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NewsRam’s Next Small Pickup Could be Called Rampage

Ram’s Next Small Pickup Could be Called Rampage

Ram's upcoming unibody pickup for South America could use a familiar name.

  • This model is currently in development in South America, and it is unlikely to make it to the US or Canada.

  • This unibody truck will be powered by a 2.0L turbocharged gasoline engine as well as a diesel option.

  • The Rampage name was used in the 80s on a small Dodge truck based on the Omni subcompact hatchback.

Stellantis seems keen to revive old names for its new products and Ram’s next unibody pickup for South America will follow suit.

Indeed, the Brazilian website Autos Segredos uncovered the name of this upcoming vehicle which is to be called Rampage.

This name might be familiar to some in the United States and Canada since Dodge sold a subcompact pickup based on the Omni and Horizon hatchbacks under that name from 1982 to 1984, long before Ram became its own brand.

While the first Rampage was sold in North America, this new one is unlikely to be offered here since it will be focussed on the South American market, as are many small unibody pickups.

While the official launch has yet to take place, some details have surfaced, which is how we know this model should offer two engine choices.

The first powertrain will be the same 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder that is found under the hood of many Stellantis products in our market. The engine will be paired with a ZF 9-speed automatic transmission and a 4×4 system, while also receiving some modifications that will allow it to run on E100 pure ethanol fuel in addition to gasoline.

1982 Dodge Rampage | Photo: Dodge

The other powertrain option will be a 2.4L four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, about which fewer details are known.

In terms of design, not a lot has been shown but the new Rampage is said to have a family resemblance to the full-size Ram 1500, notably in the appearance of the grille.

Inside, both vertical and horizontal infotainment screen layouts will be offered depending on the trim level, again similar to what Ram does with its larger trucks.

Sensors seen in the grille and windshield indicate the truck will likely offer some driver assistance features, which it could share with the Jeep Commander SUV, another model reserved for South America.

This also lends credibility to the source claiming it to be the most technologically advanced vehicle to be built in Brazil.

While American and Canadian buyers probably won’t be able to visit their local Ram dealer and drive out with a Rampage, they might have another option of a similar size.

Indeed, the recent Stellantis dealer conference in Las Vegas saw the private showing of a prototype for a mid-size electric pickup that will replace the long-departed Dakota in the brand’s lineup.

Source: Autos Segredos via Mopar Insiders

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