What Is It?
The 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel is a full-size pickup that’s designed for truck shoppers interested in a more serious off-roading experience than the standard Ram can offer. It’s not quite Ford’s impressive SVT Raptor when it comes to desert-tackling performance, but whether you’re interested in looks or capabilities, the Ram Rebel can certainly hold its own against most off-roader trucks.
On the outside, the Ram 1500 Rebel certainly looks the part of an off-road pickup. It sports a muscular new grille that says “Ram” in huge letters on the front of the truck, beefy tires, unique wheels and another big Ram sign on the tailgate. Inside, the Rebel boasts a tread-pattern motif, red trim, unique gauge faces, an upgraded center console and all-weather floor mats, which are handy for serious four-wheeling.
Under the skin, the Ram Rebel boasts several important touches designed to improve its capabilities compared to the standard model. Standard air suspension is one: It allows drivers to raise the pickup’s ride height to tackle especially difficult terrain. Other upgrades include tow hooks, skid plates, an increased arrival angle and 33-inch tires. As for powertrains, drivers can choose between Chrysler’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 or the brand’s 5.7-liter HEMI V8.
Chrysler hasn’t yet announced pricing, but we’d expect the Rebel to start in the mid-$30,000 range when it reaches dealers.
When Can You Get It?
Spring or early summer 2015
Add It to Your Shopping List Because…
Everyone knows the Ford SVT Raptor is king of the hill when it comes to off-roading pickups. But the Ram 1500 Rebel offers many of the SVT Raptor’s unique and eye-grabbing styling upgrades without the Ford’s $50,000-plus base price. No, the Ram Rebel doesn’t quite have the capabilities of the off-road-ready Ford Raptor, but if you’re looking for an exciting truck that can still tackle virtually all of the terrain you’re likely to encounter, the Rebel should be high on your wish list.
Other Cars to Consider
2014 Nissan Titan PRO-4X — The Titan PRO-4X offers many of the Ram’s off-road-oriented upgrades at a similar cost. Given the Titan’s older design, however, it might be available with a better deal.
2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro — The TRD Pro is similar to the Ram 1500 Rebel in terms of its off-road upgrades and cost. Whether you choose the Ram or the Toyota will depend on your preference and which offers a better deal.
Used Ford F-150 SVT Raptor — The Raptor remains the go-to truck for drivers interested in a full-size pickup with off-road capabilities. But its price tag is prohibitively high, so you might want to consider a used example.