There was a time, not too long ago, when compact pickups were all the rage. But then, most automakers (including Ford, GM, and FCA) departed that market completely. Soon, the Ford Ranger returned and the Chevrolet Colorado arrived as larger, mid-size replacements, but many buyers would still prefer the opportunity to buy a smaller pickup. They’ll get their chance when the Ford Maverick arrives, but for now, customers in Latin America can also now buy the all-new Ram 700.
The Ram 700 is actually smaller than any Dodge Dakota, the automaker’s old compact pickup, and is basically just a rebadged Fiat Strada, already on sale in Brazil and Argentina. Regardless, it’s an honest-to-goodness small truck, and it might just provide some clues as to what we can expect from the Ford Maverick.
The Ram 700 is available in regular cab (which the Maverick won’t be) or double cab configuration, with either two- or four-doors with space for up to five passengers. The little pickup will come in three different trim levels – base SLT, mid-range Big Horn, or the top-level Laramie. Unfortunately, only the SLT is available as a regular cab.
The 700 does come with a few nice features, including a 7 inch infotainment touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, LED headlights, tire pressure monitoring, a backup camera, and speed limiter.
As far as powerplants go, the 700 SLT and Big Horn trim levels are powered by FCA’s 1.4L Fire Evo I-4, which is rated at 85 PS (84 horsepower) at 5,750 rpm and 118 Nm (87 pound-feet) of torque at 3,500 rpm. The Laramie-trimmed 700 comes equipped with FCA’s turbocharged 1.3L Firefly I-4 that makes 99 PS (98 horsepower) and 128 Nm (94 pound-feet) of torque. All 700s utilize a five-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel-drive is not available, though it will be an option with the Maverick.
In terms of capability, the Ram 700 comes with a max payload rating of 750 kilograms (1,653 pounds) and a max tow rating of 400 kilograms (882 pounds). Cargo volume in the bed varies from 1,143 liters (40.3 cubic feet) for the regular cab model to 691 liters (24.4 cubic feet) for the double cab.
The new Ram 700 goes on sale in Latin America next month, with deliveries expected to begin in Q1 of 2021.