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It looks like the Dakota might be coming back to life according to new reports. It's probably going to be bigger than the Maverick, like a Ranger, but it'll be interesting to see what Ram can come up with.

Maybe the project to revive the Dakota or whatever Ram calls its future midsized truck isn't dead after all. An insider source now tells Automotive News that the work is still happening to give the brand a smaller pickup.

The Ram Dakota went away after the 2011 model year. Rumors were already swirling in 2012 about a return for the nameplate. Although, it never happened.

Instead of introducing a new Dakota, FCA (now Stellantis) seemed to test the waters of returning to the midsized truck segment by launching the Jeep Gladiator for the 2020 model year. In its first full year of sales, the vehicle moved 77,542 units.

Ram dealers are reportedly clamoring for a midsized truck to sell that would slot below the 1500. The desire is understandable when rivals are rapidly expanding their pickup lineups. Ford is a notable example because it's about to have a full range with the compact Maverick, midsized Ranger, the venerable F-150, and brawny Super Duty. Plus, there are new contenders like the upcoming Hyundai Santa Cruz unibody pickup.
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