Posts from ‘Pickup Trucks’
DETROIT—Ford rolled out a significantly updated version of its best-selling full-size pickup at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The 2018 Ford F-150 gets a new 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V6 engine, a new 3.3-liter V6 base engine, expanded availability of the 10-speed automatic transmission that debuted for 2017, an available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and available Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection.
It’s not often that we get a true limited-edition vehicle through our test fleet here at Consumer Guide HQ, but we had one recently. Just after Christmas, we took delivery of a 2016 Ram Rebel 1500 4×4 Mopar ’16 Edition…one of only 500 built. We’ll have a test-drive report in the near future, but for now here is a gallery of some of the vehicle’s options and features.
By Don Sikora II
Note: The following story was excerpted from the August 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.
Introduced for 1983, the Ford Ranger compact pickup’s first major redesign didn’t come until 1993. The previous truck’s simple, straight lines were replaced with smooth, subtle curves, but overall the Ranger still resembled a smaller-scale F-150. Then Ford added more style later in the ’93 model year with the addition of the Ranger Splash.
Class: Compact Pickup
Miles Driven: 243
Fuel Used: 12.0 gallons
LOS ANGELES–Chevrolet is taking its midsize pickup truck off the pavement for 2017. Targeted at serious off-road enthusiasts, the Colorado ZR2 model features a number of equipment upgrades designed to improve the pickup’s climbing and rock-crawling ability.
Fact: Chevrolet has produced three generations of hybrid pickup trucks.
Fact: The most recent Silverado Hybrid is, by far, the most compelling example.
Bummer: Unless you live in California, you can’t buy a new hybrid Silverado.
Class: Large Pickup Truck
Miles Driven: 210
Fuel Used: 16.5 gallons
The folks in Hollywood know a good thing when they see it; that’s why there’s a sequel or follow-up to virtually every blockbuster movie or TV show. Like so many things in life however, not all spin-offs meet with success.
Mercedes-Benz revealed concept illustrations today of its X-Class midsize pickup, which is scheduled to go on sale in select markets next year.
While car sales haven’t exactly set the world on fire under the Fiat-Chrysler partnership, truck (and Jeep) sales have been going great guns. So it’s not particularly surprising that Ram has made only minor changes for 2017, which perhaps is for the best. Notable, however, is a new 2500 that wears graphics that recall those from one of its earlier – and rather famous — Dodge siblings.