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Will a new Dodge Dakota come out of Toledo?

by David Zatz on

For years, there have been rumors of a new Dakota. Now, Automotive News claims that we’re going to see one—based on the Jeep Gladiator—but reader Danny Katzenstein, who spotted a possible Dakota mule this week, thinks it won’t be a Gladiator clone. For one thing, the pickup he spotted—“looked like a Gladiator, but at closer inspection, was a loosely assembled old Dakota with an ‘M’ (manufacturers) plate”—appeared to have an independent suspension.

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The new pickup, dubbed Ram Dakota, is likely to be made on the Gladiator line, regardless, and have similar powertrain options. One can speculate it would share a frame as well, but would have a different suspension and much lighter chassis, since it wouldn’t need extra strength for crazy Jeep situations.

A Dakota based on the Gladiator would likely have hefty towing capabilities, a true departure from the pre-FCA “lifestyle vehicle” plans (which led us to the rendering above).

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For regions outside the United States, chances are FCA will adopt the new Peugeot pickup, being created with a Chinese partner, which is 5.08 meters long and has an optional 4×4 setup. The new Peugeot pickup (named Peugeot Pick Up) has a 2.5 liter diesel good for 115 hp and 280 Nm of torque with a standard five-speed gearbox; the basic model has rear drive, and the 4×4 has a low gear. The main target for this pickup is emerging nations, including Africa. The Dakota would likely compete in regions where the Peugeot is not sold anyway.

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