Update: When asked if the Ram 700 would come to the US on Autoline After Hours, Ram CEO Bob Hegbloom responded, “Not at this time. It’s not homologated; it’s not setup to come to the US. Certainly we’ve looked at it and we’ll continue to look at opportunities.”
Ram will unveil a compact pickup truck at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show next week.
According to Autoline, Ram will debut the 700 in Detroit, a compact pickup based on the Fiat Strada. The small truck carries the Fiat badge in international markets, though in Mexico it is known as the Ram 700.
The truck sold in Mexico uses a 115-hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and the truck has a 1,500-pound payload capacity, a number that is comparable to some half-ton pickups. When it comes to the U.S., expect the engine to be beefed up, likely to the same 2.4-cylinder four-cylinder found in the ProMaster City that makes 178 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission is also likely.
Up until now, Ram’s debut next week remained a mystery, with only a teaser video letting us know that some type of off-road vehicle was on its way. This makes sense when you consider that the Ram 700 has an “Adventure” trim that outfits it with a locking-differential and digital inclinometer. Both single- and extended-cab versions are available in Mexico, starting at a price equivalent to $14,000 USD. The Adventure model sells for around $18,000.
We reached out to a Ram spokesperson for comment on the story. He replied “we cannot comment on the possibility of future product.”
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