The unique new trim line for the 1500 truck is being built in Michigan by 4,000 workers across 3.3 million square feet of the 75-year-old Warren Truck Assembly Plant. Even though it is being built in a historic facility, the Rebel is taking Ram into new territory.
“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. 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,” says Rob Hegbloom, President and CEO Ram Truck Brand.
One of the ways that the Rebel goes its own way is by ditching the traditional Ram crosshair grille in favor of an interlocking matte black one. A matte black theme continues down the flanks in the accents. However, some flash is found found in the can’t-miss silver RAM badge in the grill and in the large 5-inch chrome RAM lettering on the tailgate.
Under the hood, it brings the heat with two engine options. The first is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that packs 305-horsepower and 269 lb-ft torque. The second option is the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 with 396-horsepower and 410 lb-ft torque. Both engines come standard with the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission and both offer 4×4 configurations. The Hemi also offers 4×2, but really, one look at the Rebel assures that it is made for 4×4 off-roading.
On that note, it really does pack legit off-roading capabilities with 17-inch aluminum wheels that have standard 33-inch Toyo Open Country A/T tires that offer good traction both on and off the road.
Skid plates, tow hooks, and an improved 10.3-inch ground clearance also add nice touches. Specially tuned Bilstein front and rear shocks and a new steering calibration system are also included in the production to match the new ride height.
Inside, look for an exclusive, black with red highlights design. Plus, the seats are uniquely made with the truck’s Toyo tires tread design actually imbedded into them, and just so nobody forgets, the Rebel name is emblazoned on them in accent stitching.
If you’re itching to join the rebellion, the base price for the Rebel is $42,790. It will be arriving in dealerships sometime this summer.