Future Trucks! 2020 and Beyond

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 09:00

Truck makers aren’t standing still. How could they? Surprising new players are planning entries into the truck segment over the next few years, which translates to tons of activity, yes, and that even includes electric pickups.

How many of these future trucks (and van) did you know about?

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What’s Now Ram 1500 Rebel TRX

What’s New: Ram won’t officially confirm it, but who wouldn’t want a 707-hp Hellcat-powered high-speed off-road SRT Ram TRX? The 2016 concept made its debut on the previous platform/body with a 575-hp 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi and a none-too-subtle T. rex–inspired name meant to intimidate Ford’s lesser Raptor. Response was positive, so the truck is now on the FCA product rollout calendar for 2022. Mules have been spotted (and heard with the telltale supercharger whine), and rumors have circulated that there may be a base-model TRX with around 520 hp in addition to that Hellcat-powered range topper.

What’s Not: The 2022 Ram Rebel TRX will be based on the all-new Ram 1500, the MotorTrend 2019 Truck of the Year. Official press photos of the concept’s interior clearly show the clock set to “7:07,” and FCA is famous for fortune-telling Easter eggs.

When: 2022

How Much: $55,000–$85,000 (est)

Ford Transit

What’s New: A claimed 53 percent of the van, including two new engines (3.5-liter V-6 and 2.0-liter twin-turbodiesel I-4), a 10-speed automatic, optional all-wheel drive, the dash, infotainment system, myriad driver assistance and safety systems, and 28 additional body configurations (including a five-passenger crew van), for a total of 92. The 50/50 torque-split AWD system comes with either gas V-6 and doesn’t alter the floor or ride height.

What’s Not: The basic architecture and the rip-snorting 310-hp 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 carry over (with auto stop/start added). Also likely to continue—Ford’s sales dominance of the full-size van market.

When: Fall 2019

How Much: $34,500 (est)

What’s Next
Ford F-150 EV

What’s New: Ford’s perennial best-seller is about to undergo its most radical change yet. As part of Ford’s push to electrify its lineup, the F-150 pickup will eventually be offered with an all-electric powertrain. Ford hasn’t committed to when that will happen, but it’ll likely be well after the debut of the F-150 hybrid, which is scheduled for next year. Combining decent range with the F-150’s legendary capability will be a big challenge.

So what about an electric Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra? Both brands are considering it.

What’s Not: The F-150’s aluminum body, which will be more important than ever in counteracting weight from heavy battery packs.

When: 2025 (est)

How Much: $60,000 (est)

Rivian R1T

What’s New: “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” Although many EV startups promise the world only to crumble before their first car gets out the door, Michigan-based Rivian seems to be doing this right. The R1T electric pickup will be its first model. Powered by an electric motor at each wheel, the R1T will be available in 402-, 700-, and 754-hp versions. Multiple battery packs will be available, too: 105-, 135-, and 180-kW-hr packs with a claimed 240-, 310-, and 410-mile range. Rivian also promises exceptional off-road capability with a standard air suspension, plus semi-autonomous capability on-road. The R1T also sports unique touches, such as a front trunk and an innovative cargo area between the rear seat backs and the pickup’s bed.

When: 2020

How Much: $60,000 (est)

Hyundai Santa Cruz

What’s New: The Santa Cruz’s design has evolved and will look completely different from the concept that originally appeared at the 2015 Detroit auto show. Smaller than the offerings in the midsize pickup segment, the Hyundai Santa Cruz will be the first compact unibody truck to come since the Subaru Baja ended production in 2006. Expect Hyundai’s new Smart Stream 2.5-liter I-4 to come standard along with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

What’s Not: Hyundai loves to name its utility vehicles after cities and regions (or make reference to one), so it’s only fair that it continues the tradition with its first pickup.

