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2019 Ford F-150 Raptor Trail Control promises smarter off-roading

2019 Ford F-150 Raptor Trail Control promises smarter off-roading

Ford's beastly F-150 Raptor truck is never going to be a candidate for autonomous driving, but a new Trail Control feature should make going even further off-road more straightforward for the updated pickup. Set to be offered on the 2019 F-150 Raptor, the new feature is a little like cruise control, only intended for the wilderness.

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Ford confirms 2019 Ranger pricing starting at $25,395

Ford confirms 2019 Ranger pricing starting at $25,395

If you ever needed any proof that Ford is serious about competing with the 2019 Ford Ranger, just look at the prices it has confirmed for the mid-size truck. Ford is going to sell the 2019 Ranger XL with a 6-foot box in 4x2 SuperCab configuration for $25,395. This marks the return of affordable trucks in a market where prices have soared in past years.

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GM’s Tripower name returns but not in a muscle car

GM’s Tripower name returns but not in a muscle car

One of the most annoying things about modern auto manufacturers that were around making iconic cars in the '60s and '70s is that they are resurrecting some of those storied nameplates and straying far from muscle car roots. While the Mustang and Camaro are still closely tied to their '60s versions, GM and Dodge have strayed far away on some cars.

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Toyota Project Portal 2.0 is a fuel cell-powered big rig

Toyota Project Portal 2.0 is a fuel cell-powered big rig

Toyota is showing off its take on the future of zero-emissions trucking with the second version of its fuel cell Class 8 truck. The truck was unveiled at the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars in Michigan. Toyota notes that the first Project Portal Alpha truck began operations in April 2017.

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2019 F-150 Limited gains Raptor 3.5L EcoBoost engine

2019 F-150 Limited gains Raptor 3.5L EcoBoost engine

Truck buyers who looked at the Raptor and wanted something that was fancier, but still had all that torque and horsepower have a new option. Ford has announced that the 2019 F-150 Limited is getting that high-output 3.5L EcoBoost V6 from the Raptor. That new engine makes the F-150 Limited the most powerful light-duty truck in the US.

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Nissan Titan Surfcamp chases the endless summer

Nissan Titan Surfcamp chases the endless summer

Nissan has rolled out another cool custom show vehicle based on the Titan XD truck called the Titan Surfcamp. This truck is meant to be the ultimate partner for fans of surfing, fishing, and other beach activities. Surfcamp started as a 2018 Titan XD Midnight Edition and was turned into a beach oasis by Nissan.

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Ram 1500 Classic is the old body style selling alongside the new

Ram 1500 Classic is the old body style selling alongside the new

Automakers are beginning to learn that just because they roll out a new body style of a vehicle that doesn’t mean demand for the old-style wanes. Nissan did that with the Rogue when it rolled out its new body style years back selling the old and new together. Jeep has done it with the Wrangler selling the Wrangler JK (the old body style) alongside the new Wrangler JL this year. Now Ram Trucks is doing this with the Ram 1500 Classic.

Truck fans will recognize the 1500 Classic as the old body style truck that was popular before the rollout of the new 2019 Ram truck. The Classic will be sold right alongside the new truck and presumably will be cheaper making trucks more affordable for the masses looking to buy. Ram says that the 1500 Classic is known internally as the DS model while the 2019 Ram 1500 is known as the DT.

Ram specifically says that the 1500 Classic is targeted directly at entry level and commercial buyers and that it is keeping the old truck on to not "walk away" from those two buyer categories. Along with the old body style, the trucks will also feature a new "Classic" badge on the fenders. There will be four trims available with Tradesman, Express, Big Horn/Lone Star, and special services vehicles.

There are three packages for those trucks including Chrome Plus on the Tradesman with chrome bumpers, body-color upper front fascia, 17-inch wheels, remote keyless entry, and carpet. Tradesman SXT will be offered on the Tradesman trim adding chrome bumpers, body-color front fascia, 5-inch radio, fog lamps, dual exhaust for V8 models, and 20-inch chrome wheels.

An Express Black Accent package is available on all Express trim colors and has black wheels, black headlamp bezels, and black badges. 1500 Classic buyers can choose bed and cabs including Regular Cab with 8-ft. bed or 6-ft., 4-in. bed, Quad Cab with 6-ft., 4-in. bed, Crew Cab short bed (5-ft., 7-in.) or Crew Cab with optional 6-ft., 4-in. bed.. Both 4x4 and 4x2 models will be offered with 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine or a 5.7L Hemi V8. A 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel will be offered later. Ram 1500 Classic will launch in Q4 2018 with pricing unannounced for now.

SOURCE: FCA

2019 GMC Sierra Elevation offers all-new 2.7L turbo engine

2019 GMC Sierra Elevation offers all-new 2.7L turbo engine

GMC has unveiled the very attractive 2019 GMC Sierra Elevation full-size truck. The push to get big trucks more fuel efficient is evident here. While the V8 you expect under the hood is available, you can get an all-new 2.7L turbo four that makes 310hp and 348 lb-ft of torque. If you don’t want a truck without a V8, the 5.3L unit is an option.

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Ford stops F-150 production due to parts shortage

Ford stops F-150 production due to parts shortage

One of the biggest sellers in all the automotive realm is the Ford F-150 truck. Ford had to stop production of the F-150 this week due to a parts shortage from a supplier. The reason for the parts shortage was a major fire at that supplier. The same fire forced other automakers to also halt or at least slow production.

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2018 Roush Super Duty F-250 is one hopped up hauler

2018 Roush Super Duty F-250 is one hopped up hauler

Roush has announced that it has jumped into the heavy-duty truck market with a hopped-up version of the 2018 Ford Super Duty F-250. The truck is dubbed the 2018 Roush Super Duty F-250 and it is hailed as a truck that "looks incredibly intimidating and isn’t afraid to get dirty."

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2018 Ford F-150 3.0L Power Stroke diesel gets 30mpg on highway

2018 Ford F-150 3.0L Power Stroke diesel gets 30mpg on highway

Ford has unveiled the new 3.0L Power Stroke diesel engine for the F-150 and the engine boasts EPA-estimated fuel economy that are the highest available in any full-size truck. EPA estimates for the truck with the 3.0L diesel engine are 30 mpg highway, 22 mpg city, and 25mpg combined. The 3.0L Power Stroke diesel engine makes 250hp and 440 lb-ft of torque.

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Volvo Trucks Volvo FL Electric semi debuts

Volvo Trucks Volvo FL Electric semi debuts

Volvo Trucks has announced its own electric semi to battle the Tesla Semi in Europe. The new Volvo truck is called the Volvo FL Electric and it is aimed specifically at urban distribution, refuse operations and other applications. Volvo will begin to produce and sell the truck in Europe next year.

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