SCOOP! – RAM Rampage is seen testing in the USA as a Fiat Toro

We have already reported that RAM will soon have a new midsize pick-up in the USA. It will be called RAM Rampage and will be made over the same platform that is used by the Jeep Renegade, called SUSW. But now the guys from the website PickupTrucks.com have published pictures of the Fiat Toro in tests in Auburn Hills. We believe they are mules of the new Rampage. Check the article and the pictures, if you can. You’ll see that the spy photographers think like MotorChase and see the future pick-up as a competitor for the Honda Ridgeline and the future Hyundai Santa Cruz.

Car and Driver has already created a rendering on the new pick-up, but there is another one, created by Jonathan Machado, from CarWP, that also shows how this new midsize truck could look like. It is the main image on this article. The new RAM could be built in Toluca, Mexico, the same place where the new Compass will also be made. And that makes perfect sense, since the project 226, as the pick-up was codenamed when it was still being developed, uses the same platform of the future Jeep.

In Brazil, the Toro uses a 1.8 E.torQ engine that delivers 104 kW at 5,750 rpm and 189 Nm at 3,750 rpm and the 2.0 MultiJet turbodiesel engine, which produces 125 kW at 3,750 rpm and 350 Nm at 1,750 rpm. It comes with a 6-speed manual, with either front or all-wheel drive, or a 9-speed automatic gearbox, exclusively available for the Volcano version, with four-wheel drive. The Toro is 4.92 m long, 1.84 m wide and it has a wheelbase of 2.99 m. It has variable heights and weights. The entry-level Freedom 4×2 1.8 flex is 1.68 m tall and weighs 1,619 kg, with 215/65 R15 tires. The Freedom diesel 4X2 is 1.69 m tall and weighs 1,779 kg, while the Freedom diesel 4×4 has the same height, but carries 9 kg more, at 1,788. Both Freedom versions use 225/70 R126 tires. The Volcano is 1.74 m tall and weighs an impressive 1,871 kg. Its tires are 225/65 R17.

For the USA, the pick-up should get the 2.4 TigerShark engine and the 2.0 MultiJet as well. The 1.8 engine is too weak for the tastes of any driver, anywhere, but it makes the Toro more competitive in Brazil due to tax rules. And the Brazilian customer is very sensitive to the price of the cars: 97% of all vehicles sold in this market have engines smaller than 2 liters.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.