However, there's a question regarding the asking price. As we have seen, the Ram Rampage is going for a lifestyle-level MSRP over in South America. At the same time, the Mexico-produced Ford Maverick is still considered quite affordable, with the 2024 model year kicking off at just $23,400 for the basic XL trim. As such, maybe Stellantis might consider an association with another carmaker to lower the running costs of the Ram Rampage.
In the past, the US automaker Chrysler wasn't shy of doing such partnerships even with the smallest rivals – such as Mitsubishi. And everyone knows the Japanese automaker surely needs a boost for its dwindling US lineup that consists of just the ugly yet dirt-cheap 2024 Mirage series, as well as a quartet of CUVs: Outlander Sport, Eclipse Cross, Outlander, and Outlander PHEV.
So, at least across the imaginative realm of digital car content creators, the solution to Stellantis and Mitsubishi's conundrum would be to allow the use of the Ram Rampage for a rebadged Mitsubishi Raider. However, the parallel universes of CGI will have nothing to do with Renault-Mitsubishi's style of doing these switcheroos in Europe (ASX with Captur and Colt with Clio), at least as far as Kleber Silva, a Brazil-based virtual artist known as KDesign AG on social media, is concerned.
Instead, the pixel master has decided to have a CGI go at imagining the return of the Raider moniker with an unexpected twist, as he expertly mixed Ram Rampage's overall design with Mitsubishi's finest – the Outlander PHEV. This virtual project showcases the hypothetical second-generation Mitsubishi Raider – a pickup truck that was initially based on the Dodge Dakota during its US run between 2005 and 2009.
And it's looking way better than most pickup trucks out there. Interestingly, if the reinvented Mitsubishi Raider arrives based on the Ram Rampage, it would switch allegiances from the original's stint in the mid-size field to the unibody compact pickup truck sector. But maybe that would be for the better, as currently, the competition is only represented by the Hyundai Santa Cruz and the best-selling Ford Maverick. So, would you buy a reborn Mitsubishi Raider based on the Rampage?