First, the filings. You can see those in the shots above, which contain both FCA’s corporate address and the trademarked name. That wall of Spanish also says that the patent is specifically for “Passenger Motor Vehicles.” Critically, it states the patent is not yet in use.
Now, let’s roll the clock back to 1982. 40 years ago, Dodge needed a small unibody subcompact coupe based on Chrysler’s L Platform, which coincidentally, underpinned the Charger. Dodge needed this car to compete with the likes of the Ford Ranchero and Chevy El Camino. Those days are since gone.
However, the Ram Rampage was revived once already back in ’06. Then, it was unveiled as a sort of Ford Maverick-esque light pickup. It, like the Maverick, was FWD, though it was motivated by the brand’s 5.7-liter Hemi V8.
That leaves us with more than a few possibilities. First, and most obviously, is that Dodge and Ram are going to bring in a small truck to fight the Ford Maverick. The truck is hilariously popular, and Ram would be missing out on a big slice of pie if it didn’t have some competition in the space. Why else would Toyota be considering the same thing?