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Small pickups: two sources

by David Zatz on

Two sources have now commented on upcoming light-duty pickups. Both sources might be accurate since they may be talking about different projects.

First, a normally reliable source wrote about the Dakota replacement, which may continue to carry the name. Dakota, while sales have plummeted since the last redesign, has not been tarnished in the way Sebring was. This vehicle is apparently in the final part of the development process and should arrive in early 2012, as a 2013 model.

Meanwhile, Redriderbob wrote about the rumored “lifestyle pickup:”

The new vehicle will be built at Sterling Heights Assembly Plant starting in 2015 as a 2016 model. The program was pushed back due to money situations in the company trying to start up other vehicle programs. It will be built on the new UF platform from Alfa Romeo that will also underpin the next generation 200 and Avenger replacements. Sterling Heights Assembly Plant will also play host to a new Alfa Romeo car at that time at the plant.

The lifestyle truck will be nothing like a Honda Ridgeline and more car like. Think GM’s Denali XT concept based on the Zeta platform. AWD will be standard because it will be based on a FWD platform. Pentastar engines will be available.

Both sources agree the new trucks will be based on Fiat platforms, though a Windsor supplier had confidently discussed an upcoming Dodge Dakota replacement based on the Chrysler minivan platform.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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