why would you expect that the bigger engine gets a lower gear ratio? The Hemi has 52% more torque than the V6, so it can easily deal with the taller gears (and in fact, this also helps limit to torque developed at the axles which may be important depending upon how beefy the axles, especially the front with the CV joints, are).

      • 0 avatar
        ajla

        “why would you expect that the bigger engine gets a lower gear ratio?”

        Well that’s what RAM does currently. This will be the first application of the 3.6L/3.92 combination.

        The 3.6L is only offered right now with 3.21 (most of them) and 3.55.

        The 3.0L and 5.7L LD is offered with 3.21, 3.55 (most common), or 3.92.

        The 6.4L and 5.7L HD are offered with 3.73 or 4.10.

      • 0 avatar
        Hummer

        The 4×2 gets the 3.92, while the 4×4 uses 3.21?

        That makes zero sense, if you have four wheels powering the vehicle that means you have bigger powertrain losses, with the additional benefit of more traction the lower gears would only make sense.
        With the two wheel drive I’d rather have high gears so I don’t accidently dig myself in a hole on take off and be screwed.

        The V6 using the 3.92 is fully understandable, though there’s no chance I’d ever by a V6 fullsize making that point moot.

    • 0 avatar
      johnhowington

      its an obvious typo. anyway, the ZF8 makes 3.21 gears act like 3.92’s anyway.

    • 0 avatar
      geozinger

      Hummer: “The grille, idk. Would be 10x better if it said Dodge.”

      +10!

      The same with the tail gate. Just put Dodge back on it. We’ll all feel better.

  • avatar
    mnm4ever

    I am curious if this is planned to be a lower cost model like the Black Edition, or a top-of-the-line package like the Raptor? I think the former would be a better option than the latter.

  • avatar
    anti121hero

    Looks cool but the performance upgrades are very minimal. Bilstien shocks are nice though.

  • avatar
    Vulpine

    I do believe RAM just introduced a new grill style. I wonder how long it will take for that style to cross over to the other trucks?

    • 0 avatar
      BigOldChryslers

      Hopefully never. When I saw it, my first thought was, “If that truck was white, the front end would look like a giant Star Wars stormtrooper helmet.”

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      Vulpine – a blogger on another thread siad that this may be Ram’s attempt at feeling out grills for the next gen Ram.

      I don’t really like it. it looks like the 2014 Tacoma pug nose style. It looks like a guy with a mustache puckered up to kiss someone.

      I don’t like the air ride lift on this truck. I’ve heard of “overheat” warnings and “limp home” mode on trucks and SUV’s ridden hard off road. 4Wheeler IIRC got an overheat warning on a Ram 1500 they tested. A cushy ride means nothing when it fails after 30 minutes of rough trail.

      • 0 avatar
        Vulpine

        I might agree with that other blogger, but as for its other foibles, I wouldn’t know. I question the technology used if they have overheating issues but it sounds like they’ve made it too sensitive and need to slow down the sensing/pumping somewhat. After all, 18-wheelers run air ride all the time and as far as I know they don’t get issues like that. A simple sampling rate change could make a huge improvement.

        But then, you already know about my opinion of full-sized trucks. I know some absolutely need them, but for most they’re just status symbols that could be replaced very nicely with something much, much smaller–like that Hyundai.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          Crap spambot ate my post.

          Commercial tractor trailer units have cons!derably larger air compressors and reserve tanks than the Ram so a direct comparison is moot.

          The Ram system is probably too small to keep up with the demands of a rough off-road scenario.

          I’d prefer the Colorado ZR2 diesel if that ever comes to market. It would be a vastly superior offroad tool when compared to this or even the Power Wagon and Raptor.

          • 0 avatar
            Vulpine

            Perhaps, Lou. Perhaps. But then, my father’s 1987 Pace Arrow motorhome also had air bags–and you had to pump them up manually. I still believe RAM just made the air bag system too active; it should be interactive enough to adjust to load, but it certainly doesn’t need to adjust to every single pothole–that’s what the shocks are for. Sense the load in the bed any time the vehicle is stationary and adjust then if necessary. If the adjustment is less than 0.5 pounds, ignore it. Simple and far more reliable.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            Vulpine – agree. They have programmed it as part of the sway and anti-dive control. The system can keep up on pavement but runs out of wind on rough ground.

          • 0 avatar
            Vulpine

            I think we can both agree then that Daimler screwed the pooch by selling off Chrysler’s award-winning electronics division to Siemens just before they bailed out of their ‘merger’. FCA has had to start from scratch and still has some work to do in programming the system.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    These trucks are just getting ludicrous looking. IMO this one is much worse than the Raptor, which itself is worse looking than the original Raptor.

    Does GM not yet have an option like this, or am I just blanking?

  • avatar
    adamiata

    Subaru called. They want their XV Crosstrek wheels back.

  • avatar
    NoGoYo

    Yikes, that’s…bad.

    Toyota might not be the best at truck styling, but they at least put a good grille on their hardcore off-road special model thing.

  • avatar

    Sigh…now you’re just trolling me, aren’t you Cameron?


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