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2019 Ram 1500 is lighter, safer, stronger, and more stylish than predecessor

For those of you who are looking to get a new pickup truck, you might want to consider the 2019 Ram 1500, as the facelifted model not only has been made lighter, but is also powerful, safer, and more capable.

First of all, it is now 225 pounds lighter than its predecessor, because the tailgate is now made of aluminum, while the frame is now made of high strength steel. Unlike the Ford F-Series, the Ram is not getting an all aluminum body just yet. That is because steel is still needed for areas that need long term durability, says head of Ram, Jim Morrison.

Another area that has been greatly improved would be the truck’s aerodynamics. Its overall drag coefficient has decreased by nine percent to 0.357. This is the result of the standard active grille shutters, higher bed side rails, and of course, a lower suspension. It even comes with an electrically deployable aero spoiler that extends down from the bumper when the car hits 30-35 miles per hour. If in case the spoiler hits something on the road, there is no need to worry as it has the one-way clutch linkage. Trucks with air suspension also lower about 0.6 inch at higher speeds.

Read the entire article 2019 Ram 1500 is lighter, safer, stronger, and more stylish than predecessor

2019 Ford Ranger marks nameplate’s US comeback with 2.3L EcoBoost power, FX4 Off-Road version

Last year, Ford confirmed that the Ranger will finally return to the United States market. And here they are now, pulling the wraps off the 2019 midsized pickup. It has an all-new design that was made specially for the US. Having said that, it is slightly different from the Rangers we have been seeing overseas.

One can easily recognize the 2019 Ranger as a Ford even in a pool of midsize pickups. This is because of the horizontal bar grille and its unique vents on the front fenders. The flared fenders give the truck its toughness, while the angled windshield is meant to reduce drag and wind noise. A Ranger logo can also be found on the tailgate. The truck has short overhangs which are meant to improve off-road approach and departure angles. Two variations of this will be available, a SuperCab (half rear doors) and a SuperCrew with four doors.

Ford Ranger is being marketed at those who live in the city, but who are adventurous enough to explore the outdoors. Simply put, the pickup truck strikes a balance between the city and the outdoors.

Read the entire article 2019 Ford Ranger marks nameplate’s US comeback with 2.3L EcoBoost power, FX4 Off-Road version

Tischer converts Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup truck into a posh camper van

Mercedes-Benz is building on the success of the Marco Polo travel vans by offering more diversity with their newest offering -- the camper van conversion, catering to the more adventurous crowd. This new package does not directly come from Mercedes. Instead, it is the product of Tischer, a German company that specializes in converting pickups into recreational vehicles.

If you check out the German tuner’s page online, you would see a number of similar conversions for different brands and models such as the Land Rover Defender, the Volkswagen Amarok, Toyota Hilux, Nissan Navara, Isuzu D-Max, Ford Ranger, and to the Dodge Ram. As you know, Mercedes’ X-Class is somewhat based on the Navara, much like the Renault Alaskan. And that is why it should not come as a surprise that Tischer is adding the X-Class to its lineup.

The cabin is designed like a cove and the inside area measures 1.5 meters wide with nearly two meters of headroom. It offers plenty of space and includes a kitchen with a three-burner gas stove for cooking while on the road. It has enough space for three seats, which can easily be transformed into an extra bed when needed. The best part is that the entire cabin is demountable.

Read the entire article Tischer converts Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup truck into a posh camper van

602-hp Hennessey VelociRaptor 6X6 is now up for grabs at $349,000

After building more than a thousand units of four-wheeled VelociRaptor modified Raptor trucks in the past years, Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE) unveiled the VelociRaptor 6X6 Concept in 2016. Nearly a year after, the company completed the final version and teased the Hennessey VelociRaptor 6X6 at the 2017 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas. Now, HPE is finally letting the VelociRaptor 6X6 out of its cage for a price that starts at $349,000.

The new Hennessey VelociRaptor 6X6 is basically a Raptor -- in particular a Ford Raptor truck – a transformed six-wheel drive off-road vehicle with more than 600 horsepower of output. HPE aimed to refine the VelociRaptor 6X6 and turn it from being just a concept to a full production unit. However, those wanting to get a piece of this off-road monster need to act fast and contact HPE. This is because the company is building only 50 examples of the Hennessey VelociRaptor 6X6. HPE is also willing to cater to customers outside the United States. Interested customers could order the Hennessey VelociRaptor 6X6 directly from HPE or through select Hennessey / Ford dealers.

