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2019 Isuzu D-Max come without bigger changes

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The renowned Japanese manufacturer prepares a new generation of the excellent mid-size truck. Still, latest reports suggest it won’t be ready for the next year, which is a clear indicator that 2019 Isuzu D-Max is going to come without bigger changes.

To remind you, the current model is in the second generation. It is present since 2012, but we must say that there were few updates so far. A facelift was three years ago. Still, the current model looks fresh enough, so this waiting for the next generation won’t be a problem at all. Moreover, with its amazing capabilities and even more impressive fuel economy, this model is still one of the best trucks in the class. Considering all this, we are pretty sure that the 2019 Isuzu D-Max will come without bigger changes, featuring same engines and overall design. Still, some new standard features are possible.

2019 Isuzu D-max

2019 Isuzu D-Max design without bigger changes

Just like we mentioned, this could be a final year of production for the second-generation D-Max. Manufacturers usually don’t offer bigger changes right before the redesign and this shouldn’t be an exception. The 2019 Isuzu D-Max will continue in the same way. This excellent truck is known for its relation with Chevy Colorado. Moreover, these two trucks share the architecture. Still, each model comes with its own styling. This one looks very attractive, despite its age. Also, we have seen few updates so far.

 

The bigger one, a real mid-cycle update was done in 2015. For that occasion, we have seen various improvements, especially in terms of styling. So, don’t expect more visual changes for the current generation. Another update came last year when we saw plenty of new standard features. Many of these were in terms of safety, so 2019 D-Max will be among class-leaders in this segment.

2019 Isuzu D-max side view

2019 Isuzu D-Max several engines options

In this aspect, 2019 Isuzu D-Max will continue without changes. This truck is available around the globe, so it is no wonder that there are several powertrain choices. The most common is definitely a 3.0-liter diesel unit. This engine is in the offer in most countries of the world. It is characterized not only by great power but excellent fuel economy as well. A total output goes around 180 horsepower.

In Europe, there’s a new 1.9-liter twin-turbo diesel engine, which is good for about 165 horses. On some markets, there’s a capable 2.5-liter with around 135 horses in the offer as well.

2019 Isuzu D-max engine

Finally, there is a gasoline engine in the offer, which is available in some countries of South America. This version features a 2.4-liter engine, which is good for 125 horses and 155 pound-feet of torque. Pretty much all engines could be paired with either manual or automatic transmission.

2019 Isuzu D-Max release date and price

Since there will be no changes, 2019 Isuzu D-Max will come late in the year. We don’t expect changes in price either, so base models should be available at 22.000 dollars, roughly. A list of competitors will also remain unchanged, with models like Ford Ranger, Chevy Colorado, Toyota Hilux etc.

2019 Isuzu D-max interior

Isuzu D-Max next-generation model

As we already mentioned, the company works on the next-generation model, which will most likely come as a 2020-year model. Also, it is important to mention that the new Mazda BT-50 will be based on a new version of this truck. Moreover, latest reports suggest that the new BT-50 will be pretty much a re-badged version of the new D-Max. It will feature completely the same chassis, body, and engines. Expect also a completely identical styling and interior design. These two trucks will be coming out from the same Isuzu’s assembly in Thailand.

2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup Review

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We’ve been waiting for Hyundai’s first truck for several years and it looks like it is finally going to come as 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup. The market for small trucks lives again. Just in last few years, sales of these vehicles raised that much that pretty much every bigger carmaker is currently considering to include a vehicle of this type in its lineup. There are famous models like Colorado and Ranger, which comes back to the North American market after several years, as well as many other models. Considering that more than a half of vehicles sold in North America go on trucks, this Hyundai’s move was expected.

2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup

Still, the new 2019 Santa Cruz Pickup will come with few interesting details. First of all, it will follow Honda’s design philosophy when it comes to the platform. Additionally, we are about to see a diesel engine in the offer.

