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Subaru Pickup Truck Concept

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Subaru is not among the most popular carmakers from Japan but it is getting traction with time and market share of the company is also expanding. Subaru is keen on strengthening foothold in various niches of the automobile industry- both in Japan and other markets- as it seems from its new moves. The buzz of Subaru Pickup Truck Concept is gaining momentum.

The company has not confirmed the rumor but the chance is there- say the industry experts. Subaru has not dabbled much in this sector but the pickup truck segment is set to grow a lot in near future. With new players like Tesla and luxury carmakers too launching their trucks, Subaru may also follow suit.

Subaru Pickup Truck interior

Subaru Pickup Truck will be based on VIZIV-7 or Baja model

Subaru has not said anything about the design of the upcoming pickup truck. However, that has not deterred the online rumor sites from coming up with speculative render! The truck may be based on the Baja- a pickup Subaru did offer previously. The Baja was not very successful and its lifespan was rather short. The company may actually re-launch the Baja truck. It may be an AWD truck with open-bed pickup or crew cab setup.

The other possibility is Subaru may launch a truck based on its VIZIV-7 concept. This concept vehicle hogged much attention when it was shown a couple of years back. The visual styling is really nice and a truck based on it will appeal to a section of buyers for sure. Regardless of the platform selected by Subaru, the truck may be launched in several trims. There will be several colors for the exterior of the model.

Expectations

We expect that will Subaru pickup truck get plenty of advanced safety features- regardless of trims. The features like traction control, rearview camera, vehicle stability control and airbags are expected. A touchscreen controlled infotainment setup is likely to be there as well. It may have support for navigation and Bluetooth.

Subaru Pickup Truck Engine

Unfortunately, there is no info about engine use in Subaru pickup truck. However, it may not be an off-road centric truck after all. So, a moderately powered gasoline or diesel engine may sit under the hood. It may so happen that Subaru will use a modified version of engines used in its popular vehicles such as the Outback or Impreza.

The necessary tweaks will be made to these engines to suit truck usage needs. Special suspension may be used as well. This truck will have a decent payload and the towing range as well.

Subaru Pickup Truck 

Subaru Pickup Truck Price and Expected Release Date

Nothing is known about exact release date or price of the upcoming Subaru Pickup Truck. It may hit the showrooms in 2 years or so, as per the buzz. Pricing should be under $30.000.

Summing it up

The chance of Subaru offering a light duty or midsized pickup truck is there. The company is mum on the issue and details are unclear. However, with right pricing and features- the truck may carve its niche in this sector upon release.

2018 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid Review

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The Japanese manufacturer will expand the offer of its pickup truck with the 2018 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid. This excellent truck is considered as one of the best models in class. The current version is in the second generation and it is present for less than two years. At the moment, it comes only with 3.5 V6 engine. So, the new powertrain will be definitely a great addition. This version should attract all those who prefer models with better fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

For this occasion, the new truck will come with a familiar hybrid powertrain in Accord. On the other side, rest of the truck’s characteristics will probably remain the same. We are about to see the same design, both outside and inside. On the other side, the new 2018 Ridgeline Hybrid will most likely come in a single trim level, features an exclusive list of standard features.

2018 honda ridgeline hybrid front view

2018 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid redesign

The 2018 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid will feature pretty much the same design characteristics as base gasoline model. The current generation is pretty fresh and there is no need for some bigger modifications at the moment. So, the visual aspect of the new version will be the same. Just like the gasoline model, it will be in a close relationship with the famous Honda Pilot. Unlike most of the trucks, this model actually comes with a unibody structure, which limits working capabilities of the truck.

On the other side, it raises comfort and convenience on the completely new level. Compared to Pilot, the new 2018 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid will feature almost identical front end. Both models feature the same design language and the biggest difference is a front bumper, which looks more off-road ready on the new truck. The same thing is on the inside.

2018 honda ridgeline hybrid interior

2018 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid powertrain

So far, this excellent truck was offered with a capable 3.5-liter V6 engine. This engine can be found under the hood of many Honda models, including Accord sedan which rides on the same platform. The powertrain will be also the same as in the famous sedan.

It is a system that features a 2.0-liter gasoline engine which is good for 143 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque. The electric part of the system consists of two electric motors with a total output of 181 horsepower and it provides most of the tractive force. Combined output goes around 212 horsepower. If we consider that Accord Hybrid returns stupendous 50 miles per gallon, the new 2018 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid should be also close to these numbers. That will be definitely a decisive factor for many buyers in the future. Also, expect some pretty decent acceleration and top speed.

2018 honda ridgeline hybrid review

2018 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid features

Unlike the gasoline version which comes in total six trim levels, the new 2018 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid will most likely come in a single trim level. Compared to base gasoline models, we expect to see much more equipment. Most likely, list of standard features will be close to some higher trims, such as RTL-E. This means that the 2018 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid will come with standard features like 8-inch touchscreen, LED headlights, smartphone integration, seven-speaker audio system etc. Also, expect to see a full load of advanced safety systems like Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward-Collision Alert and much more. Also, expect to see few optional packages and numerous standalone options.

