Ram has released its 2024 Rampage. The name used to adorn a front wheel drive pickup version of the Plymouth Horizon/Dodge Omni, which in turn was based on the SIMCA which Volkswagen used as a model for the Golf/Rabbit.
The Rampage is based on the same platform as the Jeep Compass; development reportedly only cost $270 million. The Rebel and Laramie come with a 2-liter diesel (170 hp/280 lb-ft); the R/T has the 2-liter Hurricane Four, turbocharged to reach 272 hp and 295 lb-ft, which is optional on Rebel and Laramie, as well. That is apparently enough to make the Rampage South America’s most powerful pickup.
The only transmission is the usual nine-speed automatic, providing a 0-62 mph time of 6.9 seconds for the R/T (which also has a dual exhaust and sport suspension) and 7.1 seconds for the others. All versions come with ventilated disc brakes, front and rear. Four wheel drive models have electronic controls to distribute power between front and rear axles. The Rebel is unique in having special all-terrain tires on 17-inch wheels.
The load capacity is 2,238 pounds on the diesel and 1,653 pounds on the gasoline engine (in metric terms, a rounder 1,015 and 750 kg). The cost is fairly astounding—over $50,300 for the base model (around 240,000 BRL).
Many outlets are questioning whether this truck will make it to the United States. Chances are that it will not; at least, the rumor mill claims that the United States and Canada were never in the plans. However, a global replacement for the Ram 1200 is still being development, and that pickup is quite likely to make it to North America above the Mexican border. In the meantime, the Rampage is made in Brazil for South America.