A sporty truck with a Hemi engine sounds great to us.
As trucks and utility vehicles grab an ever-larger share of US new vehicle sales, Fiat Chrysler is thought to be readying a compact pickup for the market rumored to bring back the Dakota name, although there's some question as to what that will look like. Existing rumors have it that the new model could be a tiny little unibody thing related to the Brazil-born Fiat Strada - sold as the "Ram 700" in Mexico. Yet there's also some evidence to suggest that FCA is taking a look at bringing out a new Dodge Rampage coupe utility, possibly to be based on the Challenger.
Now, we're going to throw a third possibility into the mix: the Fiat Toro.
Like the Strada, the Fiat Toro is based on a unibody car platform, but it's bigger and offers all-wheel drive as an option. Both of those attributes are virtual musts if the truck is to sell in the US market, and slapping some Ram badges on it and sending it out to dealers might be easy enough, especially considering it shares a platform with the Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X - two vehicles already cleared for sale in the country.
But what if the Fiat Toro were sold as a sporty Dodge model, instead? One with an aggressive hood scoop and bright red Brembo brake calipers? That's the question answered by designer Kleber Silva in a new rendering.
The rendering depict the compact Fiat Toro with a distinctly Dodge grille, a "shaker" hood with "392 Hemi" written on it, and a more conventional headlight design instead of the split-lamp design used by the Fiat. The idea of FCA dropping a 6.4L V8 into a transverse platform is perhaps a tad far-fetched, but then Dodge used a 5.7L V8 in a front-wheel-drive 2006 Dodge Rampage concept, so you never know.
Far-fetched or no, this truck rendering, dubbed the "Dodge Toro R/T", is a hoot. We wouldn't mind seeing something like this on the road in the coming years.