This is the age of pickup trucks. With black gold hitting new lows and not looking to come up anytime soon, everyone who ever wanted a pickup truck is hitting the showrooms and driving one straight to their garage. This is a boom nonetheless especially in the USA which is, arguably the largest market for pickups. Manufacturers are responding to this surge and all of them want a slice of this hot cake as long as it’s there to be had. There are many 2018 pickup trucks on the verge of burning the tarmac.
But that’s just half of the story. Durability, longevity, and loads of torque – these are common features expected and enjoyed in pickups. And with all due respect, these are commonplace. Buyers want more. They want monstrous power, better interiors, softer luxury and off-road entertainment. Even the best automakers are well aware of what the consumers want. And they have come up with 10 truck-tastic answers!
Top 10 2018 Pickup Trucks you won’t mind buying:
1. Ford F-250 Super Chief
Ford has completely changed the boundaries of what a pickup truck can be. This is a concept truck nonetheless. However, a close resemblance is going to hit the streets above the available F-150 Super Duty series. This concept looked futuristically monstrous with its symmetrical, minimalist body shape and all-chrome bar front fascia. It’s powered by a V10 supercharged engine which can run on multiple fuels including hydrogen. Although the production model will not have the hydrogen and a few other luxury add-ons, it’s going to be one heck of a truck and one of the most anticipated 2018 pickup trucks. Read more about F-250 Super Chief.
2. Jeep Wrangler Pickup
A more realistic model, American icon Jeep will enter the pickup truck for the first time with a larger wheelbase version of its existing Wrangler SUV platform. Merging unique Jeep traits, wooden interior décor add-ons with off-road skills and a powerful Pentastar V-6 engine are obvious expectations. Outputs will come in at around 290 HP and 260 lb-ft. But there are rumors that Jeep will develop a new small-block turbocharged unit for this model and its SUV counterpart. Figures should cross 300 HP. It’s definitely worth the wait. Read more about Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck.
3. Ford F-150 Diesel
A crucial entry for 2018 pickup trucks in the US, the F-150 diesel is meant to take the competition straight to RAM 1500 Diesel and other Toyota or Nissan models. Instead of asking the question why Ford did not come up with a diesel model previously, what matters the most is where this new model will come in. It’s surely going to be a trim in the line-up, a diesel option. The engine in all probability will be a 3.0L Power-Stroke V6 with hefty outputs – 220 HP and 400 lb-ft. Read 2018 Ford F150 Diesel full review.
4. Mercedes X-Class
The word concept would immediately dissuade your curiosity but the morning shows the day. This is a perfect example of an evolving segment of luxury pickup trucks 2018. A vehicle with a bed, luxurious SUV-esque interiors and worthwhile off-roading skills – this is a complete niche segment. Deliveries for what the manufacturers consider as the world’s first premium pickup truck will begin by 2018 in the UK and across the Atlantic too. Read Mercedes X-Class review.
5. Hyundai Santa Cruz
Multi-utility or checking more than the given checkboxes is a rising trend in the automobile industry. Hyundai is slated to introduce this ‘car-based’ pickup at least by late 2018. It’s going to be based on the concept model which was unveiled a while back. Modeled as a small-size utility truck, this is the answer to an urban creed of buyers looking for a nifty off-roader with a bed for those weekend trips. And if the design is anything to go by, this is one of the standouts among 2018 pickup trucks. Read a full review of Hyundai Santa Cruz.
6. Tesla Model U
If someone had imagined an all-electric pickup truck, they would’ve been shunted straight into an asylum. But that is just what the Tesla Model U is all about. A 160 kWh power pack, 3,500 pounds of payload and all-wheel drive – as far as insider sources go, this is going to be one of the most utilitarian pickup trucks 2018. Read more about this pickup.
7. 2018 RAM 3500HD
The 1000 pound-feet of torque – this is what RAM is aiming for with their biggest full body pickup truck. Right now, they are third behind GM and Ford in the race for more power or rather a torque. Thing is, more torque can be translated into higher payload currently resting with RAM. But both Ford and GM are eyeing new pickup trucks 2018. This RAM 3500 HD is meant to push the limits and takes it well beyond. Read more about new RAM 3500HD.
8. 2018 Ford Raptor
This is a pure-bred performance vehicle meant more for Baja and Mojave than on tarmacs. And the 2018 Ford Raptor will be a monster. 2017 was a good year with Ford making the best of this model. But these pickup trucks 2018 will have a bigger engine along with everything it stands for and much more. With the current model using a 3.5L V6 EcoBoost, 2018 will (and it will) see a 5.0L V8 EcoBoost created just for performance models. Current outputs of 450 HP and 510 lb-ft. will leap all the way to 600 HP. Interested? Read more about powerful new F150 Raptor.
9. Ford Ranger
An important strategic entry for Ford into the 2018 pickup trucks fray, Ranger will finally give US buyers a compact pickup truck to choose. This is one of the most popular pickups around in the global scale which is strangely unavailable in the States. But that is about to change with Ford more than likely to bring the Ranger back with a 3.2L EcoBoost at least. And there are many who’re lining up for it. Read about upcoming 2018 Ranger US version.
10. 2018 Toyota Hilux
The utility is what this model is all about – a compact budget model coming with Toyota’s reliability and added tech features. An entry-level model among pickup trucks 2018, the Japanese will aim for a bigger slice of the US market. And this is the most popular pickup in the Europe. Many of us don’t believe that the Toyota Hilux will really come to the American market, but there is a lot of speculation that it will. Although, we’re not sure will the 2018 Hilux occur in America, it still appeared on our list because this is our favorite premium truck. Read more about this pickup.
Like this list? Feel free to add-on a few more and a bit more on them. The 2018 pickup trucks will see the segment take a huge leap forward for those who make it and also for those who buy it. As for enthusiasts, there’s more food for thought. Enjoy and have a nice one!