2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup platform

This will be something completely new from the Korean giant. For the first time, this manufacturer will offer a pickup truck. Company’s management has finally realized what huge potential this kind of vehicle has. So, after few years of development, the new model is finally ready for the launch. According to latest reports, a completely new pickup truck is ready for launch, which should happen in the second half of the year. This new model will have a lot to offer. Unlike most of the trucks, it won’t ride on the classic truck-ish platform. It will use the same unibody architecture as Tucson. Although unusual design solution, this isn’t something completely new. We have already seen this design in the famous Honda Ridgeline, which is currently in the second generation. Still, Hyundai will have some new things to offer.

2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup side view

2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup perfect balance

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup will be a pickup truck that will offer a perfect balance between comfort and utility. As we mentioned, this model won’t feature body-on-frame platform, but modern unibody chassis. This means new truck from Korea is going to be a direct rival to the excellent Honda Ridgeline. The new model will be based on Tucson crossover. The means same mechanics, as well as a design language.

Body style

Speaking of the body style, we know for sure that some kind of a double-cab configuration is going to come. Two rows of seats, four doors – that’s the shortest description of the new 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup. The general idea is to provide a highly versatile pickup. A car-like will provide much better comfort and driving characteristics, compared to the classic truck. On the other side, expect a little bit lower performances when it comes to utility.

2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup rear view

2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup engine

This is definitely one of the most interesting aspects of the new 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup. We all know that large heavy-duty trucks often use a diesel engine for better towing capacity. Still, this isn’t a common thing when it comes to mid-size and compact pickups. In this aspect, the new truck from Hyundai will be unconventional. Even it North America, this model will feature a diesel engine in the base offer. The company develops a new oil-burner which should be the main engine for the new premium Genesis model, in Europe. So, some inline-four with turbo and displacement of 2 liters will find its place under the hood of 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup as well. Still, this doesn’t mean that gasoline engines will be excluded from the offer.

2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup engine

2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup release date and price

As we already mentioned, we expect 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup to hit the market somewhere in the second half of the year. Base models should go around 25.000 dollars, roughly. Speaking of competition, we are pretty sure that the will be the Ridgeline’s new arch rival.

2018 Chevrolet Silverado High Country

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The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado High Country is among the most popular light and heavy-duty pickup trucks you can find on the roads today. Since its launch in the late 1990s, the Silverado has sold well despite strong competition from rivals like FCA and Ford. It has held the ground against the Ram 1500 lineup and Ford F-150 series quite well.

The company has updated the Silverado 1500- the light-duty truck model in this lineup several times since its debut. The Chevrolet Silverado has got moderate updates and the customizations choices are aplenty. The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado High Country is aimed at buyers seeking lavish features in pickup trucks, has also received several useful updates.

2018 Chevrolet Silverado High Country front

2018 Chevrolet Silverado High Country Styling

The changes for 2018 are not huge but it is the sheer number of choices you get is mind-blowing. The 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 is sold in three-bed sizes, three cab layouts and also 3 engine choices. There are six trim levels and the High Country is among the pricey ones. Of course, GM has come up with some limited edition models for 2018 Silverado 1500 lineup.

The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado High Country was shown at the Detroit auto show 2018. The truck grabbed attention for its macho styling and rugged design. The addition of more engines and a new partial hybrid system under the hood gives it some edge over the rivals. One significant addition is a lightweight body compared to the earlier version.

The new version is almost 450 pounds lighter than the previous one. Now, the cargo space is enhanced and the cabin is more utilitarian than before. The bed is now wider and the loading capacity exceeds that of most segment rivals. The floor is composed of high-strength steel. It still features CornerStep bumpers.

Exterior Changes

The exterior styling of 2018 Chevrolet Silverado High Country is enticing- to say the least, the sleek LED lamps make it appear somewhat menacing. The 80% of its body is made of high-strength steel and rest is made of lightweight aluminum. New exterior hues are Havana Metallic and Cajun Red Metallic.

In fact, the massive grille at the front is also new. While the Trail Boss trim is attention grabbing with its blacked out fascia, the High country also is stylish. The latter has less chrome than LTZ over LT but that is not actually a bad thing- from an aesthetic perspective. Its body-colored trim is quite suave looking. Overall, the new design is less boxy than the predecessor.

