With Chevrolet and Ford releasing latest iterations of their heavy-duty trucks, Ram has joined the fray with the 2500 Rebel Heavy Duty model with a diesel engine and a lot of off-road amenities slotting it slightly below the Power Wagon.
Outside, the Rebel announces its superior capability with special badging and a sport-performance hood supplied by Mopar. It rides on 20-inch wheels with rugged 33-inch off-road tires, although 18-inch wheels will be available at a later stage. The transfer case and gas tank are protected with skid plates, and cargo tie-downs make the bed area as practical as possible. Optionally, customers can add a spray-in bed liner, a bed step, and LED bed lighting. A 12,000-pound WARN winch can also be specified as an extra.
Underneath, Ram says the Rebel gets a unique five-link coil suspension, with a rear air suspension system also available. A rear limited-slip diff and rear electronic locker are included, and skid plates protect important bits underneath. The Rebel rides on 20-inch wheels shod with 33-inch off-road tires. 18-inch wheels will be available late in the model year.
The interior can be outfitted with a bench or bucket seats up front, but three-across seating locks you out of the fanciest leather upholstery that is only available on the bucket seats. An optional 12.0-inch digital gauge display can be reconfigured to show a dizzying number of menus, all of which are intended to give the driver a customized view of whatever information is most pertinent to the task at hand—be that towing, stump pulling, trail running, or rock crawling.
Under the hood, the 2500 can hide either a 6.4-litre HEMI V8, delivering 410 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque or the mighty 6.7-litre i6 Cummins turbodiesel, rated at 370 horsepower and 850 lb.-ft. of torque. The HEMI comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission while the diesel is 6-speed auto. Depending on the final configuration, the 2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel provides a towing capacity of 3,116 kg and can carry 1,424 kg of payload.