The growing niche of mid-size, four-door pickups grew by one more at the Chicago show – at least, in concept form. The Dodge Rampage concept occupies some of the same territory staked out by the production versions of the Ford Explorer Sport Trac and Honda Ridgeline, taking them one step further with a ladling of minivan functionality. The four-door Rampage, for starters, has a Stow ‘N Go feature that folds the rear seats down into the floor below, like the company’s minivans. As wide as a Ram pickup but only as long as a Dakota mid-sizer, the Rampage’s rear doors slide on minivan rails instead of swinging open on hinges. When it comes to the bed out back, the Rampage’s five-foot bed has a sliding surface that folds out into an extendable ramp for loading materials; the bumper flips out into a second tailgate that opens into a storage bin that will hold up to seven 4x8 sheets of plywood. Inside the Rampage has a rotating center console stack that lets the front passenger adjust climate and audio settings. And once the midgate is lowered and seats folded flat, the Rampage has the interior room of a full-size van.
2006 Chicago Auto Show Coverage by TCC Team (2/6/2006)