Infiniti Pickup Truck Concept: Rumors, Design

Infiniti Pickup Truck Concept

Infiniti, the luxury division of the Nissan, has released several concept models recently and they announced the arrival of brand’s updated crossover SUV models. The QX Sport Inspiration Concept was showcased at the 2016 Beijing Show and the QX50 concept followed at 2017 Detroit Show. Then at the 2017 New York Show, the QX80 Monograph Concept previewed the refreshed 2018 Infiniti QX80 while the 2019 Infiniti QX50 is the all-new version of this model based on the QX50 concept.

Now, according to some speculations in the auto industry, Infiniti might soon release a new concept model but this time we are not speaking about another crossover SUV or passenger car concept vehicle yet about the pickup truck. It is true that growth of the new pickup models continues and when Mercedes can launch its luxury pickup why Infiniti wouldn’t. This is the legitim question but still without of the official answer as Infiniti hasn’t commented on the speculations about the Infiniti Pickup Truck Concept. Nevertheless, it would be great to see Infiniti’s idea about the pickup truck but before the brand proof or deny this we must rely on the speculations.

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Toyota Hilux Tonka concept: Design, Engine, Release

Toyota Hilux Tonka concept

Toyota has already proven that all vehicles coming from its factories deserve both attributes dependable and durable. However, there is only one machine which has also earned the reputation of the “unbreakable” truck and that is, of course, Toyota’s Hilux pickup. However, a few days ago, Toyota released a teaser sketch previewing the new concept model which should be unveiled in next couple months. With the new concept model known as the Toyota Hilux Tonka concept, Toyota is bringing the truck version with the extreme style and capabilities.

This model has been imagined by Toyota Australia’s in-house designers. It will present what you get when build the Hilux truck inspired by the Tonka toy. In that context, Mr. Nicolas Hogios, Toyota’s product design chief in Australia, commented that Hilux and Tonka brands were a natural fit. Thanks to that, this upcoming monster machine will be built to celebrate 80 years of Toyota Motors Corporation and the 70th anniversary of Tonka. And as the result, we will get a big toy for the big boys.

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Renault Alaskan Concept: Design, Performance

Renault Alaskan Concept

Many car manufacturer brands have shown their interest for lucrative pickup truck market. Among candidates, the Renault has shown its way of how the pickup model can look with Renault Alaskan Concept. This model features striking design and it is powered with diesel-burning engine. According to its size this model falls in the mid-size class and it comes in form of extended-cab pickup with four conventional doors.

Why is it important?

What is important about this model, it is said to be closely related with production versions which might come in 2017. What is more the production ready model should be based on the new Nissan Navara which is also the case with Mercedes’ upcoming pickup truck.

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2017 Mitsubishi GR-HEV Concept: Specs, Design

2017 Mitsubishi GR-HEV Concept

How the future pickup trucks will look is hard question to answer but 2017 Mitsubishi GR-HEV Concept has already hinted what directions will be priorities. It isn’t hard to guess that most important aspect of the future development is related with green technologies and usage of renewable energy while in same time all capabilities regarding drive range available power and towing have to be satisfied. In this context, this model has been presented with unique hybrid concept that targets mentioned priorities in the way that current state of development allows. The same is with its unique and futuristic styling which can be seen on this model. On the other hand high standards have also been in mind when technology features and safety had been taken into consideration.

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Tesla Pickup Truck: Concept, Rumors

Tesla Pickup

For some time, the rumors have been circulating that Tesla might build the pickup truck in the future. While it was only the matter of speculation, the things have become “more official” when Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk said in January that Tesla Pickup Truck is a logical  thing for the company  in the future. He hasn’t said much more but it was more than enough for some speculations to emerge about how this model might look and what hardware it might use.

Tesla has certainly the big interest for the pickup trucks because of the growing popularity of these vehicles especially in mid-size class. However, this will certainly be much bigger challenge for Tesla’s engineers than to build sedan or crossover. The new vehicle will have to offer competitive towing and hauling capabilities but it will also have to be capable for rough terrains in order to be competitive in this lucrative market. The biggest challenge will probably be to satisfy all mentioned but in same time to provide decent battery mileage. So, this project will probably take some time but let’s see how it might look.

