Get ready for the big changes in the pickup truck scene in America
The Ford F-150, Ram 1500, and Chevy Silverado dominate the US pickup truck market, with smaller contributions from GMC, Toyota, Nissan and Honda. Jeep joined the fray last year when the Jeep Gladiator hit the market.
However, things are about to change, as a host of new competitors prepare to enter the market. Some will come from well-known brands, such as Hummer and Hyundai. Others will come from companies you may not have heard of before, including Rivian, Bollinger, and Lordstown Motors.
The 2020 Ram 1500, Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra have been redesigned, so we don’t expect any significant changes to come. A new Ford F-150 is coming for 2021, and you’ll see the details on the following pages.
We have divided the future of the pickup truck market into three categories: Confirmed New Trucks, Confirmed Redesigns, and New Trucks and Rumors.
You can find out what’s happening in other market segments by checking out our stories about the SUVs and cars of the future.
Confirmed New Trucks
We’ll start the party with new trucks that we know are on the way. Many of them are all-electric models that promise new levels of performance and capability in the truck market. There’s also a high-performance Ram and pickup-type car Hyundai has long promised.
While all of these models have been announced, some are from entry-level automakers who may not reach the market until they run out of resources.
Lordstown Motors Endurance
Headquartered at a former GM plant in Lordstown, Ohio, electric start-up Lordstown Motors plans to market an endurance pickup by the end of the summer of 2021. The base price for the truck is $ 52,500.
Unlike most electric cars, which have electric motors mounted on each axle, the Lordstown Endurance uses motors mounted on each wheel axle. This greatly reduces the number of moving parts required to propel the pickup. According to Lordstown Motors, the design increases traction and handling while reducing maintenance costs. The company’s website and promotional videos state that the truck is intended for construction, farm and fleet users. Like most electric truck models, Endurance includes bed-mounted 120-volt outlets to power job site tools.
Lordstown Motors estimates that endurance will have a range of over 250 miles on a single charge. Its four engines are expected to produce 600 hp, which gives the truck a commendable performance.
The company’s acquisition of the recently closed plant that produced the Chevrolet Cruze puts it ahead of some of its competitors. The plant simply needs to be suitable for producing electric trucks, rather than building it from the ground up.
Brutalist Tesla Cybertruck is heading to production at an entirely new plant the company is building near Austin, Texas. It’s fair to say that the Cybertruck mega-truck is unlike any pickup America has seen before, either in terms of looks or performance.
According to Tesla, the truck’s price will start at $ 39,900 and then rise to over $ 70,000 when it starts adding power, range, and options like “fully autonomous” (which doesn’t. By the way, it’s not the case).
The flagship three-engined Cybertruck should go from zero to 60 mph in under 2.9 seconds. That’s right, it’s a pickup truck with supercar acceleration. The base model’s journey should take from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 6.5 seconds. Their expected range is between 250 and over 500 miles, depending on the model selected.
Unlike a traditional group bed, the Cybertruck features a high-walled “arch” with a garage-style retractable door that acts as a tonneau cover. Tesla predicts that the three-engined Cybertruck will be capable of towing 14,000 pounds when properly equipped.
2021 Revian R1T
The start of the Rivian electric vehicle caused a stir with the launch of the R1T Pickup and R1S SUV at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The excitement did not subside as the company continued to attract investors, including Ford Motor Company and Amazon.
The cornerstone of the company’s projects is the Rivian R1T electric truck. With an expected range of over 400 miles, up to 750 hp, and three seconds from zero to 60 mph, the R1T leaves you no excuse for being late to work. It uses a four-motor electric drive system and has an expected maximum towing capacity of 11,000 pounds, when properly equipped. Not even a small river will stop the R1T and its wading ability of 42.7 inches.
The R1T features a secure, sealed gear tunnel located between the crew cabin and the short pickup bed. It covers the width of the vehicle and has access doors at each end. There is also an 11.1 cubic foot front box under the hood.
After the delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rivian R1T is not expected to hit the market before June 2021. However, this schedule puts it far ahead of some competitors. It will be built at a former Mitsubishi Motors plant in Normal, Illinois.
