Ram Rampage Will Arrive in the US as a Ford Maverick Rival

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The Ford Maverick is getting a rival in the compact pickup truck segment. Ram is rolling out the Rampage, which will hit the South American market as a 2024 model year and will afterward set wheels on American soil.
The Ram Rampage (known as the Ram 1200 in some markets) has been spotted testing for months, but only recently, have American-specced prototypes shown their faces. The Rampage looks pretty much like a shrunken 1500

The Ram pickup truck will drop as a rival for the Ford Maverick as well as for the Hyundai Santa Cruz. The Maverick starts at $23,400, slotting below the Ford Ranger, while the Santa Cruz kicks off at $26,650. The Brazilian Rampage is 5.03 meters (198 inches) long, 1.89 m (74.4 in) wide, 1.78 m (70.1 in) tall, and has a wheelbase of 2.99 m (117.7 in), so we should expect the same proportions for the US-specced version.

In order to be competitive in the segment, the Rampage should not exceed the $26,000 mark. The Maverick currently outsells the Santa Cruz with more than double the sales figures of the Hyundai pickup truck.

The only way out of this for Ram is to build the pickup truck in Mexico, at the Toluca Assembly plant, where the Jeep Compass is manufactured. The Rampage and the Compass share the underpinnings, the Small Wide 4x4 architecture.

So it is expected to come with an updated turbocharged version of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder Tigershark engine, which delivers 270 horsepower (274 PS) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. There should also be the turbocharged 2.2-liter Multijet II, both mated to the ZF-sourced nine-speed automatic transmission in an all-wheel drive setup.

Stellantis should also include a plug-in hybrid version in the lineup for the United States. An option would be the 288-horsepower PHEV powertrain of the Dodge Hornet R/T.

For starters, the Rampage, which will most likely use a unibody construction, will roll off the assembly line of the Ram plant in Pernambuco, Brazil, which will make it subject to the Chicken Tax, a 25% tariff on light trucks imported to the US.

Stellantis seemed to have ditched the plans of bringing a small-size pickup truck back into the American lineup. But now it seems that they have changed their minds.

Unofficial reports claim that the pickup truck will be sold in the US and Canada as well, and it is expected to debut sometime next year, according to “a well-sourced informant with inside knowledge of Stellantis plans,” according to The Drive.

Ford has not announced the trims that will be available in the US, but the Rampage will reportedly get the Tremor off-road focused variant, with the generous R/T trim sitting at the top.
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