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I love pickup trucks for various purpose. The up coming Ford Ranger is my favorite pickup tracks.
Posted 07 January 2019 - 11:50 PM
Atlis Motor Vehicle company is a new-ish name on the scene, but it’s soon to break out after this news.
Atlis says its XT electric pickup truck is among the most capable trucks to ever be revealed. According to the automaker, the truck can be configured to go up to 500 miles on electric by selecting the largest battery pack.
In addition to the long range, the towing capacity is impressive at up to 35,000 pounds. The payload is listed at up to 5,000 pounds, which is equally high.
Atlis XT is considered a full-size truck and, unlike with the Rivian R1T, a 6.5 or 8-foot bed can be selected. Clearly then, this is a larger truck than Rivian’s. It’s 8-lug wheel design suggests its a heavy-hauler too.
Configurations & Options
With this being a proper truck, there are all sorts of configurations. For example, depending on how its configured, the Atlis XT has a conventional towing ability between 5,000 – 20,000 lbs. The truck has a 5th-wheel trailering capacity of between 10,000 – 35,000 lbs. Payload capacities would range between 1,000 – 5,000 lbs.
There’s a standard crew cab with a shorter bed that offers standard air suspension (independent at all four corners) with 12 inches of ground clearance. But for more extreme use, there’s a special “off-road” version with long travel suspension and 15 inches of clearance.
A dually is reportedly planned too and this would be the heaviest hauler of them all.
Like with Rivian, multiple battery pack sizes will be offered. Atlis says the shortest range XT will still go 300 miles. Other options are for 400 miles of range and the aforementioned 500-mil max range version. Recharging is claimed to take only 15 minutes, though specs and details on this have not been released.
As for performance, 0 to 60 MPH is achieved in 5 seconds. However, even a fully loaded Atlis XT can still accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in just 18 seconds. Atlis uses what it calls its XP platform on the XT. This setup utilizes 4-independent electric motors, one for each well. So, it’s 4WD then.
The interior is rather luxurious looking and can set up to 6 individuals in total.Ordering & Additional Info
Though far from reality right now (funding is still not fully secured), Atlis says it hopes to launch the XT sometime in 2020. No pricing information is available at this time though.
Posted 15 January 2019 - 01:33 AM
In 1981, when the Dodge pickup and Ram badge first applied to the truckmaker's heavy-duty trucks, a 12-inch screen came from Sears. Color wasn't necessarily a given, either.
A lot has changed over the four decades and five generations that Dodge (or Ram) has offered a heavy-duty three-quarter or one-ton pickup to the masses.
The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty pickup that arrived Monday is no exception.
Although Sears is gone, the Ram HD 2500 has remained. The big-rig truck attacks new buyers with compelling equipment at the corners: The Tradesman work truck is refreshingly simple, the high-trim Limited rivals first-class luxury travel, and the new Power Wagon is a trail bruiser with hardware bona fides.
When it goes on sale this spring, the Ram HD pickups will replace the current heavy-duty line, which was introduced in 2010. Unlike the new 2019 Ram 1500 pickups, officials say there won't be overlap between the two generations of heavy-duty Ram pickups—new trucks will replace old trucks on dealer lots.
Available in Tradesman, Big Horn, Power Wagon, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited trim levels, Ram didn't say how much the truck would cost when it goes on sale later this year in the U.S. although it's likely to top the current truck's base price of more than $34,000. (Texas and nearby states will get a Lone Star variant that largely follows the Big Horn trucks.)
Lighter weight, heavy duty
The trucks will be available in two-door Regular Cab; four-door Crew Cab; and longer, four-door Mega Cab configurations with a 6-foot-4 or 8-foot bed. Regular Cabs can only be fitted with an 8-foot bed, Mega Cabs only get 6-foot-4 beds. Rear-wheel drive is standard on all trucks, except on Power Wagons, which are four-wheel drive only. All trim levels offer four-wheel drive as an option. All trim levels are available as 2500 single rear-wheel, three-quarter ton pickups; 3500 single rear-wheel, one-ton pickups; or 3500 dual-rear wheel, one-ton pickups; except the Power Wagon, which is 2500 level only.
