Got your eye on the hottest pickup trucks for 2017? We’ve got you covered.
Remember when pickup trucks were strictly considered work vehicles or just big beasts that our uncles drove? Well, that’s certainly no longer the case. Pickup trucks today are sleek, comfortable and stylish. Of course, that bed and towing / hauling capability is still there. However, it’s not a stretch to consider many truck luxury vehicles these days.
So, if you’ve been thinking about putting a pickup in your garage, allow us to introduce you to the most anticipated trucks for 2017.
The futuristic exterior styling of the Mitsubishi Triton will remain relatively untouched for the 2017 release. However, the truck has been slightly widened to provide a lower center of gravity and therefore more stability while driving. The truck’s wide front bumper helps protect it during off-road excursions, and the large air vents provide cooler air through to the engine. Despite the sleek lines of the truck’s body, the Triton’s 178 horsepower engine can accelerate to 60 miles per hour in about nine seconds and reach top speeds of 115 miles per hour. Leather upholstery, an interactive touchscreen and wireless Bluetooth technology offer greater comfort for the Triton’s interior.
While the Ranger has been missing from the US market since 2012, it has been a constant appearance on the International markets with the current model being released back in 2010. In order to keep it up to date, Ford even announced and presented a large update to the car with the new 2016 model which gave it a new look, improved engines, and a better interior.
The Scrambler is finally a Chrysler callback to their glory days. Fiat-Chrysler has struggled in the past decade to create cars that have an identity, pumping out cars that aren’t reliable nor do they look good. The Jeep Scrambler combines the beloved Jeep model and a pickup truck. The styling is classic but still unlike anything else on the road and should fill the gaping hole in the small-midsize truck market. It looks like Chrysler may be on the upswing come 2017.
No one has been able to confirm whether or not Kia will actually release its pickup concept in 2017 but if they do it could be a game changer. Initial design specs make it appear as if Kia’s entry into the work truck market could be the most “futuristic” truck on the market. The bed of the Kia will be a full 86 inches, which is enough to fit a full sheet of plywood (and satisfy those who may be skeptic of a “looks over function” type design). The planned interior could have the look of a car from 2040 and it will be interesting to see if Kia dumbs it down to appeal to a broader market.
Despite first being introduced in the mid-1980s, it has been a while since there has been a significant update to the design of the Dodge Rampage. Both the interior and exterior of this truck will receive an overhaul for 2017, including a completely redone front fascia and a new black grill with the Ram logo. New LED technology will be added to the headlights and taillights, and fog lights will highlight the updated front. Inside the cabin, the new Rampage will feature black and red upholstery for the five seats, and a new touch-screen display will be added to the navigation system.
A redesign of both the interior and exterior appearance of the Chevy Colorado will help redefine this vehicle for 2017. Adding LED technology to both the headlights and taillights, as well as new fog lights, the Colorado will also lose most of its chrome detailing. The truck will comfortably seat five passengers on heated cushions. The 2017 Colorado will have a four-cylinder diesel engine with 193 horsepower and an automatic six-speed transmission. With an MSRP of just over $21,000, the Chevy Colorado will be an affordable diesel truck option.
Known for innovative technology, especially in the realm of electric cars that do not require gasoline, Tesla looks to roll out its first line of trucks in 2017. While details concerning the body, specific mechanics and electric engine largely remain a mystery, Tesla does promise that the vehicle will be able to haul and tow significant loads just like any other truck. Since most Tesla vehicles features curves rather than boxy shapes, the upcoming truck is likely to fall in line with this style
A slightly larger front chrome bumper and triangular fog lights provide more protection and reflection for the redesigned Silverado. In addition, the taillights are sharper and more visible for unlit roads and paths. Chevy is offering more colors to provide more options for potential customers. A modern heating and cooling system is a much-needed upgrade to the interior climate of the Silverado, and drivers will find the dashboard easier to use with its large, color touchscreen. This technology will make it even easier to harness and use the 397 horsepower from the V8 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.
Another sleek truck with a stylish and curvy style, the Santa Cruz is rated more as an off-road truck with a luxurious interior. The rear doors of this truck open backward, providing better access to the truck’s back seat. Since the Santa Cruz is designed as an of-road vehicle, the 21-inch tires boast enhanced suspensions that even out bumps in the terrain. The truck’s basic engine is a 2.4-liter option, although other types will be available as well, providing exceptional fuel efficiency for this truck.
New to the truck market, Fiat will be unveiling its new Toro pickup in 2017. After an unimpressive previous foray into trucks, Fiat has spent a long time designing and testing the Toro ahead of this release. With a focus on elegance and functionality, the Toro has a stylish front grill, headlights and bumper that make this truck able to navigate multiple types of terrain while looking good. The 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine of the Toro makes it reasonably powerful and fuel-efficient.
Although the RAM 1500 SRT Hellcat will largely remain the same in appearance with a few minor alterations, the major change is the scooped hood that will make the engine more efficient while providing a different look. In addition, the taillights will become more visible as the bumper moves slightly. Adjustable leather seats and a state-of-the-art zone climate control system help keep the Hellcat’s passengers riding in comfort while they access the all-new touchscreen. Most anticipated of all is this truck’s V8 engine with 607 horsepower while still providing moderate fuel economy.