• Jan 9, 2009
Click above for a gallery of the Dodge Rampage concept

Just as General Motors announces the death of the short-lived El Camino revival Pontiac G8 ST, comes news that Chrysler is considering making a place for the same market with a uni-body pickup. Perfect timing, right? Considering the Pentastar brand trotted out a revived Dodge Rampage concept back in 2006 at the Chicago Auto Show, the news isn't particularly shocking. That concept was supposed to preview the direction the brand could take with future pickups, as sales of the Dakota mid-sizer were falling rapidly.

Despite the slow sales of traditional small trucks, the market isn't exactly dead. Competition for a new Rampage truck could come from Toyota, which already announced it was considering producing the A-BAT and General Motors, which could replace its GMC Canyon with a unibody truck based on the Denali XT concept. Honda is currently the only player in the uni-body truck market with the Ridgeline, though that model has been on the market since 2005, has seen few meaningful changes and hasn't set the world on fire.


[Source: Detroit News]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      That's a super cool concept!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm amazed at all the people calling the Rampage a Toyota A-BAT copycat.

      Just last year at this time the Dodge boys were calling the A-BAT a Rampage copycat.

      What a lot of difference a year makes.

      I'll be waiting for whichever company actually has the balls and the money to bring out their unibody fuel-efficient trucklet. I'm guessing I'll be driving home our family's first Toyota.
        • 6 Years Ago
        See, Toyota really planned to intro the A-Bat before the Rampage but they were so busy counting there money and telling everyone they are an American company now that they forgot to introduce in in 2006 and just accidentaly stumbled on it in a warehouse in time for the 2008 auto shows.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm a ridgeline owner. I love it, though not crazy about the looks. If Dodge builds the Rampage I'd buy the dodge if it gets better mileage. For all the ridgline haters, its the most functional truck on the market. If youre a homeowner, it comes in very handy. I dont need to tow anything and most people dont either.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What exactly do you like about the Dodge... the cross-hair grille??? This Rampage was criticized by the press (& by some inside Chrysler Design) for looking like a Ridgeline clone.

        Receiving pressure from the "Buy American" crowd??
      • 6 Years Ago
      Two Words: Toyota A-Bat
      • 6 Years Ago
      I saw it at the Detroit show and it looked even better in person. Would like to see someone make decent truck interior though. Nothing I've seen lately has me interested except the Escalade, which I think has a very nice dash layout.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i like it!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The truck is fine, but what is with that display?? A woman sitting in a futuristic chair. Some old man talking about the truck. And the background design is tires with flower petals coming out of them. What exactly is Dodge's message here?
      • 6 Years Ago

      Needs a good diesel engine.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So now Honda is being copied
        • 6 Years Ago
        Prepare to be bored.
        • 6 Years Ago
        well, if they copy it, then yeah, YAWN.

        but on the flip side, unibody in a full size truck is kind of sending a mixed message. carry a big bag of packing peanuts or bubble wrap but dont tow anythign big or load it up with dirt.

        do a unibody for a small or light midsize and you have something that handles a lot of families issues, hopefully for cheaper.

        Explorer sport track is a great concept but cost too dang much. do it at a Ranger price and I'm sold.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Honda isn't being copied. The original Dodge Rampage (1980's) was a unibody truck as well.

        Geo: a full size truck could be made unibody without losing any carrying capacity. If you just removed the rubber mounts and welded the cab and bed to the frame, it would be a unibody structure, would have the same load capacity and would be stiffer as well. Redesign it with unibody in mind and it would be easy to make it lighter and stronger.
        The only reason full size trucks probably haven't gone unibody is because as a working vehicle, it is very useful to be able to remove the bed and put on something else without compromising the structural integrity of the vehicle.
      • 6 Years Ago
      give me a ranger anytime only make it fourdoor
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1 with 4 cyl diesel. :D
      • 6 Years Ago
      The article does not say that Chrysler is considering building the Rampage. It says that they are considering building a unibody pick-up, and Autoblog posted the pic of the Rampage as an example of a recent Chrysler unibody pick-up concept to illustrate the point.

      Also, at no point does the article suggest that this pick-up would be full size or compete with full size pick-ups.

      If I remember correctly, the Rampage was based on the minivan platform.

      I wouldn't be surprised if they are thinking about building a pick-up on the new 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee unibody mid-size SUV platform a la the Jeep Comanche. Maybe they'll style it like the Jeep Gladiator concept, or maybe it will be a Dodge to replace or slot in under the Dakota.

      Personally, I think they should build a compact Jeep pick-up based off the Patriot, or the Wrangler-based (and therefore body-on-frame) Scrambler.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree the Dakota should go to an all unibody design for the masses.

        I also agree they should produce a Jeep truck based on the 4dr unlimited chassis. It would IMO be a more rugged "real" truck, and would probably have lower sales. However, since the R&D would be minimal to modify the Unlimited chassis, the sales numbers needed to be profitable would be much lower.

        As for MSM: Where are you hearing the Chryslers have bad engines? More car mag Dodge-hate koolaid? The entire Hemi series is a great engine, just as the 4.7L has proven to be a near bulletproof engine that has lived up to it's hype as a replacement for the legendary 318. The 45/545 series transmissions are drastically better than previous models from Mopar. I know MANY LEOs that LOVE their Charger police cars. We have had them in our fleet since 2006 and in the next month will be replacing the last of our Vics. Some of the officers love them so much they went out and bought their own.

        It is unfortunate that they might not survive (thank you, Mercedes) because they are just getting their mojo back. In a GOOD economy it would probably take them 2-3 years to fully recover and get rid of all the M-B poison in the company.
        • 6 Years Ago
        it should replace the dakota.

        i own a 2001 dakota and i love it to death. but it just doesnt compete anymore. its time for dodge to move on and take it out back.
      • 6 Years Ago
      so what happens if you get like a little dent? do you have to get the whole body replaced?
        • 6 Years Ago
        srsly?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I hope you're joking, but I think you're serious.
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