2018 honda ridgeline hybrid

2018 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid release date and price

Latest reports suggest that the 2018 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid could come already by the end of the year. However, we will have to wait for official confirmation. When it comes to the price, some reports suggest 40.000 dollars.

2018 Lincoln Mark LT Price, Release date

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Latest reports suggest that the famous luxury carmaker is going for another try with its premium truck, which should come as 2018 Lincoln Mark LT. This isn’t something new from Lincoln. Moreover, we saw this model two times so far.

There were two generations of it so far. The first one was in production between 2006 and 2008, while the second one was active between 2010 and 2014. After another break, the third generation is going to come. Once again, it will be in a close relation with the famous Navigator full-size luxury SUV. As you probably know, a completely redesigned, fourth generation of the legendary model came just recently.

Just like the new SUV, 2018 Mark LT will come with the new platform that utilize some very advanced technologies and design solutions that we originally saw in the current generation of the iconic F-150.

2018 lincoln mark lt review

2018 Lincoln Mark LT design

The 2018 Lincoln Mark LT will be pretty much a completely new model. Although there were two models with this nameplate in the past, the new one won’t have much in common with them. It will be related to the new Navigator that came just recently. These two models will share the platform, which was originally introduced with the new F-150, three years ago. The new architecture brings some revolutionary design solutions. Almost complete chassis and body of 2018 Lincoln Mark LT will be made of lightweight materials. This mostly refers to aluminum and high-strength steel.

The main benefit from new architecture is a huge weight loss, which eventually provides significantly more efficient ride. Also, it is important to mention that the new construction is strong enough despite the use of light materials. So, this definitely won’t affect on 2018 Lincoln Mark LT overall capability.

2018 lincoln mark lt side view

 

2018 Lincoln Mark LT engine

Just like the new Navigator, the new 2018 Lincoln Mark LT will switch to V6 engine. Instead of large and thirsty V8 engine, we will see a new version of the excellent 3.5-liter V6. This unit now delivers around 450 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. So, you get numbers that are even better than most of the eight-cylinder engines, but with significantly better efficiency. If you add to this a significantly lighter overall weight, massive fuel savings are certain. Also, the new truck will feature amazing numbers when it comes to speed and acceleration.

We presume that the new 2018 Lincoln Mark LT will be able to reach 60 mph in less than 6 seconds, while a top speed will go up to almost 120 miles per hour. When it comes to transmission, we will see the same new 10-speed automatic.

2018 lincoln mark lt rear view

2018 Lincoln Mark LT styling

The 2018 Lincoln Mark LT will also get a completely new styling. It will adopt the brand’s latest design language, including new headlights and a new grille that features Lincoln-logo-shaped holes. The front end is almost completely the same as the new Navigator. Speaking about cab design, this will be a luxury truck. So, it is hard to believe that we are going to see anything but some kind of a crew-cab configuration.

When it comes to the interior design, expect to see a cabin similar to its SUV relative. This means the same dashboard layout, with all those advanced technology features, including the latest version of the infotainment system, ran via a new 10-inch touchscreen.

2018 lincoln mark lt interior

2018 Lincoln Mark LT release date and price

The arrival of new 2018 Lincoln Mark LT is still uncertain, but various reports suggest late 2018 as a potential launch date. When it comes to price, we could expect 65.000-70.000 dollars for the base model, although those are rough predictions.

2018 GMC Sierra Elevation Sleek, Sophisticated Appearance

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The Light-duty truck segment has a lot of contenders and a majority of them are from the stable of GM. The GMC Sierra lineup is really popular in this segment and it gives tough competition to the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 lineup. The company also brings out limited and special edition trucks for the Sierra lineup every year. The 2018 GMC Sierra Elevation edition is one such example.

These limited edition models are aimed at niche buyers and usually, have higher price tags than regular models. Based on the Sierra 1500 model, it is aimed at the buyers who want luxury and amenities even in a light duty truck.

2018 GMC Sierra Elevation side

2018 GMC Sierra Elevation Comes with Macho Styling

The 2018 GMC Sierra Elevation edition is available on SLE double cab models, Crew Cab models and base double cab models. The styling is decidedly macho and it looks simply stunning. The available exterior colors are Stone Blue Metallic, Summit White, Onyx Black, and also a Dark Slate Metallic. The truck gets body-colored grille surround, matching mirror caps, bumpers and door handle. Its exterior badging also helps the model looks distinct from regular variants. It also gets 20-inch black-painted wheels.

2018 GMC Sierra Interior

Just like the exterior styling, the cabin of 2018 GMC Sierra Elevation edition has the stamp of uniqueness. It is way more stylish and the quality of materials is a step up than what you get in base and SLE models by default! The soft-touch instrument panel and real aluminum trim ooze lavishness. The Leather-wrapped steering wheel and Contrast stitching look nice too. In fact, the cabin is really quiet. The noise insulating materials like Aerodynamic exterior mirrors, Hydraulic body mounts and Triple door seals work actually as desired.

