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2024 Ram Rampage debuts, but will this mid-size dual-cab ute make it to Australia to take on Ford Ranger and Toyota HiLux?

The Rampage is car-based but still boasts a four-figure payload.

After a fair bit of anticipation and speculation, Ram has finally pulled the covers completely off its South American-developed Ram Rampage, a mid-size, car-based ute that comes with a couple of engine options and a payload over a tonne.

Available in Rebel, Laramie and R/T trim levels, the Rampage is the first Ram to be developed by Ram's Brazilian arm, and comes with a 127kW/380Nm turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine in the Rebel and Laramie variants.

But available across the range is an engine slightly more unusual for a dual-cab, a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder engine, making an impressive 203kW/400Nm. Ram says in R/T specification, the petrol engine allows the Rampage to hit 100km/h in 6.9 seconds.

There are some other differences that come with choosing the diesel engine for the Rebel or Laramie, and that's a more impressive payload rating. While the petrol-engined Rampages offer up 750kg payload ratings, the diesel variants offer up 1015kg.

According to its Brazilian spec sheets, the Rampage is 5.02m long, 1.88m wide and 1.72m tall.

Don't think that the car being developed in South America means its missing out on anything you'd expect for a global model, however, as the brand has given the Rampage a fairly comprehensive features list, including safety.

According to its Brazilian spec sheets, the Rampage is 5.02m long, 1.88m wide and 1.72m tall.

The Rampage has adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian and cyclist recognition, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic detection and lane departure alert with correction, while seven airbags and even ventilated disc brakes on all four wheels also feature.

Inside, a 12.3-inch multimedia screen, wireless phone charging, dual-zone climate control, USB ports and, if you chose to opt for the R/T, suede leather and other comforts.

Importantly, the Rampage has only been launched in its home country of Brazil, and hasn’t been confirmed for any other international markets yet.

Importantly, the Rampage has only been launched in its home country of Brazil, and hasn't been confirmed for any other international markets yet.

Given we're awaiting the other smaller Ram ute for confirmation here in Australia - the one we expect to be called Dakota and rival the HiLux and Ranger - it's unlikely the Rampage is headed Down Under for now.

Chris Thompson
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