Soon, the Ford Ranger returned and the Chevrolet Colorado arrived as larger, mid-size replacements, but many buyers would still prefer the opportunity to buy a smaller pickup. They'll get their chance when the Ford Maverick arrives, but for now, customers in Latin America can also now buy the all-new Ram 700.
Customers in the U.S. and Canada may associate the Ram brand with huge pickup trucks, but the same marque is primarily known in Latin America for cloning compact-sized, Brazil-made Fiat cars. Regardless, it's an honest-to-goodness small truck, and it might just provide some clues as to what we can expect from the Ford Maverick.
With Fiat's Modular Platform Pickup (MPP) platform underneath, the new Ram 700 will be offered with two or four doors in two body styles - single and double cab. These will be available across the SLT, Bighorn, and Laramie variants.
As far as infotainment is concerned, the most Spartan configuration is fitted with a basic stereo while the Big Horn and Laramie upgrade to a 7.0-inch Uconnect system with a touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a rearview camera. First is a 1.4-litre Fire Evo petrol engine producing 85 PS of maximum power at 5,750 rpm and a peak torque of 118 Nm at 3,500 rpm. Another engine on offer is a more potent 1.3-litre Firefly turbocharged mill churning out 99 PS and 128 Nm. The transmission is five-speed manual, and the drive stays locked on the rear axle. All-wheel-drive is not available, though it will be an option with the Maverick. The pickup offers a payload of up to 1,653 pounds (750 kilograms), 40.36 cubic feet (1,143 liters) of cargo space, and 882 pounds (400 kilograms) of towing ability. It is set to go on sale across Latin America next month.