At long last, a replacement for the Dodge/Ram Dakota is on the way. And while FCA is being tight-lipped about the details, a new report is shedding light on production plans.
The new pickup will reportedly be built in the U.S., not in Mexico, according to Automotive News. The publication reports that according to a supplier source, the body-on-frame truck will be built in Toledo, Ohio where Jeep will also build its new Wrangler-based pickup, the Scrambler. The publication reports that the recently retooled Toledo assembly facility will have some extra capacity to house the pickup’s production. If this holds true, the new pickup won’t be a Fiat-based unibody compact like the Ram 740 sold in Latin America.
Mike Manley, now Fiat Chrysler CEO, confirmed plans for a smaller Ram back in June but didn’t provide details. So it’s not surprising that FCA is not commenting on the new report. It also suggests the truck will arrive in 2020 as a 2021 model, but FCA earlier marked 2022 as the date.
The as of now unnamed pickup will replace the Dakota (pictured above) that FCA stopped building back in 2011 after a 25-year run. It will compete with the all-new 2019 Ford Ranger along with the Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon and Toyota Tacoma in a segment that is growing rapidly.
According to a Fiat Chrysler slide presentation, Ram’s goal is to sell one million units by 2022. Ram also plans to launch the 1500 TRX by 2022.
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