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When the Dodge Dakota stopped production in 2011, representatives of the car company stated that they would no longer produce a mid-sized truck. For several years that has been the standard answer from Fiat-Chrysler about this style of truck. That is, until June of this year.

In June, Fiat-Chrysler announced to everyone’s surprise that they would begin production of a mid-size truck in 2022. The company did not have a name for the vehicle at that time and did not provide any details where it would be manufactured. Many industry experts believed that it would be produced in Mexico. The heavy duty Dodge Ram trucks are built there and the factory has room for an additional production line. It was assumed that would be the logical choice for the car company to place this new vehicle into production.

Now, only three months later, Fiat-Chrysler has made two announcements about the new mid-size truck. First, they have updated the release date to 2021, and second, the truck will be produced in the United States. When ready, you can take one for a spin at Chapman Las Vegas.

Fiat-Chrysler has recently re-tooled their Toledo production facility and will now incorporate the new truck into this building. This is incredibly beneficial to the area and will create many new jobs. It was also a large surprise for industry experts who believed that the car company was going to target these new trucks for overseas sales. With a potential market outside of the U.S., it was assumed that they would be produced outside of the U.S.

Details about the truck have not yet been released. Everyone is speculating about the engine and drive train that will be used for this new truck. The new mid-size will have to compete with trucks like the Tacoma and the soon to be rebooted Ford Ranger. Fiat-Chrysler, however, is keeping very quiet about the entire project. In fact, the company has not even commented officially about the Toledo plant, the information was leaked from a source within the company.

The new mid-size truck may not take over market share in the United States, but it is anticipated to be very popular overseas. The Dodge Dakota was one of the most popular American trucks sold overseas in the past, and the demand for this size and style of truck has been especially strong from this market.

Everyone is taking guesses at what the new truck will be called. Some believe that the Ram 1000 would be appropriate for the vehicle while others think a hybrid of Ram-Dakota may help with sales. Fiat-Chrysler may continue with their surprises, however, and name it something entirely different to give the new vehicle a personality all of its own.

In the meantime, everyone will just have to sit back and wait for the official announcements form the car company about the name, the design, and the technologies that they will incorporate into this new truck. Fiat-Chrysler will most likely begin making official announcements in October when they have their quarterly meeting. They may also wait until the new year. There is no guarantee when the details about the new mid-size truck will become official.


As winter season is quickly approaching, you will want the right SUV that can carry you and your family. Whether you want to drive through snow, ice, heavy rain or anything in between, there are certain SUVs that are superior, and the 2018 Dodge Durango is one of them.

With seating for seven, the SUV is obviously a great choice if you want to pack your family in and head to the mountains or the city. You also get multiple engine choices, so when it comes to navigating tough roads, you won’t feel left out in the cold. With the optional 360 horsepower 5.7 liter V-8 engine, not only can you enjoy more towing capacity, but you will be able to get out of any trouble in the snow.

If you want to find your way around without getting lost, you are in luck with the Dodge Durango. With the option of two Uconnect® systems, you can use the touchscreen to look at maps and have all the information at your fingertips – that way you don’t get lost! With SiriusXM satellite radio, you and your family can take that perfect road trip and enjoy Christmas tunes, or anything else for that matter.

Without a doubt, if you and your family are on the road, especially when conditions aren’t the best, you want them to feel safe. Luckily, the Dodge Durango comes with a host of safety features to protect you and your loved one’s. The Durango performed well on safety tests, and it’s easy to see why. With a blind spot monitoring system, you can change lanes on two-lane highways or go down the freeway without an ounce of fear. With Rain Brake Support, you won’t have to fret every time a drop of water falls from the sky. It removes water from your brake pads, and it engages automatically when you activate your wipers in the LO or HI position. Being able to take on the weather head on is what makes the 2018 Dodge Durango and ideal SUV. If you take one for a spin at Chapman Las Vegas Dodge, you are sure to see how great it is. Hopefully, when doing so, you can do on a sunny day.

When taking a long road trip, filling your SUV up with Christmas presents or simply driving around town, you want room. The Dodge Durango delivers. With seating for seven, and more than 50 seating configurations, you will be able to carry your cargo and passengers, comfortably. With up to 84.5 cubic feet of cargo, you aren’t going to struggle when it comes to throwing all your gear in the back. Comfort was not left out either, and you can enjoy seat warmers and plush seats on those cold days. Kids in the second-row can be fully entertained while you concentrate on the road. With available USB ports and a 115-volt power outlet, those long wintry drives won’t seem so long anymore.

If you are tired of boring minivans and want a great winter SUV, you should do yourself a favor and check out the 2018 Dodge Durango.


The 2019 Dodge Ram is clearly better than the competition. The Dodge engineers have made the body stronger while finding ingenious ways to reduce its weight and increase its fuel efficiency. Plus, they’ve added innovative new technologies that make the truck a techie’s delight. On the higher trims, the 2019 Dodge Ram comes with a 12-inch center display, a 360° view automatic parking, rear cross-path warnings and countless other upgrades that create an incredible driving experience and make the truck irresistible.

The Powertrain

The engines on the new Dodge Ram are more responsive and fuel-efficient because they’ve been enhanced by adding Chrysler-developed eTorque mild hybrid technology. They replaced the alternator and added a generator which doubles as a motor. Based on a new 48-volt system, the Ram powertrain now offers a faster stop-start, regenerative braking and extra torque during launch and when shifting gears. The new system uses a Nickel Manganese Cobalt battery that’s air-cooled, provides 330 watt-hour and keeps the battery charged.

Buyers can choose between a liquid-cooled V6, 305 horsepower engine that delivers 269 pound-feet of torque and an air-cooled 395 horsepower Hemi V8 that delivers 410 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The Exterior

The 2019 Ram 1500 has interlocking elements that make it more aerodynamic, cohesive and durable. It has a forward-leaning grille, an elevated hood and venture roof design that reduces wind noise and directs air to the new rear spoiler. The new frame’s has splayed rail ends and lower, more outwards tow hooks that are easier to use. The openings on the truck’s steel bumper are larger and help with cooling and wind reduction.

The 2019 Ram 1500 has halogen and LED headlamps and taillights, as well as LED’s which have adaptive front lighting to increase brightness and blind-spot monitoring for improved safety and visibility. A segment-exclusive flexible, lockable, tri-fold tonneau cover that improves fuel economy and newly-designed fender flares and dual exhaust tips complete the look.

The Interior

Inside the 2019 Ram 1500 there’s a new 12-inch configurable touchscreen with Uconnect 4C NAV, a redesigned instrument panel, center console and cluster, telescoping steering wheel, push-button start, a redesigned shifter dial, an electronic parking brake, a 12 volt and several three-pronged 115-volt AC outlets, optional wireless charging, 5 USB ports and a panoramic sunroof. A shark-fin antenna handles Wi-Fi, navigation, radio and satellite tasks. To get a full look of the interior, stop on by Chapman Las Vegas Dodge and take one for a spin. Whether you want to check out a 2019 Ram 1500 Classic or any other Ram, you are in luck.

Boasting the segments largest cab, the interior is designed for comfort and convenience. The rear seats recline and offer best-in-class legroom. There’s an optional front bench seat setup that lets the cabin accommodate six passengers. Plus, its true flat load floor creates 151 liters of storage space.

The 2019 Dodge Ram is available in 7 different models each with a 2,300 pound maximum payload and 12,700 pound maximum trailer tow. They have a thermal management system, improved suspensions, Frequency Response Damping shocks, tons of sensors and countless innovative safety and performance features. The 2019 Dodge Ram is a powerful, technologically-advanced marvel of modern engineering.