Dodge is set to bring back the Dakota. The Dakota was first released in 1987 and is rated as one of the finest trucks ever produced. Through 2009, the truck was among the favorites in the market; however sales of the Dakota started going down forcing the automaker to discontinue it in 2011 shortly after the transfer from Dodge to Ram. Back then, the model used to go by the name “Dodge Dakota”. According to leaked information from Ram Truck, the new model will be fine and is designed to satisfy different classes of users. D along to find out more.
2017 Ram Dakota – Exterior and Interior Specs
The exterior of the 2017 Ram Dakota will be based on a new unibody platform. The ram dakota will have a new stylish yet aggressive look which is meant to give the truck a new lease of life. The automaker hopes the new additions will re-ignite its lost spark in the mid-size truck market segment. The 2017 Ram Dakota will be offered in two body types i.e. 2-door and 4-door body configurations. At the front, the Dakota will feature a new bolder grille which will be flanked by a pair of LED headlights. The front bumper has also been redesigned and is integrated with larger air intakes and new fog lights. At the back, the 2017 Ram Dakota features a smaller cargo bed. It also features a modified bumper and redesigned taillights. Overall, the truck’s body looks more aerodynamic and more stylish compared to the 2011 model. The vehicle rides on a set of 18-inch alloy wheels which complement its new elegant look. Other features remain as of the outgoing model resembling the classic Dakota truck theme as we know it. A jet black glossy body color completes the excellent styling.
The cabin of the 2017 Ram Dakota is very spacious and stylish. The 2-door pickups will accommodate 2 passengers while the 4-door pickups will and accommodates five passengers comfortably. The cabin is trimmed with high quality materials including leather upholstery on top trims. The front seats are power adjustable. At the front of the cabin, you will find a well lit dashboard with neatly arranged features. At the center of the dash is a large touch-screen that displays the vehicle’s navigation and also used to control its infotainment system. To keep things cool in the cabin is an automatic climate control system. Other features include a multi-functional leather wrapped steering wheel, cruise control and a premium sound system with a CD/DVD Player, FM radio, satellite radio and an USB port. Connectivity features like Bluetooth and Smartphone integration will also be featured. For safety, the truck features enhanced seatbelts, automatic air bags, traction and stability control as well as a package of driving aids which will be offered as an option. Check back later for more updates.
2017 Ram Dakota – Modification under the Hood
Performance is very important when it comes to pickup trucks. Due to their nature of carrying heavy loads, pickup trucks need adequate power. The automaker is keeping engine details a closely guarded secret. However, according to our credible sources, the 2017 Ram Dakota will have three engines. The base engine will be a 3.7 L V6 petrol engine capable of producing 210 hp. There will also be a 2.5 L turbo diesel engine which is capable of 180 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. The most potent engine will be a 4.7 L V-8 petrol engine which will produce around 320 hp. The engines of ram dakota 2017 will be mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission system but a 5-speed manual gearbox will be offered as an option. The transmission systems will send power to either the rear wheels or all wheels. The automaker expects the base engine to achieve a fuel economy of 30 mpg on combined drives.
2017 Ram Dakota – When can it be seen on road?
The 2017 Ram Dakota will be unveiled in the last quarter of 2016. Sales will follow shortly after in the first quarter of 2017. The automaker is yet to release official information regarding the Dakota’s price. However, our sources reveal that the base model will have a starting price of around $ 25,000 while the top trim will cost over $ 55,000.