2023 ram 2500 heavy duty rebel joins the off-road party

The Ram 2500 heavy-duty pickup truck is getting a new Rebel variant for 2023 to help it balance work and play. The 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel borrows off-road goods from its 1500 Rebel sibling while offering higher towing and payload capacity for on- or off-the-clock demands. The new model will join Ram’s existing roster of adventure-oriented pickups that includes the 1500 Rebel, 1500 TRX and 2500 Power Wagon.

Rebel With an Off-Road Cause

Based on the Ram 2500 Power Wagon and available only as a crew cab with a 6-foot-4-inch bed, the Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel will slot between the Laramie and Power Wagon trims when it goes on sale late in the year. It brings two familiar engine options, new off-road bits, and some unique exterior and interior elements to set it apart.

The 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel’s adventure-oriented features include an off-road suspension, rear limited-slip differential, rear electronic locker, and standard skid plates to protect the undercarriage on rough terrain. Standard cargo tie-downs can secure adventure gear, and a spray-in bedliner, LED lighting and bed step are optional. Also available is a factory-installed, front-mounted Warn Industries Zeon-12 winch rated at 12,000 pounds but only available in combination with the standard V-8 engine.

Although the Rebel will closely resemble the Power Wagon, it brings distinguishing features including trim-specific badging and a Mopar performance hood. The new off-road model will ride on 20-inch wheels wrapped in 33-inch off-road tires; 18-inch wheels will be available at a later date.

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Conformist Powertrains

Despite its added off-road features, the 2500 Rebel resembles its heavy-duty counterparts when it comes to powertrain options. The base engine is a 6.4-liter V-8 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that makes 410 horsepower and 429 pounds-feet of torque. Also available is a turbo-diesel 6.7-liter inline-six-cylinder paired with a six-speed automatic (the diesel is not currently offered on the Power Wagon). The latter makes 370 hp and boosts torque to 850 pounds-feet. The 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel can tow a maximum of 16,870 pounds and gets a maximum payload of 3,140 pounds. For context, the 2022 Ram 2500’s towing capacity tops out at 20,000 pounds and payload at 4,010 pounds.

What’s Inside?

Shoppers can choose from three interior configurations for the new Rebel: a bucket seat or bench seat in cloth or leather upholstery, or a bucket seat with premium leather. Tech features include a 360-degree camera system with a forward view and grid lines for off-road obstacles. The system also shows a view of the trailer from both sides to help with towing setup. A newly available 12-inch digital gauge cluster offers nearly 24 menus and customizable tiles for driver information that can be saved to a user profile.

Available safety and driver-assist features include adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure steering assist and blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert.

Pricing and Competition

2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel | Manufacturer image

The 2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel will start at $68,940 (all prices include destination charge); pricing has not yet been announced for other 2023 Ram HD variants. The 2022 Laramie currently starts at $61,315 and the 2022 Power Wagon at $65,655. Among the Rebel’s HD rivals, the 2023 GMC Sierra 2500 AT4 starts at $67,395 and the Ford Super Duty F-250 King Ranch, which comes with an available off-road Tremor Package, starts at $76,060.

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