2019 GMC Sierra MultiPro Tailgate V.S. 2019 Ram Multifunction Tailgate
It’s the dawn of a new age for pickup trucks these days as the RAM 1500 and the GMC Sierra square of in a battle of wits involving their respective…tailgates. Unlike in the past where pickups are usually compared by the amount of power they produce or the amount of weight they can carry or tow, we’re entering a new frontier where the term “trick tailgate” is about to become one of the most important elements of a pickup, if it isn’t there already. GMC was the first to showcase its six-function MultiPro tailgate in 2018 on the Sierra truck. It took some time, but RAM has responded with its own trick tailgate, known as the MultiFunction tailgate, at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. So, now that we’ve seen both tailgates and tinkered with them on separate occasions, which of these two is better? For that, we look at the Tale of the Trick Tailgates.
The New 7.3-Liter V-8 Gasser In the 2020 Ford Super Duty Is a Combination of Old School and New School
Boosted, small-displacement engines are all the rage these days, but Ford is breaking the mold by offering up a brand-new, naturally aspirated, 7.3-liter V-8 with the 2020 Super Duty. Built from the ground up and revealed for the first time at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, the 7.3-liter gasser was designed specifically to meet the demands of Super Duty customers, rather than as an evolution of a pre-existing platform. A lot of it is old-school in its approach, with huge displacement, pushrods, and an iron block, but interestingly, Ford managed to massage in a number of forward-looking details as well. Read on for the lowdown on the latest gasser from the Blue Oval.
2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD
The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD made its debut at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show as part of the third-generation lineage of Silverado-badged trucks. It follows in the footsteps of the Silverado 1500 revealed in 2018 in terms of technology and interior design, but features a unique exterior and enhanced capability. Both 2500 and 3500 versions are offered on the platform described as "the strongest, most capable ever."
Although it unveiled the HD’s design in late 2018, Chevrolet kept most of the important details in the vault. Now that it made its public debut, we know that it will be sold with a two-engine lineup and a new transmission. It’s also available in five trim levels, one of which is new, and 22 cab, bed, chassis, and driveline configurations. As of this writing, the Silverado HD offers best-in-class towing capability, but the upcoming Ford Super Duty, also set to break cover in Chicago, might take over with a better rating. We’ll be back with an update as soon as we know.
How Ford Crashed Chevy’s Heavy Duty Truck Party in Chicago
Following a preview in December 2018, Chevrolet introduced the all-new Silverado HD truck at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show,bragging about its new gasoline engine, 10-speed transmission for the diesel mill, and segment-leading towing capability. But Ford joined in with a revised version of the F-Series Super Duty and crashed GM’s party.
2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition Combines Off-Roading Prowess and Exclusive Luxury In Chicago
The 2019 Chicago Auto is now in full swing, and the McCormick Place convention center is absolutely overflowing with new trucks, crossovers, and SUVs. Many of the models on the show floor offer some claim to off-road utility, but few can match the Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition, which mates a long history of conquering trails with a variety of unique cosmetic updates.
Is RAM About to One-Up GMC’s MultiPro Tailgate With Something Even Better at the Chicago Auto Show?
RAM and GMC have been engaged in friendly bantering over the Twittersphere in the last couple of days, in part due to the latter’s new six-function MultiPro tailgate that’s available on the GMC Sierra. Well, as with Twitter beef goes, RAM is preparing its response to the MultiPro tailgate with the promise of a big reveal on February 7, 2019. What’s so special about that day? It’s the first media day of the 2019 Chicago Auto Show where RAM is expected to unveil its own state-of-the-art, too-clever-for-your-own-good tailgate technology. The full details of RAM’s “new” tailgate are still unclear, but the automaker is confident that it can upstage GMC’s new trick tailgate in front of the entire automotive world. Battle lines are drawn as we wait for RAM’s salvo in two days.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Turns On The Waterworks With New - And Emotional - Super Bowl LIII Ads
A few days after rolling out its first batch of Super Bowl LIII-bound commercials, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is doubling down on the ad campaign with three new commercials for its Jeep and RAM brands. There are two commercials for RAM, one of which looks like it has a tie in with the Los Angeles-based football team that’s playing in the game that also shares the “Ram” name with the FCA-owned automaker. The other two commercials, one for Jeep and the other for RAM, carry a much more serious and emotional tone, highlighting both this great country and the important roles we play in shaping our children to be better than all of us. FCA hasn’t announced at which point in the game these three ads will be shown. Rest assured, though, you’re going to want to see all of them.
Hyundai’s Super Bowl LIII Commercial “The Elevator” Features Jason Bateman
Hyundai is using its Super Bowl LIII commercial to promote its Shopper Assurance program for buyers, and it even tagged actor, director, and comedian, Jason Bateman, along for the ride. Given Bateman’s presence, the commercial is light with its tone with splashes of humor sprinkled in to get the audience’s attention. In the end, Hyundai isn’t promoting a specific model in its ad, though it did include a cameo from the Hyundai Palisade, the company’s all-new big boy SUV. The commercial is all about promoting Hyundai’s Shopper Assurance and, while it didn’t exactly drive home the point of what the program is all about, the ad succeeded in showcasing that it’s available for customers who need it. The 60-second spot will run at some point in the first quarter of the Super Bowl.
