Trucks are very popular in the U.S. Therefore its surprising that some manufacturers avoid selling their cars in North America. Most of these trucks sell in other parts of the world because the American market wouldn’t be profitable. Apart from being very competitive, there's also a hefty tariff in the US - the chicken tax. Do you know B.O.B's song about making wishes out of airplanes?
What is our take about the Mitsubishi Triton?
The Triton was previously known as the L200. This midsize truck has maintained its popularity for almost four decades. American customers prefer gas, and that might be why the Triton has stayed away from the U.S. Its juice comes from a 188 hp turbo-diesel engine with the capacity of 2.4 liters. We feel that this is one of the most rock-solid pickups in the market. It might also not be coming to the U.S. because of the arrival of the Jeep Wrangler pickup. Or maybe it could be the 25 percent chicken tax.
How much do we miss the Toyota Hilux?
This vehicle used to be sold in the U.S. market and honestly, we miss it a lot. Have you ever met your ex-lover looking hotter than you left her? That’s how the Hilux makes me feel, l want it back. The Hilux has been in production since 1968. The pickup was discontinued after the arrival of the Tacoma in 1995. The Americans might have had enough of this vehicle, but it has remained popular in other parts of the globe. Currently, it looks very different from the Tacoma. It has off-roading packages and box stanchions. It has a sharp look that is backed up by an 84 to 109 horsepower engine.
Should we expect to see the Ford Ranger?
According to the rumors around town, this truck will return to the U.S market in 2019. We would love to welcome it back like the prodigal son. The Ranger has been available in Europe, Asia, New Zealand, and Australia. In 2015, it emerged as the best selling truck in Europe. When it hits the U.S. market, we expect it to have EcoBoost options to match with its gas-powered engine. It is likely to tow around 7,000 pounds thanks to its body-on-frame design. The Jeep Wrangler pickup and the Ford Ranger are now the most anticipated vehicles in the U.S. market.
What’s our opinion about the Volkswagen Amarok?
This is another truck that might return to the North American market. The Amarok offers refined driving dynamics, 4Motion all-wheel drive, and a TDI diesel engine. This truck is powered by a turbodiesel engine with a capacity of 2.0 liters. An eight-speed automatic is used to send power. It delivers 309 lb-ft of torque from its top-trim. This vehicle has a superior gear count when compared to other midsize trucks offered in the North American market.
How good is the Mercedes-Benz X-Class?
The X-Class is the first pickup to be produced in the lineup of Mercedes-Benz. It is only one year old. A ride in this luxury pickup might leave you feeling like you are in a GLC-Class SUV. It is German to the bone. Americans buy most of the pickups in the world, but the X-Class will not be one of them. The Germans have said that there is no market for their new pickup. This could be because it can’t be used as a hauler.
What is our verdict about the Ford Falcon Ute?
The Falcon Ute is a car-based pickup that was designed by an Australian; it offers a lot of conveniences. Cargo can be loaded up to 2,000 lbs. The juice comes from a V6 engine with a capacity of 4.0 liters. It delivers around 310 lb-ft of torque. The Ford Ute offers the same engine in a turbocharged version; it powers the rear wheels with 362 hp.
Why do we like the Isuzu D-Max?
Isuzu has not been producing pickups in the U.S. market since 2009. However, it still produces cube vans and cargo vans. The D-Max is available in South America, Europe, and Australia. This wide-range pickup is very similar to the Chevrolet Colorado which is available in the U.S.