2023 Ram Rebel 2500 HD adds the diesel engine you can’t get in the Power Wagon

Wanted a Ram Power Wagon, but couldn’t pull the trigger because Ram won’t sell it to you with the Cummins diesel engine? Well, today Ram has an answer for you, and it’s the 2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel. Officially at least. Go ahead and call it Ram Rebel 2500 HD if you prefer. And if you couldn’t tell now, it’s heavy-duty truck week — Chevy released a refreshed Silverado HD earlier this week, and Ford unveiled its next-gen Super Duty shortly after.

Similar to the lightweight Ram 1500 Rebel, the HD version is a pickup with some off-road chops and a factory-straight off-road look. You’ll quickly notice that it looks a lot like a Power Wagon – Ram says most of the exterior design cues are actually shared with the Power Wagon. However, the Rebel differentiates itself with a Mopar “sports performance cap” and Rebel badging throughout. It comes standard with 20-inch wheels and 33-inch all-terrain tires, but Ram says 18-inch wheels will be available later in the 2023 model year. It includes a unique off-road suspension ( optional rear air suspension), four-wheel drive, 12,000-pound capacity Warn Zeon-12 winch, rear limited-slip differential, rear electronic locker, and skid plates to protect the fuel tank and transfer box. . Don’t expect it to outdo an all-terrain Power Wagon, as it doesn’t get beyond extras like the front-locking differential and electronic-disconnecting stabilizer bar.

The powertrain history might be enough to convince you of the Rebel’s side, however, unlike the Power Wagon, this Heavy Duty Ram can be equipped with the diesel engine. Ram still makes its 6.4-liter V8 the standard engine in the Rebel (as in the Power Wagon), and it produces a respectable 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. This configuration won’t give you maximum towing capacity, but the diesel will, with a maximum of 16,870 pounds – a Power Wagon maxes out at 10,590 pounds of towing capacity. The 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel inline-six produces 370 horsepower and 850 pound-feet of torque in the Rebel. You get a six-speed automatic with the diesel, but the petrol engine comes with an eight-speed automatic. Maximum payload is 3,140 pounds, which is another big plus for the diesel-powered Rebel over the Power Wagon which peaks at just 1,630 pounds.

Inside, the Rebel can be fitted with fabric, Bristol leather or “Natura Plus” leather seats. Optional add-ons include a 12-inch digital gauge cluster, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and other driver assistance features. It is only available in one configuration: Crew Cab with a 6ft 4in bed

Ram says the 2023 Ram Rebel will start at $68,940 including destination charges. Expect them to hit dealerships sometime in the fourth quarter of 2022 and Autoblog will drive it in a few weeks. Look for our notice from October 24.

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