From the “RUMOR MILL”
2014-2015 Next Generation Pickups
We love rumors about future pickups.
In large part they are the product of the vehicle manufacturer’s dropping little seeds and crumbs here and there to keep the consumer’s (and editors’!) appetites wet and dreams alive.
There are a lot of rumors flying around now that the 2013 GM, Ford and Rams are headed to dealers.
For example, GM will be unveiling their 2014 pickups within the next six months.
Most believe the new pickups will offer a healthy 3.0L turbocharged V-6 to compete with Ford’s EcoBoost.
So what’s next? Here’s what else we’ve heard at the rumor mill:
The 2014 Dodge Ram Pickup
Rumors have been plentiful with regard to the final make up of the 2014 Dodge Ram HD pickup. It will reportedly be based on the 2011 Long Hauler concept Ram which was designed with distance and towing in mind.
The belief is that it will include Cummins V6 and V8 diesel versions; although the diesel engine will require exhaust fluid, it should increase fuel mileage.
It will include the addition of optional air suspension which is considered to be a better system than the one currently found in the Grand Cherokee.
If this isn’t enough, to get you putting your name down on the waiting list, consider the fact that a reliable six-speed Aisin AS68RC automatic transmission is also rumored to be included along with a transfer case coupled to a 4.88 Dana 110 axle with dual rear wheels to take care of the four wheel drive.
The Dodge Ram will keep its distinctive exterior and large radiator grill; along with its highly distinctive badge. If you love the Dodge, then this could be the next generation pickup that you have been looking for.
New Generation Ford
Tests are already being carried out on Ford’s new generation of pickups that rumored to be on general sale for 2015.
It will build on the innovations included in the 2013 F -150; Ford is concentrating on maximizing fuel efficiency while continuing to provide the high standards of towing and haulage capacity that are expected from a Ford pickup truck.
This has been achieved through the use of high levels of aluminum in the bodywork. It has been rumored that this has dropped around 700lbs from the overall weight of the vehicle.
There are also rumored to be working on a new line of V6 and V8 engines, direct injection systems and turbo chargers. There doesn’t seem to be any comment on whether the body shape will change, but, it can almost be guaranteed that it will be distinctly a Ford.