The current Ram Trucks lineup is filled with no less than nine trim levels, three weight classifications (1500, 2500, 3500), and more than a handful of specialty trucks like the Power Wagon and Outdoorsman. Now a new player enters the game: the 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel.

It’s designed to be a fun-loving, adventurous rig with the heart of an off-roader and the guts to back it up. The truck gets a host of unique upgrades that separate it from the standard Ram 1500 lineup. Most noticeable is that new front grille and bumper. This marks the first time in memorable history Ram has departed from its iconic crosshair grille design. Large block lettering spell out “RAM” on the tailgate for those eating the Rebel’s dust.

Unique wheels and tires, a one-inch suspension lift, and a custom interior set the truck further apart. Offered with the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 or the optional 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, the Rebel comes packing the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission and available four-wheel drive. Sadly Ram does not offer the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel here. And yes, a two-wheel drive version is available when ordered with the Hemi.

Offered only in the Crew Cab configuration with the five-foot, seven-inch bed, the Rebel holds five people and tons of gear. The Ram Box cargo system is optional for those wanting even more space to put stuff.

Ram says the Rebel will go on sale early in the second half of 2015, so expect it in dealers in the late summer.

UPDATE 06/17/2015: The Ram Rebel officially enters production at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel.

  • 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Transmission:
    eight-speed auto
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    305 @ 6400
  • MPG(Cty):
    17
  • MPG(Hwy):
    25
  • Torque @ RPM:
    269 @ 4175
  • Displacement:
    3.6 L
  • 0-60 time:
    8.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    125 mph (Est.)
  • Layout:
    Front Engine; 2WD, 4WD
  • Price:
    42790
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Update History

UPDATE 01/23/2015: We’ve added a series of new images from the car’s official debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.

UPDATE 06/09/2015: Ram has officially announced pricing for the 2015 Ram Rebel. The Hemi-powered Rebel in 2WD starts at $42,790. Selecting other options increases the MSRP. Full details are in the pricing section below.

Exterior

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Bold, brash, macho, rebellious – all words that come to mind after the first glance at the Rebel. Its completely new grille design is certainly unique and won’t appeal to everyone. Those finding it attractive will likely be the target audience – those iron-pumping, protein-drinking, manly men who crave outdoor adventure and thrills. In case the front grille and metallic bumper don’t alert passer-bys, the massive block lettering along the tailgate surely will.

The Rebel’s sides are accented by fender flares borrowed (or perhaps stolen) off the Ram Power Wagon. An optional two-tone paint scheme and the unique one-piece, 17-inch wheels finish the job. The hood gets the same double-scooped treatment as the Ram 1500 Sport trim level. Unfortunately the scoops are fake.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase (nominal) 140.5 Inches (3,569.4 MM)
Track, Front 68.6 Inches (1,743.2 MM)
Track, Rear 68.0 Inches (1,727.4 MM)
Overall Length 229.0 Inches (5,816.5 MM)
Overall Width 81.5 Inches (2,070.8 MM)
Overall Height 75.3 Inches (1,913.7 MM)

Interior

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Things on the inside are just as interesting. The black interior is accented by Diesel Gray accents on the center console and Radar Red splashes color on the HVAC vents, door panels, console storage area, and stitching throughout the cabin. What’s more, the seats feature Sedoso fabric inserts embossed with the same tread pattern as the Toyo Open Country A/T tires. Perhaps they’ll be extra grippy on bumpy trails.

The driver’s gauge cluster also features accents of Radar Red along with the Rebel logo on start up. New to the Ram lineup is a Smartphone holder in the center console with two cutouts for power cords. Expect this to be adopted throughout the lineup soon. Other niceties include Chrysler’s fantastic 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system, the rotary transmission shifter, push-button start, and the large TFT display in the gauge cluster.

Interior Dimensions

Front
Head Room 41.0 (1,040.5)
Legroom 40.9 (1,039.6)
Shoulder Room 65.9 (1,674.9)
Hip Room 62.9 (1,598.1)
Seat Travel 9.0 (230.0)
Rear
Head Room 39.9 (1,013.5)
Legroom 40.2 (1,022.3)
Shoulder Room 65.7 (1,670)
Hip Room 62.7 (1,592.7)

Drivetrain

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2013 Ram 1500

The Ram Rebel is offered with two engine choices. Customers can opt for the more fuel-efficient 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 or the legendary 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. Both offer different positive attributes with corresponding drawbacks. The V-6 makes a respectable 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque while getting a best-in-class fuel economy rating of 25 mpg highway. The Hemi, on the other hand, offers the grunt most truck guys want. It lays down 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are mated to the award-winning TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission.

