2019 VW Amarok: Upgrades, Design, Specs

2019 VW Amarok

The VW Amarok is among the best and freshest one-ton pickups on the global market. Recently redesigned in late 2016, the model boasts refined and smooth V-6 turbodiesel engine combined with modern exterior and interior design. The model is also packed with modern tech and convenience features but lacks some of the active safety systems. VW upgraded model’s towing capacity to 3, 5 tons thanks to some structural upgrades for the 2018 model year but there haven’t been other powertrain or equipment changes. Luckily, the price also remains in the same range.

As for the upcoming, the 2019 VW Amarok version, reports suggesting some equipment and lineup upgrades but a new more powerful version is also possible. Additional, up-scale trim option is also reported plus VW might add some of active driver assistance systems.

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2019 Mercedes X-Class Pickup Truck: Changes, Specs

2019 Mercedes X-Class Pickup Truck

The Mercedes X-Class is brand’s push to the lucrative one-ton pickup truck segment and this model debuted in July 2017 as the 2018 model. The model competes with likes of the Ford Ranger, VW Amarok, Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi L200 and sister model Nissan Navara. For the first model year the model offers two diesel options and with upgraded chassis and suspension of the global Navara, the X-Class delivers great ride comfort. The model also boasts strong off-road ability and class-leading technology.

The current X-Class truck uses Nissan’s turbo-diesel four engines but the 2019 Mercedes X-Class Pickup Truck should bring a new X350d version and Mercedes-built V-6 turbodiesel engine combined with the 7-speed automatic transmission. That will be the most notable upgrade for the 2019 version while other changes will be equipment related.

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2019 Ford Super Duty: News, Changes, Specs

2019 Ford Super Duty

In the hardworking, heavy-duty class, Ford has the most up-to-date trucks. Ford’s Super Duty trio, the F-250, F-350 and F-450 came as the all-new models for the 2017 model year with sturdier, hard-tensile steel chassis and lighter aluminum-based body. More capable chassis helped with improved engines provide class-leading performance and towing capability. But the Super Duty Series also comes with latest tech and safety systems combined also with modern interiors and nice exteriors available in diverse options.

For the 2018 model year, Ford added the new Limited trim with the premium interior, unique exterior and top-notch tech and convenience features. The turbodiesel engine is also tuned to deliver 935 lb-ft of torque.

The 2019 Ford Super Duty will the next iteration of the heavy-duty models and big changes are not expected. Bigger upgrades will likely come in late 2019 for the 2020 model year when models should get the heavy-duty version of the 10-speed automatic transmission which should bring better performance and even greater torque.

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2019 Toyota Tacoma: Expectations, Specs, Price

2019 Toyota Tacoma

With the rugged outfit, impressive off-pavement capability, handsome and functional cabin, the Toyota Tacoma still manages to be among the most desirable mid-size trucks in the US. Actually, the Tacoma sales better than rivals including GM’s Colorado/Canyon models, SUV-based Honda Ridgeline, and aging Nissan Frontier.  However, Ford will return the Ranger model to compete in…

2019 Jeep Scrambler: News, Design, Specs, Price

2019 Jeep Scrambler

Jeep recently revealed the new-generation Wrangler which brand claims is the most capable and techier yet. But what Jeep fans are eagerly waiting as well is the Wrangler-based pickup truck. The truck version was expected alongside the new Wrangler and but Jeep delayed model’s debut about a year from now. We know now that production of this model will begin in Nov 2018 and production will take place at the Toledo Assembly Complex. The pickup truck will likely be marketed as the 2019 Jeep Scrambler.

The new Jeep’s truck will be based on the redesigned Wrangler Unlimited and will share similar styling, powertrains, and technology. The truck will likely use two of three Wrangler’s engines and will offer differed top options while will come with four-door cab only.

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2018 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition: Design, Specs, Price

2018 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition

Honda’s Ridgeline brings to the mid-size pickup truck class the SUV-like ride quality, styling cues and interior refinement but still offers truck’s utility and respectable towing capacity. With Pilot SUV-based underpinning and engine, this unique truck delivers class unmatched handling and riding experience but trades those for limited off-road capability and towing capacity compared to other mid-sized trucks.

Recently redesigned Ridgeline also comes in many variations but in the four-door crew cab configuration only. The model will return with some revisions in trim features for the 2018 model year and the 2018 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition will be at the top of the lineup. This version brings uniquely themed exterior and interior combined with the V-6 engine and standard all-wheel drive system.

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2018 Holden Colorado: Changes, Specs, Price

2018 Holden Colorado

In its current form, the Holden Colorado is fun to drive, fuel efficient, practical and capable of towing big loads. Its diesel engine is great performer either in delivering torque or in fuel economy and the Holden Colorado also has nice road manners. On the other hand, it combines rugged exterior with the high-quality interior and modern tech and safety features.

The model was refreshed for the 2017 year and most of the mentioned qualities were on the revision. The suspension and steering system was improved for better ride comfort and responsiveness. More aggressive exterior and much-improved interior are also the effects of the recent refresh as well as the availability of more tech and safety features than ever. In that context, the 2018 Holden Colorado is not expected to bring some radical changes after this much-needed and successful update.

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2018 Ram Rebel TRX: News, Design, Hellcat Engine, Price

2018 Ram Rebel TRX

If the latest reports from the car industry are true, one of Ram’s recent creations, the Ram Rebel TRX Concept might soon reach the production. The automaker used the 2016 State Fair of Texas to present this most powerful half-ton Ram ever which has the supercharged Hellcat engine under the hood combined also with the hardcore look and off-road hardware. If Ram’s plans are in line with the latest reports, the model which should steal some of Raptor’s sales could arrive by the end of this year and probably marketed as the 2018 Ram Rebel TRX.

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2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro: Specs, Equipment, Price

2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro builds on brand’s strong reputation of dependable and durable trucks with an exceptional off-road capability. Toyota returned this hardcore, off-road oriented trim for the 2017 model year while the Tacoma last refresh came for the 2016 model. The 2018 version of this mid-size model won’t change much but like the refreshed Tundra this model will benefit from the standard Toyota’s Safety Sense P-suite of active safety systems. On the other hand, the mechanics and styling of this version won’t also change much.

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2018 Ram Power Wagon is the heavyweight off-raod runner

2018 Ram Power Wagon

The 2018 Ram Power Wagon is engineered to spend most of the time on the challenging terrains and it is equipped for that job well. The Power Wagon starts from the Ram 2500 Crew Cab four-wheel drive version but it specialized as the off-roader and it comes with some pretty robust mechanics which can stand against any kind of terrain. The look of the model also speaks about its extreme off-road capability but you will also get everything you need inside the cabin.

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