Ram might be bringing back the mid-size Dakota
FCA is poised to build a new mid-sized pickup truck to compete with the onslaught of new offerings from competitors.
The market’s now crowded with the brand-new Ford Ranger; the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado; the Toyota Tacoma; and even the forgotten Nissan Frontier.
FCA just released the Gladiator, its Wrangler-based Jeep pickup, but it seems the Detroit company wants more.
“The only vehicle missing in our portfolio is … midsize pickups in the U.S. I’m working hard with the team to try and solve that,” Auto123 recently quoted FCA Group boss Mike Manley.
When we last heard about the plan for FCA to build a medium-sized pickup truck back in September, it was rumoured it could be assembled on the same production line as the Jeep Wrangler, and that it would most likely share engines with the famous off-roader.
The introduction of the Gladiator into the market only strengthens the likelihood of a pickup from one of FCA’s other branches.
The brand most likely to carry the new truck would, of course, be Ram, as it used to build the mid-sized Dakota back when we still called Chrysler’s larger trucks “Dodge Rams”, until 2011. Manley did not confirm the name of the new vehicle, however.
FCA’s new pickup will likely drop sometime in 2022, when Ram – perhaps not coincidentally – plans to start selling one million vehicles annually.