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Building the F-150 , America’s best-selling truck for 37 consecutive years and best-selling vehicle for 32 years, is not an easy task, and Ford knows it must raise the bar with each new generation or facelift.

The Blue Oval already did that in 2014 by gifting the 2015 F-150 with an aluminum-alloy body, a benchmark in the truck industry, but lighter sheet alone won’t cut it. The new F-150 needs to remain tough and become more capable, and with the new CAFE regulations just around the corner, more efficient.

The brand-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 might just be enough for the job, but with no official performance and consumption figures in sight, we can only speculate about its capability to take on the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel , the most fuel efficient light-duty, full-size truck you can buy nowadays.

As far as toughness is concerned, Ford invested a lot of effort and money into testing the new truck by putting it through a series of grueling trials. The 2015 F-150 endured both extremely hot and freezing temperatures, got its body and chassis twisted for days, took corrosion baths and had 55-gallon drums dropped into its bed over and over again.

While some of these tests aren’t exactly new, Ford did develop new ways to test its trucks. Among its new torture equipment there’s a special rack that twists and shakes the vehicle seven ways simultaneously, with forces stressing both the frame and the body. And that’s just one of the extreme tests the new F-150 has been subjected to, with nine more available below.

Click past the jump to view the torture tests.

There’s yet another police vehicle hitting the roads this summer – the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 SSV – a modified version of Chevy’s popular full-size truck. Equipped with several cop-centered features, the Silverado SSV will be well suited for Park Rangers, fire departments, and police special service vehicles (hence the SSV nomenclature).

Powering the Silverado is the 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8 making 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. Like the civilian version, the 5.3-liter comes with GM’s three power-making, fuel saving technologies: direct injection, variable valve timing, and Active Fuel Management. All told, the Silverado gets up to 23 mpg highway in two-wheel-drive configurations. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with an auxiliary oil cooler for heavy-duty hauling. Tow/Haul mode and selectable shifting are present too.

To power all the police equipment inside the cab is a 170-amp, high-capacity alternator with a massive 730 cold cranking amp battery. An extra dome light, a 110-volt outlet, and four upfitter switches are added as well. A-Pillar spot lights, wig-wag headlights, and auxiliary wiring for emergency lights in the grille are all available.

Chevy also includes a few features to keep costs down for the government agencies that buy these trucks. First is a common key set that allows one key to operate their entire fleet of Silverados and Tahoe PPV vehicles. No more lost keys or judicious labeling of key sets. GM’s new Duralife brake rotors also keep maintenance costs down over the long haul.

The Silverado SSV is available in two- or four-wheel-drive and come in Crew Cab form with either the 1WT or 1LS trim packages. Tons of aftermarket police equipment is also through third-party venders for outfitting the truck for specialized uses.

Chevy hasn’t release pricing for the Silverado SSV package, but expect costs to be more than the standard Silverado. Currently, a 1WT Crew Cab truck in 2WD costs $34,795 with no options selected.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Silverado 1500.

Ram Trucks has just released the details and photos of its latest and greatest Power Wagon, a refreshed version of the heavy-duty, off-road champ that can handle nearly every strenuous task thrown its way. While the Power Wagon isn’t the only off-road-based truck out there today, it is certainly the only one capable of trudging deep ruts, climbing rocks, and fording 30 inches of water while hauling 1,490 pounds in its bed.

And yes, people actually do that.

While the obvious comparison is with the Ford Raptor, the trucks compete on two different playing fields. Designed as a high-speed desert runner, the Raptor is lighter and more nimble than the Ram while its suspension is designed to absorb jumps and bumps at tremendous speeds. Those Fox racing shocks work very well in those circumstances, but aren’t so great for towing or hauling.

That’s where the Power Wagon picks up. Built on the back of a Ram 2500 Heavy Duty truck, the Power Wagon has the strength of the heavy duty combined with the off-road prowess of a Jeep Wrangler. The fact both the Wrangler and Power Wagon come from the same manufacturer shouldn’t come as a surprise. They actually share some hardware – at least in concept — namely the front axle’s electronic sway bar disconnect. With the push of a button, the massive solid axle is free to twist in full flex, keeping its 33-inch tall tires on the ground no matter how severe the terrain gets.

The list of impressive hardware continues throughout the three-quarter-ton truck as the Ram powers its way through Prius’ nightmares and Raptors’ dreams. Click past the jump for the full run-down.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Ram 2500 Power Wagon.

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The legendary Mercedes-Benz Unimog all-terrain trucks are refreshed for 2013 with a comprehensive makeover inside the cabin, underneath that boxed ladder chassis and outside with a menacing new grille and LED lighting.

The top of the new Unimog lineup in terms of off-road ability is the new U5023 model, which replaces the previous U5000 nameplates. Sharing the nose layout with its shorter sibling, the U4023, these models are the freshest outside with a dramatic new single-wing grille to house the dinner-plate-sized Mercedes star emblem.

