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2020 Ford Ranger Prorunner By APG

2020 Ford Ranger Prorunner By APG

A pretty good alternative to the yet-to-arrive Ford Ranger Raptor here in the States

Ford is denying us the pleasure of owning a Ranger Raptor in the U.S., but aftermarket companies are cashing in on this opportunity. One such company is South California-based aftermarket tuner Automotive Performance Group, who’s offering a conversion package for the Ranger that may not make it a Raptor, but surely fills the void to a certain extent.

Called the Prorunner Series 1 Package, it comes with a new body kit, carbon fiber fenders, axle shafts, and a lot more stuff. With this package equipped, you can finally take your Ranger to bash the dunes, or through treacherous paths that were close to impossible to tackle with the stock Ranger.

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2020 Mercedes-AMG G-Class Star Trooper Pickup by Mansory

2020 Mercedes-AMG G-Class Star Trooper Pickup by Mansory

Is converting the Mercedes-AMG G-Class into a pickup truck and slapping it with exorbitant sticker prices the new trend?

Mansory is a premium aftermarket company that has designed some pretty good vehicles in the past. The cars that it has unveiled lately, however, seem to tell a different story. Check out the audacious Lamborghini Urus Venatus or the Rolls-Royce Cullinan Coastline to know what I mean. But, now, the company is back to working on its favorite vehicle, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class.

In 2019, Mansory worked on the Mercedes-AMG G63 to create a Star Trooper edition of the legendary SUV. The company has now created a pickup version of the same Star Trooper SUV with a few more touches. Did Brabus inspire them to do this? The Star Trooper has been designed by Mansory in collaboration with Phillip Plein.

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2020 Ford F-150 Venom 775 By Hennessey

2020 Ford F-150 Venom 775 By Hennessey

A performance-based F-150 with strong engine specs and stellar looks

Hennessey, a brand notorious for tuning Ford vehicles, has launched its latest take on the Ford F-150: The Hennessey Venom 775. Hennessey is known to give massive performance boosts to its vehicles and the 2020 Venom 775 is no exception either. Transformed inside and out, the Venom 775 is also a super-quick beast, thanks to all the mods made under the hood. The company has limited the production of the Venom 775 to just 100 examples, though, so if you want one, you need to move quick.

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2020 Peugeot Landtrek

2020 Peugeot Landtrek

Peugeot Enters The Pickup Truck Segment With All Guns Blazing

Peugeot finally woke up from its slumber and decided to enter the pickup truck market. The French automaker has revealed its latest creation called the Landtrek. Peugeot isn’t a new player in the truck market and has had a fair share of haulers back in the day, such as the 504 and the 404 trucks.

Even now, it sells the Pick Up in a few African markets. Now, however, it has “returned” with a sincere effort in the form of the Landtrek. Instead of testing the waters by launching just a couple of variants, Peugeot has decided to go full throttle by introducing the truck in three different body styles and two different drive configurations.

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2020 GMC Sierra Denali Goliath 700 by Hennessey

2020 GMC Sierra Denali Goliath 700 by Hennessey

Yet another monster from the House of Hennessey

When you hear the name “Hennessey” suffixed to any vehicle, you know it’s going to be a monster in all senses. The company has been transforming SUVs, sedans, and pickup trucks from nimble creatures into absolute beasts since the early ‘90s. Let’s say Hennessey drops massive amounts of gamma radiations into every vehicle to create Hulk versions of them.

The company already deals with the Raptor, Mustang, F-150, and GT, and will soon be adding the 2020 Bronco as well to its portfolio. The company even laid its hands on the Jeep Gladiator and plonked in a Hellcat engine to create a “Maximus” version that makes 1,000 horses. This time around, Hennessey has gotten hold of the GMC Sierra Denali.The power bumps are significant and it looks mighty big with the new raised stance. The company has moniker’d it the Goliath 700. It makes sense, doesn’t it?

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2020 Ford F-250 Harley-Davidson by Tuscany

2020 Ford F-250 Harley-Davidson by Tuscany

Not even Harley motorcycles get so many badges and brand mentions

Tuscany Motor Company is not a new name in the aftermarket and performance equipment arena. The company has worked on the Ford Mustang and F-Series in the past, and now, it has tied up with Harley-Davidson to roll out some lip-smacking editions of these famous trucks.

