Ram has some of the best-selling trucks on the market, but we can’t deny that its options are somewhat limited. Truck fans seeking a midsize truck have to search elsewhere. A few years ago, GM was the only automaker with a middle-ground pickup offering. But other companies like Ford and Ram have picked up the pace.
While there are currently no midsize trucks on Ram’s roster, this will likely change in the future. Motortrend reported that the company wants to develop a midsize truck sometime in the next five years. So, what kind of truck will it be and is it worth waiting for?
What is Ram’s new truck?
According to an FCA plan from last year, some new vehicles are scheduled for release by 2022. A new midsize truck could be released for that model year or possibly earlier. The only hint we have about the new pickup is that it will likely be structurally similar to the Jeep Scrambler.
We hope it’s a lighter-duty version of the Mojave, a limited edition power wagon released last year. Only 1,500 units were made and it came in a unique “sand” color. Others speculate that it will be a revival of the Dodge Dakota, a mid-sizer that was discontinued in 2011.
Current Ram offerings
This year, the light-duty Ram 1500 Classic was released, a variant of the full-size Ram 1500. It’s currently available in three trim options and has a standard 305-hp engine. Under the right conditions, it can tow up to 8,230 pounds, which is decent for a light-duty truck.
Another truck released this year is the Ram 1500 Warlock, a revival of Dodge’s ’70s Warlock. Like the new 1500 Classic, it offers the regular two-door cab option that was missing from the previous generation. It has the same standard engine but also has an available V8 Hemi engine. This brings its towing capacity to 12,750 pounds.
Ram’s truck competition
The growing demand for midsize trucks means the new Ram will have many rivals when it finally hits the market. These include the Honda Ridgeline, Ford Ranger, Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon, Toyota Tacoma, and Nissan Frontier. Each performs well in different areas.
The Jeep Gladiator
Many believed the Jeep Gladiator was FCA’s answer to the midsize market, but the automaker stated this is not the case. Chrysler CEO Mike Manley said the Gladiator has a “very different mission” from the unreleased Ram. The Gladiator was released last spring to favorable reviews.
Currently available in four different trims, it has a V6 3.6-liter engine. The Gladiator gets 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, but a more powerful diesel engine with 442 lb-ft of torque comes out next year. With the optional Max Towing package, it can tow 7,650 pounds and carry an additional 1,600 in the truck bed.
Should you wait for the new Ram?
For those in the market to buy a cheaper work truck in the immediate future, it makes the most sense to purchase the Gladiator. However, if you have time to spare, it may be worth waiting it out for the new Ram Mojave. Historically, Ram trucks have been cheaper compared to the current Gladiator, so you may be able to save a few thousand dollars.
Additionally, the new Ram truck has been described as a completely different offering. Given its good specs, it’s tempting to buy the new Gladiator right away. However, if you can stand the anticipation, it’s better to wait until you can compare the trucks side by side.