Auto123 rreviews the 2022 Ram 1500 Rebel G/T.
My last test drive of a Ram pickup dates back to sometime in late 2020 on Auto123. It was a 2020 Limited Edition that was as luxurious as any premium sedan, without any exaggeration. Despite the price — and the gas bills — my experience with this cruising pickup has been a positive one.
Two years later I had another date with the Ram 1500 pickup, but this time in a slightly “rougher” form. The Ram 1500 Rebel is the logical option for those whose budget doesn’t allow for a TRX level of performance with its large supercharged V8 engine, special suspensions and wider tracks. The fact is that the Rebel variant does just as well on a rough trail as the TRX – as long as you don’t drive so fast.
For 2022, Ram is offering a new optional G/T package that adds a bit of sportiness to the full-size pickup. Note that this new package can be combined with the Ram 1500 Laramie if the Rebel version doesn’t float your boat.
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What exactly is the G/T package?
Before I give you my impressions of this latest Ram pickup variant, it’s important to list some of the features that come with this optional package.
Here we go: Interior luxuries include heated steering wheel, leather/vinyl seats, 4-way front headrests, bucket seats, driver seat memory function, ventilated front seats, heated front seats, 4-way power lumbar support on both front seats, 60/40 folding rear seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED -interior lighting with manual control, LED footwell lighting and LED ceiling lighting.
Want more? There are also 8-way power front seats, power pedals with memory function, premium overhead console, radio memory function, driver’s seat, mirrors and pedals, rear mood lighting and under-seat lighting. Oh, and there’s also those G/T embroideries in the front seatbacks and the decals on the rear fenders. So much for the toys!
Now let’s get to the heart of the matter, or if you prefer, the components that make this Ram 1500 Rebel a true G/T. The chrome MOPAR pedals are a nice addition, as are those special shift paddles – I’ll get to that – mounted behind the wheel, the performance screens as in all performance models in the range and even that traditional shifter on the driver’s side close by, in the center console.
As for that MOPAR fresh air intake system and that passively cooled exhaust system, let’s just say these two components are the resistance pieces of the G/T package. Let me explain.
Behind the wheel of a “muscle truck”
The first thing you notice when you get behind the wheel of the Ram 1500 Rebel is how big it is. With no running boards and a ground clearance an inch higher than the 1500, the Rebel leaves you with no choice but to use the grab handles on the inside to hoist yourself into it. with the 5.7L HEMI V8 engine roaring to life at the push of a button. Over the years I’ve driven several vehicles equipped with this engine, but none sounded as diabolical, with the possible exception of the various Hellcat variants at Dodge. OK, it’s true that the sound fades once the engine is warm, but by then you’ll have had your thrills, because the cold start with this G/T package is something else!
Once that initial excitement wears off, the 2022 1500 Rebel G/T drives just like any other full-size pickup with the Ram head on. The steering is relatively heavy, the suspension is (slightly) stiffer than usual, thanks to the Bilstein performance shocks in all four corners, acceleration is surprisingly good for such a bulky and heavy vehicle and the fuel tank needle goes down quickly – although in in this case, the optional 124 liter tank has the advantage of slightly extending the journeys.
Coming back to the haunting sound of the HEMI V8, the freeway pass is worthy of the best muscle cars in Detroit, and the 8-speed automatic transmission works really well with the V-twin. Don’t forget that the HEMI block is rated at 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque, more than enough to move this two and a half ton mass. In this application, the V8 was supported by the eTorque system, a mild hybrid system that improves powertrain response and extends stop/start times when conditions permit.
Unfortunately, the eTorque didn’t really quench the thirst of the V8 engine, especially during a week when the temperature often dropped below -20°C, forcing me to use the remote control a few minutes before the start, if only to to warm up the cabin for my passengers. My overall average fuel consumption was 21.4 l/100 km, a disappointing result, but understandable given how much of my time I spent in the city. Still, a two-hour drive on the highway was not enough to significantly reduce my fuel consumption, which should be around 12 l/100 km according to the Canadian EnerGuide.
The last word
The most special thing about this G/T variant is at the back, where the raucous sound coming from the two tailpipes is “annoying” enough to terrorize the residents of your neighborhood. Of course you have to need such a machine and you have to make some compromises in terms of comfort – and gas prices – but the pick-up buyer probably knows what to expect.
The raw sound of the sports exhaust
We like less
The body is high
Stiffer suspension (Rebel)
2022 Ram 1500 Rebel G/T Photos