As gas prices stay relatively low across these 50 states, pickup truck sales have boomed. Big time. GM, Ford and FCA have all pocketed profits from the truck boom, as well as the crossover explosion. And it doesn’t seem to be dying down.
Our sister sites, Ford Authority and Fiat-Chrysler Authority, have both reported on new pickup trucks inbound by 2018. The Ford F-150 will see a major refresh regarding its powertrain, while the 2018 Ram 1500 will be an all-new truck.
The 2017 model year will usher in a new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine for the F-150, now producing an extra 30 lb-ft of torque. It also gains the all-new, ten-speed automatic gearbox. General Motors will be plopping the co-developed transmission into the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 to start.
As for Ram, the new truck will get a full redesign, likely with upgraded powertrains, transmissions and even greater engineering. There’s also the likelihood of a split-folding tailgate, along with Stow ‘N Go seating, too.
General Motors recently refreshed the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado and 2016 GMC Sierra family of trucks, while special editions have rounded out the niches. A next-generation of pickups from GM will likely debut towards the end of the decade, and do expect aluminum bodies.