The new 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel drops right into a core segment of the full-size pickup truck market, bringing one-of-a-kind off-road design cues and a can-do attitude backed by Ram Truck engineering.
Departing from the brand’s iconic “cross-hair” design, Rebel features an all-new grille with prominent, billet silver “RAM” letter badging, plus an aluminum twin-snorkel sport hood, a new black powder-coated front bumper, a billet silver skid plate, new front tow hooks and new LED fog lamps.
Rebel’s flacks wear black Power Wagon wheel-arch mouldings, flat-black badges, mirrors and lower body panels to create a distinctive trail-ready presence. New 17-inch aluminum wheel with matte black painted accent pockets are among the most elaborate designs found in mass production.
Continuing around to the rear, Rebel wears a bold new “RAM” stamped tailgate with blacked-out lettering, atop a powder coated black bumper and tail lamps with black bezels to match the forward lighting. Rebel offers an optional backup camera, the exclusive RamBox storage system and a new tri-fold tonneau cover embossed with the Ram logo.
Inside, Rebel is every bit as brawny and rugged as it is outside. High-durability technical grain vinyl seats are finished in Radar Red and Black with Sedoso fabric inserts embossed with a Toyo tire tread pattern, matching the Rebel’s actual footprint. A Ram’s head is embroidered on the headrests, while “Rebel” appears on the upper bolsters. Black, Radar Red and Light Diesel Grey are the main and accent colours found throughout the unique cabin. Rebel’s all-new centre console incorporates inserts for various-sized cell phones and tablets. The heated steering wheel is wrapped with semi-perforated black leather, accented again with Radar Red X stitching. Radar Red is also used to highlight the anodized vent rings, door accent rings, door trim spears, centre console trim ring and the Ram’s head on the deep, all-weather rubber floor mats. The interior is finished off with a new black headliner and matching upper pillars.
The Rebel’s trail-running capability gets a boost by taking advantage of the Ram 1500’s class-exclusive air suspension system, here with a 2.5 cm (1 inch) factory lift. This not only helps to clear the beefy 33-inch (LT285/70R17) Toyo Open Country A/T all-terrain tires, but also contributes to best-in-class ground clearance of 26.1 cm (10.3 in.) and improved off-road approach, departure and breakover angles.
Bilstein® supplies front and rear shocks with unique tuning and a new steering calibration is matched to the Rebel’s increased ride height. A softer rear stabilizer bar provides improved dynamics.
Rebel is available exclusively as a Crew Cab model with a 5-ft.-by-7-inch bed length. Both the 3.6-litre Pentastar™ V6 (305 horsepower/269 lb-ft of torque) and 5.7-litre HEMI powertrains (395 hp/410 lb.-ft. ) are offered, mated to a class-exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic which improves drivability and enhances fuel efficiency.
2015 Ram Laramie Limited
Alongside the Ram 1500 Rebel, Ram Truck had an additional unveiling on the show floor in Toronto. Following its world debut just minutes before at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, the 2015 Ram Laramie Limited was shown in Canada for the first time.
Already the benchmark for truck opulence, the 2015 model shows even higher level of sophistication and attention to detail, as demanded from Ram Truck’s high-end pickup buyers.
The Laramie Limited’s all-new grille is the most prominent change on the exterior. Its new billet port grille with bold “RAM” lettering breaks from the long tradition of crosshair styling. On each side of the grille, a quad headlamp design includes a bi-functional halogen projector system placed in a dark background. Fifteen amber LEDs illuminate park/turn/position lamps and three amber LEDs serve for the side markers. A Ram shield logo is moulded into the housing, and the Ram name is moulded into the inside of the outer lens.
Matching the new front grille theme, a new tailgate design is fixed with a 50.8 cm (20-inch)-wide, bright chrome “RAM” badge so onlookers can clearly identify the truck. A new chrome accent strip lines the base of the gate.
Ram 1500 Laramie Limited features an all-new 20-inch forged multi-surface aluminum wheel – unique in the truck market and a detail not to be missed. Polished surfaces are accented with painted silver.
Inside, the 2015 Ram Laramie Limited is the apex of modern luxury. It features premium materials, all-black, full Natura Plus premium leather seating, real Argento wood components and diamond knurled Liquid Chrome gauge rings inspired by modish watches. Subtle stitching accents, pin striping, unique materials and patterns are also found throughout. Ram Laramie Limited is a “black-tie” luxury alternative to the popular southwestern-themed Laramie Longhorn edition pickup.
The newly designed, deep and double-stacked centre console is topped with a forgiving, French-stitched full-leather lid and pronounced Limited badge, covering USB, auxiliary and 12-volt service points. Just forward of the console lid, a new bin houses a cellular phone and tablet holder, which can be concealed with a new, real wood sliding door. A-pillar and B-pillar handles feature a leather wrap with rollover Greystone stitching.
The 2015 Laramie Limited features the next generation 8.4-inch Uconnect system with standard navigation. Digital background screens are tailor-made to the high-class trim, another detail valued by premium truck customers.
Ram Laramie Limited also is equipped with air suspension (1500 only), wheel-to-wheel side steps, navigational radio, remote start, backup camera, power adjustable pedals with memory, heated steering wheel, front ventilated and heated seats, heated rear seats and RamBox (Heavy Duty, 6-foot, 4-inch bed only).
The new Ram trim will be available on 1500, 2500 and 3500 models. The upgraded interior and exterior trim aligns with a long list of best-in-class titles under the Ram moniker, including fuel economy, payload, torque and towing capacity.
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