Future Truck Rumors – August 2011 Edition
Over the past week, a lot of news has hit regarding future pickups. From Chevy to Toyota, news has been flying. Here’s a total summary of every future truck news item, starting with our favorite, the Toyota Tundra:
2014 Toyota Tundra: Will be released in 2013. Will feature a more aerodynamic and traditional look, a completely new interior, a redesigned frame, and the same V8s we have now. Look for variable valve lift and direct injection technology to add power to the 5.7L as well as boost efficiency, as well as some assorted small additions. See full article on 2014 Toyota Tundra.
2014 Scion/Prius Pickup: As we reported back in September 2010, rumors of a 2014 Scion pickup – with a Prius hybrid pickup coming along as well – are picking up steam. According to our Toyota sources, this truck has been talked about for a long time, with doubts that consumers will buy a small unibdoy pickup being the major concern. However, if these same rumors are to be believed, this Scion pickup will be both affordable ($22-$25k target price) and fuel efficient (25mpg minimum). The Prius version could see a rating as high as 35mpg…not bad for a pickup that will haul at least 1,000 lbs and tow more than 3500 lbs.
2014 F150: PickupTrucks.com is reporting that the 2014 F15o will offer not one, but THREE EcoBoost V6s, with the V8 lineup all but being replaced. The new EcoBoosts will be 2.7L and 3.0L in size, with the 3.0L destined to replace the 3.7L V6. This means Ford will be offering as many as six F150 motors in 2014:
- 6.2L V8
- 5.0L V8
- 3.7L V6
- 3.5L EcoBoostV6
- 3.0L V6 (same output as 3.7L but 15-20% more efficient)
- 2.7L V6 (F100 or Ranger engine – see below)
2014 Ranger or F100: Ford has cancelled the small Ford Ranger pickup. However, a “Ranger edition” F150 (also possibly known as an F100) is said to be on the way. The truck will feature the same frame and chassis as the F150, only it will be smaller and it will use the new small V6 currently in development.
2014 GM Silverado-Sierra: According to PickupTrucks.com, the next generation GM trucks will feature engine enhancements and six-speeds across the board. [GM – welcome to the 21st century! Thanks for joining the 6speed revolution…can you bring Ram with you?] The next-gen GM trucks will also feature a turbocharged V6 designed to compete with Ford’s EcoBoost.
2014 Honda Ridgeline: According to PickupTrucks.com, 2013 *IS* the very last model year of the current Ridgeline (we predicted it would die in 2012. Missed it by one year). However, there are discussions of a smaller replacement for the Ridgeline coming out that will be based on…wait for it…a Civic.
2014 Nissan Titan: According to Automotive News, the next-gen Titan will feature a 4cylinder Cummins diesel that is rumored to be capable of 28mpg…pretty exciting news if it is indeed true (and this is a very reputable news source, so that’s likely the case).
2013 Nissan Frontier: Again, according to Automotive News, the 2013 Frontier will be re-skinned.
2015 Ram 1500: The only rumor is that Cummins and Ram are cooking up a light-duty diesel. Considering that Nissan is using a Cummins diesel in the next Titan, and considering that Titan and Ram had a deal to share a pickup truck platform, it seems likely the Ram 1500 will indeed get the diesel…but probably not before the Titan has a chance to run with it. UPDATE: Ram’s 1500 will also be getting an 8 speed transimission by the 2015 model year (that’s 2014 in the real world).
2014 Ram Dakota: Still supposedly on the way, still based on the Chrysler-Fiat minivan platform, and still anyone’s guess if this will be a good attempt at a car-based compact pickup.
2014 Jeep Pickup: Not in the cards at this time – still just a concept.
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2014 Toyota Sequoia: Will not be based on the next-gen Tundra. According to Automotive News there is still debate in the company on this, but our sources are adamant that the Sequoia will not be canceled. If that is the case, it seems likely the Sequoia and Land Cruiser will end up sharing a platform.
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