FCA is back in the mid-size truck segment. However, the Jeep Gladiator is not exactly what we expect from this kind of a pickup. It is large and expensive, and also comes with an engine that powers a larger class. So, fans are still keen on the classic mid-size truck that will compete with Toyota Tacoma, Ford Ranger, and Chevy Colorado. Could that be the 2021 Dodge Rampage?
The Dodge nameplate is not used by too many vehicles anymore. Durango and Journey SUVs, and Grand Caravan minivan are only survivors. Still, many fans still call the FCA trucks Dodge Ram. For some while, we expected the company to use the Fiat Fullback as the base for the US truck. Nevertheless, the pickup is discontinued from some markets. Well, the 2021 Dodge Rampage will need a new platform. We found a hint that lead us thinking this is possible.
The Durango SUV is still pretty popular in the USA. Still, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is the best-seller in the mid-size class. Not to compete each other, FCA decides to move the Durango to the new platform. The SUV will become the body-on-frame model, serving a new market, while leaving more space to Grand Cherokee.
The production will be moved to factories where Ram 1500 is being assembled. This also leaves a door open for the 2021 Dodge Rampage. We can see a lot of trucks and SUVs sharing platforms. BoF is promising a better off-road performance, durability, and towing capacity. That is all the new Rampage needs. We don’t have to worry about power, since the carmaker can offer plenty of different units. A V6 is the best fit. But, the base version could land with a four-cylinder powerplant.
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2021 Dodge Rampage Concept
The old Rampage Concept from 2006 won’t have anything to do with the new pickup. First of all, sporty trucks are dead. The only one available in the market is Honda Ridgeline and it is the slowest-selling vehicle in the class. So, the new 2021 Dodge Rampage won’t lay on the unibody platform for sure. Also, 15 years ago, the concept images showed a coupe pickup. That is another thing we cannot imagine nowadays. The utility comes first and that is why we believe the Rampage will join the lineup, although the new Jeep Gladiator is there as well.
2021 Dodge Rampage Specs
The most likely engine for the 2021 Dodge Rampage will be a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with 310 horsepower. Many flagship models rely on this drivetrain, including the abovementioned Jeep Gladiator, Grand Cherokee, and Dodge Durango. The engine is reliable and powerful. The new Rampage truck will be able to tow about 7,000 pounds with it. A hybrid setup is not likely yet and engineers could also add a diesel unit. Still, Gladiator 3.0 EcoDiesel is too big. Chevy Colorado is using a 2.8-liter turbo-four, while Ford Ranger is possible with a 2.2-liter engine. The price of the Rampage will start around $26,000 with a V6. If a four-cylinder is going to take place as the entry-level configuration, expect a discount.