When it comes to getting things done trucks are second to none. These versatile machines are like big, golden retrievers, dedicated, reliable and part of countless people’s families. For many, life without one of these animals – a dog or a pickup – is unthinkable.
What’s New in Trucks for 2015?
And the biggest news for 2015 is Ford’s all-new F-150. This perennially popular pickup features numerous groundbreaking innovations, the most significant of which is an aluminum body and bed. This advanced material, which the company eagerly trumpets as being “military grade” helps this truck shed some 700 pounds compared to its predecessor. Beyond this Ford is still pushing its EcoBoost strategy of downsized, turbocharged engines. In addition to a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 the 2015 F-150 is also available with an all-new and surprisingly torquey 2.7-liter engine.
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Customers in the market for a smaller truck should be pleased with GM’s latest midsize twins, the revamped Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. On road these pickups are surprisingly refined and almost feel like sports cars compared to some of their larger brethren. The mainline engine is a 3.6-liter V6 that puts out 305 hp, though there is a base four-cylinder unit but it’s probably best left to rental-car companies. Aside from this the most exciting news about these midsize trucks is the availability of a diesel engine, which should be offered in 2015.
Not to be outdone, the folks at Ram introduced a new model that’s designed specifically for off roading. The Power Wagon has rugged good looks to match its mud-slinging capabilities. It rides on gnarly tires, has huge amounts of ground clearance and even comes with a bumper-mounted winch for when things get really hairy.
Likewise, Toyota introduced their Tundra TRD Pro not that long ago. Like the above mentioned Ram it’s designed for off-roading. Accordingly it features interior and exterior styling enchantments, a new suspension setup and a cat-back exhaust that makes its 5.7-liter V8 howl. A TRD-modified version of the Tacoma is also offered.
What’s next in Trucks?
Given that the current model is older than brontosaurus bones an all-new Nissan Titan is on the way. Expected to formally debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, this totally redesigned pickup will offer a 5.0-liter Cummins diesel engine. Unfortunately beyond that not much more is known about this vehicle.
And Ford isn’t done, either. The rumor mill indicates the company is working on or at least considering a hybrid version of the F-150 and perhaps even a model with a small diesel engine. Ford is also supposed to be working on a fuel-saving 10-speed transmission.