2022 Ram Dakota: This is why we are so excited

The Ram Dakota is back and HotCars couldn’t be more excited. This great truck is not only returning to the market, but also getting serious upgrades that make it a top competitor for cars like the Ford F-150 or any other Chevrolet truck.



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Details about the truck are still extremely limited, Ram keeps the finer details as quiet as possible to avoid giving competitors an undeserved advantage. But with bits and pieces of information floating around, a cautious researcher can piece together some very interesting details about the Dakota. This is why many are excited about the return of the Dakota in 2022.

8 It is the first Dakota released since 2011

Dakotas were incredibly reliable trucks, but heavy machines like these saw sales drop after the 2008 market crash. Originally sold as the Dodge Ram Dakota, Dodge ceased production in 2011.

Now that Ram and Dodge have been split into two different nameplates by their parent company, Fiat-Chrysler, the company sees plenty of opportunities to relaunch this popular truck.

7 It is rumored to have between 240 and 285 horsepower

Details on the truck’s specs are still hard to come by, but what is known is that the car will likely have an inline six-cylinder engine, meaning the truck’s horsepower will likely be somewhere between 240 and 285.

This is the average horsepower for most Ram/Dodge trucks on the market today. It would also be appropriate to assume if you remember that the Dakota could make up to 300 horsepower under the right conditions, and this was in 2011 when the truck was discontinued.

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6 It is suitable for both hybrid and diesel power

Another reason to get excited is that the truck will also be more environmentally friendly and fuel efficient than previous Ram trucks, especially the 2011 model which was a bit of a gas guzzler and could only get 15 MPG in the city. The new Ram Dakota is a testament to the eco-savvy times carmakers are living in today, as the car must be able to accommodate hybrid or diesel power thanks to what the company calls “eVolt” technology.

Few trucks are yet to be fully electric, but this is a good start and something truck enthusiasts should pay attention to, especially as more manufacturers pledge to go carbon neutral.


5 It looks like the reliable Ram 1500

Fans of the truck eagerly awaiting its arrival have noticed some things about the Dakota that give them reason to be even more excited. While the original Dakota was noticeably reliable, the predecessor to the new Dakota, the Ram 1500, is one of Ram’s most well-known reliable trucks.

The two trucks bear a striking resemblance to each other, with the Dakota being slightly more compact with a smaller bed and cab.

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4 It will be reasonably priced

Trucks can be expensive, especially those with features such as hybrid capabilities, diesel engines, or other features that make for a well-functioning vehicle.

Fortunately, the Ram Dakota is on track to become a highly accessible and affordable car, meaning the working men and women who need it to tow and transport can rest assured that it won’t break in the bank. The Ram Dakota will likely cost between $30,000 and $40,000.

3 The interior and infotainment system have been completely redesigned

Cars have changed a lot since 2011, and the new Ram Dakota will reflect that. Digitized infotainment systems and central widescreen computers are now an essential part of any good car, even those built for off-road driving or heavy duty work and transportation.

While details are still scarce, we know the truck will most likely have a 12-inch central computer screen and all standard infotainment options. It is also said to have a wider interior with more leg and headroom for the passengers.Related: These Are the Coolest Dodge Ram Exterior Color Options


2 It will probably have more high-tech security features

While nothing has been confirmed, one of the things that is now much more standard in cars and trucks of all kinds is the addition of digitized and electronic safety features such as collision warnings, lane correction, and reversing cameras, just to name a few.

What standard safety features the Ram Dakota will have is still unknown, but any consumer can assume that the truck will have safety features that were inaccessible on the 2011 models.

1 It borrows features from its predecessor, the Ram 700

The 2022 Ram Dakota is not only very similar to the reliable 1500, but would also have borrowed a lot from another predecessor, the Ram 700. It would make sense that the Dakota has similar characteristics to the 700, both trucks are attempts by the company to giving truck owners a variety of sizes (the 700 is Ram’s first “sub-compact” truck).

Whatever the truck has or doesn’t have, it’s an undeniable fact that the Ram Dakota is back in action and the market better be ready for it. Ford and Chevy Trucks may be getting a run for their money for the first time in a long time.

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