Chrysler has been a leading manufacturer of automobiles since 1925, and in the decades since, their lineup has grown to include a wide variety of cars, trucks, and SUVs. In recent years, Chrysler has become known for its large vehicles such as the Pacifica minivan and the 300 full-size sedan.
But one type of vehicle that Chrysler has yet to produce is a pickup truck.
Chrysler’s closest attempt at producing a pickup truck came with the Ram 50 in 1979. The Ram 50 was based on Mitsubishi’s L Series and was designed to compete against Ford’s F-Series pickups. The Ram 50 was offered with either two or four wheel drive, and featured an available 2.6 liter engine with either a 4-speed manual or 3-speed automatic transmission.
The Ram 50 was quite successful, with over 200,000 units sold between 1979 and 1993. It was even chosen as Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year in 1982. Despite its success, however, Chrysler decided not to pursue production of any other pickup trucks.
Since then, Chrysler has focused mainly on producing passenger cars and SUVs. The most notable pickups that they have produced have been rebadged versions of pickups from other manufacturers such as the Dodge Dakota (based on the Mitsubishi Raider) and the Jeep Gladiator (based on the Fiat Strada).
In conclusion, although Chrysler has had some success producing pickup trucks in the past with models such as the Ram 50, they have yet to produce their own dedicated pickup truck model range. It remains to be seen whether or not Chrysler will ever make a serious foray into the pickup truck market in the future.