As compact pickups continue to build hype in the United States and Canada, Ram Mexico has announced its lineup for its subcompact 2022 Ram 700 pickup for the Mexican market. Based on the highly successful Brazilian-built Fiat Strada, the Ram 700 offers the most capable, versatile, safe and technologically advanced vehicle in its class.
The second-generation Ram 700 uses the MMP (or Modular Platform Pickup) platform, which is stiffer and lighter than its predecessor and is offered in two flexible cabs (Single Cab or Crew Cab).
With four different models available (SLT Single Cab, SLT Crew Cab, Big Horn Crew Cab and Laramie Crew Cab), the Mexican market 2022 Ram 700 has the capacity to carry up to five passengers and best-in-class cargo capacity. The 2022 Ram 700 is aimed at meeting both the needs of the industrial, construction and commercial sectors of the Mexican market as it becomes an ideal tool for anyone who wants to work hard or play hard.
Under the hood of the Ram 700 is the 1.3-liter FIREFLY inline four-cylinder engine that produces 100 horsepower and 99 lb.-ft. couple in the Mexican market. It is electronically calibrated to provide low-end torque, which improves the engine’s performance in terms of fuel economy and emissions. The 1.3-litre is mated to a five-speed manual transmission, which features a “Gear Shift Indicator” system that optimizes engine performance by informing the driver on the instrument panel of the optimum time to up or downshift.
Ram 700 models offer front-wheel drive across the range, linking the driven wheels directly to the powertrain, enhancing the performance of the 1.3-litre FIREFLY inline four-cylinder engine and optimizing fuel economy through weight reduction through mechanical make better use of components and energy by not requiring their transfer to many separate components of the differential. The front-wheel drive system also provides faster response in acceleration and traction when driving on surfaces such as sand, gravel or ice.
On the outside, the 2022 Ram 700 has a honeycomb grille with a similar styling to the rugged 2022 Ram 1500 Rebel.
Ram has also integrated a front LED lighting system for the first time on the Ram 700. The lights produce a lower heat intensity, as well as better quality exterior light with a higher light intensity that improves driver visibility in the darkest conditions . on the top level Laramie models. Other models get halogen headlights with black-finished lenses as standard.
Through the MPP platform it was also possible to accommodate a new front and rear suspension, thought to improve the comfort and handling of the vehicle. There are new springs, shock absorbers and geometry, as well as a new sprung front crossmember and anti-roll bar, and a new rear axle. The Ram 700 also has increased ground clearance of 8.4 inches and even better approach and departure angles with up to 24º on entry and up to 28º on exit, which is best-in-class.
In addition, the positioning of the rear suspension increased the loading width in the cargo box. This means that the Regular Cab models can hold 1,354 liters (or 47.8 cubic feet) of volume, while Crew Cab models can hold 844 liters (or 29.8 cubic feet). The payload also goes further and ranges from 650 kg (or 1,433 lbs) in the five-occupant version to a maximum of 720 kg (or 1,587 lbs) in the entry-level configuration. That’s more payload than most last-generation Dodge Dakota models.
2022 Ram 700 SLT Regular Cab –
Each of the individual trim levels has its own unique look. Starting with the entry-level 2022 Ram 700 SLT Regular Cab, the compact pickup is perfect for the workshop. Although priced at the cheaper end of the spectrum, the Ram 700 SLT has halogen headlamps and daytime running lights (DRLs), black textured side mirrors, black textured front and rear, black door handles, 15-inch steel wheels, black grille w/ RAM’ lettering, Bedliner, awning ladder bars and textured black side decals.
The 2022 Ram 700 SLT Regular Cab features the following standard equipment including AM/FM/USB/Bluetooth tuning radio and 2 door speakers, steering wheel audio controls, air conditioning and heater with manual intensity and position controls, center console with a 12-volt power connection, windows manually raised and lowered, manual door locking, manual side mirror adjustment, central keypad with flashing light control, side lighting in the cargo area and differential lock. The seats are standard in Dark Gray Heavy Duty fabric. Other features include a height-adjustable driver’s seat, height-adjustable headrests, driver and passenger visors with vanity mirror, and a fixed medallion rear window.
2022 Ram 700 SLT Crew Cab –
The four-door Crew Cab offers the same standard features as the Regular Cab, but can accommodate up to five passengers. The front and rear seats both have height-adjustable headrests, while the second row of seats is designed with ergonomics and the safety of three passengers in mind. The only other change between the Regular Cab and Crew Cab is the addition of two more stereo speakers for the rear doors.
2022 Ram 700 Big Horn Crew Cab –
At the center of the lineup is the Big Horn trim, representing the perfect balance of capability and comfort. The Big Horn trim is only available in the five-passenger Crew Cab configuration. Big Horn models have a sporty exterior design with body colored dashboards and door handles and wear 15-inch aluminum wheels. The Big Horn features halogen headlamps with daytime running lamps (DRL), body-colored side mirrors with turn signals, engine sump with skid plate, black grille with “RAM” lettering and black textured B-pillar, bed liner, cargo area cover, and awning ladders.
On the inside, the Big Horn models feature a 3.5-inch thin-film-transistor (TFT) cluster, power side mirrors, power windows, steering wheel with audio controls, remote keyless locks and power locks. Other options include a 7-inch Uconnect touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, reversing camera with active guidelines, ParkSense rear backup sensors, control functions, tweeter added in the A-pillar and air conditioning. In addition, there is an extended center console with storage compartments, USB and AUX ports, a 12-volt power supply in the center console and premium gray TREK cloth seats.
2022 Ram 700 Laramie Crew Cab –
The 2022 Ram 700 Laramie sets the benchmark for luxury and technology in the compact pickup segment. The exterior combines sophistication and sportiness with LED headlights and Daytime Running Lights (DRL), body-colored side mirrors with turn signal, body-colored front end, body-colored door handles, crankcase engine guard, front fascia leading edge, roof side bars, tailpipe extensions handles, tarpaulin top cover, halogen fog lamps, 15-inch aluminum wheels and ParkSense reversing sensors. Laramie models are only available in Crew Cab configuration.
While most of the Laramie’s interior is a holdover from the Big Horn, the Laramie is distinguished by a leather interior and a gray-toned leather-wrapped steering wheel made of premium leather materials with cloth inserts.
As for price, the compact 2021 Ram 700 SLT Regular Cab has a manufacturer’s MSRP (MSRP) of $269,900 MXN (or about $13,231.85 USD). For those looking at the more luxurious Laramie Crew Cab models, it costs $366,900 MXN (or about $17,965.94 USD).
The Ram 700 is best described as the modern Dodge Rampage, but with the twist of a four-door option. For those hoping that the Ram 700 will make it to the United States or Canada, it’s highly doubtful. Currently, the Ram 700 is designed for LATAM countries and does not currently meet safety requirements for both the US and Canadian markets.