The revived segment of mid-size trucks is about to get another strong competitor. According to the latest reports, Dodge is about to bring back a familiar nameplate. In this case, it will be used for the new mid-size truck that is about to come. The 2023 Dodge Dakota will come to compete with models like Toyota Tacoma, Chevy Colorado, the upcoming Ford Ranger, and others. Expect a completely new design, with lots of new technologies and design solutions. Various reports suggest multiple versions of the truck, including hi-performance models. It looks like the new model could arrive already in a year or two.
- All-new model
- Wide palette of engines
- Upscale cabin
- Still waits for confirmation
- Probably won’t be the most capable truck in the class
So far, we know that the new 2023 Dodge Dakota will be a mid-size truck. Most likely, it will have many things in common with the new Wrangler and its pickup truck derivate. The iconic SUV came completely redesigned recently and the new truck from Dodge is about to use the same platform. In practice, this would mean lots of lightweight materials and pretty capable suspension. Of course, the Dakota will add lots of upgrades by borrowing some new design solutions from the new, bigger, Ram 1500. In terms of styling, we are pretty sure that the new 2023 Dodge Dakota will use the same design language as full-size models from Ram. Moreover, it could easily come under its badge as well.
The new model is still in the early stage of development, so we won’t go in details in this article. So far, it is all about rumors and expectations. We are pretty sure that the new truck will come with many things in common with the new Wrangel, including interior design. Simply, two models will share the platform, which clearly indicates a similar cabin layout as well. Speaking of the cabin, the new Dakota will most likely come in several versions. Expect both single and two rows of seating in the offer, as well as different bed sizes.
A great thing about all trucks from FCA is a wide palette of engines in the offer. The new 2023 Dodge Dakota shouldn’t be an exception. Moreover, the offer should be pretty wide. Base models will probably feature a familiar 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine with around 285 horsepower. A new 2.0-liter turbo inline-four also seems very possible. Finally, expect to see some performance version. This variant would feature a V8 engine, probably a 5.7-liter unit with around 390 horsepower. Finally, we should see a diesel version in the offer as well. This would mean a familiar 3.0-liter turbodiesel with around 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque.
2020 Dodge Dakota Release Date and Price
Although many reports claim 2023 Dodge Dakota as a certain thing, we are still waiting for the official confirmation. Most likely, the new model will come in a year or two. In terms of price, expect class-average figures, which means around $25,000 for base models.