Eight Trucks we’re excited to see and drive!
We are chomping at the bit, anxious to drive new trucks. Stephen, Andre and Roman take us through eight trucks (and two bonus trucks) that lots of us want to sample. In this podcast, which has a video companion as well (coming soon), we pour over the trucks, their numbers and a few rumors too.
There are a lot of changes coming our way, everything from EVs, hybrids, new trims and new models too. Along the lines of what’s going on with the current COVID-19 crisis, seat-time is rare. Still, we are getting a lot of intel from various sources regarding these upcoming trucks.
Here are the trucks in descending order:
8. 2021 Ford F-150
7. 2022 GMC Hummer EV
6. 2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz
5. 2021 Jeep Gladiator Diesel
4. 2022 Ford Maverick
3. 2021 Nissan Frontier
2. 2022 Toyota Tundra
1. 2021 Ram Rebel TRX
Bonus: Rivian R1T
Bonus: Tesla Cybertruck
Trucks like the 2021 Ford F-150 have a ton of rumors preceding its debut. Many rumors are already coming into focus: an F-150 EV, Coyote V8 continuation, and several turbocharged Ecoboost engines. Other items, like hybrid systems, new interiors and new variants have yet to be confirmed.
EV pickup trucks like the Rivian R1T, Tesla Cybertruck, and GMC Hummer are all purpose-built EV trucks. Unlike the Ford F-150 EV and rumored Chevrolet EV pickup, these trucks have a dedicated EV platform and appear to have mostly bespoke components.
The Nissan Frontier and Jeep Gladiator will have new power. We’ve already sampled the old platform with the new 3.8-liter V6 and nine-speed automatic transmission. It was impressive. Still, we need to see what benefits the new platform can achieve. The Gladiator is due to get the same 3.0-liter diesel that is already available in the Wrangler.
Nothing has been confirmed about the upcoming Toyota Tundra. We hear lots of rumors about a twin-turbocharged V6 and hybrid power-plants, but nothing has been confirmed. We have seen many test-mules running around, but little else/
Hyundai’s Santa Cruz and the (possible) Ford Maverick pickup look like they will be Honda Ridgeline competitors. That is to say, they appear to be a unibody, crossover-like vehicle that is front-wheel drive bias. Hyundai confirmed the Santa Cruz, but the Maverick is still a rumor. Ford DID say they were looking at producing a truck that might slot in below their Ranger.
Finally, the Ram Rebel TRX. We have a ton of unsubstantiated information about this vehicle along with a few facts. It’s expected to directly compete against the Ford Raptor with a Hellcat V8 and monster suspension. We’ve seen tons of test vehicles and test-mules.
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