We know that Americans love their pickup trucks. This is about as foregone a conclusion as can be made about the automotive industry. That said, the current crop of full-size trucks are starting to become a bit too large (and pricey) for many customers to swallow. As a result, we’ve seen the rebirth of the mid-size truck segment here in the States. General Motors was the first Detroit automaker to throw a hat in the ring, with the return of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon models. Ford quickly followed suit by bringing an aging foreign market Ranger to our shores. While all three small trucks have garnered sales success for their respective automakers, Stellantis has yet to embrace going small. That could change however, as a new report sheds light on an upcoming mid-size Ram truck, possibly called the Ram Dakota. Sadly however, don’t expect it to come to America.
The news comes by way of the team at Autos Segredos, a Brazilian automotive outlet. The team claims that Ram is currently working on a unibody pickup based on the same Small Wide 4×4 platform that underpins the Jeep Renegade. This platform is also being used by Ram’s Stellantis brand-mate Fiat, for their own small truck called the Toro. The report states that Ram may call this truck, Project 291, the Torona. Not exactly a great name in a post-2020 world, if you ask us.
Autos Segredos says that prototype versions of the alleged Ram unibody midsized truck are currently undergoing testing in South America. This could be true, but there is no photo evidence yet available to back this up just yet. While it may seem odd for Stellantis to build a unibody Ram truck to compete with mid-size offerings like the Ford Ranger, other upcoming trucks beg to differ. Hyundai has just released the Santa Cruz, and we know that the unibody Ford Maverick is well into development. This new vehicle could also become a genuine mid-size Ram Dakota truck, just based on the platform’s reported adaptability. Regardless of which class it falls into, the new truck is supposedly slated to be released for 2024. It is also said to carry styling inspired by the full-size Ram 1500.
While we do get a ton of awesome vehicles here in the United States, there are always products we won’t have access to. While there is still much to learn about this upcoming mid-size Ram truck, it’s very unlikely it will land in the U.S. without some major overhauls. Stellantis does need to figure something out however, as it is unlikely that the Ram 1500 Classic will continue to stick around for the foreseeable future. Then again, old age never stopped FCA in the past. Perhaps we will eventually get a smaller Ram offering here in the States, but we don’t think it’ll be this one.