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Ram 700 Offers Glimpse Of What We Could See From The Ford Maverick

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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.

We’ll have more on what Ford and Lincoln’s competitors are up to very soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Maverick news and continuous Ford news coverage.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. As former owner of a 1974 Ford Maverick it’s a shame to see a great muscle car transformed into another truck or even worse, into another boring SUV.

  2. That is so fugly! Ford should have called theirs a Courier; but even if it looks like a cardboard box, it should outsell the hell out of this Fiat afterbirth.

    • To each his own I suppose,I think this is a rather nice looking little truck. The Ford Maverick and Hyundai Vera Cruz will prompt other automakers do jump into this segment including Ram. Not every one wants or need a full or Ranger size pickup truck. Trucks aren’t being used for traditional duties anymore,some people want and use them for lifestyle vehicles. Automakers are in business to make money and will take the easiest route to achieve this objective! I say bring on the Ford Maverick!

  3. I think the Maverick truck will be a hit.
    I do think they should offer the 2.3
    turbo out of the Lincoln (285 hp).
    I also think it should be able to pull
    4,000 lbs. when equipped with the
    largest engine.

  4. I like it! Now driving an ’03 Ford Sport Trac and though I still love it, soon will need to look for something. The old Ranger never had a 4-door option, the new Ranger is too big/expensive. Hoping the Maverick will hit the Goldilocks spot and be just right. Better hurry though Ford. I’m also eager to see the Hyundai Santa Cruz.

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