Should Ram 700 or Ram 1000 Mini-Trucks Come to the U.S. Market?

2021 fiat toro ram 700 1000 mini truck
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Should Ram bring the Ram 700 and/or the Fiat Toro to the U.S. market now that the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is here? Ford is rumored to bring a Maverick mini-truck to market this year as well.

Ram and Fiat and an extensive portfolio of mini-trucks that are sold across the world, but not in the United States. For example, the Ram 700 is a tiny crossover pickup that is currently for sale in Mexico. It is also known as a Fiat Strada in other markets.

2021 Ram 700

2021 Ram 700

In Mexico, the Ram 700 is available in SLT, Big Horn, and Laramie grades. One of the available engines is a 1.3-liter “FireFly” turbo with a rating of 98 horsepower. The Ram 700 is available in two-door or four-door variants. Maximum payload ratings range between 1,433 and 1,652 lbs. Although, it is not meant for towing, as trailer rating stands at 882 pounds.

Most of the specs of the Ram 700 put it into a category below where the Hyundai Santa Cruz (and potentially the Ford Maverick) will be. Let’s take a look at the larger Fiat Toro.

2021 Fiat Toro

2021 fiat toro

The Fiat Toro is also known as Ram 1000 in some markets (such as Columbia). It is slightly larger than the Fiat Strada, and can be equipped with more powerful engines. One of the engines currently available is a 1.8-liter with 130 horsepower. However, Stellantis could potentially equip this compact pickup with other engines available in vehicles such as the Jeep Cherokee – namely a 2.0-liter turbo or a 3.2-liter gas V6.

What do you think? Should the U.S. market have more affordable and compact pickup truck options? What type of specs do you expect from the truck like this as far as payload and towing? Should it be called the Ram Dakota or something like a Ram 1000?