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2018 Jeep Gladiator

2018 Jeep Gladiator

Our Predictions for the Wrangler-based pickup

The Jeep Gladiator is the company’s upcoming pickup truck based on the latest-generation Wrangler. The first Jeep-badged truck in almost three decades, the Gladiator will make its public debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. A recent leak confirmed the Gladiator name too, following rumors that it might be called the Scrambler.

The Gladiator has been confirmed for some time now, but Jeep has been quiet on the details until recently. Between spy shots and insider information, we knew the pickup will have the upcoming 2018 Wrangler JL’s frame, front styling, cab, interior, and powertrains. Fortunately, the truck leaked ahead of time and now we have both photos and some information about it. Check it out in our speculative review below.

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PaxPower Ford F-150 Raptor V-8 and Ford F-150 Raptor EcoBoost Comparison

PaxPower Ford F-150 Raptor V-8 and Ford F-150 Raptor EcoBoost Comparison

Ford F-150 Raptor vs Ford F-150 Raptor (with 300 reasons more)

With Ford introducing the EcoBoost F-150 Raptor, we witnessed the end of an era. The end of the V-8 Raptor era. Some, however, weren’t exactly thrilled with it. At all. People wanted the Raptor V-8. Luckily, thanks to PaxPower, they’ve got it. The Houston-based company took the Ford F-150 V-8, slapped a supercharger to it, installed all OEM 2019 F-150 Raptor parts on it, and called it a deal. It is now up to me to compare the two, although, it seems that PaxPower did not leave me a lot to compare here. The PaxPower Raptor has all the bells and whistles as the real thing - only with far more power and better performance.

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2018 Volkswagen Tarok Concept

2018 Volkswagen Tarok Concept

VW’s new shot at the pickup segment

Volkswagen wants to start selling a pickup smaller than the Amarok which it plans to call Tarok and which is previewed by this very close to production concept it revealed at 2018 Sao Paulo International Motor Show in Brazil.

The vehicle revealed in Sao Paulo is nearly identical to the production model it previews, and we really expect VW to only operate major changes to the front fascia in its transition from study to series production.

Judging by the fact that its interior is identical to that of the VW Tharu, a China-only SUV related to the Skoda Karoq and Seat Ateca, it’s pretty clear the project is already in the advanced stages of development - there is nothing even remotely concept car-like about the way it looks inside.

The plan is to reportedly just sell it in Brazil, where it would sit below the Amarok in the company’s pickup hierarchy. On the local market, it’d rival models from Fiat and Renault; no plans have been announced to sell it outside Brazil yet, but it seems unlikely VW won’t try to push it in other markets as well.

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Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison vs Ford F-150 Raptor

Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison vs Ford F-150 Raptor

Two titans face off for off-roader supremacy!

There are few things in this world as resolutely badass as a hugely capable off-roader pickup truck. These are the machines you want with you when there’s a forest, mountain, or desert between you and your destination. With a go-anywhere attitude and the right stuff to walk the walk, the street-legal off-roader used to be something cobbled together in a shed. Now, you can get one direct from the factory, be it the Colorado ZR2 Bison from Chevrolet, or the F-150 Raptor from Ford.

These purpose-built, highly specialized variants offer tons of good stuff for those who prefer the trail to the street. For example, the Bison was created in collaboration with American Expedition Vehicles (AEV), an aftermarket off-roader company that knows exactly what’s needed when the going gets rough. Then there’s the F-150 Raptor, which Ford developed into a full-blown Baja racer with a license plate. But how do these two stack up against one another? Read on to find out.

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2018 Ford F-150 Heritage Edition by Hennessey

2018 Ford F-150 Heritage Edition by Hennessey

You don’t want to mess around with this F-150 Raptor

More than two months after unveiling the Ford Mustang Heritage Edition, Hennessey is back at it with another special tuning program, this time for the Ford F-150 Raptor. Filed under the same “Heritage Edition” name, the F-150 Raptor gets a steady dose of upgrades, covering aesthetic, mechanical, and performance upgrades. Hennessey ties a bow on its mad creation with an engine upgrade that jacks up the V-8 engine’s output to 758 horsepower.

