The brand new small Ram pickup truck has been caught once more, this time with much less camouflage, manufacturing lighting and in the US. It provides us our greatest look but on the styling of smaller sibling to the full-size 1500, from which this truck takes inspiration. However we additionally get a great have a look at the rear finish, giving us a greater thought of its chassis and mechanicals.
It is clear from the form and proportions of this prototype that it is a unibody pickup truck with a transverse-mounted engine and doubtless powertrains which might be front-wheel-drive biased. There is not any hole between the cab and mattress, and the gap between the bottom of the windshield and the wheels could be very quick. The cab does look fairly sizable and accommodating, and the mattress is a bit on the quick facet. Being unibody, that is most likely the one configuration, however that is very a lot in step with the Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz, doubtless its direct rivals.
What we are able to see of the little Ram’s nostril appears extraordinarily much like the look of the full-size 1500. It has the tall hood line, robust bulge over the grille and extensive LED headlights. The remainder of the physique seems to be pretty clear, although nonetheless a bit of exhausting to make out beneath the coverings. The mattress sides do look fairly tall, and the rear wheels are positioned pretty low, presumably to assist hold wheel wells from intruding an excessive amount of into the mattress.
Whereas it is robust to gauge dimension with none vehicles close by and away from parking spots, it does appear to be greater than the present unibody Ram 1000/Fiat Toro on sale in South America and Central America. And it is doubtless not too far off the dimensions of the Maverick.
We carry up the 1000 and Toro for extra causes than simply the unibody facet. Whereas the rear mattress and tailgate are well-covered, the underside is totally uncovered. What we are able to see is a coil-spring impartial suspension that appears comparable in format to the all-wheel-drive model of the Toro. And for that matter, this prototype is all-wheel-drive too, with a visual rear differential. It leads us to imagine that this little Ram relies on the 1000 and Toro platform, however scaled up. The front-drive model of the 1000 and Toro contains a torsion-beam rear finish, and we might see that being provided on this Ram prototype’s front-drive variant. That sort of break up providing would once more be in step with the Maverick.
As for powertrains, it is exhausting to say for certain. However the 1000 and Toro are apparently primarily based on the identical platform utilized by the Jeep Renegade and Compass, Alfa Romeo Tonale and Dodge Hornet. Meaning a variety of engines may very well be on provide together with a 177-horsepower turbo 1.3-liter four-cylinder, 200- and 268-horsepower turbo 2.0-liter engines, and a 288-horsepower turbocharged plug-in hybrid 1.3-liter four-cylinder. Most of these use nine-speed automatics, with the plug-in hybrid utilizing a six-speed automated. All of them appear to be believable choices for a Maverick fighter.
There’s a chance that this truck goes to be provided primarily for South and Central American markets. However the head of Ram, Mike Koval Jr., has made it clear that Ram is significantly contemplating a small pickup truck of some type, and has even famous the advantages of accessing a few of Stellantis’ different manufacturers for product and growth sources. Earlier reviews have additionally confirmed the little truck coming right here and becoming the outline of the above car. Plus a small truck was proven to American sellers just lately. Add within the 1500 seems to be, and it looks like a powerful chance it will come to the U.S. And there is clearly manufacturing components beneath the camouflage, so we’d see it later this yr or early subsequent yr, with an introduction coming a number of months after.
Correction: A earlier model of this story mistakenly referred to the Ram 700 quite than the 1000. The textual content has been up to date to replicate the right mannequin.