We have more details on Ram’s next midsize pickup for Latin America!

In April 2021, MoparInsiders.com received some details about an all-new Ram compact pickup being developed and known internally as “Project 291”, from our friends at the Brazilian publication. Auto Segredos (Auto Secrets). The new monocoque pickup is focused on expanding the brand’s efforts in the South American market, work which is currently being relayed by a rebadged version of the Fiat Toro.

Now, Auto Segredos has even more details for us on Ram’s next compact offering.

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For starters, Project 291 will resurrect the Ram 1200 nameplate once it hits showrooms. You may recall that the Ram 1200 name was adapted to a rebadged version of the Mitsubishi Triton for distribution in the Middle East region. It was discontinued after the 2019 model year.

The new truck will be built at the Jeep® plant in Pernambuco, Brazil, and will be based on the Stellantis Small Wide 4×4 architecture that currently underpins vehicles like the Fiat Toro, Jeep Compass and new Jeep Commander. 7 seats. Using a similar formula to the new Commander versus the Compass, the Ram 1200 will be both wider and longer than the Fiat Toro. The same engineering team that worked on the new Commander is believed to be working on the new Ram 1200.

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As for the powertrains, Auto Segredos says there will be at least two different powertrains available at vehicle launch. According to the publication, the Ram 1200 will feature an updated version of the 2.0-liter Tigershark inline-four that will now come with a turbocharger. The reason for Tigershark’s upgrade is due to its ability to accept ethanol, a popular fuel choice for the Brazilian market. The engine is expected to be rated above 200 horsepower and mated to a ZF-sourced 9-speed automatic transmission.

The other powertrain available will be the proven 2.2-liter Multijet II turbodiesel inline-four engine. Power is rated at 203 horsepower and 350 lb-ft. of torque and will also be linked to a ZF-sourced 9-speed automatic transmission. The engine debuted in the Jeep Cherokee in Europe in 2015, but will also find its way into the next Fiat Toro SUV coming in 2024.

Both powertrains are expected to come standard with four-wheel drive (4×4).

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Auto Segredos also told us that the Stellantis team is studying the possibility of bringing such a truck to the North American market. However, we believe that the mid-size Ram offering planned for the North American market will be based on the STLA Large unibody architecture due to its upcoming electrified powertrain.

Needless to say, a Ram-specific mid-size pickup for the Latin American market will keep the brand going. Ram has already broken sales records in Brazil and Argentina, and launched an updated Ram 1000 model based on the Fiat Toro in select markets.

The new Ram 1200 is expected to hit dealer showrooms in late 2023 as a 2024 model.

Source: Auto Segredos