The back and sides of 2018 Chevrolet Silverado High Country are stylish as well. The tail lamps are also sleek and its split dual exhausts also look great. The Chevrolet logo on its tailgate is a new addition.

2018 Chevrolet Silverado High Country Interior

The cabin of Chevy Silverado is stylish and functional both. The storage options for gadgets and food are enough. Its center console has a large storage area- for example. The High Country trim gets useful and cool features like bed dividers and its bed get a water-resistant tonneau cover which can be removed too.

Safety Features

There are enough safety features and amenities in the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado High Country and is superb. The default safety features are active aero shutters, teen driver mode, electric stability control, rearview cameras and TPMS with new tire fill alert.

The teen driver feature is now present in all GM vehicles-almost. As for technology, you get wireless 4G connectivity and Smartphone integration. The new Active aero shutters help bring down air resistance and enhance fuel economy.

2018 Chevrolet Silverado High Country Trim

On top of these features, the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado High Country trim adds Enhanced Driver Alert Package. It brings automatic emergency braking, automatic high-beam headlights, active lane control, rear park assist. The MyLink Infotainment setup is enhanced in 2018 model and it is on par with what rivals offer. It supports Bluetooth and navigation.

Those who want to buy a full-sized pickup with amenities galore should go for the High country trim. It adds 20-inch chrome wheels, chrome rectangular assist steps, chrome grille, and spray-on bed lining.

The cabin is way more lavish than other trims as well. It gets perforated leather heated seats, power-adjustable pedals, wireless charger and center floor console. Addition of a Bose sound system is bliss for the audiophiles. You get several standalone upgrades for this trim too.

2018 Chevrolet Silverado High Country interior

2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 Engine Specifications

The 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 is laden with powerful and efficient engines. The new Duramax V6 turbo-diesel engine is the star of the show and comes with 10-speed automatic transmission gearbox.

Of course, you can opt for the tried and tested V8s. The 4.3-liter V-6 is a standard engine and power mongers should go for the 5.3-liter V-8 unit. For the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado High Country trim, there is an eight-speed automatic transmission gearbox.

For 2018, GM has offered a new mild hybrid system aka eAssist which helps enhance fuel economy to an extent.

Towing Capacity

Maximum towing capacity is 12,500-pounds. The payload is 1,770-pounds max. Furthermore, this is very good numbers for such pickup truck.

2018 Chevrolet Silverado High Country rear

Price and Availability

The 2018 Silverado 1500 will be available for sale soon enough. The expected release is in Nov. The pricing for the High country trim begins at $55.000. However, with customizations, it may cost more than $60.000.

Summing it up

There is no denying the 2018 Silverado 1500 has got enough elements in it to tackle the new RAM 1500 lineup with aplomb. The styling changes are nice and a lighter body should work in its favor. Furthermore, the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado High Country trim looks quite plush and the cabin is ideal for luxury-loving lot.

The material quality and amenities can rival those found in lavish sedans and SUVs- as it is. As for the engine, there are enough choices and no one of these can be called underpowered. Addition of the new mild hybrid setup is good even though it is not a substitute for the proper hybrid powertrain.

Even in safety department, the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado High Country trim scores pretty well and additional safety tech is really effective. Overall, its performance and features justify the relatively higher price tag.

2018 Ford F-750 Specs, Engine

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Ford has been manufacturing trucks for a long time and they have been successful in various markets. Along with small pickups, the company also manufactures medium duty trucks and the Ford ‘F’ series is an example of the same. Along with Ford F-550 and F-650, the company is manufacturing 2018 Ford F-750 as well. It is obvious that this medium duty truck will have better design and powertrain when compared to the other models.

The 2018 Ford F-750 comes with a highly impressive hauling capacity of almost 37,000 pounds. The model Ford F-750 is available in two trim levels – the XL and the XLT. There are also different cab styles in which this medium-duty truck is available. These include Regular Cab, Super Cab and Crew Cab. Furthermore, there are also three variants of the truck – dock height, straight frame and tractor model. The last model is ideal for heavy towing.

