The Ram Dakota Is Officially Returning From the Grave

Did someone mess around with witchcraft? We’re looking at you, Ram, because the Ram Dakota is officially being resurrected. But unfortunately, Ram is taking their sweet time because this mid-size model isn’t expected until 2024. 

The 2024 Ram Dakota is on the way 

2024 RAM Dakota Rendering
2024 RAM Dakota Rendering | Pickup Truck News

If you recall, the 1987 Dodge Dakota busted into the scene to fill the gap between the full-sized Dodge Ram and compact Dodge Ram 50. It was styled like the full-size Ram. It had two Chrysler-built engines. 

The 2.2-liter four-cylinder option was already being used, and a specially created 3.9-liter V6 was developed for the Dakota. Later the Dakota received a V8 and a convertible version. As a fun-to-drive truck with good fuel efficiency, over 104,865 models were sold during its first year. 

With significant engine and interior upgrades, the Dakota remained a popular option into the 2000s. But the Dodge Ram Dakota was discontinued in 20211 due to the decreasing demand for compact trucks. The platform was used for the more popular Dodge Durango. 

What to expect with the new Dakota 

Now the 2024 Ram Dakota will make a triumphant return to battle rivals such as the Ford Ranger, Chevy Colorado, and Toyota Tacoma. But it’s a little challenging to determine what Stellnatis is planning so far. 

The new Dakota could ride on a body-on-frame platform like the Honda Ridgeline. The Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz are two compact trucks that decided to go this route to favor sportier handling. 

But it could also share the same chassis as the Jeep Gladiator for enhanced off-roading capabilities. But those who want an off-roader may go with the Jeep Gladiator, and Ram already sells a mid-size option that’s similar to the Santa Cruz in other countries. 

In Brazil, the truck is called the Fiat Toro, but in other countries, it’s known as the Ram 1000. It has a 1.3-liter engine with 185 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque. Buyers can also choose the 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine with 170 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. 

This is a little weak for the market in America. For example, the Ford Ranger has a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine with 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. But the Dakota could get the 3.6-liter V6 engine with 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel generates 260 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. 

What we do know about the Dakota 

2024 RAM Dakota SRT rendering
2024 RAM Dakota SRT rendering | Pickup Truck News

The 2024 Ram Dakota will be a smaller version of the Ram 1500. It will be like the baby Ram 1500 with similar LED headlights, a matching grille, and the same body lines to easily be recognized. 

We expect the interior to be similar as well, with a large vertically oriented infotainment screen. But the Ram 1500 may have a few modern updates by the time 2024 arrives. Perhaps the Dakota will feature Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as other advanced amenities. 

The classic Dodge Ram Dakota was a convertible at one point. So, the new model could have removable roof panels. So far, pricing is rumored to begin at about $26,000 to match competitors. We will keep you updated as we learn more.

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