Ford F-150 Electric
Ford has announced the release of a battery-powered version of its best-selling vehicle in the United States. We know that the Ford F-150 Electric will be built in Michigan and is scheduled to arrive in 2022, but Ford has not officially announced more about the truck.
In contrast to the unconventional designs we’ve seen on trucks from startups of electric cars, Ford can be expected to cut costs by using the F-150’s already lightweight aluminum body and overall shape. Every part that Ford doesn’t have to devote to the electric truck is a huge savings.
Have the child draw a pickup truck and the result will likely look like a Bollinger B2. While the exterior is simple and utilitarian, what lies beneath the B2 skin is as advanced as any electric vehicle in development today.
The Bollinger B2 is an all-electric pickup truck with front and rear motors and gate axles with gear hubs that drive each wheel. The two engines will produce a total of 614 horsepower. Bollinger expects a range of 200 miles on a single charge.
There will be places for four at the Bollinger B2. Because the truck must meet safety ratings for vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) greater than 7,500 pounds, it won’t need airbags.
Like the Jeep Wrangler, you will be able to remove truck doors and roof panels. By removing the windshield, you will enjoy an outside driving experience. The truck has a removable rear window and a fold-out panel at the rear of the cabin, similar to the basic design of an old Chevrolet Avalanche. A transit storage tunnel extends from the front of the truck to the cab. When all access panels are open, you can move cargo as long as the truck is on.
Bollinger B2 starts at $ 125,000. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2021.
Hyundai Santa Cruz 2021
We wouldn’t be surprised if we ran into the Bigfoot on our Sunday trip before seeing the dodgy Hyundai Santa Cruz finally reach production. Hyundai debuted the Santa Cruz Concept at the 2015 North American International Auto Show.
In 2019, they announced that the vehicle-like pickup truck would be built at their factory in Montgomery, Alabama.
If Hyundai pursues the leadership of the 2015 concept, the Santa Cruz will be rolling onto a mid-size monocoque or crossover platform with a small bed instead of a luggage compartment or cargo area. It will likely look more like a Honda Ridgeline than a Toyota Tacoma and have limited off-road capability.
The concept included an extended cabin with hinged rear doors. We don’t yet know if they will stick to that design or adopt a four-door crew cabin style design, although recent spy shots hint at the latter. The spy photo car has a much larger and more traditional design than the concept car.
RAM 1500 TRX 2021
When you run out of things to add to the car, FCA product planners seem to follow one concept: to put the huge Hellcat engine into it. That’s what they did with the Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, and the recently released Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat.
For 2021, a full-size Ram 1500 truck gets a Hellcat treatment and more. Built to take on the Ford F-150 Raptor, the TRX is powered by a 702hp supercharged V8 engine. The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX also features active suspension shocks in the all-new independent front suspension. According to Ram, all four corners of the truck have more than 13 inches of suspension travel.
Ram estimates that the truck will span from zero to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds on its way to 12.9 seconds a quarter mile.
The new truck is 8 inches wider than the other truck in the Ram 1500 lineup. Its exclusive front fascia includes a large bonnet that is responsible for feeding the engine’s massive air appetite. Inside the truck you’ll find a redesigned center console with a ground-mounted transmission that replaces the regular rotary transmission.
The GMC Hummer EV
GMC calls it a super truck. We don’t know all the details yet, but the upcoming GMC Hummer EV will be a battery-powered electric truck (and SUV) with impressive performance. According to GMC, the electric transmission will produce an impressive 1,000 hp.
The early designs clearly show a bold look, complete with the original Hummer finish. The sedan interior is more similar to the old Hummer H2 SUT, but with an equally short bed.
They tout a three-second zero to 60 mph time, as well as modes like “Adrenaline” and “Crab.” The latter refers to the possibility of four-wheel steering or rotating the wheels in different directions on both sides of the truck to make it rotate like a tank.
The company’s mentions of “infinite roof” and “modular roof panels” may mean that the truck will have a panoramic glass roof or a removable roof, like the Jeep Gladiator. They say the new Hummer will be available with a version of the semi-automatic Super Cruise driving technology used in a growing number of Cadillac models.
GMC plans to launch the truck this fall, with production to begin in 2021.
