According to the latest news and reports, 2021 Dodge Dakota is finally set for a return! This mid-size pickup truck will soon enough enter the serial production, and deliver loads of improvements and changes. The Dakota discontinued years ago, but the FCA Group chose to re-establish this once trendy model.
Of course, the company has a good starting point to maintain production in the future. Firstly, the automaker has a fully prepared architecture. So, the investment in the new vehicle shouldn’t cost much. Next, this kind of car gets more and more popularity as a more affordable alternative to full-size trucks.
Besides, the new Dakota will be available in the States, where it will menage good sales. 2021 Dakota comes with a striking exterior design, powerful engines, and a comfortable cabin. The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will present the new pickup by the end of 2020.
How Will 2021 Dodge Dakota Look?
One thing for sure, the upcoming 2021 Dodge Dakota will present significantly different exterior. The body of the mid-size pickup will go through a complete redesign. As a result, the new model will be more competitive and up-to-date. The frame is more extensive, and the front side will see a couple of design changes, and the aerodynamics of the vehicle will be improved as well.
The new unibody will probably be based on the modified version of Durango, while additional design ideas are borrowed from other Dodge’s wheels. The brand-new striking grille will be a focal point of the front side, beside the remodeled LED highlights.
The front fascia looks more elegant, with various creases and lines on top. 2021 Dakota will roll on 18-inch wheels, while the additional package offers 20-inch hoops as well. Also, the rear end emphasizes a bit sportier design, thanks to the fresh taillights and massive bumper.
The interior design of 2021 Dodge Dakota will undoubtedly see some improvements and necessary updates. As time has passed from the release of the previous version, many features become outdated and refreshment is imperative. Therefore, the upgrade of technology is probably the most significant interior change. The new layout will be attractive, no doubt.
The company will provide high-quality comfort, presumably one of the best in the whole class. The arriving pick up will be able to accommodate up to five passengers. According to some reports and interior pictures, stumble upon the seats will very supportive, especially for the lumbar region.
The infotainment will also go through an update process. The steering wheel is padded with leather and includes several mounted controls.
All in all, the cabin will be convenient and cozy. The dashboard will introduce a larger screen for navigation. Moreover, the center console will have a display with a user-friendly interface and proper arrangements of buttons.
2021 Dodge Dakota Specs
Under the bonnet of new Dodge Dakota will be a native FCA engine. The base variant will use a 3.6-liter unit that can make 290 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Furthermore, more potent 2.0-liter inline-four powertrain with a maximum output of 270 hp and 445 lb-ft of torque will be available. The second engine offers a comparable amount of power as the V6.
But, it also brings a much better fuel economy. The standard transmission is 8-speed automatic. Also, if you need better-towing capacity, the third option will be a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder turbodiesel drivetrain. This type of engine sounds familiar?
That’s right, the same one from the current Grand Cherokee. This mill can produce around 265 hp and 445 lb-ft of torque. Plus, certain rumors imply the developing of hi-performance 2021 Dodge Dakota SRT. However, we don’t have any official info on that topic.
What Will Fiat Fullback Borrow from New Dakota?
One of the main subjects around web discussions is the future of Fiat Fullback. The ongoing generation is just a revised version of Mitsubishi I2000. The model is on the market for a few years, and the Japanese automaker is part of the Renault-Nissan alliance. Thus, honestly, we don’t think that future cooperation between companies is possible.
Nonetheless, the following generation of the Fiat Fullback should be based on the Dakota concept, which means longer wheelbase, in comparison to the SUV model. Also, the same architecture will be applied. The Fullback will be tailored to the US market and will be the main competitor to the Toyota Hilux.
Release Date and Price
The comeback of 2021 Dodge Dakota is not yet officially confirmed. So, there’s no need to talk about the release date without any information whatsoever. We have to wait for the FCA to come out with some news. Until then, it’s all speculations and rumors.
The price will be similar to the rest of the class. We expect that the starting price will be between $22,000 – $25,000. Typically, the main rivals will be Ford Ranger, Chevrolet Colorado, and Toyota Tacoma.