What Pickups to Expect at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show

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The 2019 model year is shaping up to be quite interesting for pickup trucks. Two old friends are returning to the mid-size pickup class: the 2019 Ford Ranger and 2019 Jeep Gladiator. We're also expecting to see new versions of heavy-duty models from Chevrolet, GMC and Ram at one of the upcoming major auto shows. For new truck buyers that means lots of choices, especially given how much change and improvement we've seen in the new half-ton pickups from those manufacturers. Regardless of what 2019 brings for pickup trucks, attending an auto show is a good way to see what's available and what the future holds as well as figure out what you like and don't like.

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The Los Angeles Auto Show is the unofficial start of the auto show season — assuming you don't count the State Fair of Texas — and we'll be ready for it. So far, the only rumors we've heard regarding pickup truck debuts at the 2018 L.A. auto show are the Jeep Gladiator and an all-new electric pickup, the R1T from Rivian Automotive. From what we understand, the latter was created by a team with lots of electric vehicle experience and the former is likely to be the vehicle of the show if Jeep does it right. We'll know more in a couple days.

The 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show kicks off with a media preview Wednesday and Thursday, and we'll be reporting straight from the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St. The show will be open to the public Friday through Dec. 9. Hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Dec. 2 and Dec. 7-8; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 3-6; and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 9.

General admission is $20 for visitors age 13-64 ($15 if purchase in advance online), $10 for senior citizens age 65 or older and $5 for children age 6-12; kids younger than 6 get in free. Dec. 3 through Dec. 6, general admission is discounted to $15 at the door and $12 in advance online. Early entry tickets, group discounts and guided tours are also available; visit the show's website for more ticketing info.

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I'm not going, but it would be interesting to see the Gladiator. That back seat doesn't look very big but I suppose it doesn't matter, all you need are the two front seats to get you and Snake Plissken the F out of LA.

Gladiator is a far better name than Scrambler if that is the official final decision between these 2 options.

Looking forward to more news on full size trucks and maybe some Bronco info.

@BD- the back seat is supposed to be identical to the JL- which is not bad. 2.5" more legroom than the Colorado, and .5" wider. Back-rest angle is much better than in the JKU.
As much as I want to know more about the Bronco, I'd feel just a little slighted if it wasn't revealed here in Detroit.

I'm only interested in the new Ram 2500 with the CGI Cummins
and the new 8 speed ZF automatic. And the bumped up hp/
torque numbers will be interesting.

Vegas is only 2,500 miles from Long Island so a trip out there
is a no-no. The Gladiator looks cute. I wanna see one in dark
green metallic up close. Jeep could have a winner on it's hands.

I'm with the other, in want some news on the big bronco. Give me the 3.5 eco and 5.0 coyote. Dana 44 and 60 axles. And third pedal with 7 and 1.

When will there be a new Tundra??? Will we see the new Tundra in Chicago or Detroit?

I'm guessing it will have the 3.5L Twin Turbo and 10 speed auto from the Lexus LS500?

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