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
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. However, the Dodge Ram Dakota was discontinued in 2011 due to the decreasing demand for compact trucks. The platform was used for the more popular Dodge Durango.
Dealers have seen the mid-size Dakota concept and feel very enthusiastic about its return. It could be the smaller truck fans have been waiting for.
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.
Don’t be surprised if the Ram Dakota hybrid emerges. It could share the same power plant with the Dodge Hornet. The Hornet starts with a standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 268 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.
The Hornet PHEV pairs this engine with an electric motor to generate 288 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds. These figures may be different in the Dakota due to a difference in its size and weight.
Also, the Hornet PHEV provides an EPA-estimated 30 miles of range on a single charge. It could deliver up to 33 mpg in the city and up to 41 mpg on the highway.
What we do know about the Dakota
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.