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New launches and upgrades add to the thriving pickup market

Published on Thursday 07 April 2016 in Pickup Truck Leasing

New launches and upgrades add to the thriving pickup market

You could say that sales of pickup trucks are really picking-up. New registrations jumped by 20% in 2015 compared to the previous year, reports the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Spoilt for choice

This is encouraging news and 2016 is set to be a bumper year as well. The manufacturers are keen for their piece of the action with Ford, Isuzu, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen all releasing upgrades to their pickup ranges. This follows the launch of the Mitsubishi L200 Series 5 in September last year.

Fiat will also be joining the field in the autumn with the Fullback which aims to take on the Navara and Hilux. It doesn't end there as Renault are entering this competitive sector with the Alaskan. Mercedes-Benz are due to offer their own pickup - the GLT in a couple of years too. You really will be spoilt for choice.

In the first part of two articles, we look at new pickups which are already available to you through Pickup Trucks Direct.

A new Ranger from Ford with boosted efficiency

The interior of the updated Ford Ranger has been completely overhauled with a leather dash and the addition of the 'Sync 2' eight-inch touchscreen navigation and infotainment system. There's a new front-end which is a huge improvement, with more defied curves and a beefed-up front end.

The engine range is increased to boost efficiency, saving you on fuel costs. The 198bhp 3.2-litre Duratorq five-cylinder diesel engine receives modifications to cut fuel consumption by 18%. The smaller 128bhp base model increases mpg by a staggering 22%.

Payload for the single-cab is 1,340kg and the double-cab comes in at 1,152kg - the largest from all the brands. This is ideal if you carry large loads of materials and tools, reducing your trips between jobs - saving you time and money.

Redesigned Nissan NP300 Navara claims international award

Both the interior and exterior of the Nissan NP300 Navara has been remodeled. Out goes the rugged and boxed body of the previous Navara. It's replaced by a softer and curvier design. New doors and angled side windows provide a modern look and the passenger benefits from extra space.

This helped the NP300 Navara in being crowned the International Pickup of the Year 2016. Voting was conducted by a panel of specialist automotive journalists from across Europe.

The load bed is now 67mm longer with a class-best load length of 1,578mm for the double-cab and 1,788mm in the king-cab.

Renault's 2.3-litre dCi engine replaces the Nissan 2.5-litre engine. The power outputs are 160bhp and 190bhp. You can choose between a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox.

The Mitsubishi L200 Series 5 leads the way

The new L200 Series 5 from Mitsubishi was available from September last year and didn't take long to start winning awards. It claimed the title of Best Pickup from Auto Express for 4×4 ability, economy and driving refinement.

Pickup Trucks Direct customer, Ben Billings of Top Construction said: "The L200 is a very smart vehicle and feels like I'm travelling to work in luxury. It makes me feel like I could keep driving.

"It has the largest carrying capacity of any pickup with 4,090kg. The power is increased to 178bhp. A new six-speed manual or automatic transmission has helped the pickup become even faster. It reaches 62mph, two seconds quicker than its predecessor - taking 10.4 seconds now.

Exciting times ahead

The increasing choice of pickup trucks shows the rapid growth experienced in the past year and how valuable it is to manufacturers. Fiat, Renault and Mercedes-Benz can no longer afford not to have a presence in the UK and we'll be looking at their new pickups in the second part of this guide.

The established marques will need to keep raising the bar, such as the impressive new offerings from Ford, Nissan and Mitsubishi. This is all good news for you!

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