Before the Ram trucks were introduced as a standalone brand, there was the Dodge Dakota. And now, as confirmed by Chrysler CEO Sergio Macrchionne, that vehicle is all set to receive a successor, the Ram Dakota. Speaking at the Detroit Auto Show, the CEO explained that the new vehicle may be built based on a unibody construction technique.
If the unibody construction plan does take off, the company believes that it will limit the truck’s off-roading abilities. However, on the brighter side, this will help in increasing the vehicle’s efficiency and will also provide it with a handling capability comparable with those of cars.
Marchionne has also revealed that the new Ram Dakota will have the possibility of receiving a diesel unit, which would be based on that of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Chrysler hasn’t revealed anything about an official launch schedule for the vehicle, but it is expected that the new Dakota will go on sale late next year, or in early 2014.