2006 Dodge Rampage Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Does the world need a competitor to the Honda Ridgeline? While sales figures of Honda's half-truck would lead us to believe consumers aren't clamoring for such a vehicle (Honda only sold 16,142 Ridgelines in all of 2010, barely more than the 13,047 Dakotas that Dodge moved), recent reports indicate that Chrysler seems to think otherwise.

We've known for some time that Dodge was considering a small urban-style pickup – ever since it showed off the Rampage Concept (shown above) at the 2006 Chicago Auto Show and then mentioned it again in Chrysler's rambling five-year plan announced in 2009 – but talk of the so-called Lifestyle Pickup had cooled off... until now.

According to wheels.ca, Chrysler suppliers were recently briefed on the automaker's future product plans, and a replacement for the unloved Dakota is on the docket. It's thought that Chrysler may build the vehicle in Windsor, Ontario atop its minivan platform, which lends credence to the Ridgeline comparison.

We have to wonder if the crossover platform employed by the latest (and very well-received) Durango might be a better bet, but we'll surely reserve judgement until something more concrete than these rumors begin to surface. We're also curious as to whether the small pickup would wear a Dodge or Ram badge. Stay tuned for more...


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      flyingvet26
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will Fiat put one of there efficient diesel engine in it? Then Chrysler might have something very unique on there hands!!
      keeb119
      • 3 Years Ago
      how about making a small, four cylender truck that can haul a fair amount in the bed. ala the small trucks of the 80's and 90's. why must small trucks keep getting bigger and bigger. thats the real reason the dakota sales are dissapointing, why get that when you can get a ram, for the same fuel economy and slightly more in price and be able to do more. im sure SOMEONE (not mahindra) can make a small truck that can get 27-30m.p.g. on the highway. and if they do im sure the trucks will fly off the lot. and yes i was initially impressed by mahindra's offering.
        Jason H
        • 3 Years Ago
        @keeb119
        Because to make a vehicle that can haul a lot in the bed in a vehicle that doesn't weigh much means you're making a vehicle that rides rough and the poofters who often buy trucks aren't buying them to do work, they're just going to use them to commute, but want to look all rugged while they're doing it.
          keeb119
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jason H
          not with technology. if you can haul 2000-3000lbs in the bed you can still make the ride nice and smooth. i still think its a mistake that ford is completely abandoning this market with the demise of the ranger. and nobody else is left in it with having midsize pickups that are just a tiny bit smaller then a fullsize. adn as for the people who just want to look rugged while commuting, maybe there not using there trucks as trucks all the time, but do need a truck sometimes. plus if there getting better gas milage then a full size pickup, then were all the better for it (less pollutants)
      dontneedpants
      • 3 Years Ago
      One pack of TR Ram Lifestyles please. Ultra-sensitive with ridges.
      guyverfanboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      This needs the 3.0 CRD! Fuel efficient and plenty of torque for hauling!
      Dave
      • 3 Years Ago
      Compete with the Ridgeline? What?
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Jesus follower!
        • 3 Years Ago
        That and if they redesigned the whole exterior lol.
        • 3 Years Ago
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          montoym
          • 3 Years Ago
          10k isn't 5k, no need to over-exagerrate. There's a big difference there and they require quite different trucks to tow each. It's really quite telling when one needs to exagerate in order to make their point. Regardless, if you hamper the towing ability of a truck, then it's no longer a truck. Payload and towing are what make trucks trucks. If you want a car with a bed, then petition an automaker to build one. They've been done in the past, they weren't great sellers and I don't see them becoming big sellers in the future either. Again, the Ridgeline was built as an alternative to the typical 1/2 ton full-size pickup. It was a poor substitute for one in many areas and they have not gained much traction in the marketplace. You think that hampering its ability as a truck even more is going to help that?
        montoym
        • 3 Years Ago
        So, in other words, completely redesign it? The AWD is pretty much required in order to keep the towing capacity decent. Without AWD, it would be a FWD vehicle. FWD and high towing capacities don't go together. For instance, the Honda Pilot(which the Ridgeline is based on) can tow 4,500lbs with AWD but only 3,500lbs with FWD. 3.500lbs isn't that bad mind you, but considering how Honda passes the Ridgeline off as an alternative to the full-size 1/2 ton pickup, that's pretty low.
      Orin O'Neill
      • 3 Years Ago
      A front-wheel drive pickup (-like) truck with a low load floor would be ideal for carrying a scooter, motorcycle or ATV. Didn't this concept have a hinged floor that could lowered to ground level, for that very reason? Anyway, a car company that builds a vehicle like I've described will get my money. And it doesn't HAVE to look like a Tonka Toy on acid...
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Dart
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Dakota needs new sheet metal and interior, but as far as being a truck it is awesome. Mine is a 2007 with a 4.7L and it is awesome. Smaller than a full size (which I like) handles and rides MUCH better, and I consistently get 24+ mpg on the highway (with the cruise set at 72). I believe they should leave the Dakota a full frame truck, and give it the 3.6L with the coming 8 speed trans. They should ALSO develop a new small Ram 50 like they use to have. Ford sells a boat load of Rangers, so there is obviously a market.
      Lada F1 team
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is the first truck i've been excited about...
      meekli8
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow is Chrysler really dumber than HONDA? The answer is YES!
      Rico Abramzon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Finally someone is looking into more of a daily small v6 pick truck that feels like a car inside.. Im sorry to many of you that will probably dont like me to say this.. but i want a truck with a small v6 ( since we are not good enough to get a 4 cyl Diesel) and be able to go out fishing with my kids and haul a boat.. or ATVs... and still be able to go out on a night in town with the wifey. Might get flamed.... but i dont want to buy a work truck nor can afford a luxury work truck ... this is perfect.. Still i would prefer a small pick up truck with diesel...
        Hazdaz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rico Abramzon
        While I personally would never own a pickup, I can totally see where someone like RICO A is coming from - he wants a vehicle with a little bit of towing/hauling/off-road capabilities but doesn't feel the need to have to buy some massive Canyonaro-type of vehicle just to fits those needs. Something like this Rampage concept would be perfect. Offer up better driving dynamics than a regular truck, with better fuel economy, with just enough of the capabilities that make trucks popular sometimes. I would be hugely impressed if Dodge pulls this through.
        A_Guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rico Abramzon
        I agree. I drive around a lifted 4 banger Ranger and I love it and quite happy with the MPG (avg 25), but I'd totally rock something like this. I like small muscular looking trucks. I don't really care the platform its on as it will probably be able to tow more than my Ranger. But, if it doesn't get near 30 mpg highway, you can count me out.
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