Although one would’ve assumed the Ford trucks to get beautified, the collaboration surprisingly included the GMC Sierra in the mix as well. Tuscany also added the F-250 to the existing lineup of F-150 and GMC Sierra, and from the looks of it, it can be said that the best was saved for last.

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2020 Ford F-150 by TCCustoms

2020 Ford F-150 by TCCustoms

A smart-looking truck, with all the basic mods you’d need, right from the dealership

The Ford F-150 is one of the most popular choices for mod jobs among almost all major outlets and dealerships that are into customizing vehicles. Town and Country Ford in Birmingham, Alabama also decided to lay its hands onto the latest iteration of the truck and transform it into a one-of-a-kind beast.

The dealership has built this truck under its TC Customs brand and it seems quite impressive, to say the least. So, here’s an option for you if you want a customized truck but don’t want to pay a bomb to big aftermarket names like Roush, Tuscany, and Hennessey.

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2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave And High Altitude Special Editions

2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave And High Altitude Special Editions

Jeep has put in a lot of effort to make this worthy of a Desert-Rated badge

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator has proven its mettle since its launch and it’s not a bad off-roader by any means. However, Jeep decided to up the ante and make it even more suitable to desert terrain.

Called the Gladiator Mojave, this is the first Desert-Rated vehicle to come out of Jeep’s factory. Ever. Jeep has improved focus on the Gladiator’s suspension on this rugged pickup truck’s desert-ready version. Jeep also launched the High Altitude Edition that’s got to do more with extra features and luxury than ruggedness itself. This trim will be available on the Wrangler as well.

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2021 Fiat Mobi Pickup

2021 Fiat Mobi Pickup

Fiat prepares a truck smaller than the Toro, but it’s not coming to the U.S.

The 2021 Fiat Mobi Pickup is an upcoming utility vehicle based on the Mobi, a city car that the Italian firm produces exclusively for the South American market. Just like the Mobi, this small pickup truck will be produced in Brasil and sold in South America only. Heavily related to the Fiat Fiorino, it will replace the Strada, a small pickup related to the Fiat Palio. The Strada is sold in Mexico as the Ram 700. The Mobi Pickup, which might have a different name when it arrives, will be Fiat’s second truck in showrooms after the Toro. Spotted testing in early 2020, the Mobi Pickup will probably break cover later in 2020, most likely at the Sao Paulo Motor Show in November.

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2020 Ford F-150 SC by Roush

2020 Ford F-150 SC by Roush

Another great package from the house of Roush for the F-150, but seems a tad bit expensive

Roush Performance is a familiar name with Ford owners. Other than the Mustangs, Roush also makes packages for the Ford trucks out there. The company has a rich history in performance engineering, too In fact, the founder, Jack Roush, ran a drag racing team in the early 70s. So, you can be assured of the quality of work on the Roush-modded trucks.

The company has recently added the 2020 Roush F-150 SC to its long list of Ford re-creations. The Ford F-150 is a capable vehicle even in the stock form, and somehow, Roush has managed to make this a drool-worthy truck. It’s not just about the looks; it excels in the performance department as well. It comes with a huge bump in power and some aggressive styling that will please even the folks who like subtle looks. On the face of it, this is one of the most expensive packages that Roush has to offer for the F-150. Although impressive overall, is it worth 24 grand?

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2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Realtree Edition

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Realtree Edition

It is based on the Custom Trail Boss trim and features only cosmetic changes

Chevrolet has brought back the Realtree Edition on the Silverado 1500 after a five-year hiatus. Based on the Custom Trail Boss, Chevy has collaborated with Realtree, a leading camouflage brand, once again after five years to come up with the Silverado 1500 Realtree Edition. The differences in this edition are purely aesthetic. The truck comes with camouflage graphics on the sides of the truck bed, hood, and inside the cabin.