When HPE unveiled the concept version of the VelociRaptor 6X6 truck, it pegged the starting price at $295,000. However, something must have happened between the concept phase and the final production form that moved HPE to increase the base price by $54,000 to $349,000. There could be a number of changes on the parts and components or there could be some tweaks to the cost structure of creating a fully capable VelociRaptor 6X6. Nonetheless, the surge in starting price is understandable, and the Hennessey VelociRaptor 6X6 remains significantly more affordable than the Mercedes-Benz G63 6x6, which is valued at least more than half a million dollars.

Read the entire article 602-hp Hennessey VelociRaptor 6X6 is now up for grabs at $349,000

Not long after Lamborghini unveiled the new Urus super sports utility vehicle, an automotive graphic artist made a rendering of a coupe-styled version of the SUV. It simply re-imagined the Urus four-door as a two-door coupe SUV, and the resulting rendered image is spectacular. Now, the same graphic artist has rendered the new Lamborghini Urus, not as a super SUV, but as double-cab pickup truck.

While it would be very hard to imagine Lamborghini creating a pickup truck, the newest rendering of the Urus as a full-size pickup truck is as equally tantalizing to the eyes as the coupe-style version. After all, both renderings were made by the designer who went by the professional moniker of X-Tomi Design.

In creating his pickup truck rendition of the Urus, X-Tomi employed an image showing the original super SUV in its profile. Upon closer inspection, X-Tomi didn’t touch the design of the Urus from the front end to the A-pillar – everything remains the same at this section. On the whole section starting from the A-pillar to the B-pillar, there aren’t so many design changes, except for the front window now larger on the pickup version. This is because the rearward slope of the slanting roof has been made less steep. The roof now also features a rack for added practicality.

Read the entire article Lamborghini Urus super-SUV is re-imagined as double-cab pickup truck

It was during the Moab Easter Jeep Safari last year, when Jeep introduced the rugged Crew Chief 715 Concept that took inspiration from the previous generation Wrangler Unlimited. It has the shape of a pickup truck, but it gets a fabric roof and an assortment of design cues from previous Jeep military vehicles just like the Kaiser M715.

If you liked the Crew Chief 715 concept from last year, you will definitely like this Wrangler pickup under the name “JT” that we have been waiting for. According to Automotive News, sources say that the utilitarian vehicle can be had with a soft top, just like that of the regular Wrangler. Naturally, the soft top can be lowered or be removed completely. An older report also said that the JT Scrambler will be available with a selection of three tops with the codes HT1, ST2 and HT3. These stand for a black 3-piece hard top, black Sunrider soft top, and body colour 3-piece hard top.

You will see in the Scrambler (not its final name) some styling cues that also come from the Crew Chief 715 as well. However, the front grille will remain the same as the Wrangler’s heritage.

Read the entire article 2019 Jeep Scrambler pickup truck to feature a removable soft top

The 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD has arrived this week at the snowy mountains in Colorado for its winter long debut. GMC’s tracked Sierra Mountain Concept will be on display at the popular ski destination for the entire season in an effort to provide its audiences a better idea of what the off-roader has in store particularly when having to get through the icy cold mountain.

To get down to the nitty gritty of the concept, GMC has equipped the rig of the Sierra 2500HD with a set of Mattracks 150 Series. The tracks have been painted in GMC red to ensure it will be as attractive as the pickup’s body side graphics and other mountain-themed accessories. When viewing the vehicle at the front, you will notice the All-Mountain Concept is highlighted by the RIGID E-Series 30-inch light bar which is cleverly placed above the winch enough to conceal it. Likewise, a soft rollup tonneu by Advantage is placed at the back to cover the truck’s rear bed.

To conquer the snowy trails, the upgraded Denali 4WD Crew Cab has been equipped with several other accessories -- from Thule snowboard racks down to wheel well and underbody lights in LED. Even its passengers will find comfort with the cabin’s leather upholstery and cozy Bose stereo sound system when stuck in the cold. For sure, GMC has dressed up its pickup truck right for the season.

Read the entire article 2018 GMC Sierra All Mountain Concept climbs Vail ski mountain for winter season debut

The Hyundai Santa Cruz Concept has earned a ton of praises after it was unveiled in Detroit almost three years ago. Oddly, it took a while before the company came to realize its importance in boosting the US sales which as of late, have not been quite so impressive.

