Ram Rampage Compact Pickup Truck Rumored To Be U.S. Bound
Is RAM readying a Ford Maverick competitor?
The Ford Maverick has been a runaway success for Ford, so much so, that the brand can’t even keep up with the overwhelming demand for the car-based pickup. Yet, other automakers seem slow to offer a competitor, save for the Hyundai Santa Cruz. But, rumors, plus the recent announcement of a new pickup for the Brazilian market suggest that RAM may have a small pickup in the pipeline.
According to a report from The Drive, sources have told the outlet that the recently teased Ram Rampage truck is headed for the United States. Heavily camouflaged prototypes have been spied around the US. However, The Drive asks the question: why the prototype is so heavily camouflaged? We’ve basically seen the Ram Rampage in its full glory via a teaser video, and other prototypes have been spied with much more revealing camoflauge.
The Ram Rampage will be based on the same Compact-Wide platform that underpins the Jeep Compass. Currently, Stellantis already produces two compact trucks that use this platform; the Fiat Toro and rebadged Ram 1000 are two Ford Maverick-style pickups that have been on sale in Latin America since 2015.
We think that the Ram Rampage is likely to come to the U.S. in some form. The Ram Promaster City has recently been discontinued, meaning the brand only has the larger Promaster and variants of the Ram 1500 to sell. It needs more products, and the Ram Rampage could be just what the U.S. and Canada need. Also, the Ram Rampage uses a historical name that its parent company once used for its car-based pickup back in the 1980s. Rampage is a familiar name. It even has an American flag motif integrated into the rear taillights.
At least for Brazil, the Ram Rampage will get the 2.0-liter turbocharged Tigershark engine and 9-speed automatic. A PHEV or other form of electrification option for the truck has been rumored but is yet to be confirmed by the brand.
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