Mopar at SEMA 2019: a tough and a tender pickup

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V you can get an overview of the new products at SEMA (5. to 8 October 2019), one could get the impression that half of America only wants to spend its time outdoors in nature from now on. Offroading is the big topic across all brands in the exhibition halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The more durable a car is and the more independently its crew can act in the wilderness, the better. So it's no wonder that this time a particularly large number of pickups hit the gambling metropolis.

Ram 1500 Rebel with better off-road mobility

Mopar is bringing two of them to SEMA. The Ram plays the role of the extreme off-roader 1500 Rebel OTG (Off the Grid) Concept. The flatbed truck, painted in the color “Mojave Sand”, naturally has all-wheel drive and a lift kit that raises the body by up to five centimeters. The beadlock rims have Goodyear Wrangler off-road tires all around.

If everything is completely unfolded and fanned out, you can roughly guess what possibilities the Ram 1500 Rebel OTG Concept offers in the field.

There is an integrated winch and particularly robust towing eyes in the front bumper. There are additional LED lights between the bumper and the radiator grille and on the front edge of the roof. Underrun protection elements at the front and rear as well as running boards at the side protect the body from below. Mopar also relocated the tailpipe and gave the Rebel OTG Concept a differently shaped rear apron to close the rear ramp angle

Rebel OTG Concept with three-liter V6 diesel

Mopar chose the new three-liter V6 turbodiesel as a suitable engine, which has an output of 264 hp in the 1500 Ram and 1,600 rpm Provides maximum torque of 651 Newton meters. Thanks to a larger radiator grille with better flow and a snorkel, the diesel engine should be able to breathe better, even under water. And with an average consumption of 9.8 liters and a tank capacity of 125 liters, the diesel offers a range of a whopping 1,275 kilometers.

At least in theory, because the Rebel OTG Concept is so crammed with equipment that it can take the weight of the production model should screw up a lot. Mopar uses the loading area to the last cubic centimeter in order to accommodate a retractable, battery-operated cooling and kitchen unit with a gas-operated stove and a sink including an integrated water system. In addition, there is an air compressor and a gas-powered emergency power generator. The equipment can be reached via the tail lift, which opens to the side and in two parts in a 60:40 ratio, and a fold-out step.

Pickup oldie with 22-inch rims

The frame creates additional storage space , which extends from the roof of the driver's cab over the entire platform and offers space for all kinds of equipment. Here are just the most important elements: Roof tent with stowable ladder, solar modules for power supply, traction mats and lifting device, if you should get stuck, tools including shovels, additional lights, a sun sail that spreads out quite a bit and an LED light chain attached to it. The Ram 1500 Rebel OTG Concept also always carries camping chairs and tables with it.

Under the bonnet of the Lowliner Concept that folds forward, there is a 5, 9-liter Cummins diesel.

Mopar is taking a completely different approach with the 1968 pickup of the Dodge D200 series. It's not called the Lowliner Concept for nothing, because it was developed by the tuning specialists viaAir suspension that allows three vehicle heights, massively lowered. In the wheel arches, 9.5x22 inch steel rims now rotate at the front and 11x22 inch at the back, imitating the classic smoothie look and carrying 285/35 tires at the front and 325/35 tires at the rear.

Deeply formed sheet metal

To ensure that everything works and that the proportions are correct, the Mopar technicians have moved the body on the frame in the front area by almost eight centimeters, thereby extending the wheelbase. In addition, the rear wheel arches are widened by 13 centimeters on each side to create space for the wheels and the components of the air suspension. Mopar has also moved the floor of the loading area upwards by a good 15 centimeters by integrating the loading area of ​​a current Ram 1500.

The bonnet, which opens to the front, gives a view of a 5.9-liter Cummins diesel free. This transmits its power of unknown magnitude via a manual six-speed gearbox, which is operated with a floor-to-ceiling gear lever, to the rear wheels.

Completely cleaved body

Wheels, bumpers and radiator grille carry the color 'Dairy Cream'. This creates a good contrast to the body, which has been completely freed from door handles, tank caps, antennas, logos and lettering, which shines in the “Candied Delmonico Red” paintwork. The house tuner makes up for the lack of original logos with logos printed on the side of the front fenders. At the front, the lowliner looks through seven-inch LED headlights, and Mopar has also given the pickup oldie individual lights at the rear.

Inside, the Dodge D200 retains its original bench seat, which has been covered with new leather. The headlining and carpets are also new. The original steering wheel gets a new logo and the dashboard an aluminum plate that carries seven new instruments.


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