2018 Rampage is the latest small compact truck to be brought into US markets by Ram. It is a concept that has been introduced as a replacement for the outgoing Dodge Dakota. Contrary to its name, this new pickup truck will be a small vehicle, aimed towards capturing a new market niche. However, Ram assures that their latest creation will be able to deliver top notch performance with superior engineering and design. So, customers can expect to get a sophisticated utility vehicle that also happens to be very stylish.
2018 Ram Rampage – Powertrain
Regarding Rampage’s powertrain, few options will be offered. The smallest engine under the hood will be 1.4-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged with 130 HP. It will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The second one is a stronger 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with 180 horses and 173 lb-ft of torque. This mill will arrive with 6-speed manual or 9-speed auto transmission. Some sources are also announcing a big 5.7-liter Hemi V8. If this comes out as true this model will deliver close to 410 HP and 474 lb-ft of torque
Four wheel drive capabilities will be available in all variants. Owing to its powerful engine choices, a maximum towing capacity could be close to 10,000 lbs.
Fuel efficiency is a key aspect of winning new customers, and this Ram will look to maximize this. Expect EPA ratings to be around 31 mpg on highways and 24 mpg in city conditions with the economic turbocharged engine under the bonnet.
Price and Release Date
Ram will be looking to gain the upper hand against rival pickup trucks from heavyweights like Ford, GM, and Toyota. So, the price of the new 2018 Ram Rampage will be around $20,000 for the entry model.
The release date is yet to be finalized, but interested buyers can expect to see this truck in US showrooms by the last quarter of 2017 or early 2018.
Fiat Toro has been used as an inspiration while developing new Rampage. So, one can expect similarities between these two vehicles, although Ram is going to have a far more aggressive stance. Standout characteristics will include a massive front grille with RAM’s signature logo etched across the middle. Two new projector headlights will flank this massive front fascia. Speculations are that 2018 Ram Rampage is going to be built on a modified Fiat Strata platform. Two sets of 17-inch aluminum wheels will come as standard on this model.
Ram assures a completely redesigned interior which is going to come with all the latest bells and whistles. Upholstery made out of premium leather will come with higher end variants. A brand new audio system will be added to this new cabin setup. Other upgrades include a new and advanced navigation system, a massively upgraded infotainment facility and front seats with utility options.
Going by speculations and presentations expect this 2018 Rampage to bear a strong resemblance to RAM 1500. Seating arrangement will also differ according to model variants; some variants will get single row seat layout while others will get a 2-row seat design.