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.