We’ve been reporting on the potential resurrection of Dodge’s (and later Ram’s) much loved midsize Dakota pickup since its untimely demise in 2011. First introduced for the 1989 model year, the Dakota was the original midsize. The truck was larger than Ford’s compact Ranger and Chevrolet’s S-10, smaller than the half-ton class, and came with an optional V-8 engine. Despite being out of the market for more than a decade, the Dakota has retained its cult-like following and cries for the truck’s return have never been louder.
Thankfully, the potential return of Dakota has taken a giant leap forward. At the Stellantis annual dealer meeting in Las Vegas the company has a long history of showing veiled images of future products and new concepts to build excitement for the company’s dealers. According to a first-hand report from an attendee (the information given is confidential and leaks are frowned upon), and posted on Reddit, Ram has teased an upcoming “REV MT midsize concept EV.” The post also mentioned a fully-electric Jeep, a Dodge Durango replacement, more Chrysler EV concepts, and a Ram REV range extender that’s long been teased.
The midsize news wasn’t really surprising, as Ram boss Mike Koval revealed to us that the midsize concept would make an appearance at the dealer meeting back when the cover was taken off the full-size 2025 Ram 1500 REV. Koval also noted that the future midsize is ready to take to consumer clinics in an effort to gauge if the company is headed in the right direction. While the full-size Ram 1500 REV is looking to remain body-on-frame, we suspect this new midsize will arrive as a unibody “lifestyle” truck, likely based on the new STLA Medium or Large architecture.
While details are still minimal, we’d expect this new electrified midsize to pack a range of about 350 to 450 miles. To appease midsize pickup buyers, it will need to be able to tow at least 5,000 pounds and be able to haul 1,000 pounds of payload. We also suspect the truck will arrive as a five-passenger crew-cab only, and expect all-wheel drive to be available, but not standard.
Don’t get too excited, though. While the midsize Ram teaser sounded promising, these dealer meetings have a history of mixed success when it comes to concepts becoming reality. And even so, if the new midsize EV pickup does come to fruition, it’s likely to arrive as a 2026 (or later) model. One thing is certain, however, if it’s not named Dakota there’s certain to be a revolution in the streets of Auburn Hills.
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