When: 2020

How Much: $25,000 (est)

Volkswagen Amarok/Tanoak

What’s New: This is tricky. The latest news in the Ford/VW alliance has the replacement for the VW Amarok sharing the next-gen Ford Ranger platform—with Ford developing and building pickups for both companies. But executives from both automakers said an Amarok won’t come to the U.S. Instead, VW has hinted we might see something more akin to the Tanoak concept (shown), which is based on VW’s MQB unibody platform and has a 276-hp 3.6-liter VR6 engine shared with the Atlas large crossover.

What’s Not: The MQB platform stretches across numerous vehicles with its front-transverse-engine, front-drive layout. Think of an Atlas with the third row and cargo area replaced with a bed.

When: U.S. launch in 2022, if it comes

How Much: $28,000 (est)

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2019 Honda Passport vs. Honda Pilot: Which SUV is Right for You?

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 23:36

If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck, right? This philosophical question is up for debate when it relates to the Honda Pilot and its smaller midsize counterpart, the Passport. It may look very similar to the Pilot, and share the same chassis and engine, but the 2019 Honda Passport has its own distinct personality. So if you’re unsure on whether to buy the smaller or the bigger SUV, read below to find out the biggest differences between the two vehicles.

Interior space

The most functional difference between the Pilot and Passport is the seating capacity. While the Passport seats up to five passengers, the Pilot can hold a maximum of eight people, or seven when equipped with captain’s chairs in the second row.

In the first and second rows, you’ll get similar headroom whether you’re in the Passport or Pilot. It’s the same story for front legroom, although second-row legroom varies a bit between the two models, coming in at 39.6 inches in the Passport and 38.4 inches in the Pilot. Those in the third row of the Pilot have 31.9 inches of legroom. Although taller passengers may have a hard time, the third row can reasonably fit average-height adults. So for many, the Pilot’s extra seating capacity is more than just a superficial advantage on paper over the Passport.


Both SUVs come with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine making 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. You won’t notice a great difference between the two while merging onto the freeway

A fully loaded Passport Elite we tested went from 0–60 mph in 6.2 seconds, while a Pilot Elite hit the mark in 6.3 seconds. In the quarter mile, the Passport also performed just slightly better: 14.7 seconds at 94.0 mph versus 14.8 seconds at 93.7 mph. In reviews, we’ve praised the Passport’s particularly sporty throttle and its ability to launch hard. Both models offer a nine-speed automatic transmission that can shift harshly at times. This unit is found in all Passports, and on upper trim Pilots instead of the model’s standard six-speed.

The Pilot has a few surprising advantages when it comes to performance. The larger model rounded the figure-eight in 27.6 seconds at an average 0.62 g, beating the Passport’s 28.1 seconds at 0.62 g. The Pilot was also able to brake from 60 mph to a standstill in 120 feet, a full 10 feet less than the Passport.

Off-road capability

The Passport has a raised suspension and slightly more ground clearance than the Pilot (up to 8.1 inches versus 7.3 inches). The Passport also has better approach and departure angles for off-roading: 21.4/27.6-degree approach/departure angles on all-wheel-drive Passports compared to 19.7/20.8 degrees for Pilots. Both models offer four different drive modes—Normal, Snow, Sand, and Mud.

“When driving over rocks, the suspension absorbed the movements in good fashion,” we said of the Passport in our First Drive review. But when it comes to on-road performance, it’s not as well damped as the Pilot or Ridgeline, as we noted in our First Test.


The Passport enjoys 41.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up, and 77.9 inches with the seats down. The Pilot offers just a bit more room with up to 46.8 cubic feet behind the second row, and up to 83.9 cubic feet behind the first row. With all three rows up, the Pilot still offers 16.5 cubic feet.


Although they look similar at first glance, the Passport is a bit more athletic than the Pilot. Along with additional ground clearance, the Passport has standard blacked-out exterior accents, a floating roof, wider track, and 20-inch wheels. The Pilot comes standard with 18s, although 20s are available. Two accessory packages are available on the Passport, including the Adventure, which adds running boards, fender flares, and a trailer hitch; and Urban, which has front and rear underbody spoilers, cargo storage bins, unique wheels, and roof rails and crossbars.