This is a unique touch for the U5023, as this design is usually reserved for the sportiest models in the lineup, like the SLS AMG . Regardless, the new design is functional more than stylish, with a new cab and engine mounting position that is farther back in the chassis and other significant changes to go along with this new grille design.

The chassis itself of these off-road models is quite something. With a flexible central spine, the Unimog U5023 is able to articulate its wheels farther than any other production vehicle, and now can even flex the chassis to ensure at least one wheel has traction on the ground.

The other big news for the Unimog line is a vastly improved cabin with better visibility, easier off-road traction settings, a vastly improved driving position with a tilt/telescoping wheel, and a new Euro6-complaint BlueEfficiency turbo diesel engine.

Despite a (limited) top speed of 56 mph in Europe, the Unimog U5023 has some of the most clever and innovative off-road tech designed right into its chassis.

How far ahead of a Jeep is the Unimog? Well it has 664 pound-feet of torque and an eight-speed automatic for forward movement. A six-speed automatic handles reverse, where the Unimog can also hit its 56 mph top speed going backwards. Not something many would attempt in a Jeep .

While the Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6 is a big draw for flashy people, the Unimog will always be the real king of mud, sand, rocks and water.

Click past the jump for the full review of the new 2014 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U5023.

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The Chevrolet Colorado shares the same design and underpinnings with the GMC Canyon. The actual generation Colorado is around since 2004 but the company has announced that it will be completely replaced in 2013.

Chevrolet ’s decision to replace its aged Colorado is a smart one, as the vehicle was a half step behind most of its rivals lacking the safety features, engines and other useful equipments found at pickups like the Toyota Tacoma , Ford Ranger or Nissan Frontier.

The vehicle is available in three body styles including regular cab, extended cab and Crew cab. Chevrolet offers a choice of three engines in the Colorado namely 2.9, 3.7 and 5.3 liter units which develop 185, 242 and 300 hp, respectively.

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The MB100 is an old Mercedes van sold in Asia, South America, Africa and Australia. The van has a long history behind, but despite being pretty popular on the emergent markets it went out of production in 2004.

The vehicle was built in Korea and shared the same design and technologies with the SsangYong Istana. Unfortunately the only Mercedes part found at the van was the badge, so don’t expect to the same level of reliability and refinement that is usually found at any Mercedes vehicle.

The van was a pretty rugged workhorse built with practicality in mind and was available in both commercial and passenger versions.

Power options included two engines namely a 2.3 liter diesel and a 2.2 liter petrol.

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The SsangYong Musso is a double cab pickup based on the Musso SUV. The vehicle was commercialized between 2002 and 2005, and features Mercedes engines and transmissions. The Musso Pickup offered a good compromise between luxury, strength and refinement, but it never received the deserved attention.

Thanks to the use of Mercedes parts, the truck was pretty reliable delivering strong on road performances and being able to deal great with heavy loads too.

The SsangYong Musso Pickup was offered with either 4x2 or 4x4 drive modes and was able to tow a maximum weight of 3500 kg, while payload is rated at 854 kg.

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The ChineseGreat Wall Wingle has entered the worldwide market in 2006. The vehicle was also known as the Steed in Europe and the V-Series in Australia.

The Steed was available in both single and double cab configurations and offered a good mix between comfort, price and practicality.

The exterior design looked like a combination between Isuzu’s D Series and the Volkswagen Magellan Concept.

The vehicle is available with two engines which come with 2.4 and 2.8 liter displacements and are mated on a five speed manual transmission. The Steed 3 can be ordered with either 2WD or 4WD configurations.

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The Holden Rodeo was basically a rebadged version of the Isuzu Rodeo and was sold between 2003 and 2007.

Except for some minor exterior differences the Holden Rodeo looked identical with its Japanese twin. The same platform was also used to build the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado.

The Holden Rodeo was offered in a wide range of versions including single, double and extended cabs, and also two and four wheel drive models.

The truck was fairly practical and coped great with many arduous jobs. Though, the Holden Rodeo had to deal with a pretty strong competition which affected its sales charts.

The vehicle has a minimum payload of 1054 kg with a maximum towing capacity of 2000 kg or 3000 kg, depending on the engine.

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According to some rumors, Jeep is planning its big re-entrance in the pickups segment, with the new model being based on the Gladiator Concept revealed in 2005.

The Gladiator Concept was based on the Wrangler model and was fitted with an innovative mid-gate which helped the driver transport longer weights. The mid-gate concept is not new and it’s borrowed from the Chevrolet Avalanche pickup.

The latest pickup developed by the company (the Comanche ) was sold until 1992 and despite the fact that it was a fairly good product it never managed to attract a large number of buyers.


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