Ram Dakota pickup revival has been canceledFebruary 22, 2021
Since 2011, when the Ram Dakota, formerly known as the Dodge Dakota, was discontinued, there have been rumors of a mid-size pickup revival. At the same time, today, February 21, the GM Authority reported that the Stellantis concern decided to put an end to the Dakota model.
It should be said that at the moment, mid-size pickups are quite popular. For example, Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma are now represented in this segment. Nissan Frontier, Jeep Gladiator. And, most likely, the decision to cancel the new Dakota stems from Stellantis’ desire to avoid internal competition with Gladiator.
Either way, it was speculated that the resurrected Ram Dakota would have received a powertrain from the Gladiator: a 3.6-liter V6 mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Surely, this truck would get an off-road version.
Recall that the presentation of the first generation Dakota took place in 1986. This car was named the best pickup truck of the year in North America in 2000. Note that RAM is a pickup truck manufacturer owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. In 2011, it was separated into a separate company from Dodge.
In addition, some time ago it was reported that the British company Land Rover may demonstrate the Defender model in a pickup body. It should be emphasized that this SUV has a fairly wide engine range.
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