The pickup truck industry is evolving rapidly and demands are changing. The mid-size class was faced with declining of popularly in the last decade and the most of the sales in the pickup market has been from the full-size models. However, the things have started to change after the introduction of Chevy Silverado and GMC Canyon in the 2015 model year. More compact models have been recognized as good alternative to the full-sizers because of their more-friendly price and better fuel efficiency.
One of the mid-size trucks that was faced with discontinuation in 2011 was Dodge Dakota also known as the Ram Dakota in its last two production years. This truck was present in three generations in its 25 years run. It was the first mid-size pickup model that offered V-8 engine option and it was also the pioneer with the first rack and pinion steering for the work trucks. The production of this model stopped in 2011 but since then it has been reported for the return. Now, according to some reports, the brand is developing new 2017 Dodge Dakota Concept model but details about it are very limited.
2017 Dodge Dakota Concept: Design
According to so far available information, the 2017 Dodge Dakota Concept model will enter in the showrooms considerably changed in terms of styling, interior and equipment compared to the last version. The first information suggests that model will be based on the new light-weight platform which can even be unibody configuration. The main goal is to reduce total weight of the vehicle in order to achieve better fuel economy but also to offer better ride quality. The last generation of this model was based on the Dodge Durango’s platform which is similar with the Ram platform but new model promise more modern solution which will provide almost SUV like handling, stability and maneuverability. In terms of styling, new model is reported to get more streamlined design which will also include new modern-looking LED headlights and taillights. It will also exhibit new grille design, some chrome adornments, new attractive wheels and overall less rugged appearance which is closer to SUVs than to full-size trucks. It will come in four door configuration with conventionally hinged doors.
Inside the cabin, this model will showcase passenger-oriented interior with comfortable seats that will include power, heating and cooling functionality. It will also get modern designed dash which houses more digital controls and the latest infotainment system. The surfaces will be finished with high-quality materials and contrasting metallic inserts will complement interior design. The model will offer enhanced safety equipment which will include some active driver’s aids.
2017 Dodge Dakota Concept: Engines
The mystery unsolved at this moment remains what engines this model will use. The last generation of this truck was powered with V-6 and two V-8 engine options. The standard was a 3.7 liter V-6 engine with 210 hp. The larger a 4.7 liter V-8 was available in two power outputs including 230 hp and 280 hp. However, the new 2017 Dodge Dakota concept model is expected to use more fuel economical engines which should deliver fuel economy around 30 mpg on highways. So, this model might be introduced with smaller engines or possibly with diesel unit. It will also get new automatic transmission which will also have positive impact on the fuel economy.
2017 Dodge Dakota Concept: Possible Release date
When it comes to the release date of the 2017 Dodge Dakota Concept, the story is similar as with the other aspects of this vehicle and everything is unofficial and fuzzy. However, the period indicated as possible for the launch is late 2016 or early 2017.