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  A pickup truck is a light truck with an open-top rear cargo area. Many pickups have short rigid sides and an opening rear gate, while others have a flat tray back.

After talking about the Challenger line-up at SEMA, we’re now going to the RAM pick-up. First will be the Ram TRXtreme based on the TRX-4 off-road truck.

Mopar Underground design team added 4.5-inches of extra ground clearance using a Mopar lift kit, 20-inch wheels wrapped in knurly BFG 37X12.50’s. The exterior paint is bright yellow and mineral grey two-tone.

The Ram TRXtreme also features larger grille, a Mopar tuned dual exhaust system, a Mopar navigation system, DVD headrests and Mopar leather seats by Katzkin.

At this year’s SEMA Show, Street Scene Equipment will present a customized Ford F150 . The SSE F-150 will feature SSE’s in-house-designed bumper cover, side skirt package, wiper cowl, roll pan, hidden hitch, Cal-Vu mirrors, black chrome grille and lower valance, bed caps, and tailgate wing and handle relocator.

The bad-boy look will be accentuated by Hot Hues Paints, three-piece FS 906 rims, 24X9 inches up front, and 24X10 inches in back.

The interior will feature carbon fiber, headrest video monitors and a "high-end infotainment system" from Audio Innovations.

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November’s SEMA Show will bring the best tuning houses and their latest masterpieces. One of these tuned machines will be the Ford F-150 Striker R, inspired by the Shelby GT500KR . The truck will be powered by a 5.4-liter V8 Ford engine connected to a Kenne Bell Blowzilla supercharger and intercooler, which will deliver an impressive 500 hp. The vehicle will also feature an Optimizer II electronic engine management system as well as a Corsa Cat-Back exhaust system. In order to improve the stability a Bell Tech suspension package was installed and due to the massive amount of hp new 15-inch Big Bite cross-drilled rotors found their place in the stylish pick-up. In order to complete the kit a new set of 22-inch alloy wheels and Scorpion Zero Asimmetrico ultra-high-performance tires were added.

Dodge added a new package for the 2009 Ram 1500. Set to go on sale this month, the Lone Star Edition is priced at $1,500. All 2009 Lone Star Edition Dodge Ram Ram s must also be equipped with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8. This $1,310 option, added to the $1,500 equipment price, brings the total price of the Lone Star package to $2,810. (If the package components were priced individually, the value would be $3,560.)

Dodge Ram 1500 Lone Star Edition

The all-new 2009 Lone Star Edition package includes the new 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 that delivers 390 hp and 407 lb.-ft. of torque mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, chromed 4-inch dual exhaust radiused into the rear bumper, 20-inch painted silver wheels (20-inch chromed wheels are available), chromed grille surround with chromed billets, quad headlamps and fog lamps. In addition, a lighting group includes leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio controls, signal- and puddle-lamp exterior mirrors, interior mirror with auto-dim feature, overhead console, illuminated visor vanity, ash-tray lamp, lighted glove box, and underhood and dome lamps. Topping off the package is unique Lone Star badging on the tailgate.

Press release after the jump.

Toyota will add two new TDR packages for the 2009 Tundra: the new TRD Rock Warrior Package and the Sport Edition Package. Pricing on both packages will be revealed in November.

Toyota Tundra gets two new packages for 2009

TRD Rock Warrior will be available exclusively on the Tundra grade 4x4 Double Cab (standard bed) and CrewMax equipped with the 5.7-liter V8 engine. In addition to its tuned suspension, the Rock Warrior is equipped with Bilstein(R) shocks, TRD 17-inch forged alloy wheels with BF Goodrich(R) All-Terrain T/A tires, color-keyed front bumper and grille surround, matte-black rear bumper, fog lamps, black cloth interior with manual bucket seats, accessory shift knob and pedal covers, and TRD Rock Warrior side panel graphics. The Rock Warrior will come in two exterior colors, Black and Super White.