2018 Ford F-750 side

2018 Ford F-750 Massive Facelift

The 2018 Ford F-750 has undergone a massive facelift. Redesign procedures have been implemented on the vehicle. Changes have been brought in the front fascia as well as in the rear side of the vehicle. The grille has been redesigned. Massive chrome grilles have been implemented in the vehicle with 4 parallel horizontal bars.

There are large air intakes in between the bars and two large holes on the lateral sides of the grille. Also, a massive bumper with openings for air flow is there. The headlights have aerodynamic characteristics and these are LED lights. Angular fenders add to the exterior appearance of the vehicle.

2018 Ford F-750 Interior

The interior of 2018 Ford F-750 is simple but high on functionality. Soft-touch materials are used in the interiors of the vehicle. The seats are adjustable for comfortable traveling.

Other interior facilities in the 2018 Ford F-750 include adjustable steering, air conditioning system, front reading lamps, AM/FM stereo, MP3 player audio system, trip computer, a navigation system, 110-volt outlet etc. Infotainment features have not been integrated into this vehicle as this vehicle is mainly targeted for work purpose.

Safety Features

There are many safety features which are in Ford F-750. Some of the most important features include airbags, electric horn, air horn, 4 wheel disc brake system and side mirror indicators etc.

2018 Ford F-750 interior

2018 Ford F-750 Engine Specs

There are two engine variants available for Ford F-750. The first engine variant is a 6.7 liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel engine. This engine provides an output of 270 HP and torque of 675 lb-feet of torque. The next level of output is 300 HP with 700 lb-feet of torque. The last output is 330 HP and torque of 725 pound-feet of torque.

The second engine variant is a 6.8 liter V10 petrol one. This engine produces an output of 320 HP and torque 460lbs-feet. Both the engines are coming with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

2018 Ford F-750 rear

2018 Ford F-750 Pricing

The price of new Ford F-750 is in the range of $60,000. However, for higher trims, the price can be little more. There are many such medium-duty trucks in the market. Time will reveal how the F-750 model will rival with these trucks.

2018 Mitsubishi Triton Review, Update, Athlete

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It’s not the time for updates of the famous truck, so 2018 Mitsubishi Triton continues in the pretty much same way. The excellent pickup from the renowned Japanese manufacturer is one of those models that are always competitive. History of this model has begun more than 40 years ago. For all these years, it proved itself as a truck with a great quality, capable of any task.

The current model is in the fifth generation. It is present since 2015 and it continues to be one of the most competitive models on the market. We didn’t expect another scenario, since we used on excellent products from this manufacturer. As we already mentioned, the current generation is present since 2015. So, it is clear that we will have to wait for another year or two for some more important changes. The 2018 Triton continues in the same manner, featuring many benefits.

2018 Mitsubishi Triton front view

2018 Mitsubishi Triton redesign

The 2018 Mitsubishi Triton is definitely one of our first picks when it comes to mid-size trucks and there are many reasons for that. This model has proved itself through its long production history. Moreover, Mitsubishi supplies many renowned carmakers with this truck. You can find this truck under various badges, like Dodge, Fiat etc. The quality of this truck is great for sure, but the styling is something that divides people. While some find it pretty, there are also many of those who think that 2018 Mitsubishi Triton should look much better. Still, it definitely isn’t the ugliest truck around. We find its look pretty decent. Of course, there is room for improvements, especially when it comes to the front end, but we have no doubt that the company will make things rights with the facelift. On the other side, interior design looks pretty amazing.

2018 Mitsubishi Triton side view

2018 Mitsubishi Triton interior design

If you are familiar with passenger cars of this company, will notice that there isn’t much difference in this truck. Moreover, a big majority of those comfort&convenience-oriented design solutions can be found inside this truck as well. The 2018 Mitsubishi Triton is definitely one of the class leaders in this aspect. Its cabin is very car-like. It comes with plenty of space, comfortable seats, excellent ergonomics and much more. Even the styling of the dash is like on some sedan or hatchback. It comes with elegant lines, high-quality soft-plastic materials and with plenty of equipment as well. There is the whole bunch of standard equipment, while options include advanced technologies both in terms of safety and drive-assist.

