The Dakota is coming back! Those are the latest news about the once-popular mid-size pickup truck, which has been out of production for a pretty long time. After initial comeback rumors, it looked like this comeback won’t happen, after Stellantis took the charge. However, we are now getting reports that the nameplate is coming back and that the new model will come as the 2023 Dodge Dakota.
At this point, not many details are known about the 2023 Dodge Dakota. However, some things are relatively easy to predict, starting from things like the platform, mechanics and the overall layout. However, more detailed things are still a mystery and we can only speculate about the styling, interior design etc.
In any case, it looks like the new model could arrive already in the next year if we can trust the latest reports.
2023 Dodge Dakota Design
As we’ve just mentioned, some things are relatively easy to predict and the first one that comes to mind is the platform. In this case, there are two possible scenarios. The first one is to see the new Dakota with a design that has the most in common with Jeep Gladiator. In that case, most parts would be shared with the Wrangler-based pickup, which promises strong off-road performance and also opens room for future electrification.
However, we believe that the second scenario looks more likely. In that case, the new 2023 Dodge Dakota would be based on the Ram 1500. It will ride on the same but downsized platform. This would mean a more utilitarian layout, while the truck would be made alongside its full-size sibling, in the company’s factory in Mexico.
No matter the platform, we strongly believe that the new 2023 Dodge Dakota will take inspiration from the Ram 1500. In other words, the front end should look pretty similar, though there is always room for a couple of exclusive details. Also, it’s still unclear whether the new model is about to come with Dodge’s or Ram’s badge.
In any case, the rest of the body would come in a typical pickup layout. Although it’s still early for details, we are pretty sure that the new model will come in different cab styles. Unlike the Gladiator, the 2023 Dodge Dakota should come in a single cab variant, as well as with some kind of an extended cab design. Of course, the double cab model is a certain thing.
On the inside, we also count on a lot of influence from the half-ton sibling. The Ram 1500 features the nicest cabin in the class, so we expect a bit of its flavor in the mid-size segment as well. This refers to both interior aesthetics and materials, which should be really nice, particularly in the more expensive versions of the truck.
As we already mentioned, the new model should come in different cab styles on the offer, but we presume all of them will offer a sufficient amount of passenger room.
2023 Dodge Dakota Engine
At this point, one of the rare engines that seems like a certain thing in the case of the 2023 Dodge Dakota is the familiar 3.6-liter V6. This 285-hp unit should be offered in base models. We also won’t exclude the possibility to see a 2.0-liter turbo-four on the offer.
A diesel version is possible too. If this happens, we count on a 3.0-liter V6, which puts out around 260 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque. Finally, we wouldn’t exclude the possibility to see a hybrid version one day.
All engines would come with 8-speed automatic transmission.
2023 Dodge Dakota Release Date and Price
We presume that the 2023 Dodge Dakota could arrive already in the second half of 2022, with a starting price of around 27.000 dollars. Key competitors would be models like Ford Ranger, Chevy Colorado, Nissan Frontier etc.