2021 Ford F-150
The trucks on the next two pages are current models with a major redesign along the way. One is a redesign of the best-selling car in America, while the other will be a complete redesign of one of the oldest new cars currently on sale.
It might not be a 100% redesign, but there’s so much new about the 2021 Ford F-150 that it feels like an all-new truck. For starters, Ford’s replaced every exterior body panel, giving the F-150 an updated look. Five of the six engines currently available will carry over to the 2021 F-150.
The big F-150 news is the availability of a hybrid powertrain. While Ford has not released horsepower or torque numbers for the F-150 PowerBoost hybrid, they’ve said that the electric motor will add 47 horsepower. The combination of the gasoline engine and electric motor will lead to class-leading horsepower and torque, according to the company.
Available on the 2021 F-150 will be Ford’s Pro Power Onboard system. It’s a cluster of bed-mounted power outlets that provide enough energy, so you can avoid carrying a generator to the worksite or campsite.
Ford updated the F-150’s cab with several innovative features. The shift can retract into the center console, allowing for a flat surface to use to hold a laptop or lunch. The driver’s seatback can fold nearly flat and meet the raised back of the seat bottom, providing an almost level place to sleep.
A new 12-inch touch screen infotainment system is available. It supports Ford’s latest interface, SYNC 4. Automatic emergency braking is included on all models.
Nissan Frontier 2021
We don’t know much about the new Nissan Pickup Frontier yet, other than the new powertrain. That’s because Nissan installed the engine and transmission that will power the completely redesigned 2021 Frontier in the 2020 Nissan Frontier.
Frontier 2021 will receive an all-new 3.8-liter V6 engine that develops 310 hp and a nine-speed automatic transmission. It is the most powerful powertrain standard in our pickup truck segment. All hopes for the manual transmission are in vain, as Nissan has ditched the rarely-bought transmission for 2020.
Do not look for a new border to be a sunflower. Recent spy photos show the bold, straight-faced new pickup truck that looks like a newly redesigned 2020 Nissan Titan full-size truck. Gone are the adorable Karnak windows and manual door locks of Frontiers’ past. You can expect the new Frontier to be available with an edition of the Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite of advanced driver assistance and safety technologies.
While the timing may change due to the coronavirus pandemic, you can expect the New Frontier to appear in late 2020 and hit the market in 2021.
Rumored All-New Trucks and Redesigns
We know that the trucks will be built in the previous pages. Our crystal ball becomes even more mysterious with the next set of pickup trucks. A few rumors surfaced years ago, while others have appeared recently.
While we’re sure some will hit the market, like the redesigned Toyota Tundra and the Toyota Tacoma, others may just be steam, and will never get past the drawing board.
Anytime we’re sure that a Volkswagen pickup is on its way to America, something happens that dashes our hopes. In recent years, Volkswagen has stirred the Volkswagen Atlas Tanwak and Volkswagen Tarok concepts at US auto shows, and the deal has never been closed by moving them into production.
What we do know is that if there is a Volkswagen pickup truck sold in the United States, it is likely a product of Volkswagen’s partnership with Ford. It’s more likely a Ford Ranger revamped with a Volkswagen look, rather than an Atlas-based truck like the Tanawak.
Will it be available here? This is what everyone is guessing now. After developing the idea a few years ago, Volkswagen executives recently abandoned their idea by putting an idea on our market.
Toyota Tundra 2022
We heard the sound of the Toyota Tundra today years ago. If its reliability is above average and the V8 is powerful, then it is also somewhat thirsty. Time has left cabin technology behind.
Current rumors predict the arrival of a new Tundra for 2022. The new truck is expected to operate on an all-new platform, either ditching V8 engines for a more efficient V6 turbo or offering a mix of engines, including hybrids. Given the current offers on the market, the availability of a diesel engine should not be surprising.
It’s also a safe bet to assume that the next generation of Toyota pickups will benefit from a larger infotainment display, as we’re starting to see on other Toyota models, such as the 2020 Toyota Highlander. Models in the company’s lineup feature a version of the Toyota Safety Sense Driver Assist Package. And advanced safety. We cannot imagine that the Tundra would not do the same.
