View Full Version : 2006 Dodge Ram Pickup facelift

11-05-2004, 11:10 AM
old thread here:<br><A HREF="http://carspyshots.proboards2.com/index.cgi?board=spy&action=display&num=1099441005" TARGET="_blank">http://carspyshots.proboards2....41005</A><p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>LXLover</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Well, while DCX is barraging the market with new product introductions, I'm barraging you with new spy photos. <IMG SRC="http://www.uploadit.org/ascariss/rock.gif" BORDER="0"><p>But here you are. Ladies and gentlemen, may I present: The next Dodge Ram.<p><IMG SRC="http://www.kettering.edu/~mcca6392/DCX_RAM_1.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Yes, a subtle restyling, but integrates the styling into that of the Dakota and Durango, as was anticipated. The lights remind me more of Durango than Dakota, but nonetheless, for those afraid of the Durango's styling, this is a breath of fresh air.<p>LXLover<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>continue discussion here.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Ascariss at 12:34 PM 11/6/2004</i>

01-04-2005, 06:48 AM
I wonder if we will see a preview in Detroit or Chicago?

Naga Royal Guard
01-04-2005, 06:50 AM
i would put my money on Detroit

01-04-2005, 07:55 AM
Wouldn't we know by now if it is being showed at Detroit??

01-04-2005, 12:29 PM
Supposedly, it will have a TRUE crew-cab form.

01-04-2005, 12:40 PM
it might be in the Detroit motorshow

02-03-2005, 09:02 AM
<IMG SRC="http://www.detnews.com/pix/2005/02/03/asec/a030-supercab-0105n_02-03-2005_VL4091K.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><A HREF="http://www.detnews.com/2005/autosinsider/0502/03/A01-78860.htm" TARGET="_blank">http://www.detnews.com/2005/au...0.htm</A><p>The concept of less is more does not apply in the world of full-size pickups. When it comes to trucks, big is always better. <p>That's why DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group will one-up the competition this summer with a new Dodge pickup that boasts the industry's largest passenger cabin. <p>The four-door Dodge Ram Mega Cab has a bigger backseat and more interior storage space than the current title-holder -- Ford's F-250 Crew Cab -- and is squarely aimed at customers who want to be able to haul both a pile of lumber and a family. <p>Chrysler is expected to take the wraps off Mega Cab at the Chicago Auto Show next week. The carmaker has added spin-offs to the Dodge Ram lineup in recent years to sustain buzz about the model, which accounts for about one in five of Chrysler's U.S. sales. Even so, Ram sales slumped last year amid stronger overall demand for full-size trucks. <p>With few big trucks set to debut this year that could steal its thunder, the timing could be right for Mega Cab, analysts said. American consumers are showing a penchant for pickups with larger and more comfortable interiors. Mega Cab also gives Chrysler more ammunition to battle Japanese manufacturers entering the highly-profitable big pickup segment dominated by Detroit automakers. <p>"What they're doing with Mega Cab," said Jim Sanfilippo, an auto analyst with AMCI Inc. in Detroit, "is running like hell and not looking back because the Japanese are coming." <p>Joe Eberhardt, Chrysler's executive vice president of marketing, confirmed in an interview last month at the Detroit auto show that Mega Cab would be launched this year, but declined to provide details about the truck. <p>Chrysler dealers who got a first look at Mega Cab at meetings in November say the pickup's exterior is similar to the four-door Dodge Ram Quad-Cab on the market today and has a list price of around $33,000, but with a longer cabin that cuts deeper into the truck's bed. <p>"If you're looking at the truck, you know you've got at least 6 more inches of cab space in legroom alone," said Robert Barben, general manager of Waco Dodge Hyundai in Texas. "The doors are just that much wider on the back end." <p>Mega Cab is based on the heavy-duty Ram 2500 series underbody, and is expected to be available with a 345-horsepower V-8 Hemi engine and a rear-seat DVD player. It will be marketed as the biggest cab in the industry, beating the Ford F-250 Crew Cab, which has 133 cubic feet of interior cabin volume. <p>Joe Ricci, owner of Joe Ricci Dodge in Dearborn, believes one of Mega Cab's biggest selling points will be its more spacious backseat, which reclines and has storage space behind the seat. <p>"You can put stuff behind there, which you couldn't do before because the angle of the backseat really made you sit straight up," he said. <p>At a meeting this fall with dealers in Texas -- the nation's biggest market for full-size trucks -- Chrysler said it was planning to build 70,000 Mega Cab pickups a year, but dealers told the company they could sell that many and more. <p>"Consumers have been demanding something like this for 10 years," Barben said. <p>"We need something to give people a reason to trade," and Mega Cab could be it, said Steven Wolf, general manager of Helfman Dodge in Houston. <p>With demand falling for large SUVs such as the Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford Expedition, some industry watchers have suggested that Americans are starting to have their fill of big gas-guzzling trucks and are shifting to smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles. But big pickup sales are growing, bucking the trend. <p>"Full-size truck drivers and big SUV drivers are different customers," AMCI's Sanfilippo said. <p>While SUV buyers are more family-oriented and place a high value on safety and comfort, full-size truck buyers are more apt to shop for power and utility, he said. A vehicle such as Mega Cab could appeal to both kinds of customers and give Dodge an edge in the full-size truck category. <p>"There are some high stakes involved in the full-size truck market," said Michael Robinet, an automotive analyst with CSM Worldwide in Farmington Hills. "Any advantage you can gain, even for a short period of time, can be valuable." <p>Dodge Ram sales fell 5.1 percent last year as new entries such as the Nissan Titan and a redesigned Ford F-150 won buyers and helped lift full-size truck sales 7.8 percent, according to Autodata Corp. <p>With Mega Cab, Dodge has an opportunity to breathe new life into the Ram lineup, said Rebecca Lindland, an industry analyst with Global Insight in Lexington, Mass. <p>"They can really spin it as a Dodge Ram that you have to have," Lindland said. "And when you consider all the competition, from the Ford F-150 especially, they need a resurgence of interest in this vehicle." <p>In addition to Mega Cab, the only other new full-size truck debuting this year is Ford Motor Co.'s Lincoln Mark LT, an upscale pickup based on the Ford F-150 that went on sale this month. <p>The standard Dodge Ram, which debuted in 2001, will also get a refresh this fall, but a totally redesigned model is not expected until 2008, Lindland said. <p>Next year, the redesigned Toyota Tundra pickup and replacements for General Motors Corp.'s Chevrolet Silver-ado and GMC Sierra pickups will be launched. <p>And consumers are likely to see bigger cabin options in future full-size trucks, Robinet said. The crew cab body style, with four passenger doors, already represents about 30 percent to 50 percent of full-size pickup trucks sales and is gaining popularity as customers demand trucks with more comfort and space. <p>In an ongoing quest to capture a bigger chunk of the U.S. car and truck market, Chrysler has touted its nine model launches last year and its plans to introduce at least five vehicles this year, including the Dodge Charger sedan, Jeep Commander SUV, a coupe version of the Dodge Viper sports car and high-performance versions of the Chrysler 300 sedan and Dodge Magnum wagon. <p>Mega Cab, meanwhile, has been shrouded in secrecy. <p>The earliest hint that a big Dodge truck was on the way came in October, when Chrysler said it would invest $210 million to prepare its Ram pickup plant in Saltillo, Mexico, for upcoming model launches. Mexican President Vicente Fox at the time said Chrysler would begin building a new four-door, crew cab pickup in August. <p>Chrysler dealers say they were told they would have Mega Cab in showrooms by August or September. <p>Chrysler spokesman Jason Vines would not comment on Mega Cab, hinting only that all questions will be answered very soon. <p>"Just wait," he said, "'til Chicago." <p>"They can really spin it as a Dodge <p>Ram that you have to have ... when you <p>consider all the competition, <p>they need a resurgence of interest in (the Mega Cab)." <p>

