It seems like just yesterday that FCA leaned on the Mitsubishi L200, once sold as the Dodge Ram 50, to create its new midsize pickups, the Ram 1200 and Fiat Fullback. Almost as soon as production started, though, Nissan/Renault bought a chunk of Mitsubishi, and FCA had to make new plans.

We no longer expect it to look like this 2012-or-so rendering.

The result will be a brand new design, not based on an existing Fiat, but possible sharing with the Jeep Wrangler. One thing it will share, according to Automotive News, is the factory where it will be made — suggesting that the old Toledo Wrangler plant was more dramatically rebuilt than originally thought, since the Wrangler Unlimited was just about the largest vehicle it could build then. The new pickup is almost certainly going to be wider and longer than the Wrangler Unlimited.

Rob Heglboom and Ram 1200
Chances are the Ram will look nothing like this Ram 1200/Fiat Fullback.

The Wrangler pickup and new Ram midsize pickup will be made in the same plant, but not necessarily on the same line. Sales of the Wrangler pickup are not expected to be especially high (e.g. in six figures), so the plant will have extra capacity; and the new Ram will probably also be made in South America and another location in Asia or Europe. Launch is expected in 2020, as a 2021 model.

This circa-2012 rendering probably captures a rough body shape but not the front end look...​

As for whether the Ram is a restyled version of the Wrangler, that seems highly unlikely; it would result in a vehicle that is too heavy and the wrong size and shape. Certain things might be shared, but most likely, if the Wrangler was involved in engineering at all, it was as a starting point. Ram engineers have numerous suspension and powertrain systems they can adapt from around the corporation, including the rear wheel drive Fiat vans (not sold in the US), the Ram 1500, and (unibody) Dodge Durango, as well as the body-on-frame Wrangler. Chances are, there will be some familiar assemblies in the new trucks.

The Dakota sold fairly well until its final redesign, which hurt its appearance, weight, and price. See Allpar’s past Dakota prognostications.