According to some magazines and internet websites, Dodge will return its Ramcharger SUV. This model was present from 1974 and it lasted till 1993. Now, the speculations are saying the 2020 Dodge Ramcharger will happen once again. However, the rumors were built without any valid information. We are more than convinced that the 2020 Dodge Ramcharger will not arrive for so many reasons.
Interestingly, the popular magazine released a story about the Ramcharger return. On the April Fool’s Day. Since then, the internet is reacting in the classic way the internet usually reacts. Spectacular headlines are emerging and the less informed customers are falling for it. According, to the same websites the starting price of the Ramcharger will be $50,000, and from the same source, the higher trim will reach the price of $70,000. We assure you that the 2020 Dodge Ramcharger will not hit the roads anytime soon and the price above is too high for this type of SUV. Just for the comparison, the new 2020 Dodge Durango base model comes with the starting price of around $29,000.
Unibody vs Body-On-Frame Construction
Perhaps the main reason is the market will not accept body-on-frame SUVs as before. Unibody vehicles are the present and the future. According to rumors, the 2020 Dodge Ramcharger will arrive as a body-on-frame SUV which is heavily based on the Ram 2500 Power Wagon. This makes no sense at all. In today’s world where the advantages of the unibody construction are clearly visible, someone is writing about the all-new body-on-frame SUV.
Shame on you if you fool me once, shame on me if you fool me twice. Furthermore, advanced chassis technology is simply allowing unibody vehicles to offer improvements in towing and hauling. Look for the latest SUVs and light duty pickup trucks.
New 2020 Dodge Ramcharger Is Not Coming
To make this simpler, body-on-frame SUVs are the past. For that reason, the “upcoming” 2020 Dodge Ramcharger just can’t contribute as much as the current Dodge Durango, for example. Whatsoever, body-on-frame construction includes heavier vehicles with less fuel efficiency. Less efficiency means less capabilities. So, the question is “How does make any sense to write about the new 2020 Dodge Ramcharger?”
Let’s be clear, new Ramcharger based on the Ram Power Wagon sounds pretty cool. Definitely, we’d like to see this happens. However, the production would be way too expensive for Chrysler. Why? Simply because the shorter wheelbase 2500 chassis do not exist. It means the carmaker would have to start all over again. Even if it happens in that way, image how many Ramchargers needs to be sold.
Under the hood rumors
The “upcoming” Ramcharger from the same “websites” will borrow an engine from the Ram1500 model. The base engine 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 making 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. Also from the same source, the eTorque system could also be there. This system uses an electric motor and gives extra low-end torque when accelerating.
The next rumor is the 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine that will make 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. And for the end, both engine from speculations will be connected to the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.
According, to the same authors, the new 2020 Dodge Ramcharger will come with an improved fuel economy numbers that will be better than Dodge Durango. However, this will not happen.
To make a conclusion, the current Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango are two well-known SUVs on the market. Both models are offering more power, versatility and better lightweight design than the old Ramcharger.
A body-on-frame Ramcharger needs to really step up the game in order to deliver more than those two models. Not only the Chrysler would need to empty its pockets, the price of such a SUV would be everything but affordable. Until the next April Fool’s Day.