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An early look at the Moparized Ram trucks of SEMA

by Patrick Rall on

The Mopar division of FCA will have one of the biggest displays at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, but this week, we have a sneak peak at two the Mopar-modified machines that will be on display. To be more specific, we bring you an early look at a pair of new Ram 1500 pickups – one of which has been lowered and another that has been lifted – showing the versatility of the half-ton truck.

“The SEMA Show is truly the greatest stage for our brand to demonstrate what owners and enthusiasts can create with a little imagination and a selection of Mopar parts and accessories,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Parts & Service (Mopar) and Passenger Car Brands, FCA – North America. “There is a method to our SEMA madness — we use this show as a venue to gauge enthusiast interest in prototype parts that may become production offerings in the future.”

While there may be other Ram trucks in the Mopar display at SEMA, the company has already shown off two of them – a lowered Ram 1500 Big Horn and a lifted Ram 1500 Rebel.

Mopar-modified Ram 1500 Rebel Concept

First up, we have the Ram 1500 Rebel Concept. This half-ton truck has been fitted with an array of items currently offered by Mopar, including beadlock wheels wrapped in 35-inch off-road rubber, aluminum running boards, off-road fog lights, wheel flares, skid plates, five-inch exhaust tips and door sill plates.


Next, Mopar added some concept items, such as the unique hood with the front scoop inlet, the “Ram Bar” in the bed with an in-bed tire carrier, silver gas and brake pedals, and the distinct Rebel graphics on the bedside – which aren’t available now, but these graphics are coming to the Mopar catalog soon.

Under the concept hood sits a 5.7-liter Hemi topped with the new Ram AirFlow cold air intake system, which is said to add more power, but we don’t know how much.


Ram 1500 Big Horn “Low Down” Concept

Next, we have the Low Down Concept, which is based on the 2019 Ram 1500 Big Horn. While the Rebel Concept is obviously built to perform off-road, the Low Down is a street truck.

This Ram has been lowered two inches and it rides on production 22-inch wheels wrapped in low profile tires that are tucked inside the concept wheel flares. Out back, Mopar has added their production hard tonneau cover and a set of five-inch exhaust tips.

Like the Rebel, the Low Down has the concept sport hood, Ram AirFlow cold air intake on the 5.7-liter Hemi, along with the door sill plates and concept silver pedals.

These are just two of the 14 vehicles that Mopar will have on display at SEMA, so stay tuned to our coverage next week, including the big engine news on Tuesday.

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Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.

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