The Dakota was Dodge’s entry in the compact pickup truck market but due to declining sales it ceased to be produced back in 2009 and since then there have been a few rumors and reports that it will be receiving a new model which was said to start production as a 2016 Dodge Dakota. However, just recently the CEO as well as the chairman of the Fiat-Chrysler group announced that there will be no other version of the Dakota made. However, just after this the people from Fiat announced that they signed a contract with Mitsubishi for developing a compact pickup truck which is likely to be sold in the US under the name of the Dakota.
New Dodge Dakota Engine
Engine wise, the 2016 Dodge Dakota is going to feature a few interesting choices which will differ a lot from those of the old model. The base car is likely to receive the 2.4 liter aspirated inline 4 from the Jeep, with power of up to 190 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque. This will be mated to their 6 speed automatic and it will be available either with rear or all wheel drive which should give it a towing capacity of around 4000 pounds for the all wheel drive model.
2016 Dakota Performance
There will also be a few other choices but some of these are likely to be supplied by Mitsubishi. A 2.5 liter turbocharged diesel is likely to be found in the new Eco Dakota. This is going to deliver around 180 horsepower and more than 300 lb-ft of torque, giving it very similar performance to the EcoRam but with a slightly lower price tag. The only drawback of this engine is that even though it is a diesel, it isn’t much more fuel efficient than the petrol counterpart. A hybrid model is unlikely especially because the diesel should fill that role quite nicely.
Interior of 2016 Dodge Dakota
On the interior, the 2016 Dodge Dakota will leave the old design behind adopting a much more center approach with all the instruments centered on the driver. This has been seen to a few other models from the American manufacturer and has been used because it gives the car a much nicer feel. There will be 5 seats in all the models and a lot of storage boxes scattered throughout the interior.
2016 Dodge Dakota exterior will be based on the L200, there is no doubt about that, but that’s not a bad thing. It will only be available as a CrewCab with four full size doors and a medium to short bed which should be more than enough for what it is intended. The front of the car will take Dodge’s look with a new front grille and most likely a design inspired by that of the RAM while the back is likely to remain unchanged over the L200.
2016 Dodge Dakota Price
Just like the older version, this new model based on the L200 is going to be a body on frame construction which comes with all the advantages and disadvantages of this type of construction. The biggest difference though is most likely going to be the price which from the early reports suggests that it will be a lot lower than that of the current RAM, making more sense as a compact truck than before. The base model is likely to go as low as $18,000 which is almost $7000 cheaper than the current RAM and more than $3000 cheaper than the older Dakota, making from it a real bargain.
Dodge Dakota 2016 Release Date
The release date however is unfortunately quite far away. While the L200 has been announced for the start of 2016, the L200 based Dakota is likely to launch at the end of 2016 or early 2017, giving Chrysler enough time to adapt their car to the US market.