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What is Ram working on? Could this be the 2022 Dakota ?

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We’ve been hearing rumors for a while now about the potential return of the Dodge Dakota under the Ram brand. And, now that Fiat Chrysler has officially merged with PSA Group, we’ve even postulated the Peugeot Landrek could be the basis for a new 2022 Dakota.

Car and Driver even has a whole page dedicated to the “2021 Ram Dakota.”

So, it’s gotta be a thing, right?

Well, thanks to our friends at All Terrain Nation, we have proof (ish) that a midsize Ram truck is definitely in the works – and far enough along to be spotted in camo at a gas station.

So, while we still don’t know much, we’re fairly certain this won’t be a 2021 model – and we can likely thank the Covid-19 pandemic for any delays.

Dodge Dakota

2011 Dodge Dakota (Image courtesy of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles)

While Ram hasn’t had a midsize truck since the Dakota left in 2011 due to dwindling sales, things have changed in the last 10 years, and the midsize truck segment is picking up – as is seen by the addition of Ram’s sibling Jeep Gladiator.

Thus, the time is definitely right for a new midsize Ram to make an appearance. And if Ram is bringing back a midsize truck, why wouldn’t they use the Dakota name?

What do you think: Is Ram ready for a midsize truck? If so, could it be a 2022 Dakota?

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Jill Ciminillo

Jill Ciminillo is the Managing Editor for Pickup Truck + SUV Talk as well as a Chicago-based automotive writer, YouTube personality and podcast host, with her articles and videos appearing in outlets throughout the U.S. Additionally, she co-hosts a weekly radio show on car stuff for a local Chicago station. Previously, Jill has been the automotive editor for both newspaper and broadcast media conglomerates. She is also a past president for the Midwest Automotive Media Association and has the distinction of being the first female president for that organization. Jill is also currently a juror for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY).

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  1. Brandon September 18, 2020

    It looks so much like a ram 1500 double cab. I suspect they may share many components. The midsize market is there for this truck. I know FCA is concerned that dakota would compete too closely with gladiator but there really is a way for both trucks to be in the segment. The dakota should focus on the low and middle trimmed non offroad specialty trucks. The gladiator could just cater to more of the off road and high end mid size market that dakota does not cover as well.

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  2. YWU3 January 22, 2021

    As far as I can tell, there’s nothing midsized about this at all – 6 lug wheels? Looks to be exactly the grille and headlights from here: https://www.netcarshow.com/ram/2019-1500/1600×1200/wallpaper_01.htm

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  3. Bob November 11, 2021

    See the lack of exhaust. Ram 1500 electric mule.

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