GM’s crosstown rival, Stellantis, just unveiled the new Ram Rampage in Brazil. Although the new pickup will obviously be sold in South America, GM Authority recently confirmed that the new Ram Rampage pickup will be sold in North America as well. Critically, that leaves GM as the last of the Detroit Big Three automakers (General Motors, Stellantis, and Ford) without a compact pickup model for sale in the U.S.
Over in the Ford camp, the Blue Oval brand is offering the Ford Maverick as a rival to the forthcoming Ram Rampage. Launching for the 2022 model year, the compact Ford Maverick has been in high demand, and in response, Ford is planning to add a third shift to its Hermosillo Assembly plant in July, hiring 1,100 new direct workers and 5,000 indirect employees, per a report from our sister publication, Ford Authority.
Nevertheless, Ford CEO Jim Farley thinks that even the additional production capacity won’t be enough to satisfy demand, recently stating at Ford’s annual shareholder meeting that the automaker “completely under-called the demand for Mavericks.”
“So, I’m not confident even with the capacity increase that we’re going to have a lot of Mavericks available to everyone,” Farley said.
Now, Stellantis is looking to get in on the action with the new Ram Rampage. Although full details are still forthcoming, we do know that the Ram Rampage features a compact, unibody design, as well as a large infotainment screen mounted centrally on the dash in an upright, “floating” positioning. Engine specs may include the same turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder equipped by the 2023 Jeep Compass, which is rated at 200 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque.
Meanwhile, GM is left without a competitor in this space, at least in the U.S. In Mexico and South America, The General offers the Chevy Montana, but for now, GM has no plans (at least no known plans) to offer the Montana stateside.