Published on Friday 22 April 2016 in Pickup Truck News
In the second part of our guide, we're going to look at the new pickups which will be available to you through Pickup Trucks Direct in the upcoming months, or in some cases - years.
A longer, wider and lower Toyota Hilux
The eight version of the Toyota Hilux was unveiled at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham on 26 April 2016. You'll be able to get behind the wheel towards the end of 2016. Toyota will be looking to expand upon the 16 million they've already sold globally.
Customer Glenn Molyneux of Molyneux Tree Surgery, said: "This is my 18th Hilux, they don't break. I've tried all the other makes, but they just can't cut the mustard! No other pickup can take the punishment our trucks go through!"
The new Hilux has a stronger ladder chassis, reinforced deck structure, enhanced 4x4 capabilities and improved towing capabilities. Its 90mm longer in length, 20mm wider and 5mm lower than before, which means more internal space and load carrying for you.
Lots of benefits with the new Volkswagen Amarok
Only available as a double-cab, the upcoming Volkswagen Amarok comes with a choice of two 2.0-litre diesel engines - a 138bhp turbo and a 178bhp twin-turbo.
The exact release date is to be confirmed, yet it's due for the end of 2016. This will give you plenty of time to get excited about the Amarok Trendline. If you upgrade to this model, you'll get cruise control, a multifunction trip computer, a six-speaker stereo and two-zone automatic air-conditioning. The steering wheel and gearstick are trimmed in leather and it comes with 17-inch alloys.
More power and a lighter Isuzu D-Max
The Isuzu D-Max is being given a facelift and set for a December release in the UK. Powered by a 1.9-litre twin-turbo diesel engine, early reports suggest it'll be 10% more powerful than the current 2.5-litre vehicle. This is due to the engine being 20% lighter.
The D-Max is currently available as a single-cab, double-cab and extended-cab.
Fiat to break into the pickup arena with the Fullback
Fiat make their debut in the pickup truck market with a double-cab only version. The Fullback will carry a payload of up to 1,045kg - just 5kg less than the Mitsubishi L200. A 2.4-litre turbo diesel engine with 150bhp or 180bhp will be on offer from the Italian manufacturer this autumn.
The Fullback's name is taken from the position in rugby to give it a sense of strength, agility and speed. That sounds like the perfect combination for a workhorse.
Renault's first four-wheel drive pickup
This will be Renault's first venture into the global pickup sector. The Alaskan will be built alongside the Nissan Navara, although both companies will ensure their engineering and design processes are kept separate to guarantee unique vehicles. Clever move!
The engine from the Master van will be used in the Alaskan - a 2.3-litre 163bhp twin-turbo diesel. The production version of the Alaskan will be revealed this summer before going on sale in 2017.
You can't rush quality workmanship
The Mercedes-Benz GLT is still a long way off - roughly two to three years. Mercedes-Benz is expected to work closely with Renault-Nissan to produce their petrol and diesel GLT. The ladder frame, axles and body structure are likely to be shared components, with the interior, exterior and engines being brand-specific.
As always you can expect a smooth fit and finish, top-notch safety and comfort from Mercedes-Benz. Just hurry up with it!