Ram Models that Go Off-Road
The 2019 Ram 1500 light duty pickup truck is available now, and with all the good it’s for, many consumers are learning about all the other features the 2019 Ram 1500 has to offer. One of those features is the ability to go off-road, a capability the Ram 1500 isn’t really known for, and thus, not really talked about. For the 2019 model year, the Ram 1500 got a whole new off-road package and an upgraded Ram Rebel. With the Ram TRX releasing specs and gearing up to enter the modern age of man, we thought this would be a good time to look at all the off-road vehicles the Ram brand is known for.
2018 Ram 1500 Rebel
The 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine, and is optimized with variable valve timing (VVT) technology to increase its performance. Able to generate 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, this powertrain is a good start for going off-road, but consumers can get more power and torque with the 395hp 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine, able to generate 410 lb-ft of torque. Since the 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel is only equipped with a crew cab and a 5’7” truck bed, some consumers may find a single option a little limiting, but when getting a truck made to go off-road, the passenger space takes priority over the truck bed.
Known for its off-road capabilities, the 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel has been outfitted with all the best equipment. The 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel rides on 17-inch wheels, is built with an exclusive air suspension lift kit integrated to raise the ridge height by an extra inch, Bilstein shocks, tow hooks, and a front skid plate to make the Rebel as rough as its capable. Plus, if looking to get a little work done, thanks to the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 and a higher gear ratio option, consumers can get a towing capacity of 10,140 pounds from the Ram 1500 Rebel pickup truck.
Ram Power Wagon
Oof, you may not see many of these on the road, but the Ram Power Wagon was the beast to take on the Ford F-150 Raptor. Under the hood is the powerful 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine that generates best-in-class 410-horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque, also best-in-class. Paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission, and riding on 17-inch wheels wrapped with 33-inch Goodyear all-terrain tires, the Ram Power Wagon already has a lot going for it.
To bring out the off-road driving capability of the Ram Power Wagon, heavy-duty rear axles and Bilstein shocks have been added, along with a 14.3-inch ground clearance, unique Ram “Articulink” front suspension system and sway-bar disconnect system for additional flexibility and axle articulation when going up hills, over rocks, or just crossing uneven terrain. The Ram Power Wagon isn’t all about rugged off-glory though. It also has some aggressive style with blacked-out headlights and an all-new grille and hood decals exclusive to the Power Wagon, and a maximum towing capacity of 12,000 pounds.
Ram Rebel TRX
Wow, we’ve been hearing about this vehicle for some time now, and it seems like we’re finally getting close. With the FCA having announced its new five-year plan, the two brands to take a huge part of the stage are Jeep and Ram. Jeep has several vehicles already in the works to change up its lineup, and the spotlight for the Ram is falling onto the 2019 Ram Rebel TRX concept. The most recent news speaks of two trims, a Rebel TR powered by a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine called the “Banshee”, able to produce 520 horsepower and 525 lb-ft of torque, and then the Rebel TRX, powered by the legendary 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine, able to produce 707 horsepower.
We’re not sure if both TRX trims will get the full treatment, but when it comes to going off-road, Ram’s 4×4 Performance Control System has been installed, featuring a BorgWarner 44-45 transfer case and four different driving modes: normal, wet/snow, off-road, and Baja. Although almost identical to the build of the new 2019 Ram 1500, there are several upgrades, such as a suspension increase of 40-percent, adding adjustable coil-over shocks with internal bypass sort out the front load and a best-in-class link coil rear suspension system in the back. According to Ram, the powertrain has been built for clear responsiveness to the driver.
“In the rear, a Dynatrac Pro 60 axle spools power through an electric, selectable locker to 35-spline, 1.5-inch axle shafts … The locker is available in all modes and commits both rear wheels to traction at the same speed, spreads the torque load and maximizes the tractive effort (power put to the ground) in full-throttle maneuvers.” – unnamed Ram executive.
Looking for your own truck that can get work done or go off-road? Find the 2019 Ram 1500 and these trims at Aventura CJDR.