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2020 Ram 2500 HD - Driven

2020 Ram 2500 HD - Driven

A well-rounded package that has no deal-breakers, but lacks a little in almost all the departments

Although Ram has been around the block for almost four decades, it was not until recently that the brand became a household name and a serious contender to the undisputed king of the industry, the Ford F-Series. Ram is essentially a by-product of Dodge and is a fully-owned subsidiary of the FCA since 2014. The name might be new, but the company has been building trucks since the 1970s under the name ’Fargo Trucks’ which was sold outside the United States..

The marque has essentially gone through a paradigm shift over the last decade and is consistently rising up the sales chart. In 2019, Ram sold over 630,000 examples; almost 60,000 more than the Chevy Silverado, to occupy the runner-up position. A lot of it can be credited to the fantastic engines in the lineup, and Ram’s constant effort to infuse luxury into its cargo-haulers. Not to mention, it has been paying a lot attention to safety as well. To top it all off, these trucks became an overnight sensation when Ram announced a 1,000 pound-feet of torque figure for the 3500 series. The Ram 2500 doesn’t boast of that, but it still has a lot going in its favor to be deemed as a potent threat to the Blue Oval and the Bowtie.

The model that arrived at the TopSpeed HQ was a black Ram 2500 HD Laramie. This is a mid-level trim that may not come with the best features that Ram has to offer, but it is one of the most practical trims to buy that covers all the basic essentials you would need on a daily basis. The truck came with a Cummins engine under the hood, a large touchscreen system on the inside, and a fairly wide, intimidating footprint that would shoo away all the smaller vehicles on the road with ease. But, when you pit it against the like-for-like trims of Ford and Chevy products on paper, it feels a little weak.

With that said, the Ram 2500 HD Laramie is still a strong contender and worthy of being shortlisted in your book if you’re in the market for a heavy-duty truck priced at around $50,000.

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2020 Ford F-150 5.11 Tactical Edition by Roush Performance

2020 Ford F-150 5.11 Tactical Edition by Roush Performance

Another limited-built stunning creature to walk out of Roush’s factory

There are only a handful of companies in the world that have a reputation and rich heritage like Roush. Roush has been in performance engineering since 1976. The company’s founder, Jack Roush, had a drag racing team in the early 70s, so you can be assured of the quality of work on Roush-modded trucks. Roush has been associated with Ford for decades now and has created a lot of trucks for the Blue Oval. Its latest creation is the Roush F-150 5.11 Tactical Edition. The truck is powered by the same Coyote V-8 engine, but in a different power tune and with few more add-ons to make it an absolute beast. Roush brought the truck to the 2020 SHOT Show in Las Vegas and announced that the production will be limited to merely 150 examples. Talk about exclusivity here!

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2020 Ford F-150 Cattleman Edition by Long McArthur Ford

2020 Ford F-150 Cattleman Edition by Long McArthur Ford

A package to fulfill most of the requirements of a work truck

There are lot of reputed aftermarket companies these days like Hennessey, Roush, and so on, whom you can entrust to do a good job on every car they tweak. But, that’s not feasible for everyone; cost-wise. Then there are other companies that will do it for cheap, but will you trust them to do a safe job?

People are skeptical about going to them as it may void the factory warranty and who knows, maybe even mess around with insurance claims in worst-case scenarios. However, there is an option to do inexpensive mods these days at dealership level as well. One such Ford dealership which goes by the name of Long McArthur has come up with a Cattleman Edition for the F-150. This no-nonsense package has most of the stuff required for a work truck. Feels fresh to see packages for the work trucks in the slew of futuristic trucks these days, right?

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2020 Shelby F-150 Super Snake Sport

2020 Shelby F-150 Super Snake Sport

The concept that wowed everyone at SEMA is now headed to production on a limited basis

The insane and utterly mental 755-horsepower Shelby Super Snake F-150 Concept Truck is headed to production. Long associated with the Ford Mustang, the Shelby Super Snake moniker makes its way to the mighty F-150 truck for the very first time. The stunning concept only made its debut last month at the 2019 SEMA Auto Show, but after receiving incredible demand from enthusiasts, the media, and Shelby dealerships, the concept quickly turned into a limited edition production model. Only 250 units of the Shelby F1-50 Super Snake Sport will be built, each with a price that starts between $93,000 to $95,000.

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