2020 GMC Sierra HD AT4
When we used to talk about pickup trucks a decade ago, the general notion was a barebone truck that only knows how to lift weights. It was also taken for granted that, since they are tough vehicles, even off-roading would be easy. But, like we all know, a pickup truck is not automatically qualified to explore untraveled or non-existent roads. Fast forward to 2019, and GMC has launched a truck called the GMC Sierra HD AT4 that is muscular, can travel off-road without showing its ’jungli-ness’, and has an interior that can put well-loaded sedans and SUVs to shame. We finally have a heavy duty version of the Sierra AT4, so let’s check it out, shall we?
2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition
Toyota simply loves to celebrate important dates with heritage editions of its cars. Especially ones involving the almighty Land Cruiser (per my humble opinion the best vehicle on Earth, like ever). Revealed ahead of the official live debut at the Chicago Motor Show next month, the Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition celebrates 60+ years of the Land Cruiser in the US. Although the Land Cruiser 200 is a decade old, it is still very much at the pinnacle of luxurious world of off-roaders. The Heritage Edition did gain a few interesting differentiating touches, but in essence, it is still very much the same body-on-frame truck with a two-speed transfer case and selectable low gear that it was a decade ago.
During its ten year tenure on the market, Toyota celebrated a number of anniversaries and important dates with the Land Cruiser 200. In 2013, Toyota said that the “Land Cruiser is the Luxurious Descendant of A Proud 50-Year Off-Road Heritage” In 2014 Toyota said that the “Land Cruiser Luxury SUV Doesn’t Look A Day Over 50” In 2016 Toyota mentioned that the “Land Cruiser Celebrates 60th Year in America with Ultimate Capability and Luxury” And, finally, in 2019 - “Land Cruiser Heritage Edition Celebrates 60+ Years as SUV Icon”
2020 GMC Sierra HD
GMC trucks are like the school students who don’t top the class, but they don’t fail either. They are never in the spotlight for good or bad reasons, with the exception of when the Sierra debuted with that new MultiPro tailgate. The GMC Sierra HD has been living in the shadow of its competition, the Silverado HD, and despite having a lot of things in common, it has never been able to trump the Chevy. However, it looks like the Sierra is trying to break those shackles with the 2020 model. The Sierra HD looks to have gotten rid of its flaws, and this time, it promises to be a well-packaged truck that can prove to be a serious threat to the competition.
GMC didn’t take long to respond to the 2019 Ram HD, and it did so with this gem – the 2020 GMC Sierra HD. GMC Bills this oversized beauty as the most capable truck to ever wear a GMC badge, and we’re impressed. It features a pro-grade trailering system that includes 15 different camera views (maybe you can trust your wife to back up the trailer?), and there’s a new smart feature that will allow you to remotely test the trailers electric and light system with ease. This monster is powered by a 6.6-liter Duramax that’s good for 445 horsepower and a gut-churning 910 pound-feet of torque, all of which is channeled through a new Allison, 10-speed automatic transmission. Put all of that together into one package, and you have a truck that GMC claims can tow “well in excess” of 30,000 pounds. With all of this in mind, and the downright menacing look of the new HD kid on the block, we’ve decided to feature it as our wallpaper of the day. You can download our favorite or choose some from the gallery below.
2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon
With more than seven decades of history to draw on, the Ram Power Wagon is well established as a big, badass, burly mother trucker of an off-roader. Originally based on Dodge’s 3/4-ton military service vehicles from World War II, the modern Power Wagon is far more luxury-laden and tech-heavy than its predecessors, but it keeps the same endlessly capable undercurrent as before with a host of off-road ready gear.
2019 Volkswagen Amarok by Arctic Trucks
Remember the name ‘Arctic Trucks’? They are the same folks whose claim-to-fame was when Jeremy Clarkson and James May drove a customized Toyota Hilux at the North Pole. This company is back in news and this time for working on the Volkswagen Amarok pickup truck. Arctic Trucks calls is the ‘Icelandic-spec’ version of the VW Amarok.
2020 Kia Telluride finally shows its production form in Detroit
Kia has finally pulled the wraps off the production version if its Telluride SUV at the 2019 Detroit auto show after having previously teased it on a number of occasions. First came the concept (to which the series model ended up bearing no resemblance), then the trio of modified versions Kia decided to show off last year at SEMA.
The Jeep Gladiator Herculean Could Scratch That High-Performance, Off-Road Itch
The Jeep Gladiator only made its debut last November, and, figuratively speaking, at least, it’s already churning the rumor mill like a pro. Word has it that a high-performance version of the Gladiator is already being drawn up, and it’s carrying the name of a Greek god and hero that all of us are very familiar with. The high-performance Gladiator is tipped to carry the name “Hercules,” a nod to the mighty Olympian sired by no less than Zeus himself. Though we’re short an official confirmation from Jeep, the Gladiator Hercules would be a fitting name for a brawnier version of Jeep’s all-new pickup.