The Ford Maverick immediately became a huge hit in the compact pickup-hungry U.S. when it launched some time ago, and it’s also on sale in Brazil, where deliveries originally began last year. However, the Maverick will soon be joined in both that South American country and the U.S. by the Ram Rampage, which Ford Authority spotted testing just last month. Stellantis has already partially revealed the new Rampage, and Ford Authority spied a U.S.-market Rampage prototype out and about recently as well, providing us with a sneak peek at the new model’s interior. Now, the new Ram Rampage has been spotted completely uncovered in this video recently posted to Instagram.
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This Ram Rampage prototype looks just like the one previously seen in a video teaser from Stellantis, featuring the same red exterior paint and black accents as that model. The Ram badging is prominent as well, leaving no doubt as to what we’re looking at – the brand new, forthcoming Maverick fighter in the flesh.
While Ram has expressed a desire to bring a small truck to the U.S. for some time now, there are many obstacles to overcome first. For starters, Stellantis is expected to build the Rampage in Brazil, meaning that it would be subjected to the chicken tax if it is imported into the U.S. from that country. However, it could get around that by building the pickup in America or perhaps in Mexico at the Toluca Assembly plant, which currently produces the Jeep Compass, with which the Rampage shares a platform.
The Rampage will reportedly ride on the same “Small Wide” 4×4 architecture that underpins not only the Compass, but also the Jeep Commander and Fiat Toro. Wider and longer than the Toro, the Rampage will reportedly utilize an updated, turbocharged version of the 2.0L Tigershark I-4 and the turbocharged 2.2L Multijet II I-4, both of which will be mated to the ZF nine-speed automatic transmission.