Toyota Tundra gets two new packages for 2009

TRD Sport Edition will be available on the Tundra grade 4x2 Regular Cab and Double Cab (standard bed) with the 5.7-liter V8. The Sport Edition is equipped with color-keyed front and rear bumpers and grille surround, color-keyed heated outside mirrors, color-keyed door handles, fog lamps, black cloth interior with manual bucket seats, accessory shift knob and pedal covers, accessory 20-inch machined star five-spoke alloy wheels and TRD Sport Edition side panel graphics. The TRD Sport Edition will be available in two exterior colors, Black and Radiant Red.

Ford will add two new packages for the 2009 F-Series Super Duty line of trucks: the Cabela’s FX4 for the outdoor enthusiast and for the first time, the Harley-Davidson F-450 pickup.

Ford Harley-Davidson F-450 and Cabela's FX4

All four Super Duty trim levels, XL, XLT, FX4, and Lariat, come with new standard features. The XL, the no frills workhorse version, now comes standard with air conditioning, Securilock, and manual trailer tow mirrors. The XLT, a step up from the XL, now has power heated trailer tow mirrors, privacy glass, integrated trailer brake controller, remote keyless entry and Securilock as standard features.

The Cabela’s FX4 package features a unique two-tone paint scheme in five colors: Ebony, Oxford White, Forest Green Metallic, Royal Red Metallic and Silver Metallic with Sterling Grey Metallic lower body accents, running boards and wheel lip moldings. Custom mud flaps and unique Cabela’s badging finish off the exterior.

Ford Harley-Davidson F-450 and Cabela's FX4

The Harley-Davidson F-450 features a unique blue-flame paint scheme that starts at the side vents and runs down to the box side of the truck. The flame design scheme is carried through to the interior gauges in the instrument panel. The custom perforated black leather wrapped seats, door panels and center console cover reveal blue leather underneath giving the same blue-flame effect as the exterior. Harley-Davidson badges are present on the fenders and tailgate, along with "Harley-Davidson" script located on the box side.

Volkswagen revealed the first details on the Concept Pick-up, the preview version of the Robust pick-up. Official unveiling will be made at the 62nd IAA Commercial Vehicles Show. Volkswagen will begin production of the new pick-up at its plant in Pacheco, Argentina in 2009.

The double cab concept is modeled on a coastal search-and-rescue and beach patrol application, with a functional blue LED light bar and can’t-miss "SAR" badges on its sides. The five foot cargo box and two-piece tailgate have been modified to store tools, life preservers and a fire extinguisher.

Toyota unveiled the A-BAT Concept in January at the Detroit Auto Show. And shortly after it was rumored the concept will see production. Now it seems that the company is a step closer to producing the audaciously styled A-BAT concept pickup truck: "This is a common next step in evaluating cost parameters on promising concepts, but it does not imply a commitment to it yet," said a senior Toyota executive.

Supplier queries were sent for both a four-cylinder and hybrid-powered version of the truck, said Mike Levine.

Although the platform architecture is still unknown, the A-BAT would be car-based, rather than use a body-on-frame structure.

After yesterday’s announcement on better fuel economy , Ford released pricing on the 2009 F-150 pick-up that will go on sale this October. Prices start from $ 21,320 for the XL version and go up to $44,860 for the Platinum one.

Ford may be finding a tougher sale for large trucks in an economy that is been beaten by high gas prices. Like other truck makers in the industry, Ford hopes to spur sales through offering more options as standard equipment and better fuel economy.

Full pricing after the jump.

The 2009 Ford F150 will go on sale in October with fuel economy that has improved an average of 8% across the entire lineup. Ford says this savings came from using lightweight steel to lighten the truck by about 100 pounds and aerodynamic refinements.

2009 Ford F150 on sale in October, fuel economy improved by 8%

Also new for 2009 is the SFE package ("superior fuel economy") available on F-150 SuperCrew XL and XLT 4X2 vehicles with 4.6-liter, 3-valve V-8 engines and 5.5-foot beds. The SFE pickup will achieve 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. It will be a no-cost option on XLT SuperCrew pickups with the chrome package and will cost $1,095 when ordered on XL SuperCrew pickups with the decor package. So the lesson here is get chrome, get more miles?

Press release after the jump.

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