Ramming shot for Toyota HiLux with Brazilian Rampage
Ram has teased his new medium-sized Ute for Brazil, which was developed by his team there in collaboration with their North American counterparts.
It’s rumored to be dusting off the Rampage nameplate, last seen on a 2-door Dodge-Ute derived from the 1982-1984 Omni O24 coupe.
Like this Dodge ute, the new model is expected to feature unibody underpinnings, in this case the small-wide 4×4 architecture.
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This is used by the Jeep Compass and its three-row Commander sibling, as well as the Brazilian Fiat Toro ute sold as the Ram 1000 in some markets.
Brazilian publication Autos Segredos reports that the Rampage will share much with the Jeep Commander, including its front doors, A-pillars and windshield, but will feature retuned suspension while taking design inspiration from the big Ram 1500.
As the teaser video reveals, the headlights and taillights are similar to those of the 1500, as is the crumpled hood.
The Rampage will also reportedly be offered in the familiar Laramie, Rebel and Longhorn trims, as well as a Night Edition.
The engines will consist of a 2.0-liter turbo diesel with 127 kW and a 2.0-liter turbo petrol.
Both engines will reportedly be mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, while Autos Segredos reports that a 2.4-litre turbodiesel will arrive later.
The Rampage is expected to be close in size to the body-on-frame Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger. This means it’s likely to be larger than the Ram 1000 and Ram 700, the latter being a facelifted version of the Fiat Strada ute.
It’s unclear if the Rampage will be exported beyond Latin America at this point, or if it will remain a regional model.
Since splitting from the Dodge brand in 2010, Ram has only sold one pickup truck smaller than the 1500 in North America: the Dakota, a rebadged Dodge Dakota offered only through 2011.
Elsewhere, Ram sold a rebuilt Fiat Fullback, itself a slightly restyled Mitsubishi Triton, in the Middle East and Africa from 2016 to 2019.
Ram has confirmed it’s working on an electric mid-size Ute in the US, possibly reviving the Dakota nameplate it showed to dealers there.
The company has confirmed that it was developed with international and right-hand drive markets in mind, meaning it will most likely find its way to Australia.
As Automotive News reports, this mid-size electric pickup concept from Ram is said to be similar to the 1500 Revolution concept unveiled at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January.
Last year, Stellantis teased in Wireframe a new mid-size electric pickup in a fleet of vehicles on the new STLA Large platform for the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram brands.
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