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The midsize diesel pickup market is about to get more competitive with Nissan combining a 2.8L Cummins diesel engine with the Frontier! It’s pretty clear that Nissan is going all in with Cummins for their next generation Titan and Frontier. Cummins has been working with the Department of Energy and Nissan in developing a high efficiency 2.8L diesel engine since 2010, and originally slated the 2.8L to go into the Titan. Now that the Titan is receiving a 5.0L Cummins, it makes sense for Nissan to use the 2.8L in the Frontier.
The Ford Raptor has been in the competition’s sights ever since it hit the streets in 2010. At first the Raptor was played off; most assumed that it’d follow the footsteps of the Lightning and fade away into a short lived fad. Fortunately the Raptor proved the naysayers wrong, and became the vehicle with the lowest turnover rate in Ford’s fleet. Now it’s created a new niche within the truck segment – the performance pickup.
So the pressure has been on GM, Chrysler, and Toyota to answer to the Raptor. Toyota recently unveiled a half hearted attempt with the TRD Pro Series, Dodge has the RAM Runner kit, but what about Ford’s nemesis Chevrolet? We’ve seen the Chevrolet ZR2 and All Terrain concepts from GM, but nothing solid – until now.
Meet “The Reaper” – a supercharged 2014 Silverado power house built by Lingenfelter and Southern Comfort Automotive. Although no production details have been released, the Reaper could be Chevy’s answer to the Raptor, but does it have enough to be the elusive “Raptor Killer”? Continue reading
If you’re a pickup fan then keep your eye out for the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado with the 2.8L Duramax diesel engine! GM has perfected this small diesel engine overseas, and is finally bringing it home inside the 2016 Colorado and GMC Canyon!
Meet the 2.8L Duramax – the engine that’s been pushing Chevrolet’s international sales in Thailand. This four cylinder workhorse will not only output 200hp and 368 lb-ft of torque, but will also hit a 27 MPG average by current estimates.
Impressive, no? Chevrolet says they’ve added enhancements to the 2.8L Duramax to handle the increased power from the first-gen 2.5L Duramax, and have completely redesigned other components to improve the 2.8L’s durability. Upgrades to the 2.8L Duramax include a new common-rail system that is capable of up to 29,000 PSI as well as water-cooling for the turbocharger and turbine housing. Continue reading
There were a lot of expectations that came with Toyota’s new TRD Pro series of trucks and SUV’s. The question on everbody’s mind was how far would Toyota take the concept, and would it be their answer to the unrivaled Ford Raptor?
Today we got our first taste of the Toyota TRD Pro series at the Chicago Auto Show. The Tundra, Tacoma, and 4Runner all received the TRD Pro trim line, which at first glance looks great, but what does the package include? Continue reading
KGP Photography’s man in Italy has snagged a new batch of highly detailed photos of a production-spec prototype for the new baby Jeep. The new, close-up shots provide 100% confirmation that this is, in fact, the new global, entry-level Jeep, while giving the best look yet at some of the mini-SUV’s design cues. The steering wheel is emblazoned with the “Jeep” logo, removing any doubt as to its identity. The heavy camouflage hides many details, but this is a clear look at the small Jeep’s vertical grille slats and rounded headlights and taillights. Continue reading
If you’re an avid Jeeper like myself, then you’ve been living on bite sized rumors about the next generation Jeep Wrangler. And although the next generation Wrangler is a few years away, the Jeep community is already chomping at the bit for the redesign. In particular, whether or not Jeep (or should I say Fiat?) will toss the straight axle for an independent front suspension.
The problem that faces Jeep is stricter fuel economy standards mandated by the EPA, which state that by 2025 auto manufacturers must produce cars, light trucks, and SUV’s with a 54.5 MPG rating. Luckily for us the EPA doesn’t realize that Jeeps fall into their own category thereby making their laws invalid! haha! just kidding; this is actually a big leap for Jeep considering the Wrangler has yet to break the 20 MPG mark.
The solution has to be a considerably lighter and aerodynamic Wrangler with a better engine; but will we lose the straight axle to make weight? The rumor mill seems to think so, especially after Jeep’s CEO Mike Manley told Automotive News that there are no guarantees the new Wrangler will have a straight axle.
Fortunately, Manley knows his name is on the line with the Wrangler redesign:
“Frankly, I know that if I screw up the next Wrangler, then I probably wouldn’t be able to leave my house for a long time.”
- Mike Manley
With that being said, let’s take a look at what Jeepers want in the next generation Wrangler:
Straight axle front end
The biggest issue of the redesign is whether or not the new Wrangler will stay true to its roots and keep the straight axle. The vast majority of Wrangler owners want a straight axle, and I’m no different. Sure, there’s a time and place for IFS, and I do realize that independent suspensions can handle KoH, but those are finely tuned machines – not mass market vehicles. The one thing that straight axles have over independent suspensions is simplicity, which lends itself to upgradability with aftermarket parts. I consider simplicity to be one of the Wrangler’s greatest strengths, and Jeep needs to embrace this in its redesign. Continue reading
The 2015 model year marks the 13th generation for the Ford F-150. With that comes a ground up redesign that highlights why the F-series is the best selling pickup line in America. Perhaps the most notable change to the 2015 F-150 is the addition of aluminum alloys for the body and bed, which, depending on the model, will shave up to 700lbs off the curb weight.
There isn’t any talk of a diesel for the 2015 F-150, instead Ford is going all in on its EcoBoost lineup by adding a brand new 2.7-liter V6. Fuel economy figures haven’t been released yet, but Ford is taking cues from the Super Duty and giving the 2.7L V6 a compacted graphite iron cylinder block. This will make the new EcoBoost lighter and stronger than the previous 3.5L. Engine options will include the standard aspirated 3.5L V6, 5.0L V8, and the pair of turbocharged EcoBoost engines – all engines will be mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Continue reading
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the 2014 SHOT Show, which is the largest firearms industry show in North America (if not the world). Perhaps the most unexpected exhibitor was Dodge, which had their 2014 RAM diesel with the VM Motori EcoDiesel on display. Although unwilling to give a release date, Dodge was more than happy to let me snap a few pictures of their new truck.
ExtremeTerrain is now accepting entries to the Extreme Jeep Adventure Contest. One lucky winner will be given the opportunity to travel to 3 of the most well-known adventure and off-roading locations anywhere on Earth—all on ExtremeTerrain’s dime! Once there, a Jeep Wrangler will be provided for exploring the rugged terrains and taking in all the scenery has to offer.
The three destinations are sure to ring a bell with outdoor thrill seekers and off-roaders alike:
- Moab, Utah
- Rubicon Trail, California
- Ouray, Colorado
The winner and one friend will be flown to each destination for an outdoor Jeeping excursion like no other. Check out the ExtremeTerrain contest page for more information and a video explaining the contest details in their entirety. While there, enter to win this once in a lifetime Jeeping adventure.
How to Enter: Fill out the entry form. No purchase required and you do not need to own a Jeep, nor will owning a Jeep increase your odds of winning.
When: Begins at 10:00:00 AM E.T. on October 14, 2013, and ends at 6:00:59 PM E.T. on January 21, 2014
Prize: One (1) Prize Winner will receive the following: Three (3) trips of four (4) days/three (3) nights each to Moab, Utah, Rubicon Trail, California, and Ouray, Colorado for the Winner and one (1) guest, on dates to be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion (the “Prize”). Approximate retail value: $10,000.00.