2018 Mitsubishi Triton interior

2018 Mitsubishi Triton engine

One of the 2018 Mitsubishi Triton’s main trumps is the engine. Compared to most of the competitors, it features a little bit smaller displacement. However, this unit is highly-efficient. It features a max output 181 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. These numbers are class-average, so you definitely won’t lack in power, despite smaller displacement. Moreover, this hi efficiency provides excellent results when it comes to the fuel economy. Believe it or not, this truck can return around 51 miles per gallon, which is almost 5 mpg more compared to the second best in class Isuzu D-max. Finally, you will find a high dose of refinement while driving, so our overall impressions about this engine are amazing.

2018 Mitsubishi Triton

2018 Mitsubishi Triton price and competition

The base 2018 Mitsubishi Triton is available at 25.000 dollars roughly. Still, best-equipped versions will cost you much more. When it comes to the competition, it is very tough. The offer of small trucks is constantly growing. Still, key competitors are those established nameplates like Toyota Hilux, Nissan Navara, Chevy/Holden Colorado, Ford Ranger, and Mazda BT-50.

2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck Hybrid

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The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck Hybrid is definitely one of the most interesting models to come in near future. After the recent launch of the new generation of Wrangler SUV, we are waiting to see how its pickup version will look like. The company has announced that the new truck will come pretty soon, probably by the end of the year. So, what to expect from this vehicle?

Well, this will be the first pickup truck in Jeep’s offer since 1992 Jeep Comanche. Although there were various aftermarket versions of older-generation Wrangler, a real production version has been missing so far. This will be changes quite soon since the new model is in the late stage of development. The new truck will come in many variants when it comes to powertrain. In this particular article, we will focus on hybrid version, which should be ready for the next year.

2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck Hybrid front view

2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck Hybrid design

Speaking of base design characteristics, we can presume a close relationship with the new Wrangler. Moreover, these two models will ride on the same platform. Still, a truck version is most likely to come with a little bit longer wheelbase. Most likely, the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck Hybrid will come in some kind of double-cab configuration. Moreover, all truck versions of new Wrangler will come with this cabin design. Do not expect some single-cab workhorse in the offer. Although we didn’t see how the new 2018 Wrangler Pickup Truck Hybrid will look, it is easy to make a conclusion that will feature the same design language as SUV. Moreover, the front end should be pretty much identical. New Wrangler comes with a new yet pretty familiar styling. There are all those Wrangler’s famous styling characteristics, filled up with some fresh details.

2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck Hybrid review

2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck Hybrid interior design

The new exterior design might be very similar to the previous generation, but that is not the case with the interior. On the inside, new Wrangler came with many changes. We expect that the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck Hybrid will feature pretty much the same cabin. There are many new details compared to the previous generation. Still, the company kept some retro design solutions, like positioning power window controls at the center console.

On the other side, the dashboard is pretty new, as well as a new three-spoke steering wheel. A color instrument cluster is available in higher trims. Speaking of trim levels, new SUV comes in Sport, Sport S, Sahara and Rubicon versions. We could expect a similar organization with the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck Hybrid.

2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck Hybrid interior

2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck Hybrid powertrain

We still don’t know the exact details about the new hybrid version. Still, we know that there aren’t many models with a hybrid powertrain in the current Chrysler’s offer. So, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck Hybrid could either use some of the current units, are getting a completely new one. In the first case, we will most likely see a powertrain similar to the new Chrysler Pacifica. This van features a 14-kWh battery which helps a lot to save your fuel. Though, we believe that the new truck will get a completely new, or heavily modified version of Pacifica’s powertrain. Most likely, we are about to see a bigger battery, as well as more powerful electric motor.

