It’s clear now that Ram will be releasing a smaller compact or midsize pickup in the future, filling in an open space that the discontinued Dakota once occupied. But don’t get too excited because we likely won’t be seeing that smaller pickup for another three years, as suggested by Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares.
Smaller Ram Truck Not Until 2025?
Tavares says that the automaker has not even settled on which STLA architecture they want to use for the truck, per a Motortrend report. Meanwhile, Mike Koval, the head of the Ram brand, has confirmed that the STLA Frame architecture used by the Ram 1500 is too big for something smaller. In other markets, the Stellantis Small Wide 4×4 platform is employed for the Ram 1200 truck down in South America. Still, after what Tavares has said, it’s clear that whatever is coming to North America will be different. And considering the timeline, we should probably rule out any hope of Stellantis importing the Ram 700, Ram 1000 and/or Ram 1200 from other markets.
Considering how the company is leaning towards producing electric vehicles at the expense of the Jeep Trackhawk, Dodge Hellcats, and a Jeep Gladiator 392, whatever smaller Ram truck we get in the U.S. and Canada will likely come with a charge port. American Ram dealers have long demanded a smaller truck product for their showrooms, whether it’s called Dakota or not. Meanwhile, Koval has confirmed that a smaller Ram truck is coming as it would be foolish for the company not to dip its feet into those competitive waters where there’s a lucrative market.
Stellantis doesn’t exactly make it easy for us to get a read on what they have going on. However, they’ve done an excellent job at keeping their cards close to their chest with only minor hints at what’s to come. Enough to get people excited, but not enough to get a peek behind the curtain. But we now know that whatever mid or small truck is coming, it’s still a ways away from becoming anything more than some words to peak our interest.