Midsize pickup: Rumors of a Ram midsize hauler have swirled for years. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Mike Manley sparked further speculation in 2019 when he said the Ram team was "focused on solving a metric ton midsize-truck solution for us because it's a big part of the portfolio and growth we want to achieve."
Reports emerged this year that FCA had trademarked "Dakota," the name of the midsize pickup dropped in 2011 after a 25-year run. Suppliers told Automotive News in 2018 that the midsize pickup would be built at the Toledo, Ohio, plant where the Jeep Gladiator is produced. A release timeline is uncertain, and a forecaster isn't expecting the vehicle until 2025 at the earliest.
1500: The TRX is no longer a rumor. The Ford Raptor combatant will bring more than 700 hp to the segment before the end of the year. The TRX, introduced as a concept at the State Fair of Texas four years ago, jets from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and from 0 to 100 mph in 10.5 seconds. It tops out at 118 mph and is rated at 650 pound-feet of torque.
Production of the TRX will begin at FCA's Sterling Heights, Mich., assembly plant in the fourth quarter. Production of the previous-generation 1500 Classic, aimed at value shoppers and commercial clients, is expected to last through 2024. The current 1500 could get a freshen in 2023.
2500/3500: The heavy-duty line was given a luxurious touch last year with upgraded interiors. FCA said a Limited Night Edition, new for the 2021 model year, is available in several body colors and includes monochromatic designs enhanced by 20-inch black wheels, grilles and badging. Freshened versions of the trucks could roll out in 2023 or 2024.
ProMaster City: Fog lamps are now available on ProMaster City Tradesman and Wagon models, while aluminum wheels have been added to Tradesman models. A redesign could arrive in 2024.
ProMaster: Several new safety options are available on the 2021 model, including blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-path detection and forward collision warning with emergency brake assist. FCA has partnered with Waymo to use the van as a test bed for autonomous technology in the commercial space. A redesign could emerge in 2024.