According to the latest reports, company is going to revive this nameplate next year, as 2017 Ram Dakota. After several years of brake, we will once again see this model on the road. Original model came about three decades ago. Company produced it until 2011. During these years, we have seen three generations of it. Now we are expecting its comeback. According to the latest reports, it will be based on Fiat’s truck called Strada, or to be more precise, on Mitsubishi L200. This will be something completely new from Chrysler’s truck division. We will see a model with FWD layout, with many technologies from Japanese and Italian companies. It should come somewhere early next year.
2017 Ram Dakota redesign and features
The 2017 Ram Dakota will be a new model from Chrysler’s truck division. It will be a small pickup truck, which will a new entry-level model from Ram. When it is about its base characteristics, new model will be heavily based on Fiat Strada. If we consider that this Italian product is pretty much a rebadged Mitsubishi L200, it is clear that this model will be heavily based on truck from Japanese manufacturer. As a result, there is a platform that it features a FWD layout, which is pretty unusual for American truck. However, we are pretty sure that company will offer an AWD model as optional. While Strada features pretty much the same visual appearance as L200, we believe that 2017 Dakota will come with some of its own details. Moreover, new truck should be adapted to the Ram’s design language. Expect many details borrowed from bigger Ram 1500.
2017 Ram Dakota engine
It looks like 2017 Ram Dakota will feature only four-cylinder engines. According to various reports, V6 engine won’t be in offer. Base unit will most likely be a Chrysler’s 2.4 liter engine, which has max output somewhere around 180 horsepower. This engine will be paired with company’s new 9-speed automatic transmission. Also, new truck will be offered with smaller but more efficient Fiat’s 1.4 liter engine, which is good for about 160 horses and comes in pair with 6-speed manual transmission.
2017 Ram Dakota release date and price
The 2017 Ram Dakota will be a new model from this brand. According to latest reports, we should see it already early next year. We still don’t know the exact price, but if we consider prices of L200 and Strada, we presume that new truck from Ram will go around 17.000 dollars.