Ford F-150 / Hybrid
A new generation of the Ford F-150 is on the way. So far, spy shots don't provide a good look at the styling changes. Mechanically, it will get a new 4.8-liter V8 to replace the popular 5.0. Look for a debut late in 2020 and for sales to begin in the 2021 model year.
But the Ford F-150 is also going electric, and it starts with a gasoline-electric hybrid model. Possibly joining the fold for the 2021 model year (although sources say Ford may push this model until the next-generation F-150 debuts), the F-150 Hybrid will allow the full-size pickup to serve as a mobile generator while sacrificing little – if any – of the model’s towing and hauling capabilities. Spy photos of the truck lead us to believe the F-150 Hybrid will offer plug-in capability and be able to travel short distances on electricity alone.
Ford F-150 Electric
The Blue Oval doesn’t plan to stop at an F-150 Hybrid. With help from Rivian following a $500 million investment in the EV startup, the American manufacturer will also bring an all-electric F-150 to market.
Likely based on the next-generation F-150 (due before the middle of the next decade), the battery-electric model is sure to offer impressive performance and driving range from the get-go. Expect the F-150 Electric to come to market with a towing capacity of at least 10,000 pounds and a driving range of more than 200 miles. The EV's arrival could be as soon as 2021.
"Ford has a long-standing commitment to sustainability, with Bill Ford being one of the industry's earliest advocates, and we are excited to use our technology to get more electric vehicles on the road," Rivian boss RJ Scaringe said.
GMC Hummer EV
GMC will revive the Hummer name with a new EV. The company's announcement calls the vehicle a "truck," so until we see it, the assumption is that the model is a pickup. Early specs include 1,000 horsepower and zero-to-60 time of just 3.0 seconds. But until we see some rubber on the road, we'll consider those claims unproven.
Karma Electric Pickup Concept
At the same time the Tesla Cybertruck debuted, Karma unveiled a shadowy concept for its own pickup. This would be a range-extended vehicle with a combustion engine available for charging the batteries. The company hasn't said when the model will arrive, but says this rendering depicts a "proof of concept," which suggests a production version isn't too close to hitting the road.
Lordstown Motors Endurance
The Lordstown Motors Endurance electric pickup is the first product coming from the automaker that's taking over General Motors' shuttered Lordstown Complex in Ohio.
The automaker intends the electric truck to have at least 200 miles of EPA-rated range. The powertrain would consist of four in-wheel hub motors producing a total of 600 horsepower, and LM wants the vehicle to tow at least 6,000 pounds. Pricing would start around $52,000 before federal tax incentives.
Lordstown Motors intended to have a driving prototype on display at the North American International Auto Show in June 2020... but with plans changed, we're not sure when we'll see the first concept. But expect a production version ready as soon as November.
The Nissan Frontier is due for a new generation. Rumors suggest its styling could take on a look more like the latest Titan, which we tried to show in our speculative rendering above. The truck will also reportedlypack a 3.8-liter V6 with over 300 horsepower and better fuel economy than the current 4.0-liter engine. The next Frontier's debut allegedly will happen in September 2020, with sales starting in February 2021.
Nissan Titan Raptor Rival
The toughest Nissan Titan available currently is the Pro-4X model, which starts at $47,590 for 2020. But if we’re to believe a report from February, Nissan could expand its Titan lineup with an even tougher model designed to take on the Ford Raptor. Details on the project are slim, but Nissan suggests there’s still "a bit more to do" when it comes to Titan.
The Rivian R1T might be our best look yet at the pickup truck’s future. Armed with as much as 800 horsepower from its electric motors, the R1T is an electric luxury truck that hauls butts and heavy loads. Case in point: The trot to 60 miles per hour takes a claimed 3.0 seconds, while maximum towing capacity stands at 11,000 pounds. Additionally, an available 180-kWh battery pack allegedly affords more than 400 miles of driving range. The R1T is set to arrive in late 2020 with a starting price of just less than $70,000, though Rivian recently suggested it may lower the truck's base price to better compete with the Tesla Cybertruck.
Toyota GR Hilux
Looks like Toyota is adding even more models to its growing GR performance portfolio. A recent trademark hints at a full-blown GR Hilux designed to take on the Ford Ranger Raptor, with cues inspired by the brand’s Dakar Rally truck. It should look similar to the Hilux GR Sport (pictured), but with additional rugged cues. And no, it won't come to the U.S.
The Toyota Tundra will get a redesign for the 2020 or 2021 model year. Riding on Toyota's new rear-drive TNGA-F platform, the latest Tundra will sport new exterior styling that brings it in line with the rest of the Toyota model line and a revamped interior with the brand’s latest infotainment setup. We wouldn’t be surprised if Toyota pulls some tricks and stuffs a variant of the Lexus LS’s twin-turbocharged V6 under the next Tundra’s hood, either.
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