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Ever since the launch of the next-generation Ram 1500, the pickup truck has been releasing special editions, like the Ram 1500 Backcountry for 2022, and making waves with technology, especially through SiriusXM with the SiriusXM 360L platform experience and “Personalized Stations Powered by Pandora”, both an industry-first. Designed to be more adventurous and adaptable to different lifestyles, the new Ram 1500 full-size light duty pickup truck changed the game. When the automaker released the Ram TRX, that really shined a light on what Ram Truck can do. With an all-electric Ram in sight, according to the Stellantis EV Plan, Dare Forward 2030, there is one more segment that the automaker may want to weigh in on – midsize pickup trucks, starting with the Ram 1200.
No, that’s not a typo. Information about a Ram 1200 midsize pickup truck was recently leaked from a reliable media source that the Ram Truck family is expanding. Known as a work truck for so long, the Ram 1500 got a more youthful beat when it entered the next generation of pickup trucks, but the previous generation was kept in production for those that need a real work truck, dubbed the Ram 1500 Classic, with the 2022 Ram 1500 Classic already available. This new midsize pickup truck will either meet somewhere in the middle or push the envelope further.
The model many are name-dropping for the leaked Ram 1200 harks back to the days when Dodge Ram was still a thing. Does anyone remember the Dodge Ram Dakota? After the Jeep Gladiator opened the midsize truck market for Stellantis, and Ram is now showing interest in entering the competition while still fresh. Said to be a 4x4 with a wide platform, the new Ram 1200 will be smaller than the Ram 1500, but larger than another Stellantis model, the Fiat Strada, a compact 700 pickup truck. Overseas, Mitsubishi Motors has a prime truck for competition, the Triton, also known as the L1200, but for some reason, the automaker isn’t bringing that model to the North American market.
Overseas is also where the information for this Ram 1200 is currently coming from, so expect plenty of changes when it comes to the powertrain. For instance, the current leak has listed two engine options, a 2.0-liter, Tigershark capable of generating 160 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque, and a Multijet II turbodiesel able to generate 203 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. Some hybrid functionalist has also been mentioned, but it is unclear if it will be a system like eTorque or full hybrid models. On the one hand, a lot of attention is being placed on the electric Ram 1500. Releasing more electrified models could affect all-electric model sales, but plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) are also a part of the Stellantis Dare Forward 2030 agenda. Mentions of smaller 1.3- and 1.5-liter turbocharged gas engines have been noted, but Stellantis could just as easily push its new 3.0-liter twin-turbo, inline, six-cylinder “Hurricane” engine with the Ram 1200.
If we were to speculate on other specs, like the towing capacity or the interior style, we would assume a lot of the Dodge Ram Dakota and new Ram 1500 would affect the new model. Back in the day, the Dakota had a towing capacity of up to 7650 pounds and a payload capacity of up to 1600 pounds. These days, the inside of a Ram 1500 pickup truck is more luxurious, with Sea Salt quilted leather seats, premium materials, a new flat-bottom steering wheel with enhanced hand grips, and a multi-function tailgate on some of the high-end trims. The Ram 1200 may not have all of that, but we don’t think Ram will go bare bones with it easier. Some high-end features like some sort of leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, and heated and ventilated front seats should show up to make the cabin more appealing.