Truck enthusiasts and owners had plenty of new eye-candy to see at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. Here are a few of the highlights.
Toyota TRD Pro Series 4Runner, Tacoma and Tundra
Toyota unveiled its new off-road-ready package – the 2019 TRD Pro Series – during the 2018 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview. The TRD Pro package will deliver more capability and off-road equipment than ever before, available on the 4Runner, Tacoma and Tundra.
The 2019 TRD Pro family boasts 2.5-inch TRD-exclusive Fox Internal Bypass shocks for impressive driving performance; specially-tuned TRD springs for enhanced comfort; and standard 16-inch black alloy wheels. The TRD Pro Series is available in three color options, including TRD Pro-exclusive Voodoo Blue.
“The TRD Pros you see here represent our flagship off-roaders,” said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager of the Toyota Division at Toyota Motor North America. “If you want to get off the pavement and go explore, grab one of these bad boys and go!”
2019 Ford Ranger
Six years after the last Ranger rolled out of the production line, the new 2019 Ranger has announced its return to the North American market and Chicagoans got a first glimpse of it in person at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. The anxiously-awaited midsize truck will compete with other bestsellers like the Toyota Tacoma, Chevy Colorado and Nissan Frontier. The Ranger is all new for 2019.
Initially, only one engine will be available: A 2.3-liter twin-turbo four-cylinder engine that pairs to a new 10-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive will be available.
The Ranger will be offered in XL, XLT and Lariat trims. Available features will include Ford's Sync 3 multimedia and infotainment systems, adaptive cruise control, premium audio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and in-truck Wi-Fi hotspot. Cab options will include SuperCab and SuperCrew.
Safety features include rearview camera, pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist and blind-spot monitoring.
2019 Ram 1500
The 2019 Ram 1500 is a full-size pickup truck that competes with the Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150, Nissan Titan and Toyota Tundra. For 2019, it receives an all-new interior and exterior design, as well as new engine technology.
The Ram 1500 offers three engines: a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 305 horsepower and a 5.7-liter V8 that makes 395 horsepower. The V6 engines are equipped with an eTorque mild hybrid system standard (optional in V8) to aid with short-duration torque and stop/start transitions. All versions feature a revised eight-speed automatic transmission. The Ram 1500 is available with rear-wheel or four-wheel drive.
Available features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, RamBox storage system, dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable pedals, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, cooled front seats, heated rear seats, leather seats, sunroof, infotainment, USB, Bluetooth, navigation, smart cruise control, satellite radio and premium audio.
Available safety features include park assist, rearview camera with rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, stability control, anti-lock brakes, and dual-front, front-side and side-curtain airbags.
(Photo Credit: myautoworld.com)
2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
The 2019 Chevy Silverado made its Chicago Auto Show debut last February, offering attendees another hot new truck to check out. The new Silverado is Chevy's contender in the full-size pickup truck class, and it competes against the Ford F-150, Nissan Titan, Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra. For 2019 it has been redesigned inside and out, and it boasts new engine technology.
The 2019 Silverado will be available with six engine/transmission combinations, including new 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V8 engines, as well as an all-new Duramax 3.0-liter inline-six turbo-diesel. It will be offered in two-wheel or four-wheel drive layouts, and one of the transmission offerings will include a new 10-speed automatic transmission.
There are three cab sizes offered: Regular, Double or Crew. Trim levels include Work Truck, Custom, Custom Trailboss, LT, RST, LT, LTZ and High Country. Available convenience features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, leather seats, heated and ventilated seats, moonroof, 4G LTE in-car wireless hotspot, capless fuel filler, center touchscreen and navigation.
Available safety features include rearview camera, teen-driver monitoring system, rollover mitigation technology, trailer-sway control, hill-start assist, forward-collision alert, lane-keep assist, front- and rear-park assist, low-speed forward automatic braking and dual-front, front-side and side-curtain airbags.
(Photo Credit: AutoNXT)
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