Ram Rampage RT Officially Spotted in U.S.
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On June 6th, 2023, a glimpse was caught of the upcoming 2024 Ram Rampage Rebel 4×4, a compact pickup truck specifically designed for the Latin American market. The following day, exciting new spy shots captured a glance of a Rampage pickup undergoing testing in the United States, intimating the potential revival of the RT emblem in Ram’s lineup.
The History Behind the Machine
Back in 2009, when the fourth-generation Ram 1500 was presented, the Ram Truck brand had not yet been established. As such, Ram introduced one of its pickup trucks with the RT badge. This iteration was based on the mid-level Sport trim, which displayed a sporty truck design and was exclusively available as a rear-wheel-drive, regular trim with a short bed. Under the hood of the RT was a potent 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine, delivering 395 horsepower and paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Coming Back into Style
It appears that Ram is now considering bringing back the RT badge for the Rampage, in addition to its existing trims such as Laramie, Big Horn, and Rebel. According to the editors at motor1.com, very heavy camouflage obscures most of the Rampage from view, except for a portion of the grille and the headlights.
However, the interior of the vehicle is much easier to take a look at. Recent spy shots expose conspicuous red RT badges adorning the front seats and distinctive red stitching on the steering wheel. Not only that, it has an electronic parking brake, a push-button start, and a gear shift dial. There are also Alcantara elements embellishing the dashboard and chairs.
Under the Hood
The Rampage RT is expected to feature the dependable Hurricane 4 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the Global Medium Engine (GME) family, which is already used in several United States-based automobiles. This engine will be mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission and a full-time four-wheel-drive system.
As a matter of fact, in Jeep products available in Brazil, it accelerates up to 272 horsepower and generates 295 pound-feet of torque. Speaking of Brazil, the production of the Rampage developed into such a phenomenal occasion that even the country’s president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva made an appearance.
Given the Rampage’s unibody architecture and compact size, the aforementioned powertrain should offer an abundance of performance and sportiness. In spite of this information, the question remains: Could this reintroduction of the RT badge to the Ram brand suggest its potential inclusion in other Ram trims? Indeed, various enthusiasts would undoubtedly welcome more street performance-oriented pickup trucks from the automaker.
The official launch of the Ram Rampage is scheduled for June 19th, 2023, with dealership availability anticipated in August of the same model year. Pre-sales for the pickup will commence shortly after it premieres in Brazil. At the time of this writing, there is no official confirmation regarding the Rampage’s availability in the North American market, where it could potentially compete with compact pickups like the Ford Maverick, Hyundai Santa Cruz, and Honda Ridgeline. If a United States debut does occur, it could be an exciting turn of events, as the Ram brand has not had a sub-1500 pickup truck available in the country since the discontinuation of the Dakota.
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