Will FCA Build a Ram 1500 Dakota Truck in 2021?

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Guessing what FCA will do is always a fun game. The rumour mill is currently busy cranking away at what the manufacturer has in store for 2021. Car builders have been taking advantage of the market’s nostalgic turn in making what’s old new again. The latest rumour has FCA making a 2021 version of the Dodge Dakota. Early rumours were that the Dakota would be produced under the Dodge badge, but the latest gossip is that it will slide in under the RAM badge. Expectations are that the Dakota will showcase parts from the Wrangler SUV, which would be an interesting take on the Dakota. Conveniently, both the Dakota and Wrangler will be produced in the same Ohio plant.

2021 RAM Dakota Exterior

Sources say the Dakota will ride on the same platform as the Wrangler, although dimensions are yet a mystery. RAM ditched its cross-hair grille, so we are expecting a new front fascia looking more like the current RAM 1500. We’re gambling that RAM’s unique headlights will be a given. Where the rubber hits the road, standard on the Dakota will be 18-inch wheels with the option of choosing 20-inch wheels.

RAM Dakota Interior

Interior stylings are anybody’s guess at this point, but we expect an upscale and modern design based on a merging of the Wrangler and RAM 1500. We are awaiting more details from FCA that we expect will be out closer to the launch date.

Engine Specs and Transmission

We believe the Dakota will be powered by a 3.6L V6 that occupies the Wrangler and Gladiator, producing 285 HP and 260 lb-ft of torque. That’s a fairly easy guess. We suspect spendier trims will also offer a 2.0L 4 cylinder engine that puts out 300 HP. Both engines will be mated with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Optional will be four-wheel drive and possibly even a turbodiesel powertrain.

Next up at the rumour mill is a 3.0L six cylinder, generating 260 HP and 440 lb-ft of torque. There is a possibility of a hybrid drivetrain, but not likely right out of the gate for 2021.

The new RAM Dakota is slated to hit dealerships in late 2020. Mark your calendars!