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2018 Isuzu DMAX Arctic Trucks AT35

2018 Isuzu DMAX Arctic Trucks AT35

It’s truly off-road capable.

Isuzu sells the rugged D-Max pickup in a wide range of body styles and four different applications, but the version that sits at the top of the range is the most impressive, and it’s called Arctic Trucks AT35. It’s built in collaboration with renowned off-road specialist Arctic Trucks from Iceland.

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2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison

2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison

You’re not going to want to mess with this pickup once it has you in its sights

Chevrolet and American Expedition Vehicles have teamed up to create a new no-frills, punch-you-in-your-mouth special-edition model based on the Colorado ZR2. Fittingly, the model goes by the name “Bison.” The upgrades to the burly Colorado are mechanical by nature, though it does have a sprinkling of vanity additions as well. The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison goes on sale in January 2019.

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2019 GMC Sierra Denali

2019 GMC Sierra Denali

The ultima luxury truck?

Just like its predecessor, the Sierra Denali sits at the top of the GMC Sierra lineup, itself a more upscale version of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The fourth-generation pickup truck broke cover in March 2018, a few months after Chevrolet debuted the new-generation Silverado it is based on.

At the forefront of the premium pickup market since 1999, the GMC Sierra Denali steps into a new generation with redesigned everything. Larger and bolder, the truck benefits from new state-of-the-art technology, and a new transmission. It also boasts many industry-first features, including a carbon-fiber box, a multi-function tailgate, and a rear-view camera. Power continues to come from the familiar 5.3- and 6.2-liter V-8s, despite the fact that GMC just introduced a diesel V-6 option for the regular Sierra.

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Reasons Why You Should Not Be Disappointed By Diesel Ford Ranger Raptor

Reasons Why You Should Not Be Disappointed By Diesel Ford Ranger Raptor

Ford Ranger Raptor Is Cool, Well Executed Off Roaded

One thing is for certain. The new Ford Ranger Raptor is cool, capable, and off-road ready right from the production line, and it’s definitely an interesting proposition even for big-truck-loving Americans.

Sizewise, it is a truck similar to the Colorado ZR. “Characterwise,” it is a dune-fighting fun machine designed for the most intense off-roading tasks. While we in the U.S. are still waiting for Ford to confirm that the Ranger Raptor will come, the rest of the world is basking in the greatness of the potent truck. The thing is that the Ranger Raptor for the rest of the world is actually powered by a small diesel engine - not something that’s very popular here, is it?

While I am among those who believe the Ranger Raptor in the U.S. will get a 2.3-liter EcoBoost, I have to tell you a number of reasons why you should not be disappointed even if we end up with the diesel Ranger Raptor.

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5 Trucks To Consider for Hauling Heavy Loads

5 Trucks To Consider for Hauling Heavy Loads

You’d want these trucks on your side when you need to do heavy lifting

We often get blinded by the horsepower wars among sports cars and supercars that a lot of us don’t pay enough attention to the pickup truck battlefield where horsepower isn’t as important as torque and towing capacity. These heavy haulers may not have the kind of power that Ferraris and Ford Mustangs have, but when it comes to pulling weight on top of its own, the competition is as cutthroat as it is the performance segments. Whether its towing capacity, max payloads, or just all-around usefulness and reliability, these five pickup trucks are the best options to get to where you need to go if you’re hauling some heavy weight

Updated0 7-11-2018: This article was updated to reflect an improper torque rating given for the Ram 3500 with the 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engine The torque rating has been revised from 900 pound-feet to 930 pound-feet, which is accurate for the 2019 model year.

