Hennessey Performance Engineering has been tuning performance-oriented vehicles for quite some time now. One of the particularly interesting models that comes from this company is the VelociRaptor that’s actually an upgraded version of the Ford SVT Raptor. To put it simply, Hennessey basically takes the regular F-150 truck and gives it an enormous amount of power and a far superior suspension. However, the VelociRaptor isn’t simply a pickup truck with heavy-duty bumpers, an upgraded version of the 5.0-liter V8 and the Fox Racing suspension. It offers plenty of other enhancements that make it virtually unbeatable when it comes to off-roading capabilities. With the arrival of the aluminum-intensive F-150, this American tuning house has been given an even more challenging task. So, the 2017 Ford F-150 Hennessey is expected to surpass its predecessor in many aspects.
2017 Ford F-150 Hennessey Features
In terms of styling, there are several features that set the VelociRaptor apart from the standard F-150 Crew Cab on which it’s based. The most noticeable ones come with the heavy-duty steel bumpers on both the front and rear sides of the truck. The front bumper incorporates driving lights, a winch, as well as recovery points, while the rear one sports such features as step pockets, LED lighting and lift points for a Hi-Lift jack. The sides are dominated by large fender flairs that serve as protection from flying debris, with 20-inch beadlock-style wheels to top off the VelociRaptor’s aggressive profile. There are also several places on the truck’s sheet metal that sport Hennessey and VelociRaptor graphics. As mentioned, the Fox Racing suspension parts make the 2017 Ford F-150 Hennessey ready for high-speed off-road driving.
2017 F-150 Hennessey Engine
Of course, the most talked about segment of the 2017 Ford F-150 Hennessey will be its powertrain upgrades. Thanks to an old-school supercharger, the 5.0-liter V8 gets a power boost from 385 hp to 650 hp. Other enhancements that allow the VelociRaptor to churn out so much horsepower include an extensive ECU tune, high-flow fuel injectors, a high-flow air intake, an air-to-water inter-cooler, as well as a cat-back exhaust system. The drivetrain components that are left intact include the electronically operated six-speed automatic transmission, two-speed transfer case and electronically locking rear differential. In order to protect the VelociRaptor’s under body from flying rocks, Hennessey’s engineers have given it sturdy skid plates.
2017 Ford F-150 Hennessey Pricing
Official pricing figures for this amazing pickup truck are still unavailable. However, we expect the 2017 Ford F-150 Hennessey to cost somewhere between $65,000 and $70,000.
Ford’s medium-duty line of trucks was finally redesigned for the 2016 model year after soldiering on essentially unchanged since 2003. The all-new generation brought a new chassis, a fresh diesel powertrain and a slew of styling upgrades. It also marked the end of the joint venture between Ford and Navistar International that actually spawned the medium-duty segment. So, both the F-650 and F-750 are now built from top to bottom by Ford, including the powertrain. Instead of the Cummins 6.7-liter turbo-diesel V6 with Allison automatic transmission, the redesigned trucks are now motivated by Ford’s own 6.7-liter V8 Power Stroke turbo-diesel paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox. As for the 2017 Ford F-750, it is due to receive only subtle updates that won’t make it too different compared to the outgoing model.
2017 Ford F-750 Design
As far as the sheet metal is concerned, the new F-750 has a lot in common with the Super Duty line of trucks. Some of the features that set it apart from the previous iteration include redesigned headlights and a new sloping hood. In terms of architecture, both the F-650 and F-750 actually share the same cab structure with the F-250. What makes them different is a much larger ladder-frame, as well as huge wheels. The 2017 Ford F-750 will benefit also from the brand new chassis that comes with longer spring leafs. These changes result in vastly improved handling and enhanced efficiency, making the redesigned medium-duty trucks stand out in this segment when it comes to the driving experience and fuel economy. Expect the upcoming F-750 to be available in Regular Cab, Super Cab and Crew Cab configurations.
2017 F-750 Engine Department
As mentioned, the next-generation F-750 comes with the 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbo-diesel V8 available in three power settings. The base setting offers 270 horsepower and 675 pound-feet of torque, whereas the mid-range output is 300 hp and 700 lb-ft. The range-topping variant delivers 330 hp and 725 lb-ft of twist. As for the gasoline options, it comes in the form of an old-school 6.8-liter V10 that sadly delivers 42 horsepower less than it did in 2015. The engine now produces 320 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission. Unlike the previous generation, the new one will no longer be available with the manual gearbox option.
Official pricing figures have yet to be revealed but we expect a diesel-equipped F-750 to be priced in the $70,000 range. The model will be produced at Ford’s facility in Ohio.