2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck Hybrid rear view

2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck Hybrid release date and price

The launch of 2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck Hybrid is near for sure. Latest reports suggest the end of the year as the probable release date. When it comes to the price, some sources suggest a sum of 40.000 dollars, roughly.

2018 Great Wall Steed Review, Price, MPG

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With the 2018 Great Wall Steed, you definitely won’t get some great refinement, but there are many things that could make this truck a perfect investment for you. Although we used on trucks from Japan and North America, this particular model has a long production history as well. Despite the fact that its worldwide expansion has begun in the current decade, this model is actually in production for a much more time.

This company is the biggest producer of utility vehicles in China for many years and we know how huge this country is. With such experience, Chinese models are nowadays able to compete with much more renowned companies. Many think that affordable price is the only benefit of these models, but here is the 2018 Steed. This model comes to demand all those suspicious of a Chinese technology and quality.

2018 great wall steed front view

2018 Great Wall Steed design characteristics

The current version of this pickup truck is present for about four years. Latest modifications were done in 2014 when we saw the launch of the current-generation model. Although still pretty fresh, technology isn’t something that 2018 Great Wall Steed can boast with. Still, this truck is pretty good in many aspects. It comes with a solid chassis, which is ready for the hard task. According to the company’s specification, a max payload capacity goes to over 2000 pound. This sounds pretty amazing.

On the other side, exterior look isn’t too much attractive, if we compare it with other trucks in the class. The styling is pretty conventional but there are few infant details that could make 2018 Great Wall Steed look funny in some way. This is something that was usual for Korean cars 20 years ago, for example. Anyway, we still consider the overall design pretty decent.

2018 great wall steed side view

2018 Great Wall Steed interior design

Well, this is definitely an aspect of the truck where you can easily conclude why this model is so cheap. In terms of materials quality, dashboard and center console definitely stand out, in a bad way. Materials are made of hard plastic and look very cheap. Still, there are many great things about 2018 Great Wall Steed’s interior. First of all, this model comes in a double-cab variant exclusively. Also, a list of standard equipment looks pretty amazing. Even base models come with leather upholstery, heated front seats, USB connectivity etc. Higher trims are even more impressive, so you can get things like a hardtop, load liner, chrome side bars and parking sensors and many more. Considering truck’s price, this sounds amazing.

2018 great wall steed interior

2018 Great Wall Steed powertrain

This is definitely the area where 2018 Great Wall Steed lags behind other truck most. When you look at numbers, it all seems ok. This truck comes with a 2.0-liter diesel engine, which delivers around 141 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque. However, the problem is that this engine feels like it has significantly less power. The problem is maybe with the 5-speed manual transmission. This is one of the trucks weakest points for sure. Also, a diesel engine is definitely too loud. Considering all this, it is clear that 2018 Great Wall Steed lacks in terms of refinement and definitely can’t compare with models like Hilux or Navara when it comes to driving quality.

Good fuel economy

On the other side, fuel economy seems pretty good. The company claims 40 mpg in a combined drive. Still, we didn’t have the chance to test the model by ourselves.

2018 great wall steed rear view

2018 Great Wall Steed price and competition

The price is definitely the key reason why you should buy this truck. For a pretty small amount of money, you get a truck with decent utility capabilities and a pretty long list of standard features. Not to mention that this truck comes with a double-cab body style, while other trucks in the class offer only regular-cab workhorses for that amount of money. The price starts at 25.000 dollars.

2018 Mazda BT-50 Review, Price, Changes

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The 2018 Mazda BT-50 is a perfect example of how you can make a great balance between comfort and utility. Many drivers prefer this truck because of its good capabilities, but there are also many of them who adore its comfort and car-like characteristics. So, you can presume what is the key reason why this truck is popular. It balances between working and enjoying pretty will.

2018 mazda bt-50 front view

Finally, Mazda’s reputation is an important factor for sure, although this model is actually more of a Ford than Mazda. If you are not familiar with it, this truck is in a close relationship with Ranger. Moreover, Mazda uses Ford’s chassis and engines but applies its own design language. However, this will be changed soon, since the new generation will come from the joint venture with Isuzu. Though, a new generation will not come in next few years, so 2018 BT-50 continues without changes.

