This past week has held a lot of big announcements from the Fiat-Chrysler Group. Aggressive brand reorganization and five year plans that include exciting vehicles like an AWD Turbo Dart SRT4 have been flooding the media. However, we’re mostly concerned with one, lower profile announcement that seems to be flying under the radar for now. When asked, Sergio Marchionne admitted to tentative plans for an aluminum Ram 1500 and an aluminum Jeep Wrangler that have been made, pending public reception of the upcoming aluminum Ford F-150.
There is no doubt that the Ram 1500 could take an even further step ahead of the competition by adopting aluminum construction to increase its already impressive fuel efficiency. However, due to the rugged nature of pickup trucks and the tough work they have to be capable of, aluminum is not necessarily the best metal, even though it is significantly lighter than traditional steel. This is why Marchionne wants to wait and see how the aluminum F-150 performs before dedicating to the alloy for the Ram 1500 and for the Jeep Wrangler.
During the same conference, Sergio also admitted that there is definitely room for a midsize Ram 100… just not yet. He mentions that a smaller truck would need to be unibody, not body-on-frame and that this would not fit with company’s plans to consolidate platforms. This road-block, multiplied by the overall “lukewarm” response to the idea at clinics, is just too much to overcome at the moment and the Fiat-Chrysler Group has bigger challenges to tackle at the moment.
The way we understand it, aluminum trucks could very well be on the way for Chrysler in the near future and a midsize Ram 1000 is a possibility for the future, no matter how distant. Looks like some exciting stuff will be going down at Cronic Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in the coming months so be sure to keep an eye out for your next vehicle here.