The Dakota is an upcoming pickup truck from FCA’s Ram division that will serve as the direct successor to the midsize Dodge Ram pickup truck
Following is speculative and unconfirmed information about the Ram Dakota pickup truck. This page is a continuous work-in-progress and will be updated on a regular basis as we await official details from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Ram.
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Here’s what we expect from the Ram Dakota:
- From a design standpoint, a smaller version of the 2019 Ram 1500
- Single and Quad Cab cabin configurations
- Short and long boxes
- Midsize dimensions, similar to the third-generation model year Dodge Dakota as well as other midsize pickup trucks, such as the Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon, Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma, and Nissan Frontier
- 2.0L Turbo I4 gasoline engine with Mild Hybrid system making 268 horsepower
- 3.6L Naturally-Aspirated Pentastar V6 gasoline engine making 275 horsepower
- 3.0L Turbo V6 diesel EcoDiesel engine making 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque
- 6-speed manual
- 8-speed automatic
- Smaller cabin than the 2019 Ram 1500
- Reveal in 2018 or first half of 2019 calendar year
- Launch in late 2019 as 2020 model year vehicle
- Price: starting around $22,000, with the top-end Limited or Laramie Longhorn configurations priced closer to $45,000
- Believed to be called Ram Dakota, succeeding the Dodge Dakota that was discontinued in 2011
- Toledo Assembly Complex in Toledo, Ohio, USA
According to AutoPacific analyst Dave Sullivan, the Ram Dakota and Jeep Scrambler will share a breadth of parts and will be distinguished with different cabins and different rear axles. Both trucks could even be built at the same Toledo plant in Ohio.
“FCA has enough capacity in Toledo for both,” he says, referring to the Toledo Complex in Ohio where the Jeep Wrangler is built. That rugged off-roader also utilizes body-on-frame construction, and as we see it, there’s no reason the all-new JL’s ladder frame couldn’t be reworked to support a pair of pickups, although it appears the suspension mount points would need to be relocated.
There have yet to be any spy shots of the future Ram Dakota. Stay tuned.
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