First Generation (1982-1984)
The Dodge Rampage was a subcompact utility coupe that was around for a brief stint in the early 1980’s. First released as a 1982 model, it was later joined by its rebadged variant, the Plymouth Scamp.
It was available with a Chrysler built and designed 2.2L carbureted straight-4 engine that put out 96 hp. The first year it was available with a four-speed manual or three-speed automatic transmission which gave it a very leisurely performance.
In 1983 the performance was improved with a five-speed manual. The truck had a load capacity of 1,145 lbs, for a true “half ton” rating.
The fuel economy of 21 MPG City and 29 MPG Hwy was good for the time as was the price. The front-wheel drive configuration was not typical for a truck in North America; however, it gave the Rampage great road-holding and traction when unladen, without the fish-tailing that is typical with pickup trucks. It drove more like a compact car and less like a truck.
While a radical and unique design, the Rampage didn’t take off in the market as had been expected. The Plymouth Scamp clone lasted only one year, and the Rampage was taken from the market in 1984 after a brief three years. Such was the case for the entire car-truck market, which was dried up by the end of that decade.
Rampage Concept 2017
The new Rampage was a concept car created by Dodge in 2006.The four-door SUT is slated for release as a 2017 model, although most of the details are still being kept a secret.
The proposed drivetrain would include a 5.7L HEMI with front-wheel drive, unusual for a pickup truck.
The Rampage will be very functional, since it features the Stow-n-Go found in Chrysler minivans, where the seats fold down flush with the cabin floor and will also have that feature used on the passenger seat. Combined with a retractable rear window and midgate, this allows the bed space to expand into the cabin. Other distinguishing features of the Rampage Concept are a wide, flat weatherproof cargo area beneath the bed/box and an integrated loading ramp.
Once inside, it can be expected to have all of the latest tech. An infotainment system, wireless connectivity, Bluetooth, USB ports, and navigation.
Speculative starting price is in the $30,000 range; however, it’s all still to be announced. Ram officials remain emphatically mum about the potential for this mid-size pickup.