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Ram uses Mopar parts to customize wilderness and urban pickups

Modern Off The Grid pickup and low-riding classic Dodge share stage at SEMA

Published: October 30, 2019, 10:30 PM
Updated: November 2, 2019, 8:31 PM

Ram 1500 Rebel OTG Concept

Mopar, one of the continent’s best-known parts and accessories suppliers for Chrysler vehicles, is customizing a couple pickups for the SEMA show in Las Vegas.

Ram 1500 Rebel OTG Concept

“These vehicles showcase how Mopar is constantly expanding and exploring new ideas to meet the needs and fuel the imagination of our passionate fans,” said Mark Bosanac, Head of Mopar Service, Parts and Customer Care for FCA North America. “Whether it’s overlanding in remote locations or reimagining an alternative classic design history, Mopar has its customers covered.”

Ram 1500 Rebel OTG Concept

Ram 1500 Rebel OTG Concept

“Unlike traditional ‘4-wheeling,’ in overlanding the journey is the final objective. The goal is to explore rather than conquer obstacles,” said Joe Dehner, Head of Ram Truck and Mopar Design. “This is why we developed this concept, to allow vehicle-supported, self-reliant adventure travel, typically exploring remote locations and interacting with other cultures. This is the vehicle that I’d like to have whenever I choose to go ‘off the grid.’”

The Ram 1500 Rebel OTG (Off The Grid) Concept uses a 2020 Ram 1500 Rebel powered by a new 3.0-litreV-6 EcoDiesel, fed by a 125-litre fuel tank, making it ideal for long-distance treks. Drawing from the Ram 1500 Rebel, it rides on beadlock wheels shod 35-inch Goodyear tires, and uses Mopar’s concept 2-inch lift kit.

Ram 1500 Rebel OTG Concept

Concept Mopar accessories include a front bumper with integrated winch, a larger grille with flow-through R-A-M lettering and a functional snorkel air intake. Traction mats and a high-lift jack for uneven ground are supplied for extractions, and front and rear LED lights supply light where and when needed.

At the other end, a concept bumper adapted from the Ram 1500 Tradesman relocates the exhaust to improve the angle of departure, a multifunction tailgate with 60/40 split swing-away doors with hide-away step to improve access, and the bed has been fitted with a bed rack that carries more auxiliary lighting and a collapsible rooftop tent with a stowable ladder for access.

Ram 1500 Rebel OTG Concept

Functional equipment includes a retractable battery-powered cooler, gas-powered stove, sink with on-board water system, a deployable solar power set to generate electricity, a backup power supply, air-compressor and additional storage for tools and equipment.

Mopar Lowliner Concept

Mopar Lowliner Concept

Showing the depths of customization, Mopar transforms a 1968 Dodge D200 Heavy Duty pickup the Candied Delmonico Red and Dairy Cream Mopar Lowliner Concept.

Designers started by completely boxing in the original’s C-channel frame, stretched the wheelbase and then lowered the ride height. They made a custom power-tilt front end to showcase the legendary 5.9-litre Cummins diesel, mated to a 6-speed manual mounted on the floor and topped by a translucent metal-flake shift ball.

Mopar Lowliner Concept

The front axle was moved 76 mm forward to push the front wheels closer to the bumper corners and improve proportions, and it was fitted with an air suspension with three ride modes — low, driving height and driving height plus. It rides on custom designed “smoothie” stamped steel 22-inch Lowliner wheels shod with 285/35R22 in front and 325/35R22 tires (requiring a widening of the rear by five inches).

The truck features a replacement floor from the current Ram 1500, raising it 152 mm to accommodate the relocated fuel tank. To smooth out the exterior, the door handles, badging, fuel filler cap and antenna were all removed.

The headlights were replaced with LED units, the backup lights were integrated into custom taillights, and the Mopar Omega M logo has been ghosted onto the front fenders and the Dodge script has been ghosted onto the tailgate.

Mopar Lowliner Concept

Inside, the original bench seat is upholstered in orange-amber Blazing Saddle Tan distressed leather, the leather headliner has an embroidered with the Mopar Omega M logo, the original steering wheel has been retained, and the instruments have been reworked with seven custom Mopar gauges mounted in a turned aluminum panel.