The Ram 1500 Has A New 100-HP Baby Brother

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Meet the new Ram 700 compact pickup.

The Ram 1500 is a staple of the full-size pickup truck segment in the US, but it doesn't suit everyone's needs. Ram doesn't offer anything smaller than the 1500 in the US, but it's a different story in Latin America and South America where you can buy the Ram 700, a smaller entry-level truck with a more affordable asking price.

It's based on the Fiat Strada pickup, which is also forbidden fruit in the US. A new version of the Strada was recently revealed for the 2021 model-year, so it was only a matter of time before the Ram 700 was updated. Think of it as the Ram 1500's new little brother.

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For 2021, the Ram 700 has been redesigned for a new generation. Ram claims the all-new 700 "redefines the concept of the small pickup by being the most capable, versatile, safe and technologically advanced in its class." Based on Fiat's new Modular Platform Pickup platform, the new Ram 700 is available with two or four doors and a single or double cab configuration and offers seating for up to five occupants. It also boasts a load capacity of up to 1,653 pounds, a ground clearance of up to 8.4 inches, and a cargo capacity of up to 40.3 cubic feet. In terms of dimensions, the Ram 700 measures up to 176 inches long and 68.1 inches wide.

For 2021, the Ram 700 has been extensively modernized with new LED headlights, and a seven-inch touchscreen with wireless CarPlay and Android Auto support. Its more aggressive front with the Ram logo on the grille makes it more closely resemble its larger Ram 1500 counterpart.

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Other new tech includes a reversing camera and a tire pressure monitoring system. Inside the cabin, the seats are trimmed in leather and cloth.

Under the hood, the Ram 700 is powered by a naturally-aspirated 1.4-liter engine producing 88 hp or a turbocharged 1.3-liter unit with 109 hp. Power is sent to the front wheels through a five-speed manual, which is the only transmission option.

The 2021 Ram 700 will be sold in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Bolivia, Dominican Republic and Chile, with deliveries starting in November. Could a more compact Ram pickup be sold in North America one day? Never say never, as a camouflaged Fiat Toro was recently spied in Tennessee, so Ram could be considering selling a smaller pickup in the US market.

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