Despite the success that the Jeep Gladiator seems it will bring, Fiat Chrysler is still hoping to fill a segment in their pickup truck line that isn’t quite taken care of by the rugged Gladiator. Like the Dodge Dakota, Ram needs a competitor to the recently released Ford Ranger, Chevy Colorado and even the soon-to-be-released updates for the Nissan Frontier, Toyota Tacoma, with Volkswagen and Hyundai looking to join the compact pickup party this time as well.
No word on whether the truck will bear the Dakota nameplate, though it will be it’s a New Offering with nothing based upon the Jeep Gladiator platform according to FCA. Dodge(RAM) left this segment of the pickup truck market back in 2011 when the last of the Dodge Dakota trucks rolled of the assembly line. At the time, the separation between compact trucks and entry-level larger pickups was minuscule, so the compact pickup started to die off.