2025 Ram Dakota : What We Know So Far

2025 Ram Dakota – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Ram brand of Ram trucks has become the eighth most-selling nameplate in America, having sold more than 700,000. Although the Ram brand includes two commercial vans, the majority of Ram’s sales come from full-size pickup trucks. Ram overtook Chevrolet in large pickup truck sales, which was the biggest truck news of 2019.

2025 Ram Dakota Review
2025 Ram Dakota Review

2025 Ram Dakota Review

Future Ram sales growth is unlikely to come from the big-pickup segment, however, as it appears that the Chevrolet Silverado will reclaim the second-best-selling-truck title for 2020 (Ford, as always, retains a comfortable lead in the first place), and a redesigned-for-2021 Ford F-150 is arriving in dealerships as this is written. Ram will have to grow in another market segment if it wants to keep growing. This is what the plan appears to be.

The midsize pickup truck, the 2025 Ram Dakota, is built on the same architecture as the Jeep Gladiator. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA Toledo assembly plant) will build the new truck alongside the Jeep.

Specs

The 2025 Ram Dakota will be available in both extended-cab and crew cab configurations. The 137-inch wheelbase of the Jeep Gladiator will likely be shared by both versions, although the bed lengths might differ. There will not be a regular-cab version. The Dakota will be less offroad-oriented than the Gladiator. Because of this, the Dakota may have longer front and rear overhangs than the Gladiator. You can expect a length of approximately 225 inches.

2025 Ram Dakota Release Date
2025 Ram Dakota Release Date

Engine

Dakota Development is occurring during a period of transformation for the automotive industry as carmakers make rapid progress towards electrification. We expect the Dakota standard engine to evolve from the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder found in the Jeep Wrangler. As an option, expect a 3.2-liter or 3.6-liter version of FCA’s “Pentastar V6 engine mated with the automaker’s eTorque mild hybrid system. A plug-in-hybrid version, similar to the 2.0-liter engine in the Jeep Wrangler 4xe plugin hybrid, is also likely to be offered. We don’t expect a diesel engine to be offered. All engines can be paired with 8-speed manual transmission. An option for a manual transmission is not available.

2025 Ram Dakota Redesign
2025 Ram Dakota Redesign

The 2025 Ram Dakota is likely to have towing and payload capacities that are slightly higher than those for the Gladiator. The new Dakota will likely arrive on parity with the midsize Chevrolet Colorado with a maximum payload rating of around 1600 pounds and a max towing capability of approximately 7000 pounds.

2025 Ram Dakota Produced

Production of the Dakota should start around the same time as the Jeep Gladiator will be updated/redesigned. The Dakota is expected to arrive in 2024 as a model 2025, although some industry sources suggest that it may be a model 2026. 2025 Ram Dakota will be directly competing with traditional body-on-frame midsize trucks like the Chevrolet Colorado and Ford Ranger. It may even be slightly larger than these rivals. The Honda Ridgeline, Nissan Frontier, and other competitors are also in this segment. The Ford Courier pickups and the Hyundai Santa Cruz compact are due before 2025, but they are unlikely to be able to compete with the Dakota.

Verdict

It is too early to say, but it appears likely that the Dakota will be offered in an off-road TRX variant. This truck will have off-road capabilities similar to the Ram 1500 TRX but without the supercharged V8 engine of 702 horsepower. A 3.6-liter V6 engine with hybrid assistance could generate as many as 400 combined horsepowers. It would be a great powerplant for a TRX Dakota model.