2018 Mazda BT-50 design without bigger changes

The current generation of this truck dates from 2011. Despite its age, it is still popular, thanks to its good driving characteristics, capabilities, comfort and plenty of equipment. This truck is pretty versatile. It is good when it comes to utility, but also offers plenty of conveniences. Just like we mentioned, the 2018 Mazda BT-50 continues without bigger changes. It comes with a familiar design, which came two years ago. In 2015, this truck received a facelift which included various visual changes, as well as some other novelties. So, the exterior of 2018 Mazda BT-50 still looks pretty good.

Interior

The same is on the inside. Its cabin is spacious and well equipped. Also, consider that there are different cab designs in the offer. A regular-cab style for the workers is in the base offer, but there are also comfort-oriented Extra and Dual Cab version, with more space and equipment.

2018 mazda bt-50 interior

2018 Mazda BT-50 engines same as Ford Ranger engine

Mechanically, the 2018 Mazda BT-50 is pretty much a Ford Ranger. Engines are included as well. There is a pair of diesel engines, both highly capable. The base model feature Ford’s 2.2-liter inline-four Duratorq engine, which delivers around 150 horsepower and 276 pound-feet of torque for this occasion.

If you prefer more power, there is an optional five-cylinder unit. This engine has a displacement of 3.2 liters and delivers around 185 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.

Both engines are highly-capable, reliable and long-lasting. Also, a fuel economy is pretty good, despite the great power and large displacements. When it comes to transmission, you can choose between manual and automatic gearbox.

2018 mazda bt-50 rear view

2018 Mazda BT-50 price and competition

This model offers a good balance between price and quality. If you need a workhorse, base models are available already 19.500 dollars. On the other side, a fully-equipped, Dual Cab version could go all away up to 42.000 dollars. Competition is tough. There are many great trucks in this segment. Some of those models are Toyota Hilux, Isuzu D-Max, Chevy/Holden Colorado, Ford Ranger etc.

2018 Mazda BT-50 next generation

We already know many details about the next generation of this reliable truck. First of all, a joint-venture with Ford will be ended. You probably hear that Mazda started cooperation with Isuzu. Many believed that both sides will take their part in the development of the new generation. However, it will be much simpler. From latest statements of Isuzu managers, we can conclude that the new-generation BT-50 will be pretty much a re-badged version of new D-Max.

2018 mazda bt-50 specs

While the current generation of BT-50 uses Ford’s mechanics but applies its own design language, a new generation will feature the same styling as new D-Max, including front fascia, and other exterior parts.

2019 Audi Pickup Truck Concept

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As we already said in the previous text 2018 is going to be an important year for pickup truck sector and the trend will continue in 2019 too. Not only top carmakers are launching new truck models and revamping existing ones, more players are joining the league. The German company will also do with the launch of 2019 Audi Pickup Truck.

The interesting thing is an emergence of luxury pickup segment. A few years ago this could be a nascent segment but with Mercedes Benz showcasing the much-touted X class- the other bigwigs are set to jump on the bandwagon. Tesla is launching its electric pickup truck which will be quite lavish in nature. So, it is quite possible that Audi will not be able to resist the temptation! Rumors of Audi launching a luxury picky truck are doing the rounds.

2019 Audi Pickup Truck front

2019 Audi Pickup Truck Design

If Audi actually decides to make a luxury pickup- it will most likely be based on the popular VW Amarok. The Amarok itself caters to a niche segment of truck buyers. However, it will definitely not be a rebadged VW truck. The Audi design traits including grille and logo will be used. This truck will not be off road centric and styling will be more important than sheer durability. However, it will get alloy wheels, LED lamps and a few trims may be offered by Audi.

2019 Audi Pickup Truck Interior

The cabin of upcoming 2019 Audi Pickup Truck may have some resemblances with the VW Amarok. However, the cabin comes with upscale materials- beyond any doubt. The seats will be leather wrapped and you can expect wood and metal trim inside the cabin.

