From the staff here at PickupTrucks.com, we want to thank all of you for sticking with us through 2015 and wish everyone a Happy New Year.
The new year promises to be a big year for pickups, and here are a few of the things we're looking forward to in the next 12 months:
All-New 2017 Honda Ridgeline Debuts in Detroit
After a one-year hiatus, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline will make its official debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show. We've been teased with information about the Ridgeline for the better part of a year now, and we've seen spy shots of the Ridgeline already rolling around in full camo. A modified version of the Ridgeline also won its class at the Baja 1000 earlier in 2015.
We hope Honda avoids the mistakes it made with the previous Ridgeline and that the new one emerges as a true contender, helping to drive innovation in the segment.
New 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor
Just like the Ridgeline above, we've been hearing about the Raptor and getting small tastes of testing footage and information about new features. But the time for nibbling is over, and we cannot wait to get our hands on the real thing and take a bite.
Click here to see some spy shots of the four-door version of the Raptor, chart out a map across some desert terrain and wait eagerly with us to see if the out-of-the-box off-road king remains on top of the hill.
New GM HD Pickups
Both of the heavy-duty offerings from Chevrolet and GMC are getting a massive update in 2016, which will introduce new technology and convenience features as well as a new HD steering-assist system called Digital Steering Assist.
The goal of DSA is to make the HDs feel similar to their half-ton counterparts even though they will keep a hydraulic steering setup versus the electrical one found in the Silverado/Sierra 1500. The system will help to make the HDs easier to control in traffic and will offer better stability in high-speed or crosswind situations on the road.
New Super-Duty From Ford
The aluminum revolution reaches the big show, as Ford extends its use of the lightweight metal to its Super Duty trucks for 2017. The Super Duties were overdue for an update, so we are glad to see that one is just on the horizon. Ford is also debuting 16 segment-first technologies with the new trucks; we covered their introduction extensively here.
Hybrid Truck News
There hasn't been a hybrid truck sold in America since the unmissed Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid and its GMC counterpart, which sold from 2009 to 2013. The electrified GM twins did not resonate with consumers, but the industry seems to be ready to take another crack at it, with both Toyota and Ford racing to build their own hybrid pickups on separate paths.
Earlier this month, Ford said its goal is to deliver a hybrid version of the F-150 before the decade is out. We'll have our ears to the ground for more news about electrification and pickups in the coming year.