The F150 Raptor Fighter: 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel

2015 Dodge Ram Promo Picture

There are two major production offroad pickup trucks in the market at this moment: the Ford F150 Raptor and the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro. Those two models usually are sold around MSRP (not easy to negotiate), therefore there is higher profit margin and makes sense for a business case.

Apparently this attracts Dodge too. In the Detroit auto show yesterday, Dodge debuted the offroad version of its Ram 1500 pickup truck — the 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel. You can see our live photos below, the unveil was somewhat interesting, as the Ram 1500 Rebel “emerged” from the wall.

Live at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Besides the exterior/interior styling upgrade and change, which you can see in the below official images, there are some significant updates to the truck’s mechanical part:

- Ride height raised by 1 inch
- Bilstein front and rear shocks, softer rear stabilizer bar
- Re-calibrated steering system
- 33-inch (LT285/70R17E) Toyo Open Country A/T all-terrain tires mounted to 17-inch aluminum wheel rims
- air suspension system

Briefly speaking, this is an extensive upgrade to most essential parts for offroad driving. However, the powertrain is carried over, with two choices of the 3.6L Pentastar V6 (305 hp, 269 lb-ft of torque) and the 5.7L HEMI V8 (395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque), all mated to the ZF-sourced 8-speed automatic transmission.

The V6 Ram 1500 Rebel can only be equipped as 4X4 AWD; if you pick the V8 engine, you can choose either the 4X2 RWD or the 4X4 AWD. But for those who are buying the Rebel for offroad purpose, I don’t think the RWD option is a smart pick.

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