PICK-UPS are more than workhorses for construction or agriculture, they can be mean machines, as lifestyle superhero best new pick-ups made clear in Detroit with the likes of Raptor clashing with Titan Warrior and Ridgeline.
Ford Raptor SuperCrew
U.S. pick-up buyers want and apparently need more space, even those who want to buy the most radical – the Ford Raptor. So Ford thinks. That’s because even though the new Raptor isn’t even on sale in the U.S yet, Ford has already announced the extended cab and now this SuperCrew version of it. So what’s a SuperCrew Raptor got over the extended version? A foot of extra room for everyone on board!
There might be more interior space, but the rest of the Raptor package remains pretty much the same. This means a turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 Ecoboost petrol engine at the front, mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission and a four-wheel drive system that has six preset modes. With modified long travel suspension and larger diameter Fox racing shocks, the Raptor should comfortably devour the worst conditions.
Nissan Titan Warrior Concept
This tough-looking Titan Warrior might just be a concept at the moment, but it shows a new and growing trend for more hardcore off-roading packages for pick-ups in the U.S.
Based on the Nissan Titan XD model, the Warrior features a ride height raised by three inches, is fitted with long-travel suspension and those massive 37-inch off-road tyres fitted on 18-inch wheels.
With the those wheels and the flared arches, the Warrior is three inches wider and certainly looks like it could eat its rivals for breakfast!
We don’t get Honda pick-ups in the UK, which with the launch of the new Ridgeline at this year’s Detroit show seems a bit of a shame. More conventional than the outgoing model, that built a reputation for driving more like a crossover than a car, the new Ridgeline is based on the new Pilot architecture, with handsome looks more in-line with rivals.
Powered by a 3.5-litre V6 petrol and available with the choice of two- and four-wheel drive, despite its car-like unibody chassis, this Honda is still capable of carrying a payload close to 1600 pounds.