It’s not too strange to see a prototype of the next generation Ram 1500 these days. However, this testing mule reveals some quite uncommon details, so we thought that this might be special, perhaps a high-performance half-ton truck. Moreover, the latest reports suggest that this is the 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel, yet we are wondering why it’s using a diesel engine instead of some thirsty gasoline mill.
Our spies are absolutely sure that the prototype uses a 3.0-liter Eco Diesel engine. However, if the truck represents some kind of a topper, it needs to deliver more from today’s 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. Of course, the diesel powered 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel won’t be the only available option. The producer will definitely add a supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat engine under the hood of the most expensive model. Though, although the mill could develop 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of twist the Ram 1500 Rebel will stay limited somewhere south from 600 ponies, most likely at 575 hp. No matter which engine carmaker decides to use, it will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Even though it’s really uncommon, the diesel beneath the hood of the high-performance pickup isn’t the only unexpected thing. The testing mule is also using a special suspension that features rear steel springs instead of the air springs. It’s also slightly risen, which should enable better off-road qualities. Speaking of which, the truck comes without Ram’s usual Toyo tires. Instead, the 17-inch wheels come in a pair with Goodyear 275/70/18R tires.
Since we are looking at the testing mule, we are not too surprised with the exterior design. However, there is no chance to see these details like Limited grille or Laramie interior when the production-ready 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel arrives. No, the off-road pickup will offer some completely new styling cues inside and out.
Ram’s new generation Ram 1500 Rebel will be ready early next year, so it should be introduced at next year’s Detroit auto show.