Great Wall is a less known Chinese automotive company, which recently has started to sell vehicles in Europe too. The Steed was the first Chinese vehicle launched on the UK market and it’s basically a four door double cab pick-up priced pretty competitively at $22.000.
Offered only in two wheel drive configuration, Great Wall Steed is equipped with a 2.0 liter engine which comes with a variable geometry turbocharger. The engine churns out 143 hp and it is married to a six speed manual gearbox.
The truck has a gross vehicle weight of 2,885kg with a maximum payload of 1,095kg. When properly equipped, the Great Wall Steed can tow up to 2,000kg.
Service intervals are set at 10,000 miles, and the vehicle is covered by a three-year/60,000 mile mechanical warranty.
After it was brought by Renault, Dacia’s destiny has finally started to have a bright future. The first model launched under Renault’s ownership was the Logan.
With a small price tag and cheap costs of ownership, Dacia’s new budget car is sold in good numbers on the emergent markets. After seeing how surprisingly successful was the Logan sedan, Renault decided to extended the range and also came with an MPV, a Van and even a Pick-up version of its model.
The Dacia Logan Pick-up was launched in 2008 and was basically a Logan sedan with the rear end chopped off. The Logan Pick-up has a maximum payload capacity of 800 kg and its engines lineup includes two diesels and one petrol unit.
The Jeep Comanche was based on the Cherokee model and was sold between 1985 and 1992. The pickup truck was legendary for its sharp off road skills and for its bullet proof reliability.
The Comanche was available with both two wheel drive and four wheel drive configurations and came with two bed lengths measuring six-feet and seven-feet. At its time, the Comanche was the cheapest Jeep in the company’s lineup.
The vehicle was launched with a choice of three engines including the AMC 150 2.5 L, 150 CID I4, General Motors’s LR2 2.8 L V6 and the Renault 2.1 L I4 turbo diesel.
The Subaru Baja was sold in only one generation being available between 2002 and 2006. The idea behind the Baja, was to develop a vehicle which came with an all wheel drive, four passenger carrying capability and an open bed at the back. Basically Subaru wanted to create a vehicle that combines the handling and comfort of a conventional passenger car with the practicality of a pickup truck, a concept that can be also found at many American small pickups.
The Subaru Baja had a unibody design and shared many common elements with the Legacy and Outback models.
The Subaru Baja was available only with a double cab configuration and was powered by a 2.4 liter flat-4 engine.
The Mark LT is Lincoln’s second attempt to design a luxurious pickup after failing with the Blackwood model that was sold for only one year. Lincoln’s first luxury pickup was highly criticized for its lack of practicality and the not-so-luxurious cabin. However the company didn’t give up and decided to try it’s luck once more with the Mark LT.
The new luxury pickup was launched in 2006 and features a smarter style mixed with a longer load bed and a modern looking cab. The vehicle is based on the four door version of the Ford F-150 pickup and it’s powered by Ford’s 5.8 liter Triton V8.
Any usual pickup buyer is interested about tow ratings, cargo capacity or price/value ratio. Though, there are some people who don’t give a damn about these figures and are ready to pay a huge amount of money for something that doesn’t offer four-wheel drive, comes with a half long bed, and drinks oil like the Drunken Master.
This is exactly the case for Lincoln’s Blackwood luxury pickup launched on the market in 2002.
The Lincoln Blackwood is based on the Navigator SUV and has a double cab configuration. Under the hood there was a strong 300 hp V8 unit and the starting price was set at not less than $52.000.
The Lincoln Blackwood was sold in a pretty limited edition with only 10.000 units being built and its direct competitor was the Cadillac Escalade EXT.
The first generation Escalade EXT was launched in 2002 and shared the same underpinnings with the Chevrolet Avalanche.
The second generation came in 2007 and continued to share many common elements with the Avalanche, both of them being built on the new GMT900 platform. To remain in front of the pack, the vehicle has also received a series of cosmetic and technological adjustments.
The second generation Cadillac Escalade EXT is fitted with a stronger V8 engine which develops 403 hp and an upgraded rear suspension. The base price for the EXT is $54.210.
The Cadillac Escalade EXT is based on the luxurious Escalade SUV introduced by GM in 1999. Similarly with the Ford Sport Trac and Chevrolet Avalanche, the Escalade EXT is a hybrid vehicle resulted from the combination of a SUV with a full sized pickup truck.
The truck shares many common elements with the Chevrolet Avalanche and has even the same innovative “Midgate” (separating the passenger area from the cargo bed) which made its sibling famous.
The vehicle is offered only with a double cab configuration and it’s fitted with a wide range of luxurious features that can’t be found at many pickup trucks from the market.
The Escalade EXT features a guzzling 345-horsepower V8 engine combined with a full-time all-wheel-drive system.
The Mitsubishi Mighty Max was sold in the United States between 1986 and 1996, being one of the first models brought from Japan.
The vehicle had a pretty strong build quality and was especially appreciated for its reliability and the simple mechanics.
The Mitsubishi Mighty Max was available with either two wheel drive or four wheel drive configuration and was fitted with a 2.4 liter 4 cylinder engine which develops a maximum output of 116 hp.
The truck was discontinued in 1996, when it was replaced by the new Mitsubishi Raider that was based on the Chevrolet Dakota.
Build on an extended platform of the Explorer SUV, the Ford Explorer Sport Trac offered a perfect compromise between the dynamic performances of a genuine SUV and the utilitarian character of a full sized pickup truck.
Though, despite the innovative idea behind the concept, the Explorer Sport Trac never managed to maintain the market’s interest alive and had a pretty short life span, being sold between 2001 and 2010.
Ford tried to spice things up a little and gave the vehicle a small facelift in 2007, but it wasn’t enough to change the sad faith of its Explorer Sport Trac.
The 2007 facelift added a few exterior changes, some interior upgrades and also a new V8 engine together with a few tweaks for the old V6 unit.