Rumour Mill: FIAT Strada may be Americanized as the RAM Rampage

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Someone near Chrysler HQ got pictures of what appears to be a heavily-disguised FIAT Strada with higher ground clearance and a longer cabin:





(Note the similarities in the lights to the Strada; also, the spy shooters said it was equipped with a diesel and stick)





FIAT hasn't tested a Strada in the US before, even the 2014 refresh of it. Coupled with the differences in cabin and ride height more suitable for American tastes, rumors of a small pickup revival to replace the dead Dakota, and previous appearances of FIAT Commercial Products Ducato and Doblo in the US before their RAM-ification as the ProMasters, leads people to think this may be a new Dakota or Rampage.

Of course, it's also quite possible it's simply FIAT yanking everyone around and testing a foreign-market-only vehicle in the US, like Ford Australia recently did with the Everest in Colorado.
 

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How's the ProMaster doing, sales-wise?
 

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Not that great. Only about a tenth of the monthly sales of the Ford E-Series, though that's to be expected; on top of the divisive looks, it is an all-new vehicle for the US, so fleet managers are understandably reticent.
 
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Really? In New York City and in Boston there are already loads of them.
Local abnormality, perhaps. Nationwide, less than 10,000 ProMasters have been sold compared to 10,000 E-Series last month alone. I know here in Pittsburgh, I've only seen 2.
 

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I've seen a few Promasters around here. It definitely stands out. One was towing a car.
 
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