A diesel-powered Tundra has been anticipated by pickup truck enthusiasts for years. According to reliable sources, it seems that the 2017 model is due to receive the same Cummins turbodiesel V8 that has recently made its debut in the Nissan Titan. If that pans out, Toyota will finally be able to offer a more efficient truck to the buyers. Although diesel-powered trucks hadn’t been available on the US market until a few years ago, Ram’s EcoDiesel V6 started this trend of introducing fuel-efficient pickups to the world’s largest market. What is more, the 2017 Toyota Tundra Diesel is likely to be the first oil-burning model of the Japanese automaker sold in North America. Continue reading “2017 Toyota Tundra Diesel”
The 2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon will carry over mostly unchanged compared to its predecessor. This mighty Ram pickup truck will once again be offered with the recently introduced 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine. For those who opt for incredible towing and hauling abilities combined with a true 4×4 system, the Power Wagon will remain among the most appealing options. Apart from its particularly rugged exterior styling, this three and a half ton truck comes with a lifted suspension and special off-road tires that distinguish it from the regular Crew Cab version. Continue reading “2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon”
The much-anticipated second-generation Titan pickup truck arrived in 2015 for the 2016 model year. The brand new iteration introduced a mighty Cummins turbodiesel engine to its engine range for the first time. However, the Titan is currently available only in its XD version powered by the V8 diesel as the sole engine. According to the company, the engine range is due to receive additional V6 and V8 gasoline-powered units very soon. So, expect the 2017 Titan to become much more versatile than its immediate predecessor. As for the 2017 Nissan Titan Diesel, it is expected to go on sale virtually unchanged compared to the current model. The 2017 Nissan Titan Diesel is expected to hit the market in the second half of 2016. Continue reading “2017 Nissan Titan Diesel Release Date”
According to the very latest reports, Jeep has finally given a go-ahead for the Wrangler-based pickup truck. The same sources suggest that the upcoming pickup is most likely to arrive as a long-wheelbase version of the new Wrangler SUV fitted with an open bed. Although it won’t be the first truck sold under the Jeep nameplate, it will be the first time that the iconic Wrangler gets a pickup variant. Actually, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has been announcing a similar vehicle ever since the 2005 Jeep Gladiator Concept was first presented. Now, the long-awaited model is expected to make its debut in late 2017, hitting the market by the end of 2018. Just like the next-generation Wrangler, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup will be built at Jeep’s facility in Toledo, Ohio.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Features
Sharing its underpinnings with the regular Wrangler, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup’s architecture will naturally feature a large percentage of aluminum. What will set it apart from the rest of the segment is the familiar rugged appearance of the famous Wrangler. However, it’s still not known to what extent will the two models resemble each other. While it rides on a reengineered steel platform, the brand new Wrangler gets a number of aluminum components, such as door and hood panels. Thanks to the lightweight construction, the Wrangler Pickup is expected to offer a competitive fuel economy. Unfortunately, more details concerning the exterior and interior design have yet to be released.
Wrangler Pickup Engine Options
As for the engine options expected from the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup, the details are still scarce. The aforementioned Jeep Gladiator Concept came with a 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel unit that produced 163 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Its power was transmitted through a six-speed manual gearbox. Now, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler has been annnounced to adopt the first turbocharged engine in Jeep’s history. Of course, it remains to be seen what FCA has in store for the upcoming Wrangler Pickup.
Jeep Pickup Competition
By the time the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup hits the dealerships, the compact pickup niche will become even more hotly contested. Namely, the list of possible rivals includes the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, the redesigned Ford Ranger, as well as Hyundai’s pickup based on the Santa Cruz concept.
The 2017 Mitsubishi Triton arrives only a year after the fifth generation of the popular pickup truck made its debut for the 2016 model year. In that regard, expect the upcoming model to go on sale almost completely unchanged compared to its predecessor. Apart from the restyled exterior and interior, the redesigned Triton offers a brand new 2.4-liter diesel engine. It’s also interesting to note that that the Triton (also known as the L200) is due to share its underpinnings with Fiat’s newly launched Fullback pickup truck. According to unofficial sources, the 2017 Mitsubishi Triton is likely to hit the dealerships in late 2016. Continue reading “2017 Mitsubishi Triton Release Date”
Both the GMC Canyon and its Chevy Colorado sibling arrived completely redesigned for the 2015 model year. The company then announced that the 2016 Canyon was due to receive its first diesel engine. However, the plan got delayed due to additional tests that have been undertaken by the Environmental Protection Agency. As for the 2017 GMC Canyon Diesel, it will definitely be offered with the Duramax diesel unit that has been eagerly anticipated for a while. Apart from the fresh engine option, the upcoming pickup truck will receive several minor updates.
Expect the 2017 GMC Canyon Diesel to be motivated by the 2.8-liter Duramax cranking out 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Its power will be transmitted either to the rear axle or all four wheels through a Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic transmission with a centrifugal pendulum vibration absorber. While its maximum towing capacity is rated at 7,700 lbs, the payload capacity reaches 1,420 lbs. According to recent EPA reports, the 2WD Canyon and Colorado diesel models return 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. As for the four-wheel drive versions, they are rated at 20/29 mpg.