Sorry kids, the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel isn’t an option.

What is an option, however, are two axle ratios. The 3.21 and 3.92 gears are both offered with the Hemi while the more robust 3.92 gear ratio is the only choice with the V-6. This marks the first time Ram has offered such a short axle ratio with the Pentastar. Such gearing will help with low-end torque and off-the-line acceleration, but will ultimately hinder higher-speed fuel economy.

For those who want the Rebel look but without the added weight and complexity of a 4WD system, the Hemi-powered Rebel is available in 2WD. That kind of defeats the purpose of the truck, but like Kermit the Frog says, that’s none of my business.

Drivetrain Specifications

ENGINE 3.6-LITER PENTASTAR V-6 5.7-LITER HEMI® V-8
Type and Description 60-degree V-type, liquid-cooled 90-degree V-8, liquid-cooled
Displacement 220 cu. in. (3,604 cu. cm) 345 cu. in. (5,654 cu. cm)
Bore x Stroke 3.78 x 3.27 (96.0 x 83.0) 3.92 x 3.58 (99.5 x 90.9)
Valve System Chain-driven DOHC, 24 valves and hydraulic end-pivot roller rockers Variable-cam timing, pushrod-operated overhead valves, 16 valves,
hydraulic lifters with roller followers
Fuel Injection Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless
Construction Aluminum deep-skirt block, aluminum alloy heads Deep-skirt cast-iron block with cross-bolted main bearing caps, aluminum
alloy heads with hemispherical combustion chambers
Compression Ratio 10.2:1 10.5:1
Power (SAE net) 305 HP @ 6,400 RPM 395 HP @ 5,600 RPM
Torque (SAE net) 269 LB-FT @ 4,175 RPM 410 LB-FT @ 3,950 RPM
Max. Engine Speed 6,400 rpm (electronically limited) 5,800 rpm
Fuel Requirement Unleaded regular, 87 octane (R+M)/2, E85-compatible Unleaded mid-grade, 89 octane (R+M)/2 — recommended

Unleaded regular, 87 octane (R+M)/2 — acceptable

Oil Capacity 6.0 qt. (5.7 liter) 7.0 qt. (6.6 liter)
Coolant Capacity 14.0 qt. (13.25 liter) 14.0 qt. (13.33 liter)
Emission Controls Dual three-way catalytic converters, heated oxygen sensors Three-way catalytic converters, heated oxygen sensors
and internal engine features
EPA Fuel Economy mpg (city/hwy) 17/25 15/22

Suspension and Tires

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At the heart of the Ram Rebel is a one-inch suspension lift with upgraded Bilstein shocks and a revised version of the Ram 1500’s air suspension. A softened rear anti-sway bar helps increase the truck’s suspension flex. The added height gives the Rebel a best-in-class ground clearance of 10.3 inches. It also increased the truck approach, break-over, and departure angles for less scraping on the trails.

The whole operation rides on Toyo Open Country A/T tires sized in LT285/70R17E, or simply 33-inch-tall tires. The extra rubber gives the truck added traction over wet, muddy, rocky, and even snowy terrain. Extra siping provides tons of small biting edges for gripping slippery surfaces.

Prices

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Ram has finally released the Rebel’s official pricing as of June 9, 2015. The truck will come in three configurations, each with their own starting price. Each truck comes packing the same basic interior equipment and all feature the same Crew Cab, short box design. An additional $1,195 destination charge will be added to each price listed below.

Powertrain Configuration Price
1500 Rebel 4x2 Crew Cab 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 $42,790
1500 Rebel 4x4 Crew Cab 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 $44,720
1500 Rebel 4x4 Crew Cab 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 $46,370

Competition

2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

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The Tundra TRD Pro is Toyota’s entry into the four-wheel-drive fight. Fitted with remote reservoir Bilstein shocks, upgraded tires, and a performance exhaust, the Tundra offers a great choice for an all-rounder off-roader.

Power comes from the same 5.7-liter V-8 normally found in the Tundra. It makes 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque sent through a six-speed automatic transmission.

Prices for the TRD Pro starts at $41,285 for the Double Cab version and $43,900 for the Crew Cab.

