I don't actually know for sure but there are a lot of changes between that and what the original design for the 1500 was supposed to be considering they are from around the same time. And the front end design features are better suited to a midsize pickup. Look at that grille, there is no trim on or around it. The grille frame is molded into the body panels which would be perfect on a midsize truck but an odd choice on a 1500 when the majority of vehicles purchased have chrome grilles. This would require "stick on" chrome trim and I don't think they're going to do that. This, plus some comments I've seen around here lead me to believe this is an early design for a Dakota.