02-03-2005, 09:28 AM
So will Dodge Ram offer both the Quad Cab & Mega Cab?<p>Seems like overkill to have to 4 door pick ups... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/eek2.gif" BORDER="0">

02-03-2005, 09:33 AM
I dont get it why are americain SUVS so long and big? This seems huge.

02-03-2005, 10:51 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Laguna</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I dont get it why are americain SUVS so long and big? This seems huge.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>It is, but a great many of these vary large pick-up's are also used for work. from a work point of view (agricultural and industrial), their size is often a benefit. Often times the people that use them for work, just double their use as personal transportation.

02-03-2005, 12:53 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>bolita</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">So will Dodge Ram offer both the Quad Cab & Mega Cab?<p>Seems like overkill to have to 4 door pick ups... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/eek2.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Without the Quad Cab, the only options would be the Mega and the Standard Cab. If Dodge still manufactured the Extended Cab, then I am sure they would drop the Quad. It does seem like overkill, but the Mega Cab may be too much truck for those that just need some more room than the Standard Cab. The pricing will be structured such that the Quad will still be a viable option. <br>

02-03-2005, 01:27 PM
Whatever happened to LXLover anyway...I never see him posting spy photos anymore?

02-03-2005, 05:24 PM
Laguna, <br>American SUVs ARE huge and I think it has something to do with scale. Because there is so much open space and so many wide roads, I do not believe Americans truly realize how large these vehicles are whereas in Europe cities are older and smaller scale. The area I live in thinks a 3000 square foot house is an average size, and the yard has to have space for a motorhome pad. After years of driving a VW Rabbit (Golf I), Gen 2 GTi and Jetta, 2 Corrados, and a new Beetle, my new family has shifted me to a Hyundai XG300 (seems large to me but isn't to most Americans) and a Honda Element (the most fuel efficient SUV I could find that wasn't cramped). As long as gas is cheap ($2.00 a gallon versus 2x or more in Europe) Americans will continue their love affair with huge vehicles. I'm a proud American and I think the SUVs and pickups are insanely huge. I can't buy a Golf Plus here, but I wish I could.