Dodge Dakota came in 1987 as the mid-size pickup truck. The model was the first mid-size ute with the V-8 engine option as well as the first work truck with the rack and pinion steering. The model has survived for the three generations as faced with the discontinuation in 2011. The reason was, of course, slow sales of the compact trucks but the model was also priced similarly as the full-size Ram 1500. However, since then trends have changed and growing demand for the mid-size models is obvious. In that context, a few names are expected to be returned to the US including Ford’s Ranger compact truck. FCA also confirmed the Wrangler-based truck version but rumors also suggesting the 2018 Dodge Dakota.
2018 Dodge Dakota: Design
The 2018 Dodge Dakota is rumored to be more compact truck version than its last form. The model has also been speculated to join the Honda Ridgeline as the another unibody based truck version. This design would provide passenger car-like riding comfort and dynamics but would affect model’s towing and probably some of its off-road capability.
Styling wise, the front fascia should sport some form of Ram’s signature crosshair grille. This grille will be bracketed by a couple of LED projector headlamps on either side with turning lights completing the design.
On the other hand, it hasn’t been said anything about configuration this model should be available in. Before model’s discontinuation, it was available in the extended two door and Club Cab four-door versions. The new model is more likely to come with the four-door cab only.
The cabin of the new Dakota should feature SUV-like design and comfort considering models speculated unibody design. The model should arrive in several trim options and each will bring the next level of the comfort and tech features.
The latest infotainment system with the touchscreen interface and smartphone support should be in some form available from the base version. The new truck should also include some active safety aids.
2018 Dodge Dakota: Engine options
The last generation of this heritage pickup from Dodge came out with a 3.7-liter V6 producing 230 HP and a 4.7-liter V8 producing 260 HP. A six-speed manual transmission was available with these engine options. Dodge Dakota also had a four- and five-speed automatic gearboxes.
As for the 2018 Dodge Dakota, rumors predicting a four-cylinder engine as the base option. On the other hand, a more potent version should come in the form of the V-6 unit. The diesel-powered version is also possible.
The new truck would likely adopt a new automatic transmission and standard rear-wheel drive. For the better traction and off-road ride, the all-wheel drive will also be available.
2018 Dodge Dakota: Competition, Price and Release Date
2018 Dodge Dakota is expected to be priced from around $25,000. With early 2018 being its speculated release date, expect Dakota to lock horns directly with the new Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, GM’s Colorado and Canyon and Honda Ridgeline.