While the Ram 1500 lassoed top honors as the “Truck of Texas” at the annual Texas Truck Rodeo hosted by the Texas Automotive Writers Association (TAWA), it wasn’t the only Ram offering to see praise at the event.
The new 2023 Ram 2500 Rebel Crew Cab 4×4 took home the title of “Heavy Duty Pickup Truck of Texas.” It marks the sixth consecutive time that a Ram Heavy Duty pickup has taken that title.
The Rebel offers Heavy Duty off-road truck buyers an even wider selection in 2023, with increased off-road performance, towing, and payload capability. The Ram 2500 Rebel features a unique combination of technology, performance, and a macho Power Wagon exterior appearance straight from the factory.
Using the Power Wagon’s structure and off-road prowess as a base while offering an alternative that off-road truck customers have been clamoring for, an available 6.7-liter Cummins Standard-Output Turbo Diesel I6 engine that produces 370 horsepower and 850 lb.-ft. of torque with a powerband that provides ample torque starting at 1,700 rpm. The 68RFE 6-speed automatic transmission is standard with the turbo-diesel option. The standard 6.4-liter HEMI V8 with cylinder deactivation and VCT provides 410 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque and is paired with the 8HP75 8-speed automatic transmission.
Exterior styling cues are shared with Power Wagon, but Rebel features unique badging and a sport-performance hood from Mopar. Ram 2500 Rebel models also feature a unique off-road suspension, a rear limited-slip differential, and rear electronic locker, 20-inch wheels (optional 18-inch wheels will be coming at a later date), 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.
An integrated front-mounted WARN Zeon-12 winch, rated at 12,000 lbs., is available on 2023 Ram 2500 Rebel models equipped with the 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine. The winch is installed at the factory and features a unique fairlead and fairlead retainer that utilizes a synthetic line that is maneuverable and won’t kink or fray.
Ram Heavy Duty trucks already feature a segment-leading suspension system with the best ride and handling, loaded or unloaded. The new 2023 Ram 2500 Rebel uses this exclusive five-link coil design that provides enhanced load-carrying characteristics and articulation. An available rear air suspension system is also available and further enhances best-in-class ride and handling qualities. Maximum towing for the 2023 Ram 2500 Rebel is 16,870 lbs. and a maximum payload of 3,140 lbs.
The new Ram 2500 Rebel has a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggest Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $67,045 (excluding $1,895 for destination). Expect the new Rebel to arrive late in the Q4 of 2022.