The pickup truck segment has become another lucrative field in automotive industry. More companies are considering their chances in this market and already proven manufactures are showing their intents to cover wider piece of this market. The Ram is already well-known name in pickup truck industry and it offers full-size versions which are main rivals for Ford’s top-selling F-150 and Super Duty series. However, according to some reliable sources this brand is planning to expand its pickup truck product range and soon we might see a new mid-size version called 2017 Ram Rampage.
Namely, new model should serve as replacement for Dodge Dakota model and will be Fiat based vehicle which will be entry point product for the Ram brand. It should not affect on full-size customers but is expected, however, to attract buyers who want utility vehicle that is smaller and cheaper than full-size trucks but also more capable in towing that SUVs.
2017 Ram Rampage: Platform, Design
At this moment, details about 2017 Ram Rampage are very scarce as the company hasn’t disclosed any details about it. However, thanks to the some reliable sources some hints are preset helping us to puzzle what Ram is planning to offer to us. So, judging by so far available information, the Ram intends to use the platform from the Fiat Strada model which is sold in Europe and South America. This unibody architecture will be adapted for new Ram’s truck and it will allow it both front- and all-wheel drive configurations. On the other hand, the design of the new model is expected to incorporate the company’s design language which would share lot similarities with its Ram 1500 model. Expectations are that model would not use the crosshair grille design yet it will adapt styling from some Ram 1500 versions which are using design with single curved bar and RAM nameplate. The model will also use modern Led headlights and taillights and will offer unique wheels design.
Inside, model is expected to be more passengers friendly and to provide SUV-like feel. The attention will be on high-quality materials and modern technology features. It will offer features like heated, power adjustable seats, dual zone climate control, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, the latest infotainment system and so on. The safety package is also expected to be expanded for more advanced, active safety features that are found on the passenger cars.
2017 Ram Rampage: Powertrains
Enginewise, it has been suggested that the new 2017 Ram Rampage should go with two engine options and with same number of transmissions. One of engine options should be a 1.4 liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine expected to produce around 130 hp. Another option should be more powerful 2.4 liter four-cylinder that might produce around 180 hp. Available transmissions will include six-speed manual and nine-speed automatic units. The model will be front-wheel powered or optionally all-wheel drive.
2017 Ram Rampage: Arrival, Price
The company hasn’t revealed the price and release date of this model either. However, estimated arrival should be late this year while the base price should start from around $17, 000. When the 2017 Ram Rampage would be released, it will be compared with mid-size trucks that come from GM, Nissan, Toyota and Honda.