The 2023 Ram HD Rebel makes its debut
For $68,940 USD plus a $1,895 destination charge, the 2023 Ram 2500 HD Rebel is the latest foray into the off-road truck market. For the money, it’s more value-for-money than a Chevy Silverado 1500 ZR2 and Ford F-150 Raptor, while offering more size and most of the content found on the hulking Ram HD Power Wagon.
It might look like a Power Wagon, but Ram insists it isn’t. For example, a Ram HD Rebel can be equipped with a Cummins I6 turbo diesel engine developing 370 horsepower and 850 lb-ft of torque mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. A Power Wagon does not offer the Cummins at this time. But like its big brother, the Rebel comes standard with a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 developing 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque mated to an 8-speed ZF transmission. Like the Power Wagon, the 392-cubic-inch Hemi V8 can also be fitted with a 12,000-pound winch up front. The Cummins option does not offer this pairing.
As for the chassis, the 2023 Ram HD Rebel features a unique five-link coilover suspension, with an available rear air suspension system. Controlling power to the wheels is a rear limited-slip differential with an electronic locker, along with underbody skid plates. The new truck also features 20-inch wheels wrapped around 33-inch all-terrain tires. 18-inch wheels will be available at the end of the model year. The interior can also be outfitted with a cloth bench seat, before moving on to more upscale furnishings and useful tech like a 360-degree camera and blind-spot monitoring systems.
So with the Power Wagon look, a Cummins diesel engine and a lower price point, what’s the point of keeping both the Ram HD Rebel and the Power Wagon at the same time? To put it simply: 35-inch tires and a front locking differential. Both of these big-budget off-road pieces of equipment aren’t found on the Ram HD Rebel while they are on the Power Wagon.
The 2023 Ram HD Rebel will hit dealerships later this year. Additional options and prices are also TBA.