PIONEERTOWN, Calif. — A vocal subset of Ram truck lovers has extensive clamored for a individual blend: a Power Wagon with a Cummins turbodiesel. Very well, they nonetheless aren’t obtaining a single. But the 2023 Ram 2500 Rebel is intended to be the up coming-ideal point, as it does in truth offer you that extensive-coveted turbodiesel, though incorporating and subtracting in a couple of locations to develop anything which is extra weighty-obligation truck and considerably less rock crawler.

Very first, what the Rebel shares with the Electricity Wagon. The only system preference is a Crew Cab and 6-foot-4 mattress, with a choice of five- and six-passenger seating. Buyers can decide on in between the very same BorgWarner portion-time transfer scenario, with a alternative of electronic or manual shift procedure regardless of engine. It features 4Hi and 4Lo (crawl ratio of 2.64:1), with the latter requiring you shift into Neutral. At the rear, the Rebel inherits the exact same electronic locker and electronic minimal-slip differential. The 20-inch wheels are wrapped in 33-inch all-terrain rubber. The exact same skid plate package is shared, as is the exact normal look aside from a somewhat distinctive grille mesh and 20-inch wheel structure. Mainly, apart from the deficiency of Power WAGON sticker on the bed side, it would be awfully tough to tell the two apart.

Standard on the Rebel is the Electric power Wagon’s only engine possibility: the 6.4-liter Hemi V8 fantastic for 410 horsepower and 429 pound-ft of torque. A ZF-sourced eight-pace computerized is typical.

Now, what the Rebel does not get. Up entrance, there is no electronic entrance locker, nor the disconnecting sway bar and extra rear suspension joint that makes it possible for for the Energy Wagon’s absurd suspension articulation. To that same finish, the Electric power Wagon has softer springs at the rear than other 2500 Rams, but the tradeoff for all that rock-crawling articulation is a substantially lower tow ranking of 10,590 pounds and payload of 1,630 lbs.

The Rebel gets firmer rear springs, which zaps articulation, but permits for massively upgraded hefty-duty trucking. The tow rating jumps to 16,870 pounds with the 6.4-liter, although the payload goes up to 3,140 lbs. Towing goes down by about 2,000 lbs with the Cummins considering the fact that the motor weighs so significantly much more. What you get, however, is just about two times the torque. The 6.7-liter inline-6 sends 370 hp and 850 lb-ft of torque through a six-pace computerized. Sorry, you just cannot get the 1,075-lb-ft Large Output version, but let us not be choosers, beggars.

You also can’t get the 12,000-pound Alert Zeon-12 winch when you choose for the Cummins, given that there is mainly not more than enough room up front for both of those winch and diesel to coexist. That is a major explanation the Electric power Wagon does not supply the diesel. If you’re Okay with the 6.4-liter, however, the winch can be additional to the Rebel.

Out on the highway, the Rebel feels each little bit the large-obligation truck with a big-honking diesel engine. Acceleration can at once feel lethargic, and then total-on offended stump puller. The 6-pace automated is innocuous sufficient underneath typical problems, but climbing quite a few thousand feet into the mountains toward Significant Bear Lake, Calif., demonstrated a reluctance to downshift. It’s really worth wondering no matter if you’d want the 6.4-liter and its further two gears although towing irrespective of the torque deficit.  

The all-terrain tires add vagueness to the steering, but the hydraulic program luckily nonetheless manages to give just enough response to prevent any spooky moments while maintaining the truck in a straight line. The Ram Hd does not have a telescoping steering column, nevertheless, so for all those who sit a bit rearward, obtaining an suitable position might be complicated. Even worse, your head may well slam into the B pillar while off-roading, ask me how I know.

Even though I didn’t get a prospect to generate the Electrical power Wagon and Rebel again-to-again, the hardware distinctions and past practical experience would lead me to believe that that the Rebel won’t journey as comfortably on- or off-highway. The firmer springs and absence of the disconnecting sway bar staying the principal culprits. This is unquestionably a firm-riding truck, and while it won’t defeat you up (Okay, so if you’re driving more than a rock-strewn path, it is likely to conquer you up), there is a value to spend for opting for a heavier-responsibility truck. This unquestionably applies when evaluating the 2500 Rebel to its 1500 Rebel sibling: You are likely to be a whole lot happier driving the 1500 on a everyday basis even if you can’t tow a little home.

That explained, the 2500 Rebel however has rear coil-around springs with the additional solution of air suspension versus the leaf springs uncovered in Ford and GM’s significant-responsibility pickups. This not only benefits in outstanding experience convenience, but enhanced handling and trailer manage. Theoretically, the Rebel may not be as livable as a Electric power Wagon, but should be extra pleasant than a Ford F-250 Tremor or GMC Sierra 2500 AT4. Theoretically at minimum.

Off-road, the Rebel may well be a lot less able than the Power Wagon, but that’s very a great deal the best bar you can try out to obvious in the off-roading truck realm. A rock-strewn path with unpleasant ruts was dispensed with no a next imagined, assured that the truck’s ground clearance, articulation and giant all-terrain tires would shrug it all off. For a significantly higher challenge, quite a few comically steep hill climbs with deep ruts have been dispatched by simply just holding the accelerator constant and enabling the 4Lo, rear locker and Goodyear Wranglers do their thing. Hill-descent command is incorporated, but my right leg and the brake pedal perform capably more than enough. If you are wanting for newfangled Selec-Terrain-style off-highway modes, you won’t uncover them in this article. This is outdated-fashioned off-roading in which the components and the driver take precedence more than the desktops.

Now, it’s not like the trails and off-highway “playground” we tackled in the Rebel are probable everything special. A Wrangler driver would in all probability shrug and say “no large deal.” It is that they can be tackled in a large-responsibility truck that could tow 3 of those Wranglers to that trail.

Must you check out that, the Rebel presents the identical array of trailering aids as other 2500s. Chief between these are many cameras, such as a new rearview digicam mirror that not only shows the common view from the tailgate, but adds the solution for a split facet view (the cameras are included to the in any other case typical electric power-extending tow mirrors) that expands your blind-location coverage. You can also plug in an accent digital camera that mounts to the again of a trailer, or even inside the trailer, really should you want to keep an eye on horses or alpacas or troublesome children you’ve relegated to the toy hauler (do not do this).

There is also a ahead camera, which may perhaps appear to be like a newfangled additional in this previous-faculty off-roader, but this is also an enormous aged-faculty off-roader with a hood that stands taller than a lot of persons. Viewing particularly what is more than that hill crest is tougher than most, and without a spotter, excellent luck. With the digital camera, you normally have that spotter. The forward see will remain energetic up to 12 mph and will return to it when you dip beneath 12 mph yet again.  

Pricing commences at $68,940, which include the significant $1,895 location charge. Which is scarcely considerably less than the 2023 Ability Wagon, which had its priced hiked up by $4,000 to $71,240 for ’23. It’s therefore ideal to believe of the Rebel as a distinctive type of off-roading Ram 2500 instead than a lesser variation. Oh, and it will get a good deal pricier. There are multiple solutions packages that substitute fabric with leather, blank panels with cameras, and an vacant grille with a winch (between a variety of luxuries). Precise selections pricing wasn’t out there at the time of composing, but the large-ticket merchandise, the Cummins, was a $9,595 option on the 2022 Ram 2500. So yeah, all that torque does not appear low-priced: A diesel Rebel will be pushing $80,000 and almost certainly will approach 90 large when loaded. That is eventually not that outrageous in the heavy-responsibility truck world particularly when you look at you’re having a pickup that can pull off excessive towing, hauling and off-roading.