The Dodge is reconsidering to bring back their long-discontinued Dakota pickup truck and transcending it into a 4th generation as 2018 Dodge Dakota. Over the years, the Dodge Dakota has stood up for class-leading convenience and versatile capabilities which have also led the model to carve out a niche for itself. But as equally, adept pickup trucks are just growing in numbers, the respective segment’s competition has never been tougher. The Dodge seriously needs to put great efforts in the new-gen 2018 Dodge Dakota for competing (and even surpassing) segment heavyweights like Ford Ranger, Toyota Tundra, Nissan Navara and GMC Sierra.
2018 Dodge Dakota – A brief look
The 2018 Dodge Dakota will come with an aggressive styling. To put out a simple analogy, the overall style factor of 4thgen Dakota will be somewhat similar to what Ram has done on their 1500 line-up of light-duty pickups. If this is to be true, then the upper body section will consist of the hood sitting atop the squarish front fenders.
The grille will receive a new cross-hair styling with thin louvers embedded in chrome. Changes are to be brought on the headlights too as HID projectors (with high auto beam) and LED daytime running lights will come as standard. Similarly, the front bumper will be arranged into 2 tiers; the upper section will hold chrome accents and lower tier will come with matte plastic. Furthermore, the side body skirts will likely share the front bumper’s plastic cladding.
The interior cabin of 2018 Dodge Dakota will also focus on sophistication and technological convenience. The front seats will be of bucket-type; features in these seats will include heating and 8-way power reclining. Other additions in this cabin could include under-seat storage, tri-zone climate control, ambient LED lighting and rear seat entertainment.
The Dodge Dakota is suspected to come with 2 powertrain options. The first engine, 3.7L Magnum V6 will be presented as a standard engine. This powertrain will include a 6-speed manual transmission as standard and cater power outputs of around 210 HP. The engine will be improved in fuel savings and the official EPA ratings are suspected of going as 22 mpg city/ 25 mpg highways/ 24 mpg combined. Carbon emission should stay at 28g/km and towing capacity will measure at 5,500 lbs.
Another engine will include a 4.7L V8 which is expected to produce power outputs of 300 HP. The EPA rating will be 24 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on highways. It is likely that an all-new 8-speed automatic transmission system will pair up with this powertrain. The transmission options will include both rear wheel drive (standard) and all-wheel drive (optional).
2018 Dodge Dakota – Price and Availability
The pricing of 2018 Dodge Dakota is suspected of starting from $28,000 and reaching up to $58,000. The Dodge might have plans to launch this pickup truck by the 4th quarters of 2017.