In government crash tests, the Pilot and Passport both receive four stars in the frontal crash category and five stars in side crashes. The Pilot gets four stars in the rollover test, and an overall rating of five stars, while the Passport has not yet been rated in these two categories.

The 2019 Honda Pilot was named a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS, but the Passport was not. The smaller model lost out because of its Poor headlight rating. However, both vehicles earned top scores in the following crash categories: small overlap front driver’s side, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints.

Fuel economy

Oddly enough, the Pilot has a slight fuel economy advantage. Front-wheel-drive Pilots return 20/27/23 mpg city/highway/combined, compared to the Passport’s 20/25/22 mpg. All-wheel-drive Pilots net 19/26/22 compared to 19/24/21 for the Passport. Both vehicles run on regular gas.

Pricing and trims

Believe it or not, the Passport and Pilot have similar starting prices. The base Passport Sport starts at $33,035, ahead of the $32,495 Pilot LX. Once you get to the upper trim levels, the Passport starts becoming more of deal than its larger sibling. The Pilot Elite costs $49,065 compared to the Passport Elite at $44,725. The Pilot Elite has a few more standard amenities than the Passport Elite, including a panoramic roof, rear entertainment system, and second-row captain’s chairs.

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2019 Ford Ranger recalled for transmission fault, rollaway risk

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Supreme Court overturns £1 valuation of empty building

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Joseland to head up St Modwen’s new industrial business unit

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Will the Production Genesis Essentia Be a 1,900-HP Electric Hypercar?

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 16:54

About a year ago, Genesis revealed one of the best-looking concepts we’d seen in a long time—the Essentia. Then, in September, we learned that Genesis plans to actually build a limited run of production Essentias. That alone was exciting news, but Hyundai’s latest announcement opens the door to the possibility of the production Essentia becoming one of the most powerful cars in the world.

This week, Hyundai Motor Group announced a new partnership with Rimac Automobili, the Croatian EV manufacturer responsible for the Bugatti Chiron-rivaling Rimac C_Two. The partnership will involve HMG investing about $90 million into Rimac, with Hyundai putting up a little more than $71 million and Kia adding an additional $18 million. According to the release, the two automakers will work together to “develop prototypes for an electric version of Hyundai Motor’s N brand midship sports concept car and a high-performance fuel cell electric vehicle.”

We’re not sure what the fuel cell prototype will look like, but the announcement certainly makes it sound like Hyundai’s RM16 concept may actually go into production as an electric vehicle. We still prefer the idea of a mid-engine hot hatch, but we’ll take what we can get.

The Genesis brand wasn’t specifically mentioned, but we can’t help wondering if the production Essentia will use a Rimac-sourced powertrain. Hyundai has some experience building EVs, but it’s never built anything capable of doing 0–60 mph in 3 seconds like it claimed the Essentia could do. Rimac, on the other hand, has already developed an electric powertrain that produces 1,887 hp. And as we saw with the Pininfarina Battista, Rimac is willing to sell that powertrain to other automakers. The Croatian EV maker is also supplying battery packs to Aston Martin for its Valkyrie hybrid hypercar and to Koenigsegg for the 249-mph Regera plug-in.

Until Genesis announces more information on the production Essentia, we can only speculate. But unless Genesis R&D is already cooking up a high-performance electric drivetrain,  it makes sense for the brand to use a battery and motors that already exist. Even if it only gets a detuned version of the C_Two’s powertrain, the production Essentia would still be a potent machine. But if it actually does get the near-1,900-hp powertrain, Genesis would shoot to the top of the hypercar hierarchy.

We’ve reached out to Genesis for more information and will update this post if we hear back.

Source: Hyundai

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