Buying a new pickup truck is set to become a much harder choice from 2019, with a whole host of new vehicles joining the UK market in 2019 and 2020. In this article, we look at the new pickups that are set to hit UK showrooms in the coming years.
SsangYong kicks us off with the new pickup truck launches in 2018 with the all-new Musso, followed shortly by the X-Class V6. Next year, 2019, is also set to be a big year, with the new Ford Ranger and LDV T60.
Ford Ranger 2019 (confirmed)
Ford has announced that it will be making ‘major changes’ to its Ranger pickup truck for the 2019 model year, which will spell the end for the 2.2 and 3.2-litre Duratorq TDCi engines. While the smaller engine will be replaced by the 2.0-litre EcoBlue from the Transit line, there’s uncertainty as to what will take over from the 3.2 five-pot – could we be getting the 3.0-litre V6 Powerstroke from the F150?
Jeep Scrambler 2020 (speculation)
The upcoming Jeep Scrambler pickup could soon be on sale in the UK, according to Jeep UK boss Damien Dally. The Jeep Scrambler is a pickup truck variant of the next-generation Wrangler, which is due to go on sale in America in 2018.
Land Rover Defender pickup 2019 (confirmed)
After a three year absence from the market, Land Rover has confirmed an all-new Defender for 2019. Although the new model is swaying more towards to mainstream volume customers, VAT-deductible commercial variants – like a pickup truck and two-seater van – are still expected to make up a huge proportion of sales.
Land Rover Discovery Commercial 2019 (confirmed)
Although technically not a pickup truck, the Land Rover Discovery Commercial is VAT-deductible and a capable off-roader which makes it appealable to many pickup truck operators. Land Rover withdrew the Discovery Commercial from sale a couple of years ago, but launched a new model in the summer of 2018.
LDV T60 2019 (confirmed)
Ireland’s Harris Group has announced that it will be importing the LDV T60 pickup truck into the UK from 2019. The announcement of the Chinese-built LDV T60 comes less than a year after the brand’s UK relaunch, and shows its commitment to the UK LCV industry.
Mazda BT-50 2021 (speculation)
Mazda could be bringing the Mazda BT-50 pickup truck back to the UK, following an announcement that the next-generation model will be based on the Isuzu-Max. The new model is expected to be launched in 2021, ten years after the previous generation was taken off-sale in the UK.
It’s expected that next generation Isuzu D-Max will be arriving in 2020, with Mazda-badged models expected shortly afterwards.
Read more on the new Mazda BT-50 for 2021.
Mercedes-Benz X-Class V6 2018 (confirmed)
Mercedes-Benz entered the world of pickup trucks in 2017, with the launch of the X-Class. The model everyone is waiting for, however, only arrives late in 2018. The V6 will, for a short time, be the most powerful pickup truck to buy in the UK, with an output of 255bhp and 550Nm.
Read more in our Mercedes-Benz X-Class V6.
Mitsubishi Shogun Sport Commercial 2018 (confirmed)
As with the Discovery Commercial, the Shogun Sport Commercial is a great alternative for pickup truck buyers with its highly-respected Super Select 4WD system and that all important ‘light commercial’ designation for reclaiming VAT. The vehicle, which is based on the L200, is expected to hit Mitsubishi dealerships in September 2018.
Peugeot pickup truck 2020 (confirmed)
Peugeot has announced its plans to once again field a one-tonne pickup in Europe, 20 years after the demise of the 504 pickup. The French manufacturer still hasn’t disclosed when or where production of the Peugeot pickup truck will take place, although sources close to the company have stated there will be no partners in the venture (it was initially speculated that it would be based on the Toyota Hilux).
The one-tonne pickup market is growing rapidly is South America and Europe, two regions where Peugeot has considerable market share. It therefore seemed inevitable, that this announcement was going to be made.
Read more on the upcoming Peugeot pickup truck.
Renault Alaskan 2019 (confirmed)
Like Daimler, Renault is another manufacturer that is seeking the expertise of its alliance partner, Nissan, to develop its first full-size European pickup. Based on the Nissan Navara, the Renault Alaskan will be the third pickup to be built at Nissan’s Barcelona plant alongside its Nissan and Mercedes-badged siblings.
Originally supposed to have been launched in September 2017, Renault maintain that its still a matter of when, and not if, the Alaskan is launched in the UK.
Read more in our Renault Alaskan review.
SsangYong Musso 2018 (confirmed)
The 2018 SsangYong Musso will be based on a new frame, offered in two wheelbases, have a 3.5t towing capacity and, as a sign of management’s confidence in the product, SsangYong has even hinted at a possible US launch. The SSangYong Musso is revitalising its pickup offering thanks to a huge cash injection from its new Indian owners, Mahindra & Mahindra.
Read more on the 2018 SsangYong Musso Sports.
Toyota Land Cruiser Commercial 2018 (confirmed)
Commercial variants of the Toyota Land Cruiser are about to go on sale once again, after a five year absence from the market. The Land Cruiser is tough and strong, and the new model features the newly-developed 2.8-litre Toyota GD engine, which is capable of producing up to 177hp and 450Nm.