2015 Ram 1500 Rebel: First Look

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Let's be crystal clear: It shouldn't take anyone more than two seconds to realize the 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel is not a Raptor fighter or anything close to a Power Wagon. It is, however, a special half-ton package that includes unique features and design changes that are pretty cool. Further, this is not a new off-road package but a collection of some of Ram's best and most capable features that have been tweaked or modified to highlight the rugged, adventure-focused capabilities of Ram's half-ton — think of it as a Ram Outdoorsman Plus.

This will give the Ram truck brand 10 distinct trim packages (Tradesman, Express, SLT, Big Horn/Lone Star, Sport, Outdoorsman, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn and Laramie Limited) with the Rebel slotting just above the Outdoorsman for customers who want a more active, customized look. The Rebel allows Ram to compete with more serious 4x4 packages like the Tundra TRD Pro and Nissan Titan Pro-4X while nudging ahead of the GM Z71 and Ford FX4 packages.

What It Is

A peek underneath the Ram 1500 Rebel makes it clear it starts with a standard crew-cab Ram 1500 platform with the four-corner air-suspension option. The crew-cab-only Rebel can be ordered with a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 (4x4 or 4x2) or a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 (4x4 only) with axle ratio choices for the V-8 of 3.21:1 or 3.92:1. The V-6 will only get the 3.92:1 gears; both will be mated to their respective eight-speed ZF transmission.

Obvious front-end changes include the bulging hood (actually an aluminum sport hood from Mopar) and a brand-new molded grille with monster-sized Ram lettering; this grille drops the crosshairs. The front bumpers have been reshaped to allow for slightly better approach angles and larger openings for the frame-mounted tow loops. A powder-coated front skidplate protects a portion of the bumper, then wraps under the front of the truck. Exterior designers agonized over every inch of this new Rebel's front end; they've even removed the small chrome accents inside the headlights — exclusive to the Rebel — to keep the overall look clean and sporty.

Front and rear wheel arches have the fender flares from the heavier-duty Ram 2500 Power Wagon with similarly sized 33-inch (actually 285/70R17E rated) Toyo Open Country tires. This is a unique tire selected specifically for the Ram Rebel package.

A Distinct Look

All Ram Rebels will be offered in two-tone paint or monochromatic styles. Color choices will include Flame Red, Bright White, Bright Silver Metallic, Brilliant Black and Granite Crystal Metallic. Regardless of exterior paint scheme choices, the interior will have a single look, which will include accented stitching in the molded seats, anodized red surrounds in the doors, center console and gauge cluster as well as the tire's footprint embossed into the seatbacks and cushions. A Radar Red ram's head and Rebel logo will be embroidered into the seats and bolsters as well.

The bed design will not changed but we're guessing the RamBox option (with its handy lockable bedside storage) will be popular. Additionally, a new, sturdy three-section tonneau cover offered through Mopar should make hunters, campers or fisherman grateful for the extra high-mounted deck space. It's worth noting most of the tailgate design is similar to current Rams (meaning remote lock and strut assist will be available), but almost the entire rear face of the Rebel tailgate will now covered with 7-inch-tall letters spelling out Ram. The base of the lettering pops out of the metal tailgate, and then each letter sits on top. This three-dimensional effect isn't subtle at all, but it matches the front grille perfectly.


The air suspension computer control setup in the Ram Rebel is a little different than normal Ram 1500s with the same option in that there is only one "off-road" setting to the driver-controlled suspension (normal Rams have two off-road settings: off-road 1 and off-road 2). That's because all Ram Rebel will offer a normal ride height an inch or so taller than a normally equipped Ram air setup, but will still have the automatic aero setting for highway cruising.

The taller "normal" ride height (along with the taller tires) gives the Rebel a more "aftermarket" or lifted look, separating the new package from its Ram counterparts and all of its competitors. The extra ride height gives the bigger tires a little more room to move around for those enthusiastic drives into the backcountry. To round out the improved suspension package, Ram will include a set of specially tuned high-performance Bilstien shocks to help give it extra durability and support.

The new Ram 1500 Rebel will be available by June, but don't expect pricing to be announced until we get closer to its actual on-sale date.

To read the full 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel press release, click here.
To read the full 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel specification sheet, click here.

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I'm with others on here, this truck needs a diesel. So diesels are available on their 1500 and 2500 trucks. They have off-road trucks in both those categories now, and neither is available with a diesel! Stupid!

Nice interior, ugly front end.

Maybe they need to reverse the letters on that grill so you know what brand is tailgating you............

Just what I want to see in my rear view mirror - a MASSIVE badge and a puckered up mustache face............

