The number of midsize pickup trucks offered by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in North America will soon go from zero to two, as Jeep prepares to introduce its first pickup truck since the CJ-8 “Scrambler” of the early- to mid-1980s, and Ram readies its first midsize pickup in North America since the 2011 Ram Dakota. According to a recent report from Automotive News, it seems that both the new Jeep Scrambler and the future midsize Ram pickup will be assembled at the same FCA facility in Toledo, Ohio, making it all the more likely that the two trucks will share a common platform.
That bit of information was acquired via several supplier sources, the outlet says. FCA’s Toledo Assembly Complex comprises both North and South plants, the former of which has been churning out examples of the all-new Jeep Wrangler JL since last November, and the latter of which will handle assembly of the Jeep Scrambler pickup and, reportedly, the new Ram midsize truck.
FCA’s decision to kill off its midsize Dakota came just a year before Ford made the same call with its similarly-sized Ranger in North America. But after the runaway success that General Motors has had with the midsize Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, both FCA and Ford have decided to bring back their own smaller, light-duty truck offerings. All five trucks – Colorado, Canyon, Ranger, Jeep Scrambler, and Ram’s midsizer – will compete with the likes of the Nissan Frontier, Toyota Tacoma, and Honda Ridgeline.
About half of the Toledo Assembly Complex has been shut down for retooling since April of this year, which is when Jeep produced the last of its JK Wranglers. According to Automotive News, production capacity proved to be about 230k JK Wranglers per year, but since the forthcoming Jeep Scrambler is expected to sell in smaller numbers, the plant would be underutilized if not for the future midsize Ram pickup.