As you may know already, the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor was unveiled this week at the Detroit Auto Show, but Fiat Chrysler Automobiles also surprised us with a rival for the new pickup: the 2015 Ram Rebel. The new Ram Rebel can be easily distinguished thanks to the all-new grille featuring prominent billet silver “RAM” letter badge, blacked-out Rebel grille tops, a brand new front bumper with durable powder-coated surface, billet silver skid plate, as well as new front tow hooks and LED fog lamps.
Moreover, the vehicle features black bezel bi-functional projector headlamps with LED market lights and a twin-snorkel sport hood. From the side, we see the wheel-arch moldings, flat-black badge, mirrors and lower body panels, as well as new 17-inch aluminum wheels.
The rear end shows the new “RAM” stamped tailgate, a rear bumper featuring the durable black powder coating with flared cutouts around the dual chrome-tipped tailpipes and new taillights that incorporate black bezels to match the headlights.
According to the official press release, the Ram 1500 Rebel will be available in five colors: Granite Crystal Metallic, Bright Silver Metallic, Flame Red, Bright White and Brilliant Black. Same rugged theme is continued at the interior where the pickup arrives with technical grain vynil seats finished in Radar Red and Black with Sedoso fabric inserts embossed with the Toyo tire tread pattern.
Furthermore, we find heated seats offered as standard, the Radar Red Ram’s head embroidery on the headrests, as well as the all-black instrument panel, door armrests and logo-embossed center console armrest. In order to offer better performances, the Rebel’s trail-running capability gets a boost with 1.0-inch ride height, Bilstein front and rear shocks as well as 33-inch Toyo Open Country A/T all-terrain tires.
Customers can order their Ram 1500 Rebel exclusively as a crew cab model with 5-ft. 7-inch bed length. Under the hood, you can get the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine or a more potent 5.7-liter HEMI V8. The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine develops 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque, returning a fuel-economy of 25 mpg.
Meanwhile, the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine generates 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. HEMI-powered versions are available in 4x2 or 4x4 powertrains with 3.92 or 3.21 gear ratios, while the V6 engine is available in 4x4 only with a 3.92 gear ratio. Both engines are bolted to the 8-speed automatic transmission (TorqueFlite 8).
The trail-running capability of the new Ram 1500 Rebel has been made better. In fact, the new Rebel had its ride height increased by an inch to deliver better off-road approach, departure and breakover angles. This was made possible by new front and rear shocks from Bilstein as well as a new steering calibration. To improve the dynamics of the new Rebel, a softer rear stabilizer bar was employed. The new Rebel rides on all-new 17-inch silver and black cast aluminum wheels shod in 33-inch (LT285/70R17E) Toyo Open Country A/T all-terrain tires.
The Open Country A/T rubbers are versatile all-terrain tires that offer not just rugged good looks, but also a comfortable ride and all-season handling. These tires feature aggressive tread pattern for good traction even in bad conditions, whether on or off the road. These rubbers have a special wavy sipe arrangement for a comfortable ride as well as improved snow traction. They also have groove bottom siping for better snow traction in the snow as well as an open shoulder that helps optimize water evacuation.
To clear these larger 33-inch tires and to deliver additional ground clearance, the new Rebel is equipped with Ram's exclusive air suspension system with a 1.0-inch factory suspension lift. The independent front suspension was also aligned in a way that the tire angle and aluminum lower A-arms could absorb the load.