Objects in the mirror appear much closer than they appear.

Decent attempt to overthrow the Raptor. Poor execution. Grill looks like a Tundra TRD Pro rip off. Rebel letters even resemble the Raptor badge in design. Mechanicals sound great. Probably limited production, you won't see one often.

What were they thinking with that ugly grille and a tailgate like that. They better fire that engineer or be ready for down sales.

Hitting on a story I read awhile back on truck exhaust. IF you aren't going to tow anything with truck, then never mind.
But if you are going to do any towing, anything like campers, something of importance, then you don't want your exhaust blasting straight out the back of your truck, have it come off the sides. Because out the back you blast exhaust and soot all over what you tow. Ram keeps on sending it all straight out. No good if you tow.

Very disappointed that they are using the gas V6 and not offer the EcoDiesel. They said the EcoDiesel would be available in all trim levels except the one reg cab model. So first no EcoDiesel in the sport package mad now this one. Very disappointing Ram folks

Only available in a short 5' 7" bed crewcab so even if I was interested in a package like this the interest would stop there.

That Grill hints the design language of the of the upcoming RAM 1500 redesign in the next year or so, I wouldn't be surprised if RAM makes updated modifications to that grill again for the 2017 model. I can relate to the grills new look due in part that it is a near reflection of the Grill Design Theme from the RAM trucks of the late 1980's to early 1990's.

This looks great, but I think it would've been better off with a big, red ram ornament on the grille instead the letters RAM.

The color scheme looks nice

This thing would be so much cooler if they called it the "Dude."

Interesting that the tread pattern of the Toyos is in the seat insert. May look a little stupid if you replace the tires with something else.

May look a little stupid if you replace the tires with something else.

Posted by: ColoradoFX4 | Jan 14, 2015 2:00:30 PM

It woul really look stupid if you replace tires with let's say ski.

I am proud of Ram for a true factory 1/2 ton 4x4. Not just a sticker package. Grill is an easy replacement even including off road lights with in it. Their is no doubt this truck will take you pretty much where ever you want to go with full factory warranty. Something you loose when lifting etc...

Keep up the awesome trucks Ram. Can hardly wait for my fully loaded Black and chrome 2015 Power Wagon 500 watt alpine, sun roof, cargo camera, trailer camera, winch, Ram boxes for my fishing poles. After my recent test drive I am sold.


I quite do not for the life of me do not understand Ram,s design team direction for this truck.The name "Rebel" does not fit with the Ram line up in my humble opinion.I have own Dodge trucks for a very long time,having own everything from 5.7L to 5.9L Cummin's. Chrysler should have allow long term owners to look at this truck to give input to the design team that was assign to this product. I realize that they feel they are on the right track,in sales. And the proof is in the 2014 sales charts were they increased market share from GM,Ford. But 2015 is were Ram truck will be tested. With the recent shootout of 1/2 ton trucks the GM twins with there 6.2L,and their 3:55 heavy axle put the 5.7L with its 3:92 to shame both in towing,and fuel mileage.Those 2 are the most important choice's a truck owner will look at. Sure interior comfort is nice as well and would be 3 on the short list.I fine after looking at the truck,that many on this comment list has already pointed out.1) The name,2) The grille,3) No locking rear differential.4) The seat pattern(I do not need to be reminded that their is a Toyo A/T on the truck,which by the way I prefer the M/T over the A/T). A hp/torque increase as well. Ram design team make a mistake with trying to make a off road truck,when they already have the "Outdoorsmen" or the "Tradesmen".I feel that most Ram owners would have bought a truck that had input from Kore's off-road shop.This long standing dispute between Chrysler and Kore has to come to a end,Ralph Gille's instead of spending time with Jay Leno's shop should have taken the time and gone out to Kore's world class shop and discuss a possible package that could become assembly line profitable for both companies.GM and Ford do it all the time.If Ford can charge north of 50,000 dollars for a ExtCab and name it Raptor,Chrysler can do the same as well.Ram's 1/2 ton marketing team spends more time in harping on fuel mileage than with what a truck is meant to be a 1/2 ton towing market,their tow limits,and performance is starting to show it's age again falling back now with a S.A.E tow limit of just 10,650lbs when GM,Ford are at 12,000 lbs now.This is why each one of these automotive testing done by auto writers choose a max of only 8000 at best tow trailers.To this day Ram still does not offer a 18x9 rim.Sorry for the long in post,but you have to admit they will be discounting this truck at the end of the year due to lack of interest in the truck design.Ceo Bob Hedbloom says he spends time with Ram truck owners all the time,but somebody is blowing smoke here to be honest I have look at 4 website's already including Ram trucks owner website as well and the majority disapprove this truck design lacking a lot of the above mention items.Deep discounting of 1/2 trucks at the end of the year,just to increase sales position and clear inventory quietly is something that got Chrysler in trouble before. It just a blessing that the Raptor will not be out till 2017,because in a shootout it would have eating this truck's tailgate for sure.

