The recent data shows the ever growing number of pickups for personal use and work. People simply love driving these cars on a daily basis and see no other alternatives to satisfy their work needs.
The 2018 year for work trucks will be marked by the arrival to the market of Mercedes Benz X class that will redefine what luxury means for a truck, the new Ford F-150 and Ram Rebel TRX will be competing for the title of the best performance pickup and many other representatives of this class will receive interesting upgrades and redesigns. In this video we have all of the latest information about the pickup newcomers so enjoy this off road ride.
Cars reviewed in this video:
Mercedes X-Class: mercedes-benz.com/en/mercedes-benz/vehicles/passenger-cars/x-class/x-class/
The car will come in three modification X220d, X250d and X350d. All of the major updates were saved for the flagship 350, that will get a strengthened 3.0 Liter V6 turbodiesel with 258 hp and 406 lb-ft or torque, while the lower trims will stick to the less potent Nissan engines. Preliminary driving tests reveal great handling and grip on the track, impressive off-road capabilities and toughness, but the suspension feels somewhat stiff.
Ford F-150: www.ford.com/trucks/f150/2018/
The biggest update is found in the engine bay, which now includes for the first time a diesel that is a 3.0 Liter Power Stroke turbo V-6. The gasoline lineup also receives an improved 3.3 Liter V-6, 2.7 Liter and 3.5 Liter Ecoboosts and naturally aspirated 5.0 Liter V-8. Exact performance specs for the new engines have not been disclosed yet, but Ford keeps using words stronger and better in their press releases. The mighty Raptor is still powered by a twin-turbo 3.5 L EcoBoost generating massive 450 hp and 510 lb-ft or torque. The transmission is represented by an advanced 10 –speed automatic for EcoBoosts that offers 5 driving modes and a 6-speed automatic with three modes for the rest.
Ram 1500 Rebel TRX: www.ramtrucks.com/en/limited-editions/ram-1500/rebel-trx
This is the Ram’s answer to the Ford-150 Raptor and from the looks of it a pretty convincing one. It will be based on the Ram Rebel TRX Concept from 2017 and will bring one of the most powerful engines to the mid-size pick segment which is a supercharged 6.2 Liter Hemi V-8 armed with 575 horsepower and our guess about 550 lb-ft of torque. Moreover, chances are that the production model will have even higher performance characteristics and capabilities to drive at the speed over 100 mph.
Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Desert Racer: media.chevrolet.com/media/us/en/chevrolet/home.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2017/aug/0817-colorado-zr2.html
The 2017 Colorado ZR2 was the perfect platform for the Hall Racing’s modifications that allowed the pickup to participate in the “Vegas to Reno” race in the class of 7300. The truck retained its stock 3.6 L V-6 engine coupled with an 8-speed automatic that makes 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. Theimportant modifications presented by the Hall Racing include a special 44-gallon fuel tank, a special roll cage, racing seats with harnesses, special lighting and a Multimatic DSSV damper technology. The Chevy Colorado managed to finish the longest off road race in the US of 539 miles in just under 19 hours.
GMC Sierra 1500: gmc.com/trucks/sierra-1500-pickup-truck.html
The 2018 price is now $1000 lower starting at $28,705 This pickup comes with multiple powertrain options starting from an EcoTec3 4.3L V6 and ending the lineup with the most powerful engine in the segment of light duty pickups 6.2L V8, that can squeeze out 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft. This power adds up to 12500 pounds towing capacity, letting Sierra challenge the leader of the pack Ford F150.
Chevrolet Silverado 1500: chevrolet.com/trucks/silverado-1500-pickup-truck
Truck’s strength comes from three engine options, the humblest is a 4.3 liter V6 and the mighty one is a 6.2 Liter EcoTec V8 that cages 420 horses capable of pulling along 12,500 lbs. It is worth mentioning that all of these engines have Active Fuel Management labels, meaning that cylinders are tuned for maximum fuel efficiency, but Silverado still cannot improve on the almost class standard 15/21 MPG.
B1 – Bollinger Motors: bollingermotors.com/
B1 carries a four-by-four all electric powertrain designed for both on and off road conditions. It comes in two modifications: a pick-up or an SUV: due to the absence of an engine it can carry long pieces of lumber right in the middle. The battery capacity ensures 200 miles of range and a unique pneumatic suspension raises it up to 20 inches off the ground.
Ram Harvest Edition: www.ramtrucks.com/limited-editions/harvest.html
This special edition offers an elevated by 1 inch ride height, off road tires, black tubular side steps, a fold-out bumper step, skid plates, tow hooks and heated seats. In addition, larger trucks also get a camera that monitors the bed.