It can be recalled that Michael J. O’Brien, Hyundai Motor senior executive, has told Reuters before about the company’s plan of launching a new pickup truck in the US. It was also mentioned then that the main issue was on how to increase the production --- especially for the Tucson which often runs short of supply.

Initial reports also indicate that the Hyundai Kona, which is slated to launch in US early next year will come from South Korea. Then there is Dave Zuchowski, former Hyundai Motor America CEO, who said earlier this year that new SUVs including the Santa Cruz project have all received the go-signal from its corporate headquarters. It was confirmed by Hyundai later on that the Santa Cruz concept has indeed been given the notice to proceed and is now aimed directly for the US market.

Read the entire article Hyundai may start manufacturing a new pickup in the US by 2021

Soon, the current generation of the Ram 1500 will be saying goodbye. Nonetheless, it will all end on a sweet note as the American truck maker wouldn’t let the vaunted full-size pickup truck go without a bang. Thus, Ram is introducing the special-edition 2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport.

This isn't the first time the Ram offered a vividly colored special edition of the Ram 1500 Sport pickup truck. In late 2016, the American truck maker created and offered the Ram 1500 Ignition Orange special edition. This year alone, Ram introduced Sublime (Green) and Copper Sport limited-edition trucks. Of course, the Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport won't be the last special edition that Ram would offer, but it would be the final model in the 2017 model year.

Wrapped in water-like blue exterior paint finish, the 2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport is laden with a number of special features as standard. These include a black-decaled Sport performance hood, a new body-colored Sport grille with black billet inserts and black R-A-M letter badge. Other special features include the flat black exterior body-side and tailgate badging. This black body badging is complemented elegantly by black bezel projector headlamps up front and tail lights employing LED technology on the rear.

Read the entire article Ram’s aging full-sized pickup bids adieu with 1500 Hydro Blue Sport special edition

By studying today’s trend, one would notice that crossovers and small pickup trucks are what most people are looking for, and to step up its game, Mazda decided that they would develop a new version of their longstanding BT-50 pickup. According to the automaker, the next generation pickup will still share the same platform as that of the Isuzu D-Max, just like its outgoing model. But even though it has the same mechanics as the Isuzu, the design will entirely be unique to Mazda.

In an interview between WheelsMag and Ikuo Maeda, Managing Executive Officer and Head of Design, the latter confirmed that a new BT-50 is being developed. He also said that they will face a challenge by converting the Mazda’s current design direction to a much smaller pickup truck.

Speaking of the design, Mazda said that their goal for the next generation pickup is to create a beautiful form that has tougher elements to give it some masculinity as well - after saying that it will be a tough job. Also, he mentioned that the pickup will get inspiration from the Vision Coupe and the Kai concept, both of which appeared at the recent Tokyo Motor Show a week ago.

Read the entire article Mazda’s next-generation BT-50 pickup may be smaller but it will be 'manly'

Not many may be familiar with the Dacia Duster, but for those who do, you probably know that it is insanely affordable. After being in the market for seven years, and after over a million units sold, it is finally going to get a second-generation model. To keep up with the current version, while keeping the costs minimal, Renault’s Romanian division will give the new generation the same underpinnings that will be housed in new exterior body as well as a more modern interior.

With this kind of reports circulating the net, it is unavoidable for artists with Photoshop skills to play with its current look and imagine the 2018 model year. For instance, we already found some photos from X-Tomi Design where artists are imagining all sorts of designs for the upcoming Duster. From these photos, we think that two of them may happen, while the other two are merely design experiments - the sporty GT and the three-door.

This basic version of the model with the unpainted bumpers could be an entry-level trim of the 2018 Dacia Duster. As you can see, it rides on a set of steel wheels, with unpainted side mirrors and door handles. We also heard that the company might lose the fog lights to really keep the starting price low. Some people may wonder why, but if the SUV’s unique selling point is its very affordable price, then you will probably agree.

Read the entire article Check out these renderings of the 2018 Dacia Duster: Pickup truck, gt or coupe

More and more people are beginning to appreciate classic pickup trucks, which are quickly becoming an in-demand commodity. A lot of these trucks come from the late 1960s and one of the hottest ones would be this 1967 Chevy C-10 from the C/K series. And even if they are not celebrating 100 years of building pick up trucks, this restored model would look great at 2017 SEMA Show. However, they will actually be celebrating the aforementioned event next year.

