While we've never been very good at predicting the future, we do know what we'd like to see happen in the pickup truck arena. Here's our wish list for 2017.
- Ford should jump back into the mid-size pickup market with a U.S. version of the Ranger. The global Ranger has several amazing trim packages and diesel options that could easily make it a 100,000-unit seller in its first full year in the U.S.
- Chevrolet ought to let the Colorado ZR2 team start playing with a full-size Silverado. After proving their mad skills with the mid-size, let's see some more of that creativity in a full-size pickup.
- Jeep needs to make the biggest bang possible when introducing its new pickup. What about using it to tow a trailer over the Rubicon Trail in California's Sierra Nevadas or on the rocky trails outside Moab, Utah?
- Ram has a golden opportunity in the mid-size and compact pickup segments with its Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Work Vehicles commercial connection. How about starting a whole new segment?
- Toyota has been playing it safe for far too long. Why can't we get an updated Tundra TRD Pro with the Crawl Control and Multi-Terrain Select traction systems, and a dedicated maximum towing package for the full-size truck with heavier-duty rear springs?
- Nissan is back in the game with its new half-ton Titan, but it needs to start shifting its "let us play too" attitude and start pushing some envelopes either in technology or payload engineering.
- Honda has done a stellar job of creating the perfect pickup for its customers, but with a platform like the Ridgeline surely Honda can create something a little more substantial and work oriented.
- Hyundai has been threatening to jump into the personal-use pickup market but it will need to do something special with the powertrain if it doesn't want to get lost in a growing mid-size market.
What do you think we'll be calling a highlight from 2017 at the end of the year? Let us know in the comments section below.
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