The all-new 2023 Ram 2500 Rebel Crew Cab 4×4 turns heads with its rugged appearance and formidable performance. While it may bear a resemblance to the iconic HEMI®-powered Power Wagon, the Rebel distinguishes itself as a unique offering in the Ram lineup. With a focus on delivering both heavy-duty hauling capabilities and off-road prowess, this Cummins-powered truck aims to bridge the gap between both worlds.
Design and Off-Road Capability:
The Ram 2500 Rebel adopts the Power Wagon’s striking aesthetics, sporting two-tone paint, blacked-out trim, rugged fender flares, and a new hood scoop. However, it falls short of the Power Wagon’s off-road performance due to its shared components with the conventional Ram 2500. The Rebel lacks the Power Wagon’s two-inch lift, advanced swaybar disconnect system, and special Articulink joint for increased front axle twist. Nonetheless, it offers a rear differential that can function as both a limited slip and fully electronic locker, ensuring enhanced traction when needed. The Rebel’s 285/60R20 (33-inch) tires and skid plating for the fuel tank and transfer case further contribute to its off-road readiness.
An integrated front-mounted WARN Zeon-12 winch, rated at 12,000 lbs., is available on 2023 Ram 2500 Rebel models equipped with the HEMI®. The winch is installed at the factory and features a unique fairlead and fairlead retainer that utilizes a maneuverable synthetic line that won’t kink or fray.
The Ram 2500 Rebel provides two powertrain options to suit different preferences and needs. The standard offering is a 6.4-liter (392 cubic-inch) HEMI® V8 engine, producing 410 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque, paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. This setup enables a maximum towing capacity of 16,870 lbs. and a payload of 3,150 lbs. The Rebel can also be equipped with a 6.7-liter (408 cubic-inch) Cummins I6 turbodiesel for those desiring even greater torque for heavy towing. Although not the high-output variant, it still delivers impressive figures of 370 horsepower and 850 lb.-ft. of torque, available at a low 1,700 rpm. The Cummins-powered Rebel has a towing capacity of 14,920 lbs.
Performance and Handling:
While the Rebel’s powertrain options provide substantial performance, it’s essential to note that the truck is not designed for towing extremely heavy loads like the conventional Ram 2500. The Rebel’s towing capacity and payload limits are lower due to its suspension tuning and packaging constraints. The suspension system shares similarities with the standard Ram 2500, but the Rebel’s Bilstein dampers contribute to a smoother ride. The truck’s off-road tires and the open front differential compromise some of its rock-crawling capabilities but offer improved handling and towing stability.
Interior and Technology:
Inside the 2023 Ram 2500 Rebel, occupants are treated to the same class-leading interior found in other Ram trucks. The cabin offers a comfortable and refined environment, with cloth or leather bench seats options. The higher-spec models boast premium materials and a user-friendly touchscreen interface. Notable technology features include a new digital cluster with extensive customization options and optional digital rearview and towing side mirrors, providing enhanced visibility around the vehicle.
- Base Price (MSRP): $68,940 USD for HEMI® | $93,875 USD for Cummins
- 6.4-liter HEMI V8: 8-Speed Auto | 4×4
- 410 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm | 429 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
- 6.7-liter Cummins I6: 6-Speed 68RFE Auto | 4×4
- 370 horsepower @ 2,800 rpm | 850 lb.-ft. @ 1,700 rpm
- 6.4-liter HEMI V8: 8-Speed Auto | 4×4
- Seating Capacity: 5-Passengers
- Towing Capacity: HEMI 16,870 lbs. | Cummins 14,920 lbs.
- Wheelbase: 149-inches
- Off-Road Angles: 22.9° approach | 25.8° departure | 23.9° break-over
- Max Ground Clearance: 13.1-inches
- Payload: 3,150 lbs.
Available safety features include adaptive cruise control, full-speed forward-collision warning plus, Lane Keep Assist, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, automatic headlamps, digital rearview mirror with tow mode, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
In conclusion, the 2023 Ram 2500 Rebel presents a compelling option for truck buyers who value a balance between off-road capability, towing prowess, and stylish design. While it may not possess the extreme off-road features of the Power Wagon, the Rebel still delivers an impressive performance both on and off the beaten path.
With its range of powertrain options, including the highly regarded Cummins diesel engine, the Rebel offers substantial towing capacities and ample torque for heavy loads. Combined with its eye-catching aesthetics and comfortable interior, the Ram 2500 Rebel is a strong contender in the heavy-duty truck market, appealing to those seeking a versatile and capable truck for work and adventure.