2020 RAM Ramcharger
Many in the industry basically begged Dodge to build a three-row SUV based on the then-new 1994 Ram 1500 pickup. Those requests went ignored for three generations of pickups, even as the Ram Trucks brand spun off onto its own from Dodge. But it seems the stars have aligned yet again; Ram has an all-new 1500-series pickup for 2019, SUVs are enjoying a healthy uptick in popularity, fuel are holding steady at a reasonable price, and Fiat Chrysler is basically abandoning domestic sedan productions to make room for more crossovers and SUVs.
So, that begs the question – will Ram build a competitor to the Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and Ford Expedition?
Sadly, we haven’t heard any official rumors or seen any appropriately shaped and camouflaged test mules running around Detroit, so it’s almost impossible to speculate with any certainty. However, the timing has never seemed more right. As such, we decided to compile what we imagined a new Ram SUV might look like. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Continue reading for more information.
It appears Fiat is developing a midsize pickup truck that slots above its compact Strada pickup. The news comes as our spy photographer captured these shots during a recent cold-weather test session. What’s more, it’s very likely Ram is in the mix, helping its Italian brother develop a strong competitor against the global Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Ranger, and Toyota Hilux.
The general suspicion is this vehicle is the production version of the Fiat FCC4 concept seen at the 2014 Sao Paulo Motor Show. That far-fetched concept was more of a design study, so expect if any of its wild features make it to production, they will be heavily toned down. I say Fiat’s truck will fall in line with its competition in the design department.
Regardless of looks, the main question at hand is whether Ram will take advantage of the partnership and bring the truck to the U.S. The midsize Dakota has been dead since 2011, leaving Chrysler out of the midsize truck fight. So will Ram bring back the Dakota? Keep reading for more speculation.
Continue reading for the full review
Ram CEO Bob Hegbloom may have dampened our flaming hope for a Hellcat-powered Ram truck back in October, but embers still burn on the possibility. Remember Hegbloom only said, “At this time, I would say no.” Those first three words are the imperative part. Sure, it is more likely the Jeep Grand Cherokee will be the next Chrysler product to get the Hellcat powerplant as we reported, but that doesn’t mean the Ram isn’t somewhere down the line.
To that end, we’ve created a rendering of what a 707-horsepower Ram truck might look like. It shares many cues from the 2015 Challenger Hellcat and its 2015 Charger Hellcat sibling, including the specific bodywork that denotes the engine. Badging similar to the coupe and sedan also adorns the Ram. Of course bodywork is only skin deep and the Hellcat would necessitate a host of upgrades for a platform that’s only used to a max of 395 horsepower.
This wouldn’t be the first time Ram — or Dodge at that time — has put a ridiculous powerplant behind that crosshair grille. Between 2004 and 2006, Dodge produced the Ram SRT-10 fitted with the same 8.3-liter V-10 that came in the Viper. With 500 horses, 525 pound-feet of torque, and a manual transmission, the SRT-10 was anything but conventional.
So will Ram bite the bullet? Only time will tell, but there sure seems to be a solid case for an SRT-10 successor. After all, Challenger Hellcat owners need something stout to trailer their track car.
Click past the jump to read our speculative look at the RAM 1500 SRT Hellcat.