RAM’s 2500 Rebel Is Essentially a Diesel-Burning Power Wagon

Photo By: Stellantis

Ram Trucks recently introduced the all-new 2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel, expanding the brand’s heavy-duty lineup, and offering enhanced off-road performance without sacrificing payload or towing capacity. The newest HD truck from Ram is squarely positioned between the Laramie and Power Wagon trim levels.

Ram Heavy Duty Rebel owners can choose between a 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel I-6 or a 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 with cylinder deactivation and variable-cam timing (VCT) engine. Other features include a unique suspension, rear limited-slip differential, rear electronic locker, and an available 12,000-lb. winch installed from the factory.

the new 2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel parked in the backcountry
2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel, the newest HD Ram Truck. Photo by Stellantis

2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel

The 2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel is built on the Ram Power Wagon’s structure and off-road capabilities while offering expanded towing and payload capabilities. Currently, the Ram 2500 Laramie can tow up to 15,060 pounds and a maximum payload of 3,528 pounds, while the Ram Power Wagon can tow 10,590 pounds with a max payload of 1,560 pounds.

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The Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel boasts a towing capacity of 16,870 pounds and a maximum payload of 3,140 pounds. If you’re pulling a large-scale adventure trailer or plan a heavy in-bed build, the new 2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel might be your new go-to vehicle.

2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel Exterior

the new 2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel pulling a trailer offroad.
2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel. Photo by Stellantis.

The styling cues of the 2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel borrow heavily from the Ram 2500 Power Wagon except for the unique badging and the sport performance hood by Mopar. But aside from looks, the new HD Rebel features a unique five-link coil suspension, a rear limited-slip differential and rear electronic locker, 20-inch wheels (with optional 18-inch wheels for more tire sidewall), aggressive 33-inch off-road tires, and skid plates that protect the fuel tank and transfer case. Cargo tie-downs are standard, while a spray-in bed liner, LED bed lighting and bed step are available.

The 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel I-6 offers 370 horsepower and 850-lb.-ft. of torque. The 68RFE six-speed automatic transmission is standard with the turbo diesel option. If you prefer a gas engine, the 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 will produce 410 horsepower and 429-lb.-ft. of torque and is paired with the 8HP75 eight-speed automatic transmission.

2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel offroad in the dust.
2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel. Photo by Stellantis.

An integrated front-mounted WARN Zeon-12 winch, rated at 12,000 lbs., is available on 2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel models equipped with the 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine.

2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel Interior

Inside, the new 2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel offers three different seating options, including a cloth bench or bucket seat, a Bristol leather bench or bucket seat, and a full Natura Plus leather bucket seat.

Rebel also features a 360-degree Surround View camera, which includes forward-view camera gridlines to help navigate obstacles. This system provides a single display-screen view of both sides of a trailer to assist drivers in maneuvering towing setups. An available 12-inch frameless digital gauge cluster features nearly two dozen different menus. The full-color cluster features five reconfigurable tiles for at-a-glance data, or quick and easy access to the most used information. Drivers may choose between analog or digital instrumentation. All cluster settings can be saved to a user profile.

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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.

Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel is available in a crew cab configuration with a six-foot, four-inch box.

2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel Pricing and Availability

The new 2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel will go on sale in Q4 2022. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starts at $67,045 plus a $1,895 destination charge.

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