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Chevy El Camino Concept: Expectations, Release

Chevy El Camino Concept

For years, pickup trucks have been very popular and lucrative product in US but growing popularity has also been recognized in other markets outside this country. In the US the largest part of sales comes from the full-size versions but since the return of the Chevy Colorado and closely related GMC Canyon, the mid-size class has started to regain its popularity. On the other hand some research has been done which suggests that there is the large population of the potential buyers which would like more compact pickup truck version.

The more compact model should bring more manageable size for crowded urban areas and parking and will be more fuel-efficient and cheaper than full-size versions but will also be capable to offer larger cargo capabilities than SUVs. In that context many brands have been rumored to be considering new compact pickup versions. Among them, Chevy has been reported to be considering the return of El Camino nameplate in from of the Chevy El Camino Concept pickup truck model. This name was used for coupe utility/pickup vehicle that Chevrolet produced in 60s and until 1987. Now, Chevrolet is rumored to be bringing a new modern interpretation of the compact pickup truck which will feature the best attributes of its trucks and crossovers.

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Ford Ranchero Concept: News, Release date

Ford Ranchero Concept

The popularity of full-size pickup trucks in the US is enormous but many brands have recognized that demand for more compact models is growing. After some mid-size versions returned and they have gained great popularity, more brands considering their small-truck offerings. The main reasons why buyers want downsized truck versions than full-size models are better fuel economy and more maneuverable size for urban ride. Ford is also considering returning small-truck in the US ever since it discontinued Ford Ranger in this market.

However, according to some sources, Ford doesn’t think to return Ranger in US because this model is very close in size as the top-selling F-150, yet it want to design more compact version. So, rumor has that Ford has in mind new Ford Ranchero Concept model which would actually be close in size as this name model that was produced in 60s and 70s. This model was adapted on the station wagon platform and included two-door cab and cargo bed. However, new concept model from the Ford Company is rumored to take new modern approach when it comes to the design, platform and others.

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Chevy Reaper Concept: Rumors, Release date

Chevy Reaper Concept

Big names in auto industry earn their reputation because of many reasons but surely high-performance versions are one of the important pieces in the puzzle. They maybe don’t bring the biggest piece of sales but at least their important task is to attract attention of the buyers. Similar is in the pickup truck industry. From time to time, big names in this niche offer their high-performance machines but in case of the pickup trucks these are high-spec off-road versions. However, there is only a few of this kind in industry.

Of course that Ford is one of them with its second generation Ford Raptor which was introduced recently after a few years of production hiatus. Another similar piece of machinery which can be compared with Ford’s Raptor is Chevy’s Reaper model that is based on the Silverado 1500. It actually was unveiled in 2014, in the moment when Raptor had temporarily gone from the production. This model attracted a lot attention and it was built in joint venture between GM’s Lingenfelter and Southern Comfort Automotive. Like Raptor, this model also includes a hard-core off-road hardware, unique styling and powerful engines. Now, when Ford introduced new Raptor version, some reports claim that Chevy is designing a new Chevy Reaper Concept model. Details about this project are still very limited and unconfirmed but some assumptions have been made.

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2017 Dodge Dakota Concept: Release date, Changes

2017 Dodge Dakota Concept

The pickup truck industry is evolving rapidly and demands are changing. The mid-size class was faced with declining of popularly in the last decade and the most of the sales in the pickup market has been from the full-size models. However, the things have started to change after the introduction of Chevy Silverado and GMC Canyon in the 2015 model year. More compact models have been recognized as good alternative to the full-sizers because of their more-friendly price and better fuel efficiency.

One of the mid-size trucks that was faced with discontinuation in 2011 was Dodge Dakota also known as the Ram Dakota in its last two production years. This truck was present in three generations in its 25 years run. It was the first mid-size pickup model that offered V-8 engine option and it was also the pioneer with the first rack and pinion steering for the work trucks. The production of this model stopped in 2011 but since then it has been reported for the return. Now, according to some reports, the brand is developing new 2017 Dodge Dakota Concept model but details about it are very limited.

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Nissan Titan Warrior: Concept, Specs

Nissan Titan Warrior

Nissan undauntedly continues to prove how it is serious about pickup trucks. Just a few months after its all-new Nissan Titan XD has started to arrive at dealerships, Nissan selected Detroit Auto Show to show its new concept model called Nissan Titan Warrior. This model has rugged appearance and higher riding height which indicate its off-road orientation. Its suspension has been redesigned while engine is nothing new. Inside it looks and feels modern. The model isn’t expected to go in production but officials said that this concept defines the territory where Titan might go in the future years.

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