Ram midsize pickup will be body-on-frame, built alongside Jeep Scrambler

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still far-off midsize pickup is shaping up to be a rugged body-on-frame pickup if this report from

Automotive News

is correct. We would assume that because its supplier sources claim the smaller Ram will be built at the same Toledo plant as the current

JL Wrangler

and upcoming

Wrangler pickup

, aka Scrambler.

It’s already been a long road of back and forth about whether or not Ram would build the small pickup.

Mike Manley

, now the CEO of



Sergio Marchionne’s

passing, confirmed the brand’s intentions of bringing a midsize truck to market when explaining the company’s five-year plan a few months back. At the time,


pointed to a unibody construction with production taking place in Mexico. The possibility of Ram bringing a version of the


pickup here has been tossed around, but we doubt Ram would come to market with a rebadged


against the developing stiff competition.

That segment is quickly becoming crowded with the impending arrival of the

Ford Ranger

and the already successful




twins and venerable

Toyota Tacoma

. Ram could try using the


name to jumpstart sales, but it looks like it’ll be last to the party in this midsize truck renaissance. Its


cousin is expected to be revealed later this year and on the market in 2019, and we’ve already seen a lot of it

in spy shots

, and even

on the Rubicon Trail

. The report predicts we’ll see a midsize Ram as a 2021 model, going on sale sometime in 2020. However, back in June this year, FCA’s presentation pegged the smaller Ram’s arrival for 2022. It’s a long ways out either way, so we’ll keep you up to date as the small Ram saga continues.

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