What We've Been Up To

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It's been a busy six months for pickup truck manufacturers, no matter the segment, and it doesn't look like things will be slowing down in the next six. Even if you have just a passing interest in pickups, you have to be excited about some of the new vehicles that are available and others that are on the way. Here's just a taste of what we've been doing recently and what we have on our calendar.

 

Head-to-Head 4x4 Challenge

We took out a pair of evenly matched off-road pickups — a 2015 Ram Rebel 1500 crew cab and a 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro CrewMax — to see how they compared and discovered some interesting details. This test was not about towing, creature comforts or which pickup wore the most hats. Instead, this test was all about how they performed on different off-road terrain: rocks, hill climbs, sand, washes and more. We'll have the results of this comparison in October, but you can be sure we had a blast taking these trucks off-road and pushing them to their limits.

 

2017 Super Duty at State Fair of Texas

It's beginning to feel like the State Fair of Texas will be all about the 2017 Ford Super Duty. With this year marking the debut of the fourth-generation 2017 Super Duty, the relationship between the fair and Ford seems to be getting even stronger. There has been much speculation about what the new heavy-duty truck will look like, but the odds-on favorite rumor buzzing around automotive journalism circles is that the new Super Duty will outshine the current-generation truck in much the same way the 2015 Ford F-150 surpassed the 2014 F-150. We'll have more details later this week.

 

Driving the Colorado/Canyon Diesel

The long-awaited "baby Duramax" comes to the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon in the next few months, and we can't wait to see how the little four-cylinder engine matches up with the midsize pickups. A first for the segment, the 2.8-liter turbocharged diesel is likely to be the fuel-economy leader in the segment but EPA ratings are not likely to be released until we get closer to the diesel Colorado's on-sale date. We'll have more on this in the next few weeks.

 

The All-New Honda Ridgeline

The all-new Honda Ridgeline is scheduled to go on sale as a 2016 vehicle but we've seen relatively few spy photographs from our desert shooters, which leads us to believe Honda might be pushing back some of its final hot-weather testing — typically one of the last engineering details before releasing a new model pickup. Regardless, we're guessing that many of the impressive all-new technologies that are on the new 2016 Honda Pilot will make their way into the new Ridgeline, especially those related to interior upgrades. More to come.

 

Next-Generation Nissan Titan XD

We've had several chances to see the all-new 2016 Titan XD up close since Nissan has shown several versions of the heavy-duty half-ton on the auto show circuit, but we won't be able to drive the new vehicle (at least that we can write about yet) until December. At that time we'll get the chance to put the new crew-cab 5.0-liter V-8 Cummins Titan XD through some towing and payload challenges. Nissan will have a hefty hurdle to overcome selling the heavier-duty diesel model out of the gate; however, after a few months, the production plant should have more cab configurations and powertrains for us to test.

 

Special Year-End Test

For the last two years we've conducted a segment-specific comparison test we call our Annual Physical.We collect as many models in a certain pickup segment, conduct track and driving tests, gather data and report the findings. This year we're hoping to put together something a little different, the results of which could provide both consumers and manufacturers with valuable data and input. We're in the final stages of planning this comparison test now, but we'll let you know more as we get closer to our Texas-sized test.

Cars.com photo by Mark Williams

 

Comments

Hmmm, State Fair here I come!

I've been keeping myself up to date with the latest Bronco rumors:
http://www.ford-trucks.com/articles/will-bronco-brought-back-life/

If true, these rumors would be Ford's best kept secret of recent history. And it would be a huge seller too.

As a side note, I would really like to see PUTC get a better footing as far as industry rumors are concerned. I generally have to go elsewhere to find such news.

These days, the vast majority of trucks being produced are highly competitive with each other, so comparisons tests alone only have so much value. For this site to really do well, it really needs to promote itself as the go-to site for any and all truck news.

Or you can just see the 2017 Super Duty here

http://truckyeah.jalopnik.com/2017-ford-f-250-super-duty-this-is-more-of-it-1732638892

Not sure on it. Maybe it'll grow on me? In the article it says the embargo lifts tonight so picture should be plentiful tomorrow.

2017 Super Duty unveiled live on Motor Trend YouTube channel at 11:45 EDT tomorrow.

We already covered the Tundra vs Fiat off-road a week or so ago in a different thread.

Cliff notes--the Tundra is better off-road and better as a pickup in general. It also got about the same real world MPG. Oh, and since it is a Toyota, QDR will be WAY better in the long run... .

The 2017 sd grill is plain UGLY.

The grille on the 17 SD looks way better than the previous gigantic black plastic or plastichrome versions. But why headlights extending into the grille?
Fyi dav, fiat doesn't sell a truck here. I know you boys do that to tick us off but it just makes you look dumb. And yeah the TuRD pro was chosen over the Dodge. Big deal

BroncoRevival, I hear you on getting better at the rumors but the example you provide is highly suspect.

FTE is a good site but they cite Christian Post.

Christian Post cites Christian Today.

Christian Today cites Yibida a clickbiat site.

And this is all they said: "The release date will be publicly available during the 2016 Detroit Car Show of all goes well as expected." It is not even gramtically correct and it is basically a clickbate site. PUTC doesn't to report on that kind of clickbait story.

dav:

The turd is better off road, but it is not even close to being the better truck.

I'm sick of jalopnik not sticking to embargoes.

@BroncoRevival,

The story you linked to is not legit. FTE and Christian Today fell for a click bait site or they are click bait sites themselves. These days most sites talking about the Bronco are click bait sites and there is no truth to anything they write or they just spam a bunch of nonsense to get you to click on it. Go to allpar if you want real rumors.

That front grill of 2017 sd looks like GM. It's still brick. Aluminium, but brick.
Out of topic thought , FCA will buy VW for cheap this year so they don't need GM anymore. VW is better match for them.

Somar,
Imagine FCA with VW!

That would be Sergio's dream.

Big Al from Oz - not really. Sergio wants someone to save them. VW is up to their azz in alligators right now. The whole emissions cheat investigation is spreading to other countries. This may indirectly help FCA if the EU starts their own investigation.

VW+Fiat?!

I think the only car company that makes bigger crap than Fiat is VW--and that is saying something!

@LOU
You have no idea what Sergio wants.



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