Dodge Ram Image © Brenda Priddy & Company

Posted: September 20, 2000

UPDATED: Since we put this story about the next Ram on PickupTruck.com we have had a new source come forward. The latest information is incorporated below.

We're only about 100 days away from the expected January debut of the next generation Dodge Ram at the 2001 NAIAS and more details are beginning to emerge - enough to create this computer enhanced image of the 2002 Ram (we had originally heard the truck was going to be a 2003 model.) Car-Truck.com is also reporting from their sources that the Ram will debut as a 2002 model in the fall of 2001.

 

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The latest information reveals the third generation Ram will receive a fully chromed crosshair grille up front. However, we expect the new front end to have more MAXXcab influenced features in the headlights and front bumper than rendered above (See link and illustration, above right).

A new Quad Cab Ram with four full-size doors is reportedly going to replace the exsiting Club Cab. Club Cab models will be made for one more year and then discontinued entirely. Standard cab models are expected to be larger with more room behind the driver seat.

Bed choices for the light duty Quad Cab will include both 6.5 and 8-foot lengths, an option unique in this segment. The Ford SuperCrew has only a 5.5-foot bed and the 2001 GM light duty trucks offer only a 6.5-foot bed. 8-foot beds can still be found on the heavy duty crew cab pickups offered by the competition.

As reported in earlier articles a brand new 5.7-liter Hemi V8 will available and PUTC has also been informed that a 6.1-liter Hemi will also join the engine lineup.

The 2002 Dodge Ram will be assembled in two plants located in St. Louis and Dodge City in Warren, Michigan.