• Ford announces new 2018 F-150 with diesel engine

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    After almost a , we’ve learned some of the specs behind the 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke ahead of its official debut at the upcoming North American International Auto Show. Getting right to it, Ford claims the new 3.0L turbodiesel V-6 will produce a best-in-class 250 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque. The Power Stroke will come mated exclusively to Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission, a gearbox we really enjoy when mated to the F-150’s other engine options.

    In addition to the Power Stroke’s segment-beating engine output, the F-150 oil burner also gets a whole lot of capability. The F-150 diesel offers a maximum payload of 2,020 pounds and a properly equipped towing capacity of 11,400 pounds. Those numbers handily beat the only other vehicle in the 1/2-ton diesel segment, the 240hp, 420–lb-ft, eight-speed automatic

    That truck offers a maximum payload of 1,600 pounds and a towing capacity of 9,210 pounds. However, unlike the Ford, the EcoDiesel engine is available under any trim level or body variant of the Ram 1500. For retail customers, Ford will limit the Power Stroke engine option to Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum trim levels; furthermore, it will only be available on the SuperCab with the 6.5-foot bed or the SuperCrew with either the 5.5- or the 6.5-foot bed. (Fleet buyers, fear not: You’ll be able to order the Power Stroke in any trim level offered on those body variants.) As on the EcoDiesel, Ford will offer the engine with either two- or four-wheel drive.

    While many opt for diesels by virtue of their stout torque—the F-150 Power Stroke is no exception, with peak twist available at 1,750 rpm—many diesel buyers are seeking fuel economy. While official EPA numbers are still to be determined, Ford estimates their little oil burner will hit up to 30 mpg on the highway, ahead of the most efficient Ram EcoDiesel by one tick. The 3.0L Power Stroke V-6 shares some DNA with the diesel engine found in the U.S.-market Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, and Land Rover Discovery. In those vehicles, the engine is capable of hitting 22 city/29 highway mpg as rated by the EPA, so we suspect the F-150 will hit around 21 or 22 city mpg. A presumably massive DEF tank offers 10,000 miles of total range, as evidenced by the dashboard gauge pictured above.

    Via From Motor Trend

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  • Chevrolet will bring two special editions of the Colorado ZR2 to the SEMA Show 2017

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    If you’re looking for a midsize truck that can handle all the desert running and rock crawling you throw at it, you’ll have a hard time finding anything more capable than the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2.

    For this year’s annual SEMA show, Chevrolet decided to take the already hardcore ZR2 and introduce two special editions: the Midnight and Dusk Editions.

    The Midnight Edition gets black paint, a black Chevrolet bowtie, 17-inch black wheels, a sport bar, and LED lighting.

    The Dusk Edition gets everything the Midnight Edition gets, except it’s available in whatever color you want. At the show, the ZR2 Midnight Edition will be displayed with the 3.6-liter gasoline V-6 along with several other options like a bed-mounted spare tire carrier, a performance air intake, a performance exhaust, and ZR2-branded all-weather floormats (fancy!).

    The ZR2 Dusk Edition will be shown in white. It will get the 2.8-liter turbodiesel and will be equipped with an optional diesel-specific cold-air intake. Both trucks will be shown alongside about 20 other customized Chevrolet models starting October 31 and going through November 3.

    Source: Motor Trend

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  • Toyota Hilux 50th Anniversary: The Invincible revealed in Frankfurt 2017

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    Toyota Hilux pickup trucks are legendary for the durability and reliability they have displayed around the world since 1968.

    In the U.S., the Hilux name was dropped in the mid-1970s in favor of simply “truck” until the arrival of the Tacoma name in 1995.

    Everywhere else, however, it’s still called a Hilux (or HiLux, in Australia). To celebrate 50 years of kicking ass around the globe, a special Hilux “Invincible 50” show truck is now on display at the 2017 Frankfurt Motorshow.

    Toyota Hilux 2017 Invicible

    Since its inception, Toyota says global sales of the Hilux have reached over 18 million units—not too shabby.

    The silver Hilux “Invincible 50” special edition sports matte black with a splash of red graphics high over its sidebars, a black front under-run, black roll bar, and black wheel arch moldings. It rolls on 18-inch matte black alloy wheels fitted with beefy BF Goodrich all terrain tires.

    Inside, the pickup gets a plastic bed liner and a large toolbox, model-specific scuff plates, floor mats, and a leather hand brake—all black, of course.

    Toyota Hilux Invicible 2017

    No other details were provide about the special edition truck, but we imagine it packs a 2.7-liter gasoline four-cylinder engine or a 2.8-liter turbo-diesel one that’s mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, but that’s really just our wishful thinking.

    Toyota states that Hilux European sales are expected to top 40,600 units in 2017, which should best the previous record of 40,104 set back in 2007.

    Article by Automobile Magazine

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