2016 Dodge Dakota review price article is new and we will mention interesting things here. The last generation of the Dakota has been made for only six years before being discontinued for good back in 2011 as part of the restructuring plan put together by Fiat and Chrysler. Since then, rumors started to appear about a new model but unfortunately, these rumors proved to be false and Dodge even made a claim that they will not get the truck back on the US market.
However, back in 2014 they did something quite odd. Dodge and more recently, Ram, told us that they are thinking to bring a medium size truck on the US market, truck which could only be named Dakota.
2016 Dodge Dakota Review Design Specs
At first many people thought that because it will be based on the L200, the 2016 Dodge Dakota would be nothing more than a re-brand of the Japanese truck. After it has been spied testing at the arctic circle though, it seems that the US version will be a bit more different. The design will differ quite a bit, it will come with its own interior and its own engines.
Speaking of design, the upcoming Dakota should borrow from both the current Ram 1500 as well as from the now discontinued third generation of the Dakota. It will basically be a smaller version of the 1500 with a new, more aggressive front end, a four door and possibly a two-door cab as well as a larger bed than that of its main competitor. The only shared parts with the L200 are going to be the A-pillars as well as the windshield but everything else will be all new.
2016 Dodge Dakota Interior
The interior will also be new and the Dodge Dakota 2016 should provide a decent ride for its low price. The base model will only feature the basic trimmings such as an adjustable steering wheel, height adjustable driver’s seat and a basic audio system. However, the more premium trucks will add commodities such as climate control, sport leather seats, an 8.4 inch navigation and infotainment unit and the customer will even get the chance to get a dirt resistant upholstery.
In terms of engines, rumors say that the 2016 Dodge Dakota will receive all American powertrains. The base model is expected to get the 2.4 liter Tigershark inline 4 which is supposed to make around 180 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque. Further up the range, a 3.6 liter naturally aspirated Pentastar V6 will also be available with up to 300 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. These two are quite similar to the engines offered on its competitors. The news come in the form of a diesel which has been in the works for quite some time now. It seems that the Dakota will also get a diesel.
This will not be a VM Motor unit though but rather a 2.8 liter Cummins inline 4 which could provide 160 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. Just like with all the other trucks in its class, rear wheel drive is going to be standard across the range while a four wheel drive system will also be available. The only engine to get a manual will be the 2.4 liter base unit while all the others should get an 8 speed automatic as standard.
2016 Dodge Dakota Release Date and Price
There are still very few details about the upcoming 2016 Dodge Dakota but it seems that it will be a truck built in cooperation with Mitsubishi and Fiat. In fact, Fiat will develop their own version of the L200 truck while Ram will work on a US version of the same platform. It seems that the new truck is intended to cost less than $20,000 for the base model and it is aimed directly at the Colorado, the current best selling medium truck on the US market.