EVERYONE loves a good pick-up, because they are multi-talented and here are five of the hottest new pick-ups for 2016. One day the load bed could be full of work materials and the next it could be the weekend and full of bikes for an action-packed trip away.
Business Vans predicted the pick-up market would heat up, with many new models announced or launched.
So to help you make your decision on whether you should buy or wait that little bit longer, we have compiled five of our favourites.
Five of the hottest new pick-ups for 2016: Ford Ranger
The Ford Ranger is the current best-selling pick-up, taking over from the Toyota Hi-Lux in 2015. Highlights include sharper looks, a better infotainment system in the form of the SYNC2 touchscreen system and if off-roading is a priority, there’s a new ‘shift-on-the-fly-system’ for the high and low range gear selection.
Sadly, despite the Ranger being a capable pick-up – you can carry up to 1,309kg , we think the Ranger will struggle to hold on to the top spot, as its ride and handling aren’t up to the levels of class rivals.
Five of the hottest new pick-ups for 2016: Mitsubishi L200
The Series Five L200 pick-up is a fine mixture of off-road ability now combined with car-like qualities, such as the refined ride and impressive composure in the corners – all despite the Mitsubishi’s height.
Planning on heading off-road? Well, the Super Select system that’s new to the L200 includes a torque-sensing Torsen differential and ASTC active stability control. We also like the fact you can go between two and four-wheel drive at up to 62mph.
Despite the longer load area and 3.1 tonne capacity, the only downside to the L200, is that although it’s good to drive – a more recent rival, the latest Nissan Navara NP200, with its independent rear suspension, handles and rides better.
Five of the hottest new pick-ups for 2016: Nissan Navara NP300
Nissan has gathered the knowledge gained from making crossovers such as the Qashqai and used it in making the latest Navara NP300. This means car-like levels of refinement and interior quality.
On top of this, the independent rear suspension on Double Cab versions, ensures that ride comfort and handling are both stable and secure and the lack of road noise is a particular plus point.
With the independent suspension you might think the Navara has gone soft, but you’d be wrong. Green-laning is no problem, plus it’s now fitted with useful clever tech such as Hill Descent Control.
The only disappointments are the Navarra’s 187bhp 2.3-litre dCi engine, which feels slow off the mark, the interior lacks stowage and although sleeker, there’s too much wind noise created around the wing mirrors.
Five of the hottest new pick-ups for 2016: Toyota HiLux
HiLux is an iconic nameplate in pick-up circles and the great news is that after 12 years, Toyota has finally decided it’s time for the world to get an all-new seventh-generation version.
Highlights include the torquey and powerful 2.4-litre diesel engine (148bhp/400Nm), the comfortable ride and tidy handling, a 1525mm long load bay – which is one of the largest available with a double cab, class-leading 3.5 tonne towing capacity and all still with the impressive off-road ability that the Hi-Lux is known for.
The only downside is the mediocre 1110kg payload – we can’t wait to get a go!
Five of the hottest new pick-ups for 2016: Volkswagen Amarok
Our Pick-Up of the Year for the last two years running is going to get even better. New facelift models that go on sale later this year are ready to take the fight to the other rivals here.
You’ll spot facelift versions of the new Amarok by its new front lights, front air dam with larger cooling grille and 20-inch wheels. Inside, this Volkswagen pick-up retains its position as a premium pick-up with new features including: 14-way ergo comfort seats, enhanced infotainment systems, climatronic climate control, and a new steering wheel with paddles.
That larger grille is probably the result of fitting the new 3.0-litre V6 TDI engines, available in 163PS, 204PS and 224PS versions which are all EU6 compliant.
Standard 4MOTION four-wheel drive and 8-speed transmission means the facelift Amarok will still be a capable off-roader. Yet, it still offers a spacious load area and towing capacity up to 3.5 tonnes.