By looking at the photos, you will be able to tell that Chevrolet will be bringing the truck to SEMA and the Texas State Fair, with its Centennial Blue finish similar to what the special edition Colorado and Silverado are wearing. Furthermore, the C-10 gets the same bowtie badges as well that celebrate the automaker’s heritage. The restored model sits on a set of 20-inch chrome wheels that are wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero tires. As for the braking system, it had also been upgraded with new discs on the front and rear. Suspension wise, we can’t really tell what’s been done to it but we’re pretty confident that it isn’t an unimportant change. As for the mechanical bits and other modifications, the company did not really discuss any of these at the C-10’s reveal.

Since we were not given any information regarding the engine, we can only guess what’s underneath that hood based on what we can see. The 1967 C-10 has dual turn down exhaust tips at the back, and the P-Zeros are pretty solid brakes. However, it does not have a very wide body, we are thinking that it won’t have that much horsepower, but will be a good cruiser instead.

Read the entire article 1967 Chevy Restomod C-10 pickup was restored for 2017 SEMA Show

That there’s bad blood between Mercedes-Benz and BMW doesn’t surprise anyone. The fierce competition between the two brands may have stemmed from the fact that they both have German roots, and have been in the automotive industry for a very long time. Nevertheless, it’s quite unusual for either automaker to bash the other in public.

During the Frankfurt Motor Show, Motoring witnessed Hendrik von Kunheim, BMW Senior Vice President for Asia and South Africa, criticize Mercedes’ new X-Class pickup calling it “appalling”, while being interviewed by the Australian media.

Furthermore, von Kunheim said that he was very disappointed when he saw the pickup at Geneva a couple of months ago, adding that “they can do better”. Though he did say that Mercedes-Benz builds fantastic cars, he said that this particular one was a “disappointment.”

Read the entire article BMW executive describes the Mercedes-Benz X-Class as a disappointment

The Nissan Frontier will officially hit the production line, according to the Japanese automaker. They also confirmed that the mid-size pickup truck will be assembled at the Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant in Mississippi. Despite this confirmation, the automaker did not say when the production will begin, but this is a sign that change is on its way.

Vice President of Manufacturing at the Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant, Steve Marsh, said that their employees in Canton are excited to build the next generation Frontier, considering it to be one of the best pickup trucks in America.

We have not received many details from Nissan with regards to the pickup’s new design. But if we remember correctly, back in 2014, the Frontier Diesel Runner Concept was introduced and it indicates the possibility of a diesel engine in the lineup. If that pushes through, the Frontier will probably be equipped with a Cummins-sourced 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel that can give out as much as 200 horsepower (149 kilowatts) and more than 350 pound-feet (474 Newton-metres) of torque.

Read the entire article Next generation Nissan Frontier will hit the production line in Mississippi

The upcoming 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show will be setting the stage for two of Volkswagen’s most exciting show cars of the year. By next week, VW Amarok will be posing as the Aventura Exclusive Concept perhaps side by side with its special edition double cab, the Amarok Dark Label.

Notably, all variants of Dark Label conform to the Euro 6 emission standards and are fitted with BlueMotion Technology that offers low rolling resistance tires, brake energy recuperation and start stop system for better fuel savings.

Read the entire article VW set to unleash the Amarok Dark Label and Aventura Exclusive Concept at IAA

Ford Ranger is currently Ford’s best-selling pickup in Europe, delivering over 23,000 units since the start of 2017, that is a 12.1 percent increase compared to last year, and marks the best year for the Ranger since it launched. Having said that, the blue oval isn’t ready to come up with its successor just yet even if people have been talking about a next generation Ford Ranger. So instead of doing so, the automaker will reveal a special version they call the “Black Edition” instead. Expect to see this wow audiences at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show this month.

The Black Edition will solely be based on the Limited trim, and it will be featuring an Absolute Black paint, de-chromed, and a blacked-out grille, alloy wheels, bed bars and exterior details to match the look.

Some of the features this limited edition version includes would be a set of gadgets like the satellite navigation and SYNC 3 multimedia system, featuring an eight-inch touchscreen display, front parking sensors and rear view camera and dual-zone electric climate control. The power folding door mirrors are now heated, while it gets a set of seats with leather trim.