2015 Ram 1500 Outdoorsman

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Ram is somewhat competing with itself in this category. The Outdoorsman offers some specialized outdoorsy equipment like Mossy Oak-branded camouflage dressings on the exterior and interior, standard 4WD, and the Ram Box. The best part, the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel is optional. An aftermarket lift kit and a trip to the local Toyo tire shop makes a close competitor to the Rebel. Of course, it would still be lacking the Rebel’s new grille and other adornments.

Pricing for the Ram 1500 Outdoorsman starts at $38,430 and goes up with options.

Conclusion

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The Ram Rebel is one tough looking truck that exudes a brawny persona Chuck Norris would love. The new grille design might be a drastic departure from the classic crosshair design, but it sure catches attentions. The same can be said for the rest of the truck’s appearance. The added usefulness of the raised suspension, bigger tires, available short gears, and strong front bumper make the Rebel more than just an appearance package.

While Ram says the Rebel isn’t a competitor to the Raptor, it’s hard not to wish for something of the sorts. For now, we’ve at least got this new truck and the venerable Power Wagon to feed the flames of our four-wheel-drive fantasies.

  • Leave it
    • * No EcoDiesel option
    • * Where’s the Power Wagon-like hidden winch?
    • * Not as capable as the Raptor or Power Wagon

Press Release

The new 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel brings a one-of-a-kind off-road design to the full-size truck segment.

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“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 — Ram Truck Brand, FCA US LLC. “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.”

New exterior design highlights
Rebel features an all-new grille with prominent billet silver “RAM” letter badge. Departing from the brand’s iconic “cross-hair” designs, the blacked-out Rebel grille tops a completely new black off-road front bumper design with a durable powder-coated surface, which incorporates a powder coated, billet silver skid plate, new front tow hooks and new LED fog lamps. Black bezel bi-functional projector headlamps with LED marker lights lie beneath an aluminum, twin-snorkel sport hood.

Rebel’s blacked-out front-end continues on the flanks, where black Power Wagon wheel-arch moldings, flat-black badge, mirrors and lower body panels create a distinctive trail-ready presence. The new trim features a two-tone paint scheme with black as a constant on the lower body, front to rear.

The Ram 1500 Rebel features an all-new 17-inch aluminum wheel. Among the most elaborate designs found in mass production, the new one-piece wheel incorporates matte black painted accent pockets and multi-angled surfaces linked to the Rebel’s off-road bias.

Continuing around to the rearview is a bold new “RAM” stamped tailgate with blacked-out lettering. The “Rebel” and “4X4” badge emphasize the truck’s uniqueness. The rear bumper is also treated with durable black powder coating with flared cutouts around dual chrome-tipped exhausts. Tail lamps incorporate black bezels to match forward lighting.

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Rebel includes an optional backup camera, providing a better field of vision when maneuvering. A new tri-fold tonneau cover is embossed with the Ram logo.

The Ram 1500 Rebel will be available in five colors, including: Granite Crystal Metallic, Bright Silver Metallic, Flame Red, Bright White and Brilliant Black. Both monotone and two-tone paint options are offered.

Unique interior detailing
Inside, Rebel is every bit as brawny and rugged as it is outside, featuring dramatic, industry-exclusive seating elements.

High-durability technical grain vinyl seats are finished in Radar Red and Black with Sedoso fabric inserts embossed with the Toyo tire tread pattern, matching the Rebel’s actual footprint. Standard heated front seats feature Light Diesel Gray accent stitching, Radar Red Ram’s head embroidery on the headrests and Black with Light Diesel Gray Rebel nameplate embroidered on upper seat bolsters.

The all-black instrument panel, door armrests and logo-embossed center console armrest cover are topped with two-tone Radar Red and Light Gray accent stitching. The center stack and console are finished in Iron Gray Metallic paint giving a cast-iron appearance. An all-new center console bin incorporates a cellular phone/tablet holder with molded insert allowing for various-sized devices. Radar Red anodized vent rings, door accent rings, door trim spears and center console trim ring add color detail to the interior. The Rebel’s heated steering wheel is wrapped with semi-perforated black leather, accented with Radar Red X-stitches.

The upper glove box door is finished with a Rebel nameplate badge.

Deep all-weather rubber floor mats with contrasting Radar Red Ram’s head help contain dirt, snow and debris.

The interior is finished off with a new black headliner and matching upper pillars.

Performance Updates
The Rebel’s trail-running capability gets a boost with 1.0-inch raised ride height for improved off-road approach, departure and breakover angles.

Bilstein supplies front and rear shocks with unique tuning and a new steering calibration is matched to the Rebel’s increased ride height. A softer rear stabilizer bar provides improved dynamics.

