2024 Ram Dakota Midsize Pickup?

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This Motortrend article about Ram coming out with the Dakota after over a decade since they stopping making them. It's interesting because it doesn't seem like Ram is real confident about if they will go after the the Dakota market again. Hopefully they do. Price is projected to start at $26,000 (in todays market) and could easily end up around $60k after all the upgrades. Guess we will have to see if this becomings a reality
 

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They've been running these clickbait articles for years. The telling part is " But what form might a new Dakota take? So far, Stellantis isn't saying."

Here's the 2021 version: https://www.roadandtrack.com/news/a35713584/ram-reportedly-still-developing-new-dakota/

2020 version, complete with 'later this year' and expected pricing: https://www.caranddriver.com/ram/dakota

and back to Motortrend with the 2019 version where they claimed it would be launched in 2020: https://www.motortrend.com/news/new-ram-dakota-midsize-truck-renderings-rumors/


All of these are manufactured stories in place of real information to get clicks, which means cash.
 
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They've been running these clickbait articles for years. The telling part is " But what form might a new Dakota take? So far, Stellantis isn't saying."

Here's the 2021 version: https://www.roadandtrack.com/news/a35713584/ram-reportedly-still-developing-new-dakota/

2020 version, complete with 'later this year' and expected pricing: https://www.caranddriver.com/ram/dakota

and back to Motortrend with the 2019 version where they claimed it would be launched in 2020: https://www.motortrend.com/news/new-ram-dakota-midsize-truck-renderings-rumors/


All of these are manufactured stories in place of real information to get clicks, which means cash.
Probably right. Especially with the huge push for electric
 
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Ain't happening unless it's electric.
In which case it'll be fugly and useless.
For sure. Wonder if they decide to produce the Dakota and make it electric? Probably not
 

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For sure. Wonder if they decide to produce the Dakota and make it electric? Probably not

They could easily make one as a corporate twin to the Gladiator. Minimal R&D, more than badge engineering but basically a re-skin. Nicer interior, more RAM-esque lines, done.

The cool thing about the Dakota when it came out was it was actually a midsize truck. It was bigger than an S-10 or Ranger but not as big as the full size trucks of the day. As trucks and SUVs have continued to grow, both due to supposed market preference and due to the oddity of CAFE standards and footprint rules, the Ranger and Not-An-S10 are significantly larger than their 1990's counterparts. The Dakota would enter a fairly crowded marketspace of now similarly sized options. Another market differentiator was the V8 engine, where as 6 or 4 cylinders in the competition. Not that they couldn't do a 392 Dakota, but outside of maybe a few special trims if they hurry it's going to be Pentastar as top dog. Is it worth it to spool up a midsize to be an also ran, competing with Chevy/GMC and Ford to eat the crumbs of the market space that Toyota drops? And how many of those crumbs will be lost Gladiator sales instead of actual conquest sales?

I doubt Stellantis thinks so or is willing to do anything as out of the box as the original Dakota or the current Maverick to punch their way in.
 
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