More than 98 percent of the Ram Heavy Duty's new frame is high-strength steel, according to the truckmaker. Lighter weight material in the frame, hood, and powertrain have shed more than 140 pounds from the truck's overall weight. Most trucks' wheelbases are incrementally shorter than the models they replace, although their overall lengths are up by about an inch in popular configurations.
Like the outgoing pickup, the new Ram Heavy Duty will be powered by a 6.4-liter V-8 gas engine as standard, or a 6.7-liter turbodiesel inline-6 as an option. The Cummins-built turbodiesel is available in two tunes: with 400 horsepower and 1,000 pound-feet of torque as an option, or 370 hp with 850 lb-ft as standard. The 6.4-liter gas engine, which is more common, makes 410 hp and 429 lb-ft, the same as last year. The 6.4-liter gasser gets a new 8-speed automatic transmission, the turbodiesel sticks with a Aisin 6-speed automatic that presumably can withstand the enormous torque without twisting into a pretzel.
The 1,000 lb-ft torque rating is as symbolic as it is superlative; the engine doesn't reach max twist in the first two gears, and the rating is largely bragging rights for owners who compete in the pickup arms race. The other trump cards for the Ram HD are its 35,100-pound tow rating and 7,680-pound payload capacity. (The max tow rating is for rear-drive, dually 3500 diesel-powered models with a regular cab; the max payload rating applies to gas-powered 3500 models with rear-wheel drive and a regular cab.)
Like its predecessor, the new Ram HD rides atop a coil spring suspension with an optional load-leveling rear air suspension. The shocks are tuned for better ride quality, according to Ram, and the cabins feature active noise cancellation to further quell nasty roads.
The body and bed are mostly steel, with some aluminum used in places such as the hood. Engineers also reworked components of the powertrain and bumpers to shed weight, although it's unlikely that the weight savings will contribute to better fuel economy in the pickups. (Heavy duty trucks aren't required to report mileage estimates to the EPA.)
Feature-rich—or just rich
The new heavy-duty Ram trades on its plentiful options availability, including a 12-inch touchscreen that's optional in Power Wagon, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn trim levels, and standard on Limited-trimmed trucks. That's not the only creature comfort available: up to 17 speakers can fill the cabin with audio, a surround-view camera system is available on most trim levels, leather upholstery on top trims, rugged fabric with tire-tread accents on Power Wagon trucks, and an appearance package can fit 20-inch wheels on some trucks are just some of the new features.
The new Ram's focused on the fringes for heavy-duty buyers: Tradesman trims are beg to be washed inside and out with a hose for work detail; the Power Wagon's standard off-road gear including a winch, Bilstein Shocks, disconnecting stabilizer bar, Wrangler Duratec AT tires on 17-inch wheels, and skid plates speak to its capability; the Limited and Laramie Longhorn trucks have more leather than any of its competitors inside.
The truck features five USB ports, including four Type-C chargers for high-speed connectivity and charging. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are standard on 8.4- and 12-inch touchscreens found on most trucks. (Tradesman trucks get a 5.0-inch screen for infotainment only, Big Horn models can upgrade to the 8.4-inch touchscreen in a popular equipment package.)
Forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking is available on the Ram HD for the first time this year. It's part of a safety package that includes adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, and LED headlights that's available on all trim levels.
Other features such as towing cameras, snow-plow prep, in-bed storage boxes, and fifth-wheel towing hardware are offered on most trim levels.
Posted 07 February 2019 - 09:03 PM
Ford Confirms Plans For An Electric F-150
Ford F-150 Electric Pickup Truck Spied For First Time
Now, these spy photos confirm that development of the electric F-150 is indeed underway. At this point in time we have zero specs on the electric F-150. Even a launch timeframe is completely unknown.
The F-Series in unmatched when compared to the competition, not only in sales, but also in a plethora of other categories. It’s the best-selling vehicle in America. To see it offered in a pure-electric configuration will be a huge step forward for the EV segment.
The spy photographer notes:
Just a few weeks ago (January 16th) Ford President of Global Markets Jim Farley informed investors that a battery-electric F150 is in the works, and today we have caught the first exclusive shots of it.
