There’s a rumor that the Dodge Durango will adopt a full-sized format for its next generation, sharing an architecture with the Jeep Wagoneer. That would be something. And it would be the first time Dodge would have a full-sized body-on-frame SUV in its lineup in America since the days of the mighty Ramcharger, which ended production for the US-market 30 years ago. Unfortunately, all the “Ramcharger” is right now is an inductive charging mat for your cell phone in a Ram pickup. So, what would a modern interpretation of a large Dodge SUV look like? Well, somebody has given their best effort to make that visualization happen.
One CGI artist, Jim, also known as jlord8 on social media has taken Dodge’s modern Hellcat Durango, a previously made Dakota Sport, and melded them together to create a modern day Ramcharger Hellcat SUV. Sure, you could drop a Hellcat crate engine into a Ramcharger from years past and call it a day, but dreaming up what it would look like as a modern vehicle sounds like a more cost-effective and less labor intensive first step anyway.
The resulting CGI images look eerily similar to the most recent Dodge Durango Hellcat to come from the brand. The same Dodge Durango Hellcat that was supposed to be a one-year-only model and turned out not to be, but we’re not bitter about it. That being said, Jim used what appears to be the same wheelbase and back end from his Dakota Sport mock up last year for this Ramcharger Hellcat. That CGI made vehicle used a Ram 1500 chassis as its foundation. Just like the rumors suggest.
As for now however, we will settle for the Dodge Durango Hellcat that’s making a comeback and all the other exciting muscle machines Dodge is bringing to the table before killing off the Charger and Challenger as we know them.
The Dodge Ramcharger was a large SUV that saw production between 1973 and 1993. It also had a Plymouth iteration called the Trail Duster. Its biggest competition of the day were the Ford Bronco and the Chevy K5 Blazer, one of which has already seen its re-emergence.