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Doug D said:
Why would I want a small truck that if it's lucky will get 25-30 mpg, when in less than a year a Ram 1500 diesel that will get nearly the same fuel mileage will be available?
Perhaps because there might be a 4cyl diesel option for this mid size replacement that allows it to achieve higher MPG than that diesel powered RAM 1/2 ton you mention, which makes the mid-sizer the "cat's meow" err "RAM's Baaaa" of its class. JMHO...:)
 

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AutoTechnician said:
The Durango can haul, tow and be camped in. It's towing capacity is comparable (if not exceeding that) of many half-ton pick-ups from the late 90s - early 2000s. Up to 7400 Pounds.

Let's look at what "traditional SUV buyer" SUVs could do:
XJ Cherokee: 5000 Pounds
1st Gen Pathfinder: 3500 Pounds
2nd Gen 4Runner: 3500 Pounds
'96 Tahoe: 6500 Pounds
1st Gen Explorer: 5000 Pounds
89' Landcruiser: 3500 Pounds
'95 Suburban: 6000 Pounds
Wagoneer: 5000 Pounds
Scout II: 5000 Pounds

The Durango is more capable towing than ALL of those "traditional SUV buyer" vehicles. The Durango's problem is not its IRS. Its problem is lack of good marketing and a shrinking full-sized SUV market.
 

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Erik Latranyi said:
Chrysker has everything it needs with the incredibly successful Ram. All they have to do is shrink it down and build it.

The problem is that such a vehicle would be on its own platform (not shared by anything else). It would need to sell 100,000 units (minimum) to break even.

Sergio is a big fan of shared platforms.

If there will be a vehicle that is the size of the Dakota coming, it will share a platform with something else. What that will be is unknown.

We can probably guess that it will not be another truck platform, but a minivan/CUV platform.



That grille looks awfully like a RAM grille!!!!!
RAM-ish indeed...at least under the cover it does
 
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