One Rebel That Even The Empire Will Love January 15, 2015
You don’t have to travel to Hoth to find the hottest Rebel going, and while Princes Leia might look better in a bikini, the new Ram Rebel has a new grill and styling that make it hard to not love.
Star Wars jokes aside, this is definitely the truck you’re looking for (ok, last Star Wars joke, I promise this time). While the truck might look like the new Ford Raptor, the truck isn’t being marketed as one, but instead it’s being touted as a sharp looking and off-road capable upgrade to the Ram 1500, which in of itself is a fairly capable truck in its own right.
Starting with the power plant, the new Rebel has two choices: a base 3.6-liter V6 as well as the upgraded (and necessary in our opinion) 5.7-liter HEMI V8. While Ram gives you a choice, the only useful option for drivetrain is 4x4, but there is a 4x2 option available.
The Ram Rebel features an air suspension that gives the truck a one-inch lift over the stock 1500 thanks to Bilstein shocks that have a specific off-road setting for use when tire leaves pavement as well as on-road settings for a more comfortable ride between the lines. The tires also received an upgrade on the Rebel with 285/70R17 Toyo Open Country mounted on new Ram wheels.
For starters, you probably noticed there isn’t any chrome showing on the Rebel, something that’s done on purpose to keep the truck’s low-key yet tough look. The front grill is all new, and has a unique no crosshair look with RAM right in the middle.
The truck also received powder-coated skid plates, a Mopar aluminum hood, and even flared wheel arches that resemble those of the Ram 2500 Power Wagon. All of this combined give the truck an aggressive stance that has power to back the look up.
The truck is finished off with a new tailgate design that features oversized graphics with a giant RAM across most of the rear. This is probably the only feature that’s not near perfect, and honestly takes a little away from the overall package.
The truck also shines inside with a totally refreshed interior that’s built around the amazing custom seats. Both front seats feature a tire tread pattern in the center of all-leather seats that are black with red highlights. The seats also feature the Rebel logo embroidered on the inside of each.
Past the seats, the rest of the interior features the same red highlights. The sound system is Ram’s infotainment setup that features a touchscreen and upgraded speakers as well as an 8” sub under the rear seats.
The look and feel of the Ram Rebel is great. The reason this isn’t competition for the Raptor is because while the truck has the looks and some performance upgrades, it just can’t match the off-road prowess of trucks like the Raptor.
This isn’t a bad thing, but it’s worth noting that there is a definite difference, and it’s not fair to compare the two. The Rebel looks great, has decent power, and overall seems like a great package.