In March it was reported that Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne was considering introducing a new Ram midsize pickup to undercut the Ram 1500 in the truck brand’s lineup. It seems that plan is beginning to really take shape, with FC Authority receiving word the truck is to arrive in 2018 with FCA’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 under the hood.
FCA already rebadges the Mitsubishi L200 as the Fiat Fullback for sale in Brazil and other foreign markets, however the Japanese truck isn’t large or robust enough to meet American tastes. We already know FCA is hard at work on a Wrangler-based pickup, so we’re expecting the mid-size Ram pickup to share a platform with that highly anticipated model.
We’re even more convinced the mid-size Jeep and Ram midsize pickups will share platform with one another after hearing the anticipated Ram midsize pickup will receive the Pentastar V6. That engine already appears under the hood of the Wrangler and is expected to carryover to the next-generation that’s been seen testing recently, along with a possible new 2.0L turbo. FCA’s nine-speed automatic transmission may also appear.
FCA’s future product plans now include more trucks and SUVs after Sergio Marchionne announced earlier this year the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart would be killed off in order to free-up production capacity for larger, more profitable vehicles. In addition to a mid-size pickup, Ram may also receive a large SUV as part of the plan.