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Meet the Ram Rebel

by David Zatz on

Using a historic Chrysler and AMC nameplate, along with the Ram 1500’s air suspension, the new Ram 1500 Rebel is both a lifted pickup and, possibly, the shape of the 2016 refresh.

The Rebel is not one-for-one with Ford Raptor, but does match or beat Ford FX4 and Chevrolet Silverado Z71; the main goal was to provide a safe factory alternative to common dealer and owner modifications.  The one inch lift goes along with suspension and program changes, so it does not cause excess tire and suspension wear — or void the warranty, as even dealer “upgrades” do.

There are numerous clever touches for those who do use the Ram Rebel off-road, beyond the wide-ranging eight-speed automatic (standard on both six and eight cylinder engines), such as powder-coated front and rear bumpers (for extra scratch resistance) and black lower panels (for easier touch up).

The appearance is new for Ram, and may presage styling themes of the 2016 models. As Ford has imitated Ram styling, this Ram uses large brand names in the grille and on the tailgate.

For many more photos and competitive comparisons, see our full 2015 Ram Rebel page.

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