2017 GMC Canyon Diesel Design and Features
As far as the exterior styling is concerned, the new Canyon features a a more appealing looks compared to most of its rivals. Of course, GMC’s pickup truck boasts a more sophisticated design compared to its Colorado sibling. Now, the Duramax diesel will be available exclusively in SLE and range-topping SLT Crew Cab versions. Just like its predecessor, the 2017 GMC Canyon Diesel will be offered with a chromed grille and C-shaped LED daytime running lights. There will be 5-foot-2-inch and 6-foot-2-inch cargo boxes to choose between, both available with corner steps that allow easier access to the bed. Apart from the optional spray-in bedliner, the Canyon Diesel will be offered with a standard rearview camera to assist with trailer hitching as well as a lower damped tailgate for easy access. The cabin will be replete with soft-touch materials, while GM’s IntelliLink platform comprises OnStar with 4G LTE and Apple CarPlay.
2017 Canyon Diesel Pricing and Release
The entry-level version of the 2017 GMC Canyon Diesel is expected to start at $36,320. Official release date has yet to be announced but we believe it will hit the showrooms in late 2016.
According to some recently taken spy shots, Chevy’s Heavy Duty truck lineup is currently undergoing a mid-cycle refresh. Apart from receiving revised exterior styling, the 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500 will come with a number of significant innovations under its hood. Some sources even suggest that it might adopt a brand new Duramax turbo-diesel engine that should rival the amazing 900 lb-ft of torque offered by the Ram Cummins diesel. In any case, the updated Chevy’s HD pickup trucks are supposed to last until the next generation makes its debut in 2020. The all-new generation of these trucks will bring some revolutionary changes such as a more aluminum intensive architecture as well as downsized engines that should result in substantially improved fuel efficiency. Some of the recent reports suggest that the new Chevy Silverado 2500 could hit the North American dealerships in mid-2016. Continue reading “2017 Chevy Silverado 2500 Release Date”
Ford has recently presented the facelifted Ranger pickup truck at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Apart from receiving new styling tweaks, enhanced interior and new safety systems, Ford’s pickup introduced a more efficient engine range. In that sense, expect the 2017 Ford Ranger Diesel to use these latest updates to rival the likes of the VW Amarok, Isuzu D-MAX and Mazda BT-50. It’s interesting to note that Ford’s pickup truck is becoming increasingly popular on the European market which is traditionally not very keen on this type of vehicle. With its enhanced and more efficient engine range, the 2017 Ranger should definitely continue to expand its presence on the global markets. Continue reading “2017 Ford Ranger Diesel”
RAM’s Heavy Duty line of trucks has been known for impressive towing abilities and class-leading torque numbers. In that regard, expect the 2017 RAM 3500 to retain its current status, with several minor upgrades to distinguish it from the previous model. Thanks to the recent updates, the RAM 3500 is able to tow an amazing 31,210 pounds. In addition to that, the company claims that the diesel-powered version of this truck boasts the highest torque numbers ever to be offered in a mass-produced vehicle.
2017 RAM 3500 Design
As for the base models, the 2017 RAM 3500 is rumored to offer a slightly enhanced interior. Thus far, the entry-level versions have been lagging behind the competition when it comes to the standard equipment. While the current model offers only basic cloth seats and a small 4-inch display, the upcoming variant is expected to arrive with upgraded materials as well as a new infotainment system similar to those found in other trucks in this class. Now, luxury RAM 3500 Limited already boasts some of the most appealing exterior and interior features you can currently find in this segment. What sets it apart from the regular versions is its revised front grille adorned with a bevy of chrome accents. Inside the cabin, expect to see leather upholstery, contrast stitching, wood inserts as well as silver pin striping.
The 2017 RAM 3500 is due to arrive with unchanged engine options under its hood. The base models will be powered by the well-known 5.7-liter Hemi V8 making 383 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Those who opt for more powerful gasoline units should go for the 6.4-liter V8 that churns out 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. Of course, the most capable models will come with the 6.7-liter turbocharged Cummins diesel V6 engine with two different power outputs. The less powerful variant produces 350 hp and 660 lb-ft, while the recently updated unit churns out 385 hp and stunning 900 lb-ft of twist.
Pricing and Release
According to unofficial sources, the 2017 RAM 3500 is most likely to hit the market in late 2016. As far as the pricing is concerned, it is expected to carry over unchanged. So, the base models should start just above $33,000, while the 3500 Limited is expected to be priced at $57,000.
According to the most recent reports, Volkswagen is due to launch a facelifted version of the Amarok pickup truck in 2016. The upgraded model is expected to keep the Amarok competitive in the battle with the likes of the Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi L200 and Nissan Navara. In other words, the 2017 VW Amarok should extend this truck’s life at least until the second-generation model arrives by 2020. Continue reading “2017 VW Amarok Facelift and Release Date”