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2015 Ram 1500 Rebel

2015 Ram 1500 Rebel

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.

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How I'd Spec It: 2015 Ram 3500

How I’d Spec It: 2015 Ram 3500

Trucks these days come with an insane number of options and possible configurations that cater to a wide variety of jobs. From hauling tools to a construction site to hauling your date to a fancy dinner on the nice side of town, modern trucks all have a place. But what’s the best set-up for all-out towing? Glad you asked.

Ram Trucks offers a class-leading 30,000-pound towing capacity on its 3500-series trucks when equipped with all the right options. Here’s how I’d order one if I were long-haul towing.

Selecting the right equipment is important, especially when it comes to the powertrain. I’d opt for the mighty 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel and the optional Aisin six-speed automatic transmission. (Ram is the only truck maker that still offers a manual transmission, but the Cummins’ output is reduced when ordered with three pedals.) I’d also order the dual rear wheel package and the 4.10 rear end gearing.

Since over-the-road trucking doesn’t usually require jaunts through the mud, I’d leave off 4WD. It saves both cost and weight, the latter of which directed effects the truck’s total tow rating.

As for trim level and cab configuration, it all comes down to personal preference. For me, I’d opt for the Crew Cab and the Laramie trim level. Sure, choosing a base Tradesman in a single cab configuration is much less expensive, but wouldn’t be nearly as comfortable over long distances. The starting price for such a rig boils down to $46,400 – but that doesn’t include the powertrain upgrades mentioned above. I’ll get to that next.

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2014 Ram 2500 Power Wagon

2014 Ram 2500 Power Wagon

Ram Trucks has just released the details and photos of its latest and greatest Power Wagon, a refreshed version of the heavy-duty, off-road champ that can handle nearly every strenuous task thrown its way. While the Power Wagon isn’t the only off-road-based truck out there today, it is certainly the only one capable of trudging deep ruts, climbing rocks, and fording 30 inches of water while hauling 1,490 pounds in its bed.

And yes, people actually do that.

While the obvious comparison is with the Ford Raptor, the trucks compete on two different playing fields. Designed as a high-speed desert runner, the Raptor is lighter and more nimble than the Ram while its suspension is designed to absorb jumps and bumps at tremendous speeds. Those Fox racing shocks work very well in those circumstances, but aren’t so great for towing or hauling.

That’s where the Power Wagon picks up. Built on the back of a Ram 2500 Heavy Duty truck, the Power Wagon has the strength of the heavy duty combined with the off-road prowess of a Jeep Wrangler. The fact both the Wrangler and Power Wagon come from the same manufacturer shouldn’t come as a surprise. They actually share some hardware – at least in concept — namely the front axle’s electronic sway bar disconnect. With the push of a button, the massive solid axle is free to twist in full flex, keeping its 33-inch tall tires on the ground no matter how severe the terrain gets.

The list of impressive hardware continues throughout the three-quarter-ton truck as the Ram powers its way through Prius’ nightmares and Raptors’ dreams. Click past the jump for the full run-down.

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