Replacing the current Toyota Tacoma isn’t as urgent as the redesign of the Toyota Tundra. Tacoma sales remain strong. It continues to dominate the pickup market, even against the all-new Ford Ranger and Jeep Gladiator.
Several sources claim that the next-generation Tacoma will ride the same basic fundamentals as the tundra and will arrive sometime after the new Tundra is introduced to the market. It is expected to work with the brand’s strengths, hybrid powertrain and standard safety technology.
Beyond that, we don’t know much about the upcoming Tacoma.
The 2020 Honda Ridgeline is now one of the oldest in the Honda family, and it is not one of the best-selling cars. However, it is still early in the product cycle, so we can expect minor updates from the mid-cycle update for 2021 or 2022 before we see a major fix.
Honda mid-cycle updates typically include improvements in headlights and headlights, additional standard features, and improved technology. A switch to the company’s nine-speed automatic transmission is made for the 2020 model year, and Honda Sensing is standard.
The repair history of Honda’s upcoming Ridgeline flagship is unknown.
A smaller, cheaper Ford truck is rumored to be hot. While the 2020 Ford Ranger is definitely smaller than the 2020 Ford F-150, it’s still a big truck. Ford seems to have heard from customers that there is a market for another addition to their lineup.
Ford is rumored to be returning to the archives for the Maverick or Courier name for the new, truly compact truck. It should either run on the platform used by a future Ford Bronco Sport or on a Ford Transit Connect. Like the Honda Ridgeline and Hyundai Santa Cruz, its tiny bed will likely be attached to a four-door cabin with a monocoque.
It remains unclear what powertrain options the truck will provide and when it will be announced. The base truck is rumored to be priced at just under $ 20,000.
We don’t know if this is intentional harassment or unintended posting. Electric vehicle startup Fisker has posted an image of a pickup truck with the Alaska name on its tailgate. The February post was quickly removed, but not before many people took screenshots of the photo.
The pickup appears to be based on the upcoming Fisker Ocean SUV, which has a modular electric vehicle platform that should generally spawn additional models.
Beyond that, we don’t know anything else about the Fisker pickup. Fisker spokesmen have since said the posting of the photo was in error and declined to comment on future products.
Ram Midsize Pickup
Rumors of a mid-size compact pickup have been circulating for years, but the brand hasn’t put one on the American road. Now, it looks like Ram can resurrect the Dakota name, putting it on a truck designed to compete with the Chevrolet Colorado, Toyota Tacoma and Ford Ranger.
The last Dakota pickup was produced before Ram became independent from Dodge.
In order not to directly compete with the recently introduced Crew Cab Jeep Gladiator, some ports expect all new Dakota to be built only in standard and extended-cab configurations, with car-like driving dynamics. Intentions are limited off-road. This seems a little doubtful since most of the models in this segment are available in double cabins.
The truth is, nobody knows exactly what to expect from a midsize Ram truck, but the crystal ball should be clearer by 2021.
Unlike most trucks available from startups, the Nikola Badger will be offered with either a battery-powered powertrain or a hybrid battery-powered, electric and hydrogen propulsion system. The electric release has a range of only 300 miles, according to Nikola’s estimate, while the hybrid fuel cell doubles that to 600 miles.
The company plans to partner with an existing automaker to build the truck. However, no partner automaker has been announced. They have yet to showcase a fully functional prototype of the truck, but they expect to do so in the coming months.
At this point, the company’s efforts were focused on large commercial trucks.
Nikola, who uses the first name of Nikola Tesla, says the 906 hp Badger will be able to reach from zero to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds. According to the company, the four-door cab can tow up to 8,000 lbs.
You can put your name on Nikola Badger’s list by depositing $ 5,000 at Nikolamotor.com.
All we know about the introduction of a potential Karma pickup comes from a dark show that appears during a presentation at the 2019 Los Angeles International Auto Show. It may be a product in development. Or just an illustration that shows the versatility of their EV platform. We just don’t know yet.
The rendering shows a four-door truck with a striking design with a small bed. The company truck could theoretically use the company’s full-range hybrid powertrain. It uses electric motors and a small motor that only charges the batteries and never drives the wheels directly. It could also use an all-electric, battery-powered powertrain, joining a long list of companies entering the electrical field.