Top 10 Pickup Truck Innovations

Top 10 Pickup Truck Innovations

5. New engine tech

While turbocharging is nothing new, sticking a turbocharged V6 in a light duty pickup truck was a big step for the industry, taken by Ford. The EcoBoost V6 proved once and for all that it is possible to get V8-like power numbers out of a six shooter.

Not only did this twin-turbo motor cause a stir in the industry, Ford says that almost half of new F-150s are sold with the turbo V6 unit. Power output is rated at 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque while fuel economy for the engine is pegged at 16 mpg city, 22 mpg highway.

Ram is also taking a step into uncharted territory, offering a 3.0-liter diesel engine under the hood of 1500 for the first time in almost 20 years in the segment. The diesel unit makes 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, matching the EcoBoosts torque number, but will almost certainly beat it out in mpgs.

Chevy hasn’t taken any radical steps, instead introducing variable valve timing, direct injection, and cylinder deactivation to its newest Silverado.

Engine technology is the key to delivering truck buyers the torque they want, and the fuel economy they crave, and the segment has to constantly evolve and innovate to deliver.

  • Soyntgo4it

    Air suspension what a joke. Worst idea ever!

  • BulkZerker

    Guess you never put anything in the bed… or on a flatbed.

  • In2Trux

    You see Air Ride suspensions in the sweetest Hot Rods and in the most luxurious cars. Why don’t you like yours?

  • BigPaul

    I Air ride on the back of my ride only. It’s a hybrid system I dreamed up on my own using a four link and a watts linkage. I use four bags and they are staged to provide unparalleled carrying capacity and a very smooth ride. The quad bag system works with the ZO8 sway bar the Dime came with. The four link is reversed and the shocks are where they should be because of the reverse four link. A ride height sensor keeps the bumper at the same height no mater the load. The Currie nine inch carries one ton with ease. I loaded an old Detroit Series 92 V6 diesel in the back tied it down and drove away with about six co-workers scratching their heads trying to figure out how. I can park my truck in places my buddies with their One Ton Duallies cannot and they are blown away when I hitch my 12 foot trailer on the back, with the bed full of camping gear and drive to the camp grounds, pulling the hills faster and easier than they can. The LQ4 makes that happen. Air Ride rocks, all you have to do is think it through to the ultimate use, YOU wish to use it for. All this and 28 Miles to the gallon when commuting. Getting rid of that damned V6 was the best thing I have ever done.

  • Bilbo

    If OEMs didn’t jack up the bed height trucks wouldn’t need a step.

  • nitebell

    Nice job Ford, backup cameras have been around for a long time, too bad you mounted a fragile camera in the tailgate that gets slammed constantly, Oh I get it, you’ll charge $1,500 dollars to replace it one month after the warranty ends.