Read the entire article Ford will be unveiling a limited-run Ranger Black Edition at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

For those who are into pickup trucks, there’s good news as the new Renault Alaskan can now be yours as they expand to more countries in Europe. It had entered the South American market last year followed by its Colombian debut. The French automaker developed this model as an alternative to the Nissan Navara and the Mercedes-Benz X-Class, and it will be offering the one-ton pickup in Europe.

Under the hood of the Alaskan pickup is a 2.3-liter dCi diesel engine. Customers could either go for the base model with 160 horsepower (119 kilowatts) or the 190 horsepower (141 kilowatts) option. Both engines can be paired with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic. It has a towing capacity of 2,205 pounds (1,000 kilograms) and can haul up to 1,630 pounds (739 kilograms). The pickup is available in three driving modes including a two-wheel drive, a 4LO, or a 4H full AWD.

The functionality and performance of the Renault Alaskan are at par with competitors like the Ford Ranges and the Toyota Hilux, which are both currently out in the European market. Believe it or not, this truck can hit the 0 to 60 mile-per-hour (96 kilometers per hour) speed in only 12 seconds, before it reaches its top speed of 100 miles per hour (160 kilometers per hour).

Read the entire article Renault Alaskan enters the European market

Amid the excitement related to the solar eclipse, Nissan revealed two of its pickups, both in a special edition livery. Instead of waiting for auto shows, Nissan chose to debut its new models in the United States on this auspicious day. The Japanese manufacturer has not introduced new models. Instead, it unveiled a Midnight Edition for the following models: Titan, Titan XD, and the Frontier.

For the Midnight Edition, expect to see a blacked out version of the cars. To be more specific, the Titan model will now get a black front grille, headlight surrounds, foglight trim. And for the Titan XD, it gets additional blacked out fender louvers too. Smaller details like the mirror caps, door handles, badges and step rails also get a darker shadow like shade too. Other than that, they will now have a set of black painted 20-inch wheels to complete the midnight look. If you are not a big fan of all-black cars and would rather see some contrast, you can order the car in a different finish such as Gun Metallic gray and Pearl White.

The Midnight Edition package is not just limited to the car’s exterior. In the cabin, you will find Charcoal black accents together with black floor mats.

Read the entire article Nissan introduces Frontier and Titan Midnight Edition models just in time for solar eclipse

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 made its competition debut at Best in the Desert’s “Vegas to Reno” challenge on weekend. Hall Racing competes in the 550-mile racing on board the Colorado ZR2 in what was dubbed as the longest off-road competition in the US. The race started Friday, August 18th and was expected to be attended by as many as 350 participants.

However, out of the 336 competing teams, only 204 of them managed to complete the grueling course with Hall Racing finishing in first class 7300. Riding at an average speed of 28.6 mph, Chevrolet impresses with the 550-mile off-road course which took Hall Racing team’s Chad Hall and Frank DeAngelo 18:50:16 to run up to the finish line.

The ZR2 comes armed with a number of performance upgrades developed by Chevrolet’s Performance Engineering team and Hall Racing. While Hall’s team took to compete under the stock production class for mid-size trucks and SUVs, the ZR2 has been equipped with a roll cage for safety aside from its racing seats and safety harnesses. Other fitments include off-road lights, a 44-gal. fuel tank, a two-way radio and a GPS.

Read the entire article Hall Racing’s Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 goes to Nevada to the 550-mile Vegas to Reno race

During the North American International Auto Show at Detroit in 2015, Hyundai introduced a concept pickup truck they named the Santa Cruz. This model took home the Concept Truck of the Year recognition later that year from the North American Concept Vehicle Awards. It had grabbed the attention of a lot of people who simply loved it. Though Hyundai was planning to bring it to the production line, they seemed hesitant launching it in the United States.

The Santa Cruz concept was targeted at a younger market with more active lifestyles. These comprise the so called “urban adventurers” who don’t need or want the compromises that come with large trucks.

Two years later, it seems that Hyundai has warmed up to the United States according to Reuters. Having said that, it looks like the company is going to launch a pickup in the US, this statement was confirmed by Michael J. O'Brien, the company's Vice President of Corporate and Product Planning in the US. Though the truck may not exactly be the production model of the Santa Cruz, it will be a very similar to the model. It is not definite when the company will launch the pickup truck as they have not said anything about it yet. However, we do know that updated versions of the Santa Fe SUV will come out within the next two years. The SUV will then be followed by a 2020 model year for the Tucson.

Read the entire article Hyundai will soon add Tucson-based pickup truck to U.S. lineup
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