Ram’s long-awaited rival to the Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger and Isuzu D-Max is set to continue in the form of two completely different models depending on which market it will be sold in.
The first iteration is expected to arrive next year or in 2024 and will use a single platform similar to the Hyundai Santa Cruz, Ford Maverick and Honda Ridgeline, and will be built in Brazil for South America.
“We will localize the brand and products. It will be a fantastic adventure,” said Stellantis South America President Antonio Filosa autodata.com.br at the Latin American Business Congress last week.
While it is slated to use the Small Wide 4×4 platform that underpins the Fiat Toro/Ram 1000 that will sit above, reports claim that it will adopt the Ram 1200 moniker currently used on The Mitsubishi Triton is rebadged in the Middle East, and will be motivated by Brazilian and developed Firefly turbocharged engines with and without hybrid assistance.
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Some markets will also get the new 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbodiesel and most likely also the 1.5-liter mild-hybrid turbo-petrol engine that powers the Jeep Compass and Alfa Romeo Tonale.
The market outside of South America is expected to receive the newcomer not as a complete model, but as a body-on-frame, aimed directly at the Hilux, Ranger, D-Max, Nissan Navara, Volkswagen Amarok, Mitsubishi Triton and Mazda BT-50.
It’s expected to be a bit of a mix-up, but it’s also expected to be called the Ram 1200 instead of the revived Dakota name that the younger Ram carried from 1987 until production ceased in 2011 as a result of declining sales in the US “compact” cookie-cutter market at the time .
It’s unlikely that this happened last year, only for Ram and Stellantis to abandon the decision less than a month later, the Dakota/1200 is set to follow the example of not only its competitors, but also its counterparts in the United States. , Ranger, Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, Chevrolet Colorado, and GMC Canyon, not having a V8 like they used to.
Instead, two mills are now mentioned; the all-new 2.0-litre Tigershark turbo petrol with a rumored 147kW and the 2.2-litre Multijet turbodiesel once used in the European market Cherokee which was claimed to produce 150kW.
In addition to the 1200/Dakota’s lack of a V8, the abandonment of the V6 in favor of a turbocharged four-cylinder isn’t a surprise given the lack of a six-cylinder engine in the Ranger and the recently updated Colorado/Canyon.
As it stands, only the Navara-related Frontier comes with the Bent-Six option, as Toyota is expected to ditch the current 4.0-liter unit for the next-generation Tacoma.
While few confirmed details are currently known, expect more to emerge, either officially or speculatively, in the coming months leading up to 2023.