Spy Shots: 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel Mule Hints at Changes Ahead

July 18, 2017 by Ryan ZumMallen, @Zoomy575M

Automakers have pushed the envelope on full-size pickup trucks in recent years, introducing features such as aluminum body panels, 10-speed transmissions and engines with more than 900 pound-feet of torque.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles appears to be whipping up something special with its popular Ram 1500 as well.

Ram Rebel mule spy shots front grille

2019 Ram 1500 Rebel. (Photo: Brian Williams/Trucks.com)

Spy photographers captured these images showing a possible 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel, the high performance off-road variant of the light-duty truck, outside of Death Valley, Calif. earlier this week.

While the development mule has a familiar Ram look, it boasts an interesting assortment of parts such as an EcoDiesel V6 engine and new wheels and tires. Stranger still, the front axle boasts air suspension while the rear uses steel coils.

Ram Rebel mule spy shots back angle

2019 Ram 1500 Rebel. (Photo: Brian Williams/Trucks.com)

FCA is expected to debut its next-generation Ram 1500 at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, with an off-road Rebel version to follow one year later.

The tires are the biggest clue that this mule is a future Rebel model rather than a standard Ram 1500. They are Goodyear 275/70/18R models, designed for off-road capability in light trucks. The current 2017 Ram 1500 Rebel uses rubber from Toyo Tires on 17-inch wheels.

Ram Rebel mule spy shots back shot

2019 Ram 1500 Rebel. (Photo: Brian Williams/Trucks.com)

The current Ram Rebel also uses an innovative air suspension on all four corners – one of the benefits being adjustable ride heights up to 9.3 inches of ground clearance. In this test vehicle, however, the air suspension remains on the front axle but has been replaced by steel coil suspension at the rear.

In addition, today’s Ram Rebel is powered a 3.6-liter V6 or 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine, the latter making 395 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. The vehicle spotted outside Death Valley, however, used the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 in the Ram 1500 HFE making 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, but capable of up to 29 mpg on the highway.

Ram Rebel mule spy shots wheel

2019 Ram 1500 Rebel. (Photo: Brian Williams/Trucks.com)

Details will have to wait until the 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel makes its official debut. The success of the 450-horsepower Ford F-150 Raptor, and a warm reception for the ultra-aggressive Ram Rebel TRX concept in 2016, may signal that FCA is ready to take the next-generation Rebel to another level.

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