Detroit LIVE: 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel [Video]
The Ram 1500 Rebel boasts over 10 inches of ground clearance thanks to an air suspension system.
Ram has introduced an off-road ready variant of the 1500 pickup called Rebel at the Detroit Motor Show.
Exclusively offered as a crew cab model with a five-foot seven-inch bed, the Rebel eschews Ram's traditional crosshair radiator grille and instead adopts a single-slat unit with an oversized "RAM" emblem. It also gains a blacked-out front bumper that incorporates a skid plate, tow hooks, LED fog lights and an aluminum powerdome hood with two air vents. Out back, the Rebel features a model-specific tailgate, a black bumper and blacked-out tail lamp bezels.
33-inch Toyo all-terrain tires mounted on 17-inch alloy wheels help the Rebel cruise over even the roughest terrain. An air suspension allows the Rebel to offer a class-leading 10.3 inches of ground clearance.
The interior has been upgraded with seats upholstered in high-durability vinyl and a black instrument panel with gray and red accent stitching. The Rebel's center console features a cast iron appearance thanks to an Iron Gray Metallic finish, and the seat upholstery is embossed with the tread pattern of the Toyo tires.
The 1500 Rebel comes standard with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine rated at 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft. of torque, while power-hungry buyers can opt for a 5.7-liter Hemi that generates 395 ponies and 410 lb-ft. of twist. An eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard regardless of which engine is chosen, and both two- and four-wheel drive models are available.
The 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel is scheduled to go on sale early in the second half of the year. How much of a premium it commands over the standard 1500 will be revealed in the weeks leading up to its on-sale date.
Live images by Brian Williams.