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Ram, Dodge, and Jeep pickup rumors

by David Zatz on

The idea of a Jeep Wrangler pickup is receiving new life after remarks by Sergio Marchionne. Some have suggested that expansions by aftermarket Jeep modifier AEV would herald a limited production Wrangler-based pickup, produced with the blessing and assistance of Chrysler, while others believe it would be a pure Jeep design produced at the Toledo Supplier Park.

Two other new pickups have been rumored recently, one a relatively small, Ram 50-sized model — both Ford and GM upsized their pickups, and Dodge has not sold a true compact pickup since the A-series. This would be powered by a hot-rodded World Gas Engine. The other is the mysterious Dodge Dakota replacement, lighter and more economical than the current model, but still quite capable — the so-called “lifestyle Dakota.” Years ago, when we first broke the story on this new truck, we quoted a Dodge rep saying that it would still be capable, just not as capable. That point has been lost in later discussions.

Somewhere in the mix is the upcoming one-ton Dodge truck for Europe. Suspension engineer Bob Sheaves pointed out that European standards are very different for trucks, and that a one-ton truck in the E.U. would be rated lower in the U.S. This model could be the upcoming Dakota, an offshoot of the Ram 1500, the Wrangler pickup, or possibly even the Ram 50 replacement.

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