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Mitsubishi Mighty Max
Dodge-Ram-50
Manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors
Also called Plymouth Arrow Truck
Mitsubishi Mighty Max
Production 1982–1996 (Mighty Max)
1979–1993 (Ram 50)
Assembly Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Successor Dodge Dakota (Ram 50)
Mitsubishi Raider (Mighty Max)
Class Compact pickup truck
Body style(s) 2-door truck/4-door truck
6.5/8 ft bed
Layout Front-engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Related Mitsubishi Forte
Mitsubishi L200
Mitsubishi Triton
First generation
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Also called Dodge D50 (1979–1980)
Plymouth Arrow Truck (1979–1982)
Dodge Ram 50 (1981–1986)
Production 1979–1986
Engine(s) 2.0 L 4G52 I4, SOHC, 93 hp (69 kW)
2.6 L 4G54 I4, SOHC, 105 hp (78 kW)
Transmission(s) Manual
5-speed Mitsubishi KM132
5-speed Mitsubishi KM145
Wheelbase 6.5 ft (2.0 m)
Length 7.5 ft (2.3 m)
Width 4 ft (1.2 m)
Height 5 ft (1.5 m)
Second generation
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Also called Dodge Ram 50 (1987–1993)
Production 1987–1996 (1987–1993 For Ram 50)
Engine(s) 2.0 L 90 hp I4
2.6 L 109 hp (81 kW) I4
Transmission(s) 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Wheelbase Reg. Cab Short Bed: 105.1 in (2670 mm)
Reg. Cab Long Bed & Extended Cab: 116.1 in (2949 mm)
Sport: 105.5 in (2680 mm)
Length Reg. Cab Short Bed: 177.2 in (4501 mm)
Reg. Cab Long Bed & Extended Cab: 193.7 in (4920 mm)
Ext. Cab: 188.2 in (4780 mm)
Width 65.2 in (1656 mm)
Mighty Max Reg. Cab 4WD: 65.9 in (1674 mm)
Mighty Max Sport Cab 4WD: 66.4 in (1687 mm)
Height Reg. Cab Short Bed 2WD: 58.5 in (1486 mm)
1987-88 Reg. Cab Short Bed 2WD: 58.3 in (1481 mm)
Reg. Cab Long Bed & Extended 2WD: 59.3 in (1506 mm)
Reg. Cab Short Bed 2WD: 63.4 in (1610 mm)
1991-93 Reg. Cab Long Bed & Extended 4WD: 64.4 in (1636 mm)
1991-93 Macrocab 2WD: 59.7 in (1516 mm)
1987-1990 Macrocab 2WD: 59.6 in (1514 mm)
See also Dodge Ram, the company's full-sized pickup truck.

The Dodge Ram 50 (called the D50 for 1979 and 1980) was a compact pickup truck produced by Mitsubishi Motors and sold by the Chrysler Corporation from 1979 to 1993. Plymouth also received a version of the truck known as the Arrow Truck, sold from 1979 to 1982. This was Chrysler's belated answer to the Ford Courier from Mazda and the Chevrolet LUV by Isuzu. Mitsubishi itself imported it as the Mitsubishi Mighty Max when it began selling directly in the U.S. from 1982, at which point the Plymouth ceased to be available.

Four wheel drive was added for 1982, creating the Power Ram 50 according to Dodge's nomenclature (the Power Ram name was used for four wheel drive models). A turbodiesel engine was available in US models between 1983 and 1985. The 1983 turbodiesel was fitted with a TC05 non-wastegated turbo and produced 80 hp (60 kW) and 125 lb·ft (169 N·m) torque. The 1984-85 turbodiesels were fitted with a TD04 wastegated turbo which resulted in 86 hp (64 kW) and 134 lb·ft (182 N·m) torque.

The Ram 50 was redesigned in 1987, which was the same year Chrysler introduced the Ram 50's successor, the Dodge Dakota. Despite this, sales of the Ram 50 continued for another seven years, possibly because the Ram 50 was a compact and the Dakota was a mid-size. The difference in size and cost left a niche for the Dodge 50, and its cancellation may have been due more to a desire to show independence from Mitsubishi than because of any product overlap. The Mighty Max ended production after the 1996 model year.

Engines:

  • 1979–1989 2.0 L 4G52 I4, SOHC, 90-93 hp (67-69 kW)
  • 1979–1989 2.6 L 4G54 I4, SOHC, 105 hp (78 kW)
  • 1983–1985 2.3 L 4D55T turbodiesel I4, 80-86 hp (61-64 kW)
  • 1990–1993 2.4 L 4G64 I4, 116 hp (87 kW)
  • 1990–1993 3.0 L 6G72 V6, 142 hp (106 kW)


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