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2019 Chevrolet Silverado

2019 Chevrolet Silverado

More technology, less weight, and a new turbodiesel

Chevrolet has pulled the covers off its all-new, 2019 Silverado 1500 half-ton pickup truck. While Chevy teased the truck back in December at the Texas Motor Speedway at Chevy’s centennial celebration, the full details only became available at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. Chevy also made sure everyone knew the 2018 Detroit show marked 100 years since the brand launched its first pickup.

The 2019 Silverado is completely new and shares almost zero parts from the outgoing truck. Even the 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8s are revised for increased efficiency. The truck’s fully boxed frame is now 88 pounds lighter but has 10 percent more torsional rigidity, and the truck’s overall weight has dropped 450 pounds when comparing crew cab V-8 models from 2018 and 2019. Chevy did this by using aluminum. Yes, after years of dogging Ford for building its trucks from recycled beer cans, Chevy has made the switch, too. But not every body panel made the transition – only the parts that swing, which includes the hood, doors, and tailgate. The rest is steel. This includes the bed floor, which Chevy says is made from higher-strength, roll-formed steel than before.

Of course, the interior has been completely revamped, too. You’ll find those details, along with so much more, down below.

Updated 06/29/2018: Chevrolet announced prices for the 2019 Silverado. Check out the "Prices" section for the full details.

Continue reading for more on the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado.

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Ford's New 7.3-Liter V-8 May Go Old-School with Pushrod Valve Actuation

Ford’s New 7.3-Liter V-8 May Go Old-School with Pushrod Valve Actuation

Overhead cams could be a thing of the past for Ford heavy duty trucks

It’s no secret that ford needs to replace its 6.8-liter, Triton, V-10 that’s currently found in heavy-duty trucks. It was originally expected to be replaced by a 7.0-liter V-8, but a reliable source to someone at SVT Performance has opened the door to speculation that we could eventually see a 7.3-liter V-8 that rocks out a cast-iron block and pushrod valve actuation. That’s right, a step backward from the OHC setup automakers have been using a lot lately.

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The GMC Sierra AT4 is Here to Put the Hurt on the Ford F-150 Raptor, Ram Power Wagon, and the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

The GMC Sierra AT4 is Here to Put the Hurt on the Ford F-150 Raptor, Ram Power Wagon, and the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

Is it the Raptor fighter General Motors needs?

The latest GMC Sierra is one mean-looking truck, and it puts the Ford F-150 to shame in many departments. For starters, it looks really cool thanks to that massive front grille, the tall headlamps, and the no-nonsense bumper. It also comes with a lot of premium features in Denali trim. Last but not least, it’s available with a carbon-fiber bed, the first such feature to be offered on a production truck. Say what you will, but it definitely beats the F-150’s aluminum construction. But GMC didn’t stop there and just took things up a notch with the Sierra AT4. Unveiled ahead of the 2018 New York Auto Show, the AT4 is a slightly more off-road capable, yet fancier version of the regular Sierra 1500.

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2019 GMC Sierra

2019 GMC Sierra

A next-gen truck with innovative features and a new diesel powerplant

General Motors first launched the GMC Sierra back in 1998, following it up with the upscale Denali trim level a few years later. Now, the latest 2019 model year is bringing with it a generational changeover, debuting in a live event in Detroit and broadcast on the Internet. Previewed in the range-topping Denali and SLT trim levels, the latest Sierra gets a variety of cool new features and technologies, including improved utility for the light-duty half-ton with a MultiPro tailgate and carbon fiber bed, plus new styling to help it stand out a bit more from its mechanically identical cousin, the Chevrolet Silverado.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 GMC Sierra.

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GMC Debuts The 2019 Sierra, Goes Upscale And High-Tech

GMC Debuts The 2019 Sierra, Goes Upscale And High-Tech

The next-gen workhorse takes a big step forward

We just got the rundown on the new GMC Sierra, courtesy of a live-streamed debut event showing off the core SLT trim level and premium Denali trim level. Upgrades include new gear for towing, hauling, safety, and convenience, plus there’s a new diesel engine option as well. Read on for all the details.

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