The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announces that they are developing next-gen mid-size trucks. It will be known as 2021 Ram Rampage. Recently, the company released Jeep Gladiator, but a large number of FCA fans would like to see a pickup with a Ram name on it as well. The Ram succeeds in maintaining the fan base even after 30 years after the discontinuation. As our readers probably can recall, the concept of the Ram pickup was revealed back in 2006.
However, the upcoming model won’t share many things with that mockup. The truth is, FCA needs a mid-size model that will go along with the full-size Ram 1500. The reason for that is apparent, the mid-size segment is blooming more than ever. We had a chance to see new entries from Toyota, Ford, and other major automakers. Also, many others considering adding the mid-size truck in their lineup. Of course, Fiat Chrysler already has a vehicle in this segment. Still, we assume that the Ram Rampage pickup will draw more attention and a more significant number of potential buyers.
2021 Ram Rampage – The Smaller Version of Ram 1500
Design-wise, the announced 2021 Ram Rampage will be a smaller version of Ram 1500. With that in mind, expect that everything will come in a smaller package. The full-size truck goes through some adjustments recently, so a lot of features will likely be passed in the smaller sibling as well. Moreover, the Rampage will include several trims, such as Laramie, Big Horn, and Rebel. Naturally, each one of these trims will consist of unique features. As for the front side of the truck, the fascia will have a smaller grille, with Ram badge on the horizontal bar.
Moreover, thinner lights design will establish a bit more aggressive appearance on the forthcoming pickup. The Rampage will have two- and four-door configuration. Also, the Dual Cab will be more extended than the Quad Cab, but both will be able to accommodate up to five passengers. As for the cabin, the base model brings cloth coverings and upholstery. The higher trim adds leather and other high-quality materials as part of the standard equipment. We expect to see this system in Rampage as well, besides an 8.4-infotainment display, with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity.
In the last couple of years, the performance trucks slowly losing on the popularity. The sales numbers decreasing as well. Generally, there’s no great interest in these types of vehicles anymore. So, the FCA won’t work on a full-size truck anytime soon. But, the mid-size segment is getting more and more interesting.
Besides the 2021 Ram Rampage, next year, we will see the Dakota as well. So, let’s see what could be the potential solutions for the Rampage engine room. First of all, we expect that the FCA will include a 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar engine that seems like a logical solution for this type of truck. The 3.6-liter mill produces 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, while the maximum towing capacity is 6,500 pounds.
This engine can be found in the new Gladiator as well. The other powertrain solution could be a 2.4-liter four-cylinder unit, which generates 180 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. This option is more suitable for the mid-dize class since all of the models from the segment produces a similar amount of power. But, with this unit, the towing capacity will reduce to 2,000 pounds. If the company decide to use this engine instead of the more powerful 3.6-liter mill, the Rampage will compete with four-pot truck like Chevrolet Colorado and Nissan Frontier.
2021 Ram Rampage Release Date and Price
Although the FCA announced that the 2021 Ram Rampage would hit the streets very soon, the official release date is still unknown. But, the company probably won’t rush the launching of this model, since the Gladiator is on it was also. However, the fans expect to see the mid-size Rampage in due time.
As for the price, the Rampage will start around $22,000. With that starting value, the FCA’s pickup will be in line with Nissan Frontier and other similar vehicles from the class. However, if the automaker includes the diesel engine, the price will probably go over $30,000.