The Mopar brand introduced two modified Ram 1500-based concept trucks back in 2018, at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada to showcase a host of new performance parts for the then-brand-new fifth-generation Ram 1500. The two pickups were built for two different kinds of buyers.
The first truck was the 2019 Mopar-Modified Ram 1500 Rebel. It was painted in a custom neutral blue called “Rebel Smoke,” and was outfitted for the trail with a 2-inch Mopar lift kit for enhanced off-road clearance. The truck also featured a one-piece cast-aluminum black Mopar off-road running boards that provided easy ingress and egress. A set of Mopar Satin Black 18 x 8-inch cast-aluminum Beadlock wheels were trimmed in “Rebel Smoke” body-color wheel rings and wrapped with 35-inch Goodyear DuraTrac tires, putting proper traction and tread to the trail. Production wheel flares and Grey Metallic skid plates also added an extra dose of off-road protection.
The second truck was the 2019 Ram 1500 Big Horn “Low Down” Concept, which offered a slammed-to-the-street style look to the fifth-generation Ram. Based on the Big Horn trim-level, it featured a custom “Brassphault” color palette with the upper body being Gloss Black and the lower body being painted in Billet Silver. A thin Brass Monkey stripe wrapped around the truck, serving as both an accent point and a dividing line. The “Low Down” was dropped 2-inches thanks to a prototype lowering kit, providing a more aggressive stance and appearance. The Laramie Sport 22-inch wheels which the Low Down rides on were colored a custom Gloss Black with Brass Monkey accents to connect with the exterior color theme.
But what connected the two concepts together was a Mopar conceptual performance hood. The concept hood hid the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 under both trucks and worked in conjunction with the Mopar “Ram Airflow” cold-air intake system. While many people have sent us questions about the hood, Mopar never manufactured it leaving people wondering whatever happened to it.
On August 28th, 2020, that conceptual performance hood has been grained a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The original claim from FCA was put through on August 3rd, 2018 and it has us wondering if Mopar or the RAM brands will ever release it for production?
Would you purchase the particular hood from Mopar if it was available? Let us know in the comments below.