Ram Trucks is surfing a wave of global appeal, and Stellantis is wasting no time capitalizing on that. Starting with the Brazilian market, which is crawling with small pickup trucks and otherwise quirky vehicles us oversized Americans barely ever see, Ram has pulled the sheet back on the Rampage. Details include engines, transmissions, 0-60 times, top speed, payload, and pricing. Below is everything up-to-date and official on the new Ram Rampage small truck, which is expected to eventually be sold in the United States and Canada markets, as well.
As expected, the new Rampage rides on the Stellantis Small Wide 4×4 platform shared with the Alfa Romeo Tonale, Jeep Compass, and Dodge Hornet. It’s also shared with other Stellantis small trucks, including the Ram 1000, Fiat Toro, and Ram 700. With this modularity, we could see the Ram Rampage produced in several factories across the globe, including Torino, Italy, Toluca, Mexico, or even Belveidere, Illinois. The latter two would exempt the Ram Rampage from a 25 percent tariff, imposed by the so-called “Chicken Tax.” Again, Stellantis has not officially confirmed the Rampage for the USA or Canada markets, but it’s very easy to see how the pieces are falling into place.
Under the hood of the (Brazilian market) Ram Rampage, we see a base 2.0-liter Multijet diesel unit with 170 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and is found in the R/T, Rebel, and Laramie trim levels. The upgrade is a 2.0L Hurricane four-cylinder that’s good for 272 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, which outmuscles the Ford Maverick handily. Both motors are mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, sending power to all four wheels via electronic torque vectoring. 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) acceleration is clocked around 6.9 seconds for the Hurricane powered Ram Rampage R/T, and 7.1 seconds for the Rebel and Laramie.
Giving the Ram Rampage R/T a slight performance advantage over its stablemates is a set of stiffer springs and dampers, allowing it to sit 10 millimeters lower to the ground compared to the other two trim levels. It also features an exclusive dual exhaust. The Rampage Rebel is the more off-road focused model, and features all-terrain tires.
As for the business end of things, the diesel-powered Rampage can carry up to 2,238 pounds (1,015 kilograms), while the Hurricane 4 engine can carry 1,653 lbs (750 kg). These numbers are roughly the same as the Ford F-150 Lightning, a full-sized electric truck for those that don’t know.
Regarding the main external dimensions, the Rampage is 5,028 mm long, 1,886 mm wide, 1,780 mm high, and with a 2,994 mm wheelbase.
The interior of the new Rampage features a total of 22.6 inches of screens, divided among a 10.3-inch full digital instrument panel, and 12.3-inch Uconnect multimedia center. This takes a page out of the Ram 1500 playbook, as it’s the largest in the category. It also features wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and the possibility of bluetooth pairing two smartphones at the same time. Wireless cell phone charging (cleverly named “RamCharger”) is also present So are 6 USB ports – 3 of which are type C – are spread across the cabin, the largest number among compact and medium pickups offered in the Brazilian market.
At launch, Rampage customers will also have access to no less than 35 Mopar accessories, including electric running boards. Prices for the Rampage Rebel start at $50,108 USD (239,990 Brazilian Real) with a diesel engine, while the Hurricane gas option brings things to R$ 249,990 ($52,300 USD), which is the same starting MSRP as the Rampage Laramie diesel. The Rampage R/T with the Hurricane 4 starts at R$269,990 ($56,480 USD). So, while it does have superior power and capabilities to the Ford Maverick, it’s also far more expensive. We’ll have to keep an eye on whether or not Ram decides to offer a more basic Rampage to help soothe the sticker shock.
For the Brazilian market, more than 800 engineers and technicians took part in the development of this small unibody truck, while the total investment in the project totals more than $270 million USD (1.3 billion Brazilian Real). The vehicle will arrive at Ram’s dealerships across Brazil in August this year and will be produced at Stellantis’ Goiana Pernambuco plant, also in Brazil.
The Rampage name was last seen on a Dodge trucklet in 1984, while a concept with that name was presented in 2006.