We’ve known for quite some time that Jeep plans to launch its first pickup truck since the Comanche got killed off in 1992. However, we now know what the pickup truck version of the upcoming Wrangler will actually look like. Thanks to a series of spy photos that have surfaced very recently, we’ve found out that the model is due to feature a pretty long wheelbase as well as a spacious bed. When it comes to the engine range, the 2019 Jeep Wrangler Pickup might offer a choice of two gas-powered units and an EcoDiesel powertrain.
Rumor also has it that we could see a hybrid-powered model to join the lineup at some point in the future. The Wrangler-based pickup has been anticipated for more than a decade now, ever since the Gladiator Concept made its public appearance in 2005. The time has finally come for this eagerly awaited pickup to enter the final stages of development and show its face to the automotive world. According to unofficial sources, the 2019 Jeep Wrangler Pickup is expected to hit the dealerships in the second half of 2018. The model will be built at Jeep’s factory in Toledo, Ohio.
2019 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Design
According to the pictures of a test mule, the 2019 Jeep Wrangler Pickup will be a pretty substantial vehicle in terms of dimensions. It seems that Jeep’s designers have given it an unexpectedly long wheelbase and a cargo bed that appears to be in the five-foot range. That basically means that the Wrangler-based pickup will be only slightly shorter than a regular half-ton truck. Although the test vehicle came heavily disguised, it looks like the front end will sport an evolved version of Jeep trademark seven-slot grille. The rear side of the prototype features taillights reminiscent of those seen on Ram trucks. Of course, it’s still too early to state any final judgment on the Wrangler pickup’s appearance. However, we expect it to retain most of the traditional styling cues while benefitting from a generally more aerodynamic shape.
2019 Wrangler Pickup Engine Options
Details concerning engine options offered with the 2019 Jeep Wrangler Pickup are still scarce but it’s expected to receive at least some of the powertrains available in the regular Wrangler. Apart from the familiar V6 gasoline unit, it could also get a turbocharged four-cylinder nicknamed Hurricane. It’s also quite likely to include a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 that propels the Ram 1500. As mentioned, even a hybrid drivetrain has been speculated about but that certainly won’t happen in the first model years. As for the transmission, at least one of these powertrains will be paired with a new eight-speed automatic gearbox.
After releasing the next-generation Titan XD pickup truck for 2016, Nissan is bringing a thoroughly upgraded gas-powered V8 engine into the mix for the 2017 model year. So, the enhanced version of the V8 gasoline unit is now ready to join the Cummins V8 diesel that launched the second generation of the Titan XD. The heavier-duty XD variant of this full-size truck comes as part of the company’s strategy to find a “white space” niche in this hotly contested segment. Namely, the 2017 Nissan Titan XD V8 Gasoline is aimed primarily at those buyers who need something more robust than a standard ½-ton truck but not as beefy as a 3/4-ton. Compared to the diesel-powered version, the new gas Titan XD will be quicker and significantly less expensive.
2017 Nissan Titan XD V8 Gasoline Engine
Like its predecessor, the 2017 Nissan Titan XD V8 Gasoline will be powered by the 5.6-liter V8 Endurance engine produced at Nissan’s plant in Decherd, Tennessee. Although it retains the same displacement as the previous version, this mighty V8 is basically an all-new engine. It features a power increase from 317 to 390 horsepower, while the torque is up from 385 to 401 pound-feet. The engine is also paired with a new seven-speed automatic transmission that conveys the power to the rear or all four wheels. All-wheel drive models receive a new transfer case as well. Although the half-ton Titan will feature the same engine and output numbers, the Titan XD’s towing and hauling capabilities will be much higher thanks to a tougher chassis and frame.
2017 Titan XD V8 Features
The 2017 Nissan Titan XD V8 Gasoline will be 800 pounds lighter than its diesel counterpart, which increases its payload capacity. This is mostly due to the lack of heavy components that go with a diesel powertrain. Those include the Cummins’ iron block, heavy pistons, the turbocharger, DEF tank with 50 pounds of fluid, as well as the heavier Aisin HD transmission. On the other hand, the gas-powered Titan XD offers a towing rating that drops by 1,000 pounds. As for the suspension and brakes, the only enhancement comes with slightly tuned springs and dampers. When it comes to the fuel economy, the Titan XD V8 Gasoline lags behind the Cummins V8 model by 3-4 mpg on average.
The 2017 Nissan Titan XD V8 Gasoline is expected to start at $36,500 which is $5,000 less than a diesel-powered version. It will also be less costly than the Ford F-150 XL SuperCrew with a V8 gasoline engine.