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According to auto industry insiders in the know, the Dodge Ram lineup will soon be expanding. And that expansion to the lineup will come by 2022. Although not many details have been revealed, Dodge is expected to add a new mid-size pickup truck to its popular line. Some say this new pickup could potentially wear the Dakota nameplate when it’s introduced within the next few years. The Dodge Dakota is the last mid-sized truck sold by FCA in the American market. Over the past few years there has been a rise in the sales of pickup trucks and they’re now more popular than ever.

For quite some time the Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 have led the U.S. market in vehicle sales. And interest in pickup trucks continues to grow. This trend has even been benefitting sales of mid-size pickups. With sales of the Chevrolet Colorado enjoying much recent growth and Ford planning to reintroduce the popular Ford Ranger model, Ram is the only one of the Big Three pickup truck brands that doesn’t offer consumers a mid-size pickup in their lineup. However, reports from a recent meeting of FCA investors says that is about to change with a official announcement from Ram about the addition of its new mid-size pickup. Whatever truck you are interested, you can check any model out at Chapman Las Vegas Dodge. Whether you are looking for a Ram 1500 or any other Ram, you can find what you are looking for.

According to reliable reports, the new mid-sized Ram will make its debut in the marketplace by 2022. Although Ford’s new Ranger pickup will be revived some time before that, it appears the release of the new mid-size Ram will be right on time to take advantage of the growing interest of consumers in pickup trucks. Beyond the anticipated release date for the new mid-size Ram pickup, the details from FCA about the new truck have been sparse. The company is probably doing that to prevent its competitors from getting information about the specifics of its new mid-size pickup.

However, FCA playing it close to the vest with details about the newest addition to its line of popular Ram pickup trucks hasn’t prevented automotive enthusiasts from making educated guesses about what consumers can expect to see on the new Ram. Many anticipate the new pickup will carry the Dakota name combined with a Ram moniker instead of the traditional Dodge brand name. FCA officially stopped producing the Dodge Dakota in 2011 because truck sales were declining at the time. Before it was discontinued, FCA officially sold the Dakota under the Ram brand.

It’s long been rumored Ram was adding a mid-size pickup to its lineup. But it never materialized. However, with the market for pickup trucks stronger than ever, this would seem like the perfect time for Ram to debut a new mid-size pickup. There was confirmation from FCA on June 1st in Balocco, Italy at their Capital Markets Day, that they intend to develop a new mid-size pickup and release it in the U.S. market as part of their five year plan for the Ram brand. The only question is whether it will carry the Dakota name.


The Dodge Viper is coming back. Dodge stopped producing the two-seater snake in 2009, restarted production, then stopped again last year. But there has been continued growing demand for the vehicle, so insiders at Car and Driver say Dodge will restart production of the popular Viper sometime between 2020 and 2021. They say the new Viper will have several differences from the previous models. While it will retain the mid-front engine layout, the rear-wheel drive will be in a new spaceframe. They predict the 10 cylinder engine will be replaced by a next-gen aluminum-block, naturally-aspirated, 550 horsepower Hemi V8 that Chrysler recently developed.

The use of lots of aluminum and carbon fiber will reduce the weight of the next Dodge Viper significantly, the experts at Car and Driver say. SRT will gin up the horsepower in several trims and eventually add the option of getting a 700 horsepower engine. They expect the company to initially offer the redesigned Viper as a convertible and add a hardtop model a few years later. With the company’s Conner Avenue Assembly Plant now repurposed, insiders anticipate the new Viper will be built by Prefix Corporation in Michigan. That’s the company that built the fifth generation Medusa Viper convertible and Viper Tanga.

Some anticipate the Detroit Auto Show in 2019 will feature a concept car that’s a tribute to the original Viper. Production beginning on the new model in late 2020 to be released in 2021. Plus, the new vehicle won’t be called the Viper some say. According to Allpar forums, the new vehicle will be similar to the Alfa Romero 6C/8C and the Maserati Alfieri. 5thGenRam forums anticipate two new Ram Rebel trucks getting 7.0 liter Banshee V8s and 6.2 liter Hellcat engines currently under development. The 10 cylinder, 8.0 liter engine in the original Viper were developed for Ram trucks, so some postulate the new Viper could have one of those engines.

Any one of these predictions for the powertrain of the next Viper could be accurate. The connection between Dodge and Alfa Romero go back many years. In 2010, when Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler, previewed the fifth-generation Viper, many dealers said while it had a Viper face, it closely resembled the Alfa Romero 8C Competizionne. And there is no denying the connection between Ram truck engines and the powertrain of the original Dodge Viper.

If you are one of the people that lamented the end of the production of the Dodge Viper, do not despair. Lots of automotive experts with inside connections are saying that within the next three to five years Chrysler will once again begin producing this popular automobile. Most agree that there will be some changes to the engine powering the vehicle and it will look somewhat different. But the essence of what made the Dodge Viper a classic will live on in the next generation of this stylish, powerful automobile. Dodge Viper lovers, fear not. You will soon see a new version in the showrooms. In the meantime, you can check out any Dodge car or truck at Chapman Las Vegas Dodge.