Amenities like sunroof and dual-zone climate control are expected. It will be spacious and noise insulating materials will be great to ensure a quieter ride. The Audi Virtual Cockpit may be there as an option- though it is not certain.

Safety Features

The pickup truck from Audi minus amenities is just unimaginable. The truck will also be laden with advanced safety technologies. The presence of autonomous driving technology is also likely.

2019 Audi Pickup Truck interior

2019 Audi Pickup Truck Engine Specs

It is hard to say with certainty as to which engine will in the upcoming Audi pickup truck. However, the engines already used in top SUVs of Audi may be there. So, from that perspective, it is logical to expect both diesel and gasoline-based engines under the hood.

However, it is also likely that Audi may offer a plug-in hybrid setup. The towing capacity is still a mystery.

2019 Audi Pickup Truck engine

2019 Audi Pickup Truck Price and Availability

Like other factors, pricing of the upcoming 2019 Audi Pickup Truck is unclear. The base trim price may be above $50.000 mark. With customizations that price tag may touch $60.000. 2019 may be the ideal time for release.

Summing it up

The idea of Audi getting into the luxury pickup market is not absurd. While the company is tight-lipped on the topic- industry experts think it is possible.

However, the company may or may not choose the Amarok as the base. At any rate, this 2019 Audi Pickup Truck will carry a hefty price tag even at basic setup.

2018 Chevy El Camino Rumors, Concept

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This year will be very important for carmakers focusing on pickup segment- say the industry experts. GM which is atop player in this sector is planning to launch several new models. It is also going to launch spruced up editions of popular pickups from its stables- both under the GMC and Chevrolet brands. The 2018 Chevy El Camino pickup may also be launched through the details are fuzzy.

Along with these, the company may also launch some models that were discontinued from market quite some time back- as per the industry buzz.

2018 Chevy El Camino logo

Chevy El Camino history

The original Chevy El Camino was a Coupe utility pickup that was made by GM in two phases, first in- 1959-60 and later from 1964 to 1987. It was actually launched to take on the Ford Ranchero Pickup. Later the architecture was altered by GM. In fact, the first generation model was the forerunner of popular Chevy Camaro.

2018 Chevy El Camino Design

Not much is known about design styling of the 2018 Chevy El Camino. The truck may have some design elements used in the Chevy Silverado lineup of trucks. However, GM will also use fresh styling elements to make it stand out. A distinctive and large grille with Led headlamps will be probably there.

You may expect plenty of chrome accents on body and grille may be chrome plated too. GM may use lightweight steel and aluminum to keep the truck lighter. It may get different sized alloy wheels and underbody skid plate too. Some color choices will be offered and a few trims may be made available for buyers too.

The cabin of Chevy El Camino truck may be inspired by some of the popular models. However, it will be roomy and stylish. There will be customization choices for in-cabin storage and seating. Amenities will be aplenty and the infotainment setup will be modern.

Amenities and Safety

For 2018, GM has revamped the amenities and infotainment system in most of its vehicles- including the Silverado lineup. However, the 2018 Chevy El Camino will be probably launched with a new version of Mylink infotainment with a big touch screen unit. It will support GPS, Bluetooth and Smartphone OSes.

Safety wise, the truck will be laden with top features like stability control and lane keep assist. Some safety features may be optional.

2018 Chevy El Camino interior

2018 Chevy El Camino Engine

The engine in the upcoming 2018 Chevy El Camino truck is going to be a powerful one. Furthermore, the GM may actually use the existing powertrain of Chevy Silverado 1500 lineup and make some tweaks for better output.

Since GM is now focusing on using hybrid and greener technologies in engines, a hybrid setup may also be in the truck. Towing capacity will be like with typical mid-range full sized trucks.

2018 Chevy El Camino engine

2018 Chevy El Camino Price and Availability

The expected base price of 2018 Chevy El Camino truck can be near $35.000. The launch date is unknown.

Summing it up

The Chevy El Camino truck is at the stage of pure speculation. In case GM brings it back, proper powertrain and reasonable pricing will be prerequisite.