• Mar 22nd 2010 at 12:59PM
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Chrysler is dropping more hints about an upcoming unibody pickup that would be positioned below the Dodge Dakota. You may recall that first word of the new small truck came back in November when Fred Diaz, CEO of Chrysler's newly-created Ram brand, dropped tidbits about the company "considering" a Dakota replacement. We speculated that it could be built on a platform derived from the upcoming Jeep Grand Cherokee/Dodge Durango architecture.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      A Jeep JT would be great.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Dodge Rampage with a diesel would be a grand slam, but since Dodge and whoever at the time owns them can't make the correct call how about a next generation Dakota why does Dodge put all their eggs in the Ram basket. I like the size of the Dakota not every one needs a full size truck, I want a pick up that will fit into my garage. Spend some money Dodge on a baby Ram Dakota, done right you might even sell some trucks and that would be good for your bottom line. If you don't Toyota, Ford and hopefully Chevrolet will.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If they offer a diesel, I'm in.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As far as I know, they still make the Tacoma single-cab 4cylinder in the US. It comes in 4x4 as well, even though they don't really show that on the Toyota website. I have no idea why. My brother just bought one.

      Small, indestructible, and cheap. Ranger doesn't even come close.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Small, indestructible, and cheap. Ranger doesn't even come close"

        Well, let's see. It's smaller than the Tacoma your brother bought, first. There are still tons of old Ranger pickups on the road, secondly, and I hear very few serious issues with any of the trucks, even when they're being used in off-road applications, with big tires and articulation lifts, or towing and hauling above the GVWR. Oh yeah, and whether Ford wants to admit it or not the MSRP on a Ranger is pretty much just a big number they stick on the hood to try to convince people to buy an F-150, and there are dealers out there willing to give you a basic one for about the price of a Nissan Versa.

        Meanwhile, Tacoma. It'll last, but it's considerably bigger than the Ranger (four inches extra width is a lot when you're trying to park a vehicle FWIW) and I've never heard of a Toyota dealership willing to sell a Tacoma (or any vehicle for that matter) for much less than MSRP.

        Yeah, I'd say the Ranger is far closer to what a compact truck is supposed to be than your brother's Tacoma is.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry, didn't mean to insult your brother's truck. What I mean is, when you say "small, indestructible, and cheap" and then say "Ranger doesn't even come close", well... Tacoma is a good truck, but if we're talking in terms of at least two, if not all the things you just mentioned, the Ranger's stiff competition for the Taco.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If the Ranger is ugly like the mules we've seen I would definitely look to Dodge as my second choice if they build this new smaller truck. I have a 2000 Ranger and look to trade but so far i don't like the looks of the Fords they're thinking of coming out with.
      • 5 Years Ago
      +1 for the Jeep JT concept. Or anything other than a shrunken version of the Ram. I understand Chrysler has to watch how it spends money, but going cheap on design is only going to make things worse in competitive market.

      Hell, base it off the old Dodge M80 concept that was never produced.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The only thing that makes this concept better than the Ridgeline is that the Grand Cherokee platform is at least rwd-based, unlike the Ridgeline.
      • 5 Years Ago
      IMO there should be a noticeable size and capability difference between the large pickups and something smaller. There really is no reason to buy a Dakota or Colorado/Canyon when their larger offerings are close in price, and far better in execution. Having a return of pickups the size of the Luv and D50 would make sense, especially if they can get near 40 mpg). And being unibody for that class would not hurt at all.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Around town my Dakota is far easier to navigate with than the Ram it replaced. It is also a bit more fuel efficient.. and actually has a higher payload.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's not a failing of all smaller trucks, it's a failing of the Dakota and Colorado because they're typical, half assed domestic garbage.

        The Tacoma is everything a small truck ought to be - or in the double cab, everything a medium truck ought to be. And it sells like it.
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      • 5 Years Ago
      If Dodge makes this unibody pickup it will be a huge mistake. The only good thing about rams has always been a working mans truck. Now we have "heated steering wheels' and unibody trucks? For a company who has been on the chop block two times that I know of this is pretty dumb.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So Cranky!!!

      This looks perfect - if the only thing holding us back from getting one made by Jeep is the Dodge badge, then that is ridiculous.

      I don't want a dodge, I want a Jeep. I had to go and buy a 83 J10 so that I had a Jeep truck, but because it doesn't have a rear seat (even a dummy seat for the baby capsule) it is becoming less useful.

      JEEP - I have the money ready to go - I don't care if it is labelled "Gladiator" or not, but I WILL NOT BUY A DODGE. If you want my money - make a ute/truck.
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