The Ram brand continues to build its off-road truck portfolio and fortify its position as North America’s off-road and performance truck leader by making the Ram Rebel even better. We just learned the new 2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel — a truck positioned between Laramie and Power Wagon — will be a recipient of the Cummins turbo diesel. The addition of a Cummins definitely solidifies the Rebel as an off-road-capable workhorse.
The Rebel already features a unique exterior design, aggressive off-road tires, an electronic rear locker and rear limited-slip differential, skid plates, and an optional 12,000-pound WARN winch. It also carried a suspension system that features the best ride quality, handling, load-carrying characteristics, and articulation — loaded or unloaded.
“Ram Heavy Duty Rebel buyers will enjoy that the newest addition to our versatile lineup offers a combination of off-road performance without having to sacrifice capability,” says Mike Koval Jr., Ram brand CEO – Stellantis. “Ram has a deep, rich, and strong history of the most capable off-road trucks, and the new 2023 Ram Heavy Duty Rebel adds to that history while delivering the segment’s benchmarks in comfort, luxury materials, innovation, and technology.”
The Ram Heavy Duty Rebel models offer a choice between a 6.4-liter HEMI with cylinder deactivation and variable-cam timing (VCT) and now, the 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel. The available Cummins standard-output engine produces 370 horsepower and 850 lb.-ft. of torque with a powerband that provides great torque starting at 1,700 rpm. The 68RFE six-speed automatic transmission is still standard with the turbo-diesel option.
Although this is a truck, buyers still want options. So, to accommodate many, the 2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel offers three different seating options. These will include a cloth bench or bucket seat, a Bristol leather bench or bucket seat, and a full Natura Plus leather bucket seat.
According to a press release, 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.
The New Ram Heavy Duty Rebel joins Power Wagon, Ram 1500 TRX, and Ram 1500 Rebel to reinforce Ram’s off-road leadership with the most capable production off-road trucks in the industry and goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2022.
Continuing into this new model, the exterior styling cues are still shared with Power Wagon, but Rebel features unique badging and a sport-performance hood from Mopar. Ram Heavy Duty Rebel also features a unique off-road suspension, a rear limited-slip differential and rear electronic locker, 20-inch wheels (optional 18-inch wheels – late availability), 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 bedliner, LED bed lighting, and bed step are available. Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel is available in a crew cab configuration with a six-foot, four-inch box.
While 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, there is no mention of availability with the Cummins. Our guess is the diesel’s intercooler negates that option when the Cummins is selected.
The new 2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel uses a five-link coil design that provides enhanced load-carrying characteristics and articulation. An available rear air suspension system is also available. Maximum towing for the 2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel is 16,870 pounds and the maximum payload is 3,140 pounds.
The addition of the Cummins under the hood of the Rebel definitely makes this an all-purpose truck for those looking to haul their gooseneck trailer off the beaten path.