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Beefy 33-inch (LT285/70R17E) Toyo Open Country A/T all-terrain tires are mounted to the all-new 17-inch silver and black cast aluminum wheels.

A new tire offering for Ram trucks, the Open Country A/Ts are versatile all-terrain tires designed for rugged good looks, all-season handling and a comfortable ride. Their aggressive tread pattern offers good traction in bad conditions, on pavement or off. They feature a special wavy sipe arrangement for a comfortable ride and improved snow traction; groove bottom siping for more biting edges for increased traction in the snow and an open shoulder that maximizes water evacuation for excellent all-terrain traction and stability.

The Rebel takes advantage of Ram’s exclusive air suspension system with a 1.0-inch factory suspension lift, which not only helps to clear the 33-inch tires but also contributes to additional ground clearance. A modified alignment of the independent front suspension appropriately adjusts tire angle and aluminum lower A-arms absorb the load. The combination of larger tires and a suspension lift yield best-in-class ground clearance of 10.3 inches, and a new stability program calibration takes Rebel’s modifications into consideration.

Rebel is available exclusively as a crew cab model with 5-ft. 7-inch bed length. Both 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and 5.7-liter HEMI powertrains are offered, as is a choice of either 4X2 (HEMI only) or 4X4 configurations. RamBox is optional.

Ram Rebel is the 10th member of the Ram truck lineup, which includes Tradesman, Express, SLT, Big Horn/Lone Star, Outdoorsman, Sport, Laramie, Longhorn and Limited.

Rebel goes on sale early in the second half of 2015.

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Powertrain
The 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine (Ward’s 10 Best Engines Award winner three years in a row) with variable-valve timing (VVT) offers 305 horsepower, 269 lb.-ft. of torque and best-in-class gasoline fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon (mpg).

The legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 with fuel-saving cylinder shut-off and VVT provide 395 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque.

HEMI-powered Ram 1500 Rebel trucks are available in 4x2 or 4x4 powertrains with 3.92 or 3.21 gear ratios. When equipped with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, Rebel is available in 4x4 only with a 3.92 gear ratio, allowing the engine to leverage its power and torque.

Both the 3.6-liter V-6 and 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engines are available with a rear anti-spin differential, which turns both rear wheels in tandem when increased torque is applied – helpful in off-road driving conditions. The design automatically unlocks the differential for normal on-road driving, allowing the wheels to spin independently for improved drivability.

The class-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission (TorqueFlite 8) – standard equipment with the Rebel’s 3.6-liter V-6 Pentastar and 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engines, which improves drivability and enhances fuel efficiency.

The 2015 Ram 1500 has established what is unmistakably the most advanced and efficient truck in the light-duty category, as evidenced by:

Best-in-class fuel economy at 28 mpg with 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6
Exclusive link coil rear suspension and optional 4-corner air suspension
Only manufacturer in light-duty class to offer diesel, gasoline, and flex-fuel
(E85 capable 3.6-liter V-6) engines

Unsurpassed powertrain warranty – five years/100,000 miles
The 2015 Ram 1500 is backed with a five-year /100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. The powertrain-limited warranty covers the cost of all parts and labor needed to repair a covered powertrain component – engine, transmission and drive system. Coverage also includes free towing to the nearest Ram dealer, if necessary. The warranty also is transferable, allowing customers who sell their truck during the warranty period to pass the coverage onto the new owner.

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The standard three-year / 36,000-mile Basic Limited Warranty provides bumper-to-bumper coverage for the Ram 1500, from the body to the electrical system.

Quality
The 2015 Ram 1500’s quality is scrutinized at the company’s Chrysler Technology Center’s state-of-the-art scientific labs in Auburn Hills, Michigan, including the Noise/Vibration/Harshness Lab, Electromagnetic Compatibility Facility, Wind Tunnel and the Road Test Simulator (RTS).

For example, the RTS recreates the abuse a truck endures at the hands of a 95th percentile driver – meaning someone who drives the vehicle in more severe conditions than 95 percent of all customers. The RTS can put a lifetime of wear and tear on a truck in about one month’s time. The Ram development team is committed to finding and fixing any issues before the customer does.

Manufacturing
The 2015 Ram 1500 is built at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant (Warren, Michigan), which has built more than 12.5 million trucks since it started operations in 1938. Crew Cab and Regular Cab models of the 2015 Ram 1500 are built at the Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Saltillo, Mexico.

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