With the newly formed segment of compact unibody pickups, where the main players are models like Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz, the rumors about the Rampage’s comeback became even more frequent. According to them, it looks like the revived model could arrive already in the next year, as the 2024 Dodge Rampage. How much the new models would have in common with the old ones, it’s hard to say. Still, we have no doubt that this won’t be a typical pickup.
The original Rampage was a typical coupe ute. While the rival companies were practicing this form for decades, Dodge waited until the 1980’s to launch such a vehicle. Of course, it was too late, so the vehicle wasn’t particularly popular and remained in production for just a couple of years. Today, it has a pretty large following among enthusiasts, thanks to the pretty interesting design approach.
A couple of decades later, we saw a concept version of the new Rampage. This time, we saw a massive pickup that was still based on a unibody platform. The company’s goal was to offer something that would compete with, at the time, the new Honda Ridgeline, which has been the only mid-size pickup riding on a unibody platform for nearly two decades now. That model featured a bulky but family-friendly layout, with Stow’n Go seats borrowed from Chrysler minivans and sliding doors for easier access. However, it also featured a pretty untypical engine layout, with a combination of a large V8 engine and front-wheel drive. This concept never entered serial production.
What Would the new 2024 Dodge Rampage Look Like?
So, the main question about the revived 2024 Dodge Rampage is about its overall design. At this point, we are pretty sure that it won’t feature a coupe ute design, because such a body style would hardly make good sales numbers in today’s market. Instead, we would expect to see a typical unibody pickup layout, in a compact size. In that way, Dodge would target those buyers who are currently choosing between models like Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz.
a close relative at this point but we may presume that the new model would get a new platform. The mechanics could be shared with some of the European siblings, particularly models like the Peugeot 3008, which means that the Rampage would once again feature a front-wheel-drive setup, with the transversally mounted engine. Of course, the all-wheel drive would be available.
Given the platform and expected mechanics, it’s pretty much for sure that the 2024 Dodge Rampage won’t be a capable off-roader. On the other hand, we count on a modern design, which could establish Dodge’s new design language, considering that it’s been a while since we saw a new model from this brand. In any case, the new model would come with a double-cab layout, along with a decently-sized cargo bed.
Of course, it’s still early to talk about interior aesthetics but can easily make predictions about the functionality. With a double cab layout, it’s quite obvious that the new model will be pretty oriented to family hauling. We count on two spacious rows of seats, which would accommodate up to five adult passengers. Furthermore, the cabin would come with lots of standard and available equipment, including the latest tech features.
2024 Dodge Rampage Engines
The powertrain lineup would largely depend on the platform. As we already mentioned, there is a big chance to see this pickup sharing parts with European siblings. In that case, the vehicle would be powered with a smaller-displacement gasoline unit, while electrification also seems like a certain thing. The latter could refer to PSA’s plug-in hybrid that combines a 1.6-liter engine with electric motors, for a max total output of 225 horsepower, while there is also a variant with 300 horsepower.
In the case that Dodge looks for the platform in its own yard, it would use Fiat-Chrysler’s engines as well, starting from a good-old 3.6-liter V6. A smaller but more efficient 2.0-liter turbo-four with 270 horsepower is also a possibility, while we don’t believe that the new 2024 Dodge Rampage could be powered with something with eight cylinders.
2024 Dodge Rampage Release Date and Price
If we can trust rumors, the 2024 Dodge Rampage could arrive already in the next year. On the other hand, the officials are still quiet, so take these paragraphs with reserve. If the Rampage arrives one day, we estimate that the base price could go around 25.000 dollars.