Deep discounting of 1/2 trucks at the end of the year,just to increase sales position and clear inventory quietly is something that got Chrysler in trouble before. It just a blessing that the Raptor will not be out till 2017,because in a shootout it would have eating this truck's tailgate for sure.

Posted by: bravo1 | Jan 15, 2015 10:56:37 AM

Are you one of those people bashing horrible Jepp Cherokee design before introducing to the market saying that it won't sell? Go read Cherokee forum from 2 years ago. Everybody were wrong except me.
Jeep sold 1,017,019 offroads worldwide and big cotribution was
206 243 Cherokee just in NA market.
It would be pretty easy to introduce 2017 RAM with Hellcat, but what's the point ?
This RAM REBEL can go places, where RAPTOR can go, but RAPTOR can't always make it to places where REBEL with narrower body can in July 2015 already.
RAPTOR will face completely different animal in 2017.

Thats a negative their Hovedoman,the SUV market is not repeat not the same as the truck market.Their are only a hand full of 1/2 ton trucks offered in the truck market versus dozen's in the SUV market.My thought's are on this Ram 1500 package in comparison to what Ram competitors are offering in the same segment.And if you look as well to other Ram forum's you will see that the majority of the people who have seen this package on Ram agree with my thought's as well.1)It's front grille.2) the seats,3)No locking differential.4)The tire size.5)And if Ram wanted to get serious about a off-road capable it would have had a option for a winch as well.6) A 30 gallon tank as well.7)The name "Rebel".

My thought's are on this Ram 1500 package in comparison to what Ram competitors are offering in the same segment.

Posted by: bravo1 | Jan 16, 2015 11:07:24 AM

That would be what please ? I don't see any other with winch. It has huge tow hooks.
I don't know any with better axle articulation and offroad clearance with air ride. I don't know any other with lighter rear sway control bar for better articulation and other one with similar tires. You can get limited slip rear diferential. You have electronic stability and electronic traction control in 4WD Auto and 4x4 mode as well.

Please name one direct competition and compare. Price is gonna be
selling point, because you can install aftermarket bumper with winch, if this model is less expensive than competition with same features.

30 gal tank is an option.

Optional is rear anti spin diferential and 32 gallon tank.


i like this truck a lot. i don't mind the grill too much. it seems fiat intends to shoot the dodge logo, burn it's body, and give customers shock therapy to wipe out any lingering memories that the name ever existed. my '07 didn't say dodge on it anywhere and neither does my '14 but that doesn't keep people from calling it a dodge anyway.

nice truck but like raptor hate big letters in front makes truck look awkward for me .when is ram going to say dodge like it should anyways

More pointless trim packages from another OEM... When will these companies stop this nonsense and put investiture into the stuff that actually matters: powertrain, engine, suspension and core frame and body innovation? Good god. Enough already.

The Dodge Ram Rebel is a very cool truck. If would be interested in one if I was able to get it.

I own a Dodge Ram and I wouldn't drive anything else but a Dodge Ram.

Finally a factory lifted 4x4 Ram. Everyone is crying about the grill but even though its not my cup of tea I can live with it. Love the ground clearance. I hope the price is affordable. If not its a waste.

Oh man, the Rebel is a complete rip off of the Ford Raptor. I didn't believe what you guys were saying until I looked. The other noticable thing is the Raptor is quite pricey but you get the aluminum body. The trade off there is it will be expensive to insure because of repair costs. I've been looking at Ram 1500's for two months and actually about ready to pull the trigger on one until I seen the Rebel. I agree the grill and the tail gate are OVER done but I think it will grow on you. If this Rebel comes out as pricey as the Raptor I will go thumbs down on buying one. Now to go back and give Chevy trucks a second look......too many choices.


Please send one to the fine folks at Expedition Portal for a good review of this truck as an Overland travel tool. Just make sure it has the sure grip different in the rear, and the 32 gallon tank for range. I for one, am VERY interested in this truck for Adventure Travel.

For the most part great looking truck. Majority of comments that I've read this far mention the grill and the lettering on the back as needing to be changed. Please make that first on your list! Still want the truck , but would want it even more if you guys came up with something clever for the front and back. Could stand to lose the badging on the doors as well. Let the sheet metal do the talking. Cleaner the look the better!

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