Safety Features

The 2018 GMC Sierra Elevation edition comes laden with plenty of safety features and amenity wise, you will not get any chance to complain. The Elevation package also brings to base Sierra models features like remote locking tailgate, rear-view mirrors, 110-volt power outlet, LED front fog lamps and deep tinted glass. Furthermore, the GM Intellilink setup is there with 7.0-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth and Smartphone support. The icing on the cake is the embedded 4G Wi-fi hotspot. The Sierra SLE Elevation Edition also gets an 8-inch touch display unit, HID headlights, and soft-touch dashboard. Safety wise, it gets many airbags, anti-lock brakes and vehicle stability control.

2018 GMC Sierra Elevation interior

2018 GMC Sierra Elevation Engine

The 2018 GMC Sierra Elevation edition has the same engine as used in the base and SLE trims. The base engine 4.3-liter V-6 unit makes 285 HP with 305 lb-ft of torque. The next one is 5.3-liter V-8 engine generates 355 HP. The final one is the mighty 6.2-liter V8 engine that makes 420 HP with 460 lb-ft torque. All engines will be also mated to the 6-speed automatic gearbox.

Fuel Economy

All engines from the list above will use direct injection and Active Fuel Management system. This system will allow engine to run on fewer cylinders and thus use less fuel. The base model V6 engine will give 18/24 mpg (2WD) and 17/22 mpg (4WD) in the city/highway. However, the model with 5.3 V8 engine comes with the fuel economy of 16/23 mpg (2WD) and 16/22 mpg (4WD). The final one and strongest will have in city/highway 15/21 mpg for the front wheel drive and 15/20 mpg for the all-wheel drive.

2018 GMC Sierra Elevation Towing Capacity

The model with strongest engine 6.2-liter V8 can pull up to 12,500 pounds. It can tow maximum 11,100 pounds. With this maximum towing capacity this engine will give a highway rating of 23 mpg. Also, the model with 5.3 engine has the similar numbers. However, the 4.3-liter V6 can max out around 7,600 pounds.

2018 GMC Sierra Elevation rear

2018 GMC Sierra Elevation Price and Release Date

Based on the trim chosen, the price of 2018 GMC Sierra Elevation edition will vary. The starting price should be close to $35.000. It will be soon available in the market.

Summing it up

The 2018 GMC Sierra Elevation edition is a compelling addition to the already popular Sierra lineup. It costs a little more than regular versions but you get enough for the price tag. Styling and amenity wise, it ticks the all the boxes.

BMW Pickup Truck Concept

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Pickup truck segment is witnessing unprecedented growth in recent times. It is not only about top players like GM and Ford launching new pickup truck models and sprucing up popular ones. More players are going to hop on this bandwagon and that list includes some top luxury models like BMW pickup truck Concept.

After Mercedes Benz taking the veils of its ambitious X class luxury pickup, it is natural that other luxury carmakers will follow suit. The prospect of BMW launching its version to take on the arch-rival is there. BMW, however, has not said anything with confirmation. That has not deterred the rumor sites from coming up with speculative render and the buzz is gaining momentum with time.

BMW pickup truck front

BMW Pickup Truck Design

Not much is known about the upcoming luxury pickup from BMW, as of now. Rival Mercedes Benz has used the popular Nissan Navara NP300 platform as a base. BMW does not have such partners to develop a pick-up truck on. So, it may use any of the SUV architectures or create a new one from the ground up.

However, a luxury pickup based on Toyota trucks may be on the cards. BMW has already partnered with the Japanese car behemoth for the Z5 roadster. A truck modeled on the popular Toyota Hilux may be on the cards. Typical BMW design elements will be present in the truck- whenever it hits production ramp. You can expect the vehicle to have the twin-kidney grille and sleek headlamps on the front side. Enough chrome accents may be also used on the exterior. It may have a few trim levels.

BMW Pickup Truck Interior

The cabin of the BMW pickup truck will be absolutely lavish and sleek looking. Plenty of leather, wood and metal trim will be used in the cabin. The typical BMW dashboard with leather coated steering wheel will be there. The cabin will also feature advanced noise cancellation tech, automated climate control and infotainment setup.

BMW pickup truck side

BMW Pickup Truck Engine

As of now, it is hard to say with certainty which powertrain will be used in the upcoming BMW pickup. Any of the engines used in top BMW SUVs may be used with some tweaks to suit the truck platform. Both gasoline and diesel engines may be offered. Since BMW is focusing on using hybrid powertrain in most of its vehicles, a possibility of the company using a special plug-in hybrid setup cannot be ruled out completely. In any case, the engine may be laden with BMW’s xDrive AWD setup.

BMW pickup truck rear

BMW Pickup Truck Price and Availability

The newest BMW pickup truck will not come cheap- as it is. The base trim price may be well above the $55.000 mark. No release date is known but 2020 is likely.

Summing it up

The possibility of BMW luxury truck is there through a lot of details are yet to be confirmed. It will give BMW the scope to explore the relatively less developed niche in the truck segment. However, the truck should be laden with a powerful engine and safety features to match the rival offerings. It is not going to be priced cheap though.