Although we were only able to get a single angle (due to where the vehicle was parked), we can easily confirm that this is an F150 EV (*note that this is likely an early test bed for the electric powertrain, and the F150 EV that comes to market will be significantly different).
First, we can see that the vehicle is plugged into a charger via a charging port located on the lower front portion of front bumper (we don’t believe this location will make it to production though). And second, we can clearly see that the body of the F150 sits slightly higher due to batteries being located underneath the cab. There is an exhaust tip on the back of the truck, but we believe that it’s just a clever disguise to throw off the untrained eye.
Good Enough, GMC? Ram Debuts New Multifunction Tailgate
Last weekend, GMC poked fun at Ram on Twitter for its lack of a sophisticated MultiPro tailgate like the one available on the 2019 Sierra 1500.
The trolling didn’t go unnoticed in Auburn Hills, as Ram hit back with the unveiling of a new Multifunction Tailgate at the Chicago Auto Show. Ram describes its Multifunction Tailgate as “unique among all pickups” and says it offers customers “cargo-access flexibility without compromise.” The new tailgate’s party piece is the 60-40 split, which the company says is a segment first.
There are four different ways of opening the Ram Multifunction Tailgate: open flat, open left door only, open right door only, and open both doors. Each door swings open 88 degrees. For better access, Ram offers the option of a retractable center-mounted step.
According to the automaker, the new design retains the capabilities of a fully-dampened, drop-down tailgate with remote release options, while the dual side-hinged tailgate doors improve access and utility. For example, independent opening features make curbside loading easier.
Furthermore, loading bulky items is easier, as is stepping up since the bed can now be accessed closer to the bumper. Ram Trucks also claims that unloading and washout stand to gain, with the new design allowing forklift loading as well.
Ram didn’t miss the opportunity to also take a stab at GMC’s MultiPro tailgate. “Unlike other multi-element tailgates, the Ram Multifunction Tailgate is trailer-friendly and does not require that the trailer and hitch be removed before opening,” the press release says. Finally, it adds that the new tailgate retains all of the traditional tailgate’s capability, including the 2,000-lb (907-kg) load rating.
The new Multifunction Tailgate will be available across all seven 2019 Ram 1500 models from the second quarter of 2019. The innovative tailgate adds $995 to the total price, with the optional center step priced at $295.
Edited by DACH, 07 February 2019 - 09:04 PM.
Posted 23 February 2019 - 01:12 AM
Pictures of what is claimed to be the 2021 Ford Ranger have been leaked online, way ahead of the pick-up truck's scheduled unveiling.
The images, snapped at a loading dock in Melbourne, were first picked up by Australian magazine Wheels and are thought to be of a clay model. They show the truck will be heavily inspired by the full-size Super Duty that's sold in the US.
Despite a refusal from Ford to confirm or deny, Autocar understands the images are in fact of the next Ranger, with the truck pictured showing unmistakable Ford pick-up design cues.
Features such as the neat C-shaped LED headlights, wide, six-point chrome grille, square foglights and darkened multi-spoke alloy wheelslook like they could have been lifted straight off the Super Duty.
The proportions and timing of the leaked pictures suggest that Ford is planning to heavily facelift the current T6 Ranger rather than launch an all-new model.
The American manufacturer announced at January's Detroit motor show that it would enter an alliance with Volkswagen to co-develop the next Ranger and Volkswagen Amarok. That tie-up is scheduled to begin in 2022.
The Ranger is rapidly becoming one of Ford's most important vehicles. Sold in more global markets than any other model, it's now manufactured in Argentina, South Africa,Thailand, Vietnam and, since last year, the US.
Already a best-seller in the UK and Europe, the Ranger is proving a hit in the American market, with Ford confirming last week that it received 300,000 expressions of interest ahead of the pick-up's debut there at the start of this year.
And the connection with Australia? The T6 Ranger was designed, developed and engineered Down Under.
Autocar reached out to Ford UK for an official response to the images, and while acknowledging the existence